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If you have fallen in love with Hendrix’s masterful playing and think that it’s time to get an electric guitar, you have come to the right place. Purchasing your first electric guitar should be done with utmost care. There are many things to consider when shopping for your first electric guitar. Here are some tips to consider when buying your first electric guitar.

  1. You are not just buying a guitar

There are many other components that come with an electric guitar. Just investing in the guitar won’t do you any good over time. In fact, you will require an amplifier and cables which are the bare minimum you need for practicing with an electric guitar. If you are planning to buy recording equipment and effect pedals, it may cost even more money. This is one of the main reasons why guitarists go bankrupt so easily.

  1. You will get what you pay for

You get what you pay for when buying an electric guitar as with most things in this world. Even though Eric Clapton will make any guitar you give him sound good, it is not true for the newbie and average electric guitarist. In fact, any experienced guitarist will agree that it’s much easier to sound good with a high-end or at least a decently priced electric guitar. A Fender American Professional II is a good choice.

  1. You can modify the guitar

In fact, an electric guitar can be modified even more than an acoustic guitar. There are times when a guitarist invests in a cheap guitar and modify it to within an edge of its life over the course of the next few years. If you spend enough time with an electric guitar, you can even convert a Squier Affinity Series Stratocaster guitar into American Standard by modifying everything in it. It is better to save some money and invest in the American Standard right away instead. On the other hand, the experience of modifying and converting your own guitar and discovering your preferences is much more interesting at times.

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  1. If it sounds bad, don’t blame the guitar

After you have invested in a decently priced guitar if it sounds bad, don’t blame the instrument. In fact, the relationship between the electric guitar and the amplifier is a synergistic one in the world of electric guitars. Even the best electric guitar in the world will sound quite bad when it is paired with a low-quality amplifier. It is very important to get the right amplifier for your electric guitar or style of playing. For example, if you love metal, you should opt for the right amplifier for that. If you are not sure how to buy a quality amplifier, you can always check the internet to see what your favorite musicians are using. On the other hand, you may even ask your local music store for more affordable versions of amplifiers that suit your style or guitar.

  1. Your gear will drastically affect your sound

When you play acoustic songs, playing any decent acoustic guitar will do the trick. Even if it is a dreadnought or concert shape, it won’t matter that much. But when it comes to electric guitars, gear has an important effect on the outcome of the music. In fact, gear can change everything when it comes to playing an electric guitar. For example, if you play Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven with a dreadnought shaped acoustic guitar or a concert shaped acoustic guitar of similar quality, you will find the music sounds almost the same. But it is not the case with an electric guitar. That’s why you need to be cautious when shopping for your first electric guitar on the market.

The aforementioned article provides information on what you need to consider when shopping for the best electric guitar on the market.

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