Here we will post articles’n’info on the old six string and more importantly for the beginners out there who haven’t been able to find the advice they may need. So if there’s a question you need answered, drop us an email and we’ll try to point you in the right direction…or a left direction depending on which side of the trax you lean on …Hendrix rules! Yes mail me your thoughts on that one too…lol
Ok…some of you dont seem to even know who he is…shame on those!
Now take your guitar, pour some lighter fluid on it and put a match to it! NO WAIT, STOP! Thats what he actually did on stage as a stunt, DO NOT, REPEAT, DO NOT try this at home…seriously , he was pretty wasted and very lucky not to have set himself on fire! But it looked soooo cool! Point here is, sometimes looking cool is all part of playing the guitar. Pull some faces even if what you are playing to your friends is easy, they’ll be even more impressed than if you just stand there shoe gazing! (unless that’s your thing and its been very boringly done to death!)
- Learn To Burn!
Buying /Acquiring a Guitar or Which Is The Right Guitar For Me?
For beginners or not so beginners we have included a little advice on How to “pick” the right guitar for you and how to “buy” the right guitar for you. A little friendly advice so to speak…
Now, this seems easy. Your favorite guitar player says you should buy this one, while your friend says this one, but you have a serious lust for the one you saw next to the guy or girl advertising it with the cool hairdo, lots a friends and so on and so forth.
The truth of the matter is that the guitar you saw advertised…they probably didn’t play… or its one that has been worked on for them …this is called ” set up ” – for them especially. Here the strings have been picked buy them to suit their finger strength, their experience,that is, how long they’ve been playing, etc- the string action or height of the strings off the fretboard , all these things may have been fixed so that the guitar they really play may be the model of the one you see, but its probably not the one they play.
That is not to say they are lying, but they are being payed to say they play so and so guitar which means they’re endorsing that certain model but it may be completely wrong guitar for you.
Case in point here is that guitars with a whammy bar may look cool, but for a beginner are VERY hard to keep in tune, especially the Fender Stratocaster models or copies. I write this because, yes this happened to me. I bought a Strat copy many years ago and couldn’t keep it in tune to save my life, spent more time trying to tune it than playing it , then got rid of it VERY cheaply – live n learn…
First of all, get a friend who may be more experienced than you at playing, then go to a few Guitar stores, hock shops, try out your friends guitars, check em all out online. Guitars vary as do prices, shapes, etc. Again be careful, that Gibson Flying V looks cool, but is impossible to play sitting down, and yes I did that too…lol Makes it impossible to practice and that’s what you’re going to need to do after you buy the guitar if you wanna actually learn to play it remember…unless you wanna practice standing up always…trust me.. you will get tired before you get good at it!
If your a beginner, the best thing to do is get yourself a plain old acoustic
or a basic electric.
Your Gibson style guitars are the “easiest” to tune and keep that way, they are fairly robust models and sit/balance fairly well when you practice. After saying this, I personally have never liked the bridge on them because the strings tend to break easily at the bridge if over tuned, but I like the two tones and two volume knobs and they usually sound pretty awesome…
Again , ask your friends and other players what their first guitar was and they will surely tell you stories of disaster and joy of finding their favorite. It usually takes a while to get the right guitar, but its a hell of a trip doin it!
Good luck and if you need any advice, assistance please feel free to leave a comment or request here at cool-guitars.com
Parts of the guitar….
For the beginners out there, we have included a pic with the parts of the guitar just in case you may need to refer to this. Just remember that sometimes people do call the parts by other names as well.
How To Buy A Guitar or How To Choose The Right Guitar For YOU!
Allot of people ask what kind or type of guitar to buy, this would seem easy – the one the guy at the shop said to…lol Not quite true. He works there and needs to make a living, so most of the time they will tell you what you want to hear.
Types of Acoustic Guitars
Firstly you will want to decide on the type of acoustic guitar you want to play. Think of which type of sound you like, maybe your favorite songs, artists you listen to, etc. This will help to narrow your field of choice a little.
There are the two basic types of guitar- steel string and classical nylon string guitar.
While they may look similar the steel string guitar is mainly for blues, rock, country and western, folk and brighter sounding while the classical nylon stringed type is mainly for classical music, folk style songs and sometimes even blues. While it is true you can play all these styles on the one or the other, the timbre or intonation of the sound from the strings and the volume of the different guitars ( steel stringed are usually louder) plays a very important part towards the music you are trying to play. For example, trying to play slide blues guitar on a nylon classical guitar is near impossible even for a pro guitarist!
Get Some Help
I would strongly suggest you take a friend who plays or has been playing for some time and who has a fair degree of experience. Hopefully they will guide you in a better direction than that $795 guitar you may never be able to play a note on because its “set up” wrong and you cant hold the strings down properly. The number one reason I find a student will not play the guitar they’ve bought or have been given to them is the actual way the guitar is “set up”.
What this means is, the strings may need to be of a lighter gauge, thinner than what is put on the guitar from the factory. This will make the strings easier on the beginners fingers. Your fingers will hurt less and you will want to practice more. You can change them to a thicker gauge later as your fingers get stronger and you actually learn to play something…other than Smoke On the Water….a very cool song by the way…
Another important part of the guitar setup is the height of the strings at the bridge. That little white piece of plastic under the strings can mean life and death to your guitar playing career. Case in point, I myself had an Ovation Celebrity with the most awesome tone and a volume that would cut through ice but the strings were so high up I could never hold the strings down properly. This lead me to very rarely take the guitar out and only then did I use it for slide guitar. Another problem was the round back on the guitar made it almost impossible to play while sitting down…my back hurt so bad after practicing standing up so long, I felt like a hunchback! (Which was good training for playing the electric guitar later on as I realized many years later..lol) Eventually I traded it in for an electric Kramer which I still have to this day and might I say, has been well used!
Getting back to that little piece of plastic at the bridge, this may need to be either changed or which may simply need some adjustments. These extras you should ask for as soon as you notice them and guess what? They will probably try to advise against it or try to charge you extra as they are actually a bit of a specialty to do and not allot of guitar stores have someone on hand that does them there. They will probably send the guitar away for you and then charge you for it as well as a little on top for them of course…
In the end you are paying for the guitar ( or someone who hopefully wants you to get the right type of guitar ) so ask as many questions as you can think of – make them earn the money your going to spend and learn from the experience – but don’t annoy the poor person getting 10 bucks an hour into wanting to smash the guitar over your head!
Research on the net as much as you can about the various types of acoustics. The reason I didn’t put this first is that the amount of info you may get hit with may explode your head so just settle into a few sites and pages then go to the physical world where it has to happen – trust me – you have to get out and do it!