Buying instruments isn’t an easy process. Not only do you want to make sure that you are buying an instrument that will last you for years to come, you also want to get the best deal possible.
No one likes overpaying, and no one likes receiving junk in return for their hard earned money. In this article, we will discuss how you can choose the right classical guitar for you.
Ask Yourself What Kind of Music You Like to Play
The first thing that you will need to decide is what type of music you will be playing. While classical guitar are commonly associated with classical music, they are also used in Spanish music, jazz, blues, and even in some cases progressive rock.
If you are going to experiment with more type of music, you will need a classical guitar that suits the needs of various types of music. While most classical guitars are of a specific neck length, there are some types that have longer necks and slightly more fret access. Which brings us to our second determining factor; budget.
How Much Should You Spend on a Guitar
While it isn’t necessary to drop two thousand dollars on a classical guitar (but it is easy), you have to keep in mind that you will be getting what you pay for. Cheaper classical guitar tend to warp at the bridge.
The wood just behind the sound holes starts to dip due to the tension of the strings on the cheap woods, which in turn pulls the neck closer to the bridge. In the end, this will result in your guitar sandwiching in on itself.
We understand that not everyone has eight hundred dollars to throw down for a classical guitar. Between families, careers, bills, and expenses, it is difficult to put any substantial amount of money down. That is okay. The best thing that you can do is find a middle ground; either buy a used guitar or take the time to put away enough spending money.
How Play-able is the Instrument in Your Hands?
Perhaps the most important aspect, even more so than price or neck length, is feel. You want to enjoy the feel of the guitar. If it doesn’t feel like a good fit for you the first time then it isn’t. Don’t force yourself to purchase a guitar that doesn’t play well.
Remember, you will be playing this instrument upwards of seven days a week for hours at a time. If you aren’t enjoying the feel of it, it is only going to get worse, not better. Always try multiple instruments at once so that you have something to compare to.
Never rush your decision; allow yourself to make the choice that you feel comfortable with. If a store employee is trying to pressure you into buying a specific guitar, leave. Never buy a guitar that you aren’t fully comfortable with, even if someone else tells you that it is the world’s greatest guitar.
Before taking your guitar home, be sure to check the body, neck, and all separate pieces for damage. If you find any flaws ask for a replacement.
Don’t leave without doing this inspection as it can wind up costing you when it comes time for repairs. Some stores will try to claim that you damaged the instrument yourself; don’t give them the chance.