So you decided to learn the electric guitar. Well hopefully your first guitar was an acoustic. The reason I say this is because learning on an acoustic first, will prove to yourself that you have the determination to continue to learn the electric guitar. Knowing how much more there is to an electric, than an acoustic, will be key.
Looking For Fit
Just like the acoustic you want to make sure the electric guitar fits you the same way. Is the guitar comfortable on your lap, is it light enough, does it have low action, are your hands big or small. For more information on this, go to my other post listed below.
What Is An Electric Guitar?
If your reading this, I’m sure you know what an electric guitar is, but here I mean, how is it different than the acoustic. First of all, the electric guitar has to be played through an amp to hear the sound of the strings. Secondly, they are heavier than an acoustic because most of them are a solid body and has more pickups and electronics inside.
The neck on an electric is also thinner than on an acoustic. Possibly because acoustic guitars and electric guitars are generally played in a different style. Larger necks are more comfortable for strumming and chords while the thinner necks on electric guitars are more comfortable for someone playing lead.
The elctric guitar can cost you more because of having to buy the amp and chords that you will need. Don’t worry though, there are some great bundles out there for the beginner.
Great Bundles For Beginners
If you have never played an electric before, this is where you might want to start. In bundles, they usually include the guitar, amp, chord, guitar bag, tuner, strap and picks. This is great for the beginner.
When you buy electric guitar bundles, the guitar probably won’t be the highest of quality, but that’s ok. Your sticking your feet in the water for the first time by trying out your first electric guitar. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great names out there that produce bundles, but they are just considered on the low end of there products. The other thing is, you will not get a high wattage amp with the beginner bundles. They usually have any where between 5 to 15 watts. but you can always upgrade later.
Let’s take a look at a few of these bundles.
Epiphone Les Paul Special II Player Pack
The Epiphone Les Paul Special-II Players Pack features the popular Les Paul Special-II LE guitar and Electar 10-watt amplifier, with all the accessories you need to get started playing guitar. The Special-II is a powerful-sounding guitar with the feel you only get from a Les Paul. This guitar is built with an alder/mahogany body, two open-coil humbucking pickups, a mahogany neck with a poplar composite fretboard, and chrome hardware.
The Electar amp has a 3-band EQ and gain controls, and a handy built-in prop stand.
– Les Paul Special-II LE electric guitar
– Electar 10-watt amplifier
– Gig bag
– Clip-on headstock chromatic tuner
– 10-foot Instrument cable
– Free online guitar lessons from eMedia
Epiphone Slash AFD Performance Pack
Do you have an Appetite for Destruction? This signature pack has quality and features never before seen in a pack! Endorsed and promoted by Slash himself, this pack includes a Les Paul “AFD” Special-II Guitar, a Slash Snakepit-15 Amplifier, custom gig bag with Snakepit logo, Slash signature Dunlop Tortex picks, eMedia available in English, German, French and Spanish, and an instrument strap and cord.
The Les Paul AFD Special-II guitar is equipped with Ceramic Plus Humbucking pickups, a AAA Flame Maple top with cherry Mahogany back, a bound body, and a built in Shadow pickup ring E-Tuner. The Slash Snakepit-15 amplifier features a cool retro-rock look with premium appointments, 15 watts of power with 8″ speaker, and two channels (clean & overdrive) with separate controls.
Silvertone SS11 Revolver Guitar Pack
The Silvertone Revolver SS11 is precision built by the world’s most experienced guitar manufacturer, and it offers similar features to some of the most popular guitars in the world.
Included in the Silvertone SS11 revolver electric guitar kit is the Smart III amp, surprisingly loud for its size, with a tape/CD input for playing along with your favorite tunes as well as a headphone out to practice quietly. Also included in the package are a gig bag, QT8 Quick Tuner, strap, cable, pickpack, instructional video, and an extra set of strings.
There are a lot of great electric guitars out there without being part of a bundle. If you want to buy your guitar seperate, then take a look at a few of these brands.
Though this is not a bundle, ist is still a great guitar for a beginner. Buy an affordable amp and cord, and you are ready to go.
Cloaked in a dramatic burst finish, a jatoba fingerboard features jumbo frets. Lurking beneath the S Series’ graceful 3-D shape is Mahogany specifically chosen for S Series instruments. Light enough amaze in terms of comfort, heavy enough to provide the tone and sustain that players expect from the S Series.
As the originators of the thin, fast neck, the Wizard III neck is yet another achievement in playability, providing the kind of comfort that translates to responsiveness and speed. Infinity pickups, along with 5-way switch, were chosen for the inspiring way they complement each other to create a wide pallet of tonal options that add fire, retain clarity, and improve sustain.
For The Experienced
If you have been playing electric guitar for a while now, and are thinking of upgrading, there are a few brand names that I will suggest for you to look at.
Fender, Les Paul, Les Paul Epiphone (by Gibson), Ibanez, and many more are out there. Figure out which style of playing you want to do, and match yourself up with one of these great brands.
If you are just starting out in the electric guitar world, take in to consideration one of these starter packs. I reccommend these if you are not sure where you want to go with your musical endeavor. As you become more experienced and want to take your playing to a new level, take a look at some of the top brands I mention above and rock on.