I highly recommend using your guitar as a guide to help you make the most out of each of your guitar purchases. You don’t want to rush into picking the right brand of bass; you want to select wisely. You don’t want to spend years playing a guitar in a brand that sounds like crap. You don’t want to spend years spending years getting a guitar that sounds good. You want one of those things that you will want to use regularly but won’t pay a lot of attention to. You want to buy that bass that you can use regularly for as long as it lasts. But, you don’t want to pay a lot of attention to it. There are many things that a guitar or bass should have to do in order to actually be a good choice in a guitar buyer’s eyes, but the simple fact of the matter is that most guitar buyers will say they are a guitar buyer no matter what kind of player that player is. If the same kinds of players that you hear on television will have you buying another expensive guitar in a week, your decision will be hard-won but a well-done decision.
Here are several items that I use as criteria in selecting a guitar.
The Price: Is it priced at the right price?
I’m not talking about cost per unit: I’m talking about costs per unit, meaning that there is no way to cut the costs by lowering the price, unless you’re buying something new so if you’re getting a ‘new’ guitar, you are already saving money at that price, because you are getting something that works. If you’re buying a used guitar, you’re already saving money because you probably have some money in the bank.
It must sound good. Is the sound quality of the instrument of an acceptable level? If the sound is good, but there is a lot of noise in it, chances are that it is an overpriced guitar. If the sound quality isn’t that good, then you probably won’t like it. (However we can’t just stop at saying ‘it must sound’ either. If the sound quality is poor, it is probably not worth your time or money, because it sounds like crap, regardless of price.)
It must be durable: Is the instrument comfortable on and off the guitar? Do I want to have it around for a long time?
Does it come with a nice case or an enclosure for storage?
Is it comfortable in the hand? (Again if the sound is