Remember that time you said that you’d always wanted to take up the guitar and start your life as a rock star?
Whether you’re a frustrated Guitar Hero or you’re simply considering learning how to play, second-hand instruments are an ideal place to start.
They’re generally cheaper than brand-new guitars of the same brand and model, and if they’ve been well looked after you can find yourself a real bargain.
Here are some of our tips to help you fine tune your pick.
What’s your genre?
Choosing the genre of music you’d like to focus on will have a huge impact on the guitar that you purchase. Have a think about your favourite bands and see what they use.
If you narrow down the type of music you’ll be focusing on, you’ll be able to make an informed decision that has a real influence on your sound.
Do your research
Have an idea of what you’d like to buy. The internet is your best friend when it comes to reviews and helping you to narrow down the right guitar for the genre you’re tackling.
As a general rule, it’s best to stick to well-known brands when buying a used instrument as they’re reputable and have more accessible replacement parts.
Give it a once-over
It’s not all about the cosmetics or the paint job – you want to be sure that the guitar isn’t harbouring any long-term issues. For your first guitar, some things you might want to do are:
If you can’t make it in store, chat to the Cash Converters team. They’ll be able to guide you with the once-over and help you understand the condition of the guitar so you can make an informed decision.
Don’t be shy, give it a whirl
You’re the one who’ll be playing it, so you want to be sure that it suits you.
Pick it up and have a play. If you’re feeling confident, bend the strings to check the sound, bust out a chord to make sure that the action sits right on the fretboard or hold a note on an acoustic guitar to hear the reverb.
Have a think what other tools you might need, like an amplifier, tuner, leads or a case to keep your new guitar safe and secure.
We have a huge range of musical instruments and gear to make a new hobby possible. Browse our online store to check out what we’ve got available, like guitar amplifiers, or pop in store to chat to our knowledgeable staff.