How to Find Your Perfect Guitar A Guide to Personalized Guitar Selection
How do you find the perfect guitar? This is actually far easier than you might think. In fact, it’s so easy that I’m going to let you in on a secret. There’s no “perfect” guitar. But there IS a perfect guitar for you.
I know, it sounds like the same thing, but there’s a big difference. The “perfect” guitar is something that exists only in theory. It’s the instrument that has every single feature and capability that you could want in an instrument, and it plays and feels exactly how you want it to play and feel. It’s perfect in every way.
The problem with this idea is that it doesn’t exist anywhere except in theory, and so while it’s a great goal to have, you’ll never reach it because there will always be one more thing that can be added or changed in some way to make the instrument even more perfect – which means it wasn’t actually perfect after all.
So instead we’re going to focus on finding an instrument that is perfect for YOU. This is a very different proposition than finding the “perfect” guitar because instead of looking at every possible feature or characteristic of an instrument as something that must
How to find your perfect guitar.
A guide to personalized guitar selection.
A little about me?
I’ve been playing guitar for over 20 years now. I’ve played professionally for about 12 of those years, touring the country and opening for some of the biggest names in country music. I’ve recorded 3 studio albums and I’m currently finishing up my 4th album in Nashville.
I’m not a mega-star, but I have been lucky enough to make a living at this thing that I love so much. And it all started with finding the right guitar. It’s a lifelong search really, one that never ends… but it starts with that first “perfect” guitar.
Finding the perfect guitar is a goal that we all aspire to achieve, but as many of us have found out, it’s easier said than done. The “perfect” guitar has many facets, including body size and shape, scale length, neck profile, fretboard radius and type of wood, just to name a few. To find the right guitar for you based on these factors, there is a great deal of information available online. But how do you find what’s relevant and reliable?
In this blog I will give you some tips on how to quickly find the information you need to make educated decisions about the best guitar for you. I’ll also show you how to use this information in a comprehensive guitar selection guide that will help you find your perfect guitar.
A Quick Note About Guitar Brands:
There are many bass brands out there, so it’s important to choose one with a reputation for high quality craftsmanship and attention to detail. You can buy guitars from any brand name store or online retailer without doing much research beforehand; however, if you’re looking for something unique or have a specific budget in mind, then it’s worth doing your homework. In this blog I’m going to show you how to use Google’s search engine (the most popular one today)
Whether you’re a beginner just starting out, or a seasoned pro looking for the perfect guitar to match your style, there are a few essential questions you should ask yourself before making your next purchase.
The Perfect Guitar for YOU!
Purchasing an instrument is a very personal matter. If you own a guitar you love, then you’ll spend more time playing and practicing. If you don’t love your guitar, then you won’t play as often, and when you do play, it will feel like more of a chore than an enjoyable pastime.
So how do you find the perfect guitar for YOU?
First and foremost, decide what type of music genre suits your style. If you’re into Rock or Metal then an electric guitar is probably right for you. If Acoustic Blues or Folk are more your style then an acoustic would be the best choice. In addition to this, think about what kind of tone and sound quality would be most pleasing to your ear when choosing an instrument.
When trying out guitars in your price range at the local music store, try out several different guitars before making up your mind. Always pick up a few acoustic guitars first – even if you have decided on an electric – because it is much easier to play chords on an acoustic
That’s a question I get asked a lot. What is the perfect guitar? The guitar that I can always take to any gig or session and it will always sound great.
Well, I’m afraid there is no such thing. There are good guitars, even great ones, but there are no perfect ones.
It’s important to understand that every guitar has its strengths and weaknesses. And to find your perfect guitar you have to know what those are in each particular guitar you’re considering. Here’s how…
No matter what the price of the guitar is, it has certain strengths and weaknesses in its sound. How would you describe those strengths and weaknesses?
For instance, does it have a thick tone, strong midrange and trebles, does it have a trebly sound with good sustain? Maybe it has a thin tinny sound or maybe a fat woody tone with poor sustain. You need to be able to describe what you hear so as to determine whether it suits your music or not.
If you’re playing heavy metal, probably something like a Les Paul or Gibson Explorer would suit you better than say an Ovation acoustic-electric with its bright, clean treble and poor sustain (unless you were playing an acoustic metal style). If you
The fretboard (also called the fingerboard) is the part of the neck where your fingertips press on the strings. Most fretboards are made of hardwood, and most guitars have a radius on their fretboards. The radius is the amount of curvature across the width of the fretboard. Most fretboards have a slight radius, however there are straight and compound radius fretboards available as well. A straight fretboard has no curvature at all, giving you a flat surface to play on. A compound radius is curved more in the lower positions but becomes flatter as you move up the neck.
The flatness and length of your guitar’s fingerboard affect how comfortable it is to play, as well as how high above the strings your fingers will be. If you prefer to play with low action, or with heavy string gauge, you may want a flatter fingerboard with a smaller radius. For instance, some Fender Stratocaster models feature a 9.5” radius (241 mm), while others like the Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster feature a 12” radius (305 mm). This gives them a different feel when playing chords and leads in the upper register. Other models like Gibson SGs feature an even flatter fingerboard
Because biographies of famous scientists tend to edit out their mistakes, we underestimate the degree of risk they were willing to take. And because anything a famous scientist did that wasn’t a mistake has probably now become the conventional wisdom, those choices don’t seem risky either.
Biographies of Newton, for example, understandably focus more on physics than alchemy or theology. The impression we get is that his unerring judgment led him straight to truths no one else had noticed. How to explain all the time he spent on alchemy and theology? Well, smart people are often kind of crazy.
But maybe there is a simpler explanation. Maybe the smartness and the craziness were not as separate as we think. Physics seems to us a promising thing to work on, and alchemy and theology obvious wastes of time. But that’s because we know how things turned out. In Newton’s day the three problems seemed roughly equally promising. No one knew yet what the payoff would be for inventing what we now call physics; if they had, more people would have been working on it. And alchemy and theology were still then in the category Marc Andreessen would describe as “huge, if true.”
Newton made three bets. One of them worked. But they