Let us consider the electric guitar

Decades after they first came to prominence, electric guitars still epitomise the spirit of rock and pop music more than any other instrument, and remain the essential musical ingredient in most bands’ repertoires thanks to the great number of guitar effects and sounds that can be achieved.

Modern electric guitars are generally solid body instruments (in other words they do not have sound holes like those seen in acoustic guitars) and the music the guitarist makes can only be heard to any sensible standard via a ‘pick-up’ situated under the strings which then feeds through to an electric amplifier.

Some electric guitars have two pick-ups, each producing a distinct tone. The guitarist can easily switch between the two pick-ups in order to produce a more colourful and expressive performance with different guitar effects.

Most choices of electric guitars will be based on the type of music each guitar is considered better at reproducing. Thus a Gibson Les Paul and the direct and indirect copies it has inspired are famed for their weighty sound (and, incidentally, their comparatively weighty frame). This heavy sound is much sought after by rock bands. A Fender Stratocaster (or ‘Strat’) and its derivatives on the other hand might be purchased in order to generate a lighter, ‘pop’ feel.

This distinction between electric guitars should not be considered set in stone however. After all, Jimmy Hendrix produced what many consider to be the among the greatest rock guitar tracks using only a Strat and a few effects pedals – but then he is considered to be one of the greatest guitar players many have seen and many strive to play their guitar like Hendrix.

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  1. Thy D Says:

    what is all the criteria you should consider when buying an electric guitar?
    basically, what are the different things to consider when comparing buying two different electric guitars? I’ve been playing my acoustic Guild for about a year and now I want to switch to electric. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

  2. Wontu Says:

    it depends on what type of music you play and what’s your budget

    i play mainly heavy stuff and i started off with an Ibanez grg170x. it was only 250 i think. and it’s a very good guitar, has evrything i asked for.
    just look around at reviews and such.
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  3. KM♬ Says:


    First off, you want to choose the highest quality that you can afford. Make sure to research the different companies that have guitars and discover which one will suit you best. The body style of the guitar is also really important because they make different sounds (e.g. a semi hollow guitar has darker sounds than lets say a solid body electric guitar which has the most variety.) Pay attention to how many frets the guitar has. The most common guitars have 22 frets but if you are looking to playing a higher octave then you will probably want to look for one with 24 frets. Find a guitar that sounds the best with the amp you’ll be playing with. Look at the action (the space between the strings and the frets) and find one that you can reach and has enough space for you meaning, if you buy a guitar that has a great distance it may be harder to hold the strings. The neck of the guitar should be tight and straight to make sure the action remains consistent. The necks can be C-shaped, wide, thin, ect and you really need to find one that feels comfortable to you when you hold it so you can play to the best of your ability.

    Hope I helped you! (=
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