What should I look for when buying a guitar or a bass?

I would look at every part of the guitar body including the woodwork — make sure there is no scratch, dent, bad paint work or anything like that.

Check the neck and make sure that it has a trust rod to adjust if the neck bends. Check the accent (the distance from the strings to the fret-board), make sure they are not too far apart because it would be very hard to play.

Check the quality of the wood and other hardware. Tune the guitar with an electric tuner and check the open strings and the 12th fret, make sure that they are in tune.

If you don’t know how to play guitar yet, ask the guy in the shop to play it and compare it with other guitars.

Make sure that the guitar is not too big or too heavy for you, because it will make it uncomfortable to play.

When I am buying guitars, I start with well-known brands.

For beginners there are so many brands you can choose from but, if you want to buy a standard guitar or bass, I would recommend Fender, Gibson, Ibanez, Jackson, Charvell, PRS, Ernieball and all of those brands that are commonly used by professional musicians.

They are a little bit pricy, but they are good.

Category: About Buying Instruments