Can’t even get yourself to pick up the guitar, let alone play or practice? If you ever not feel inspired to practice or play, I understand how it feels. It happens to me quite a lot. But fortunately now, it’s more in the past than today.
I found out the importance of owning a good guitar. I’m not only interested in playing it. I’m interested in it.
One of the greatest joy of playing is owning a GOOD ONE.
Really the key reasons I’ve kept the interest in playing the guitar the last 30 years is because I invest in seeking out GOOD guitars. And I’m often in the buy/sell forums and on magazines reading reviews and looking out for the ONE. Investing the time to shop, research and read about guitars, inspires me to pick the right one just to hold it as often as I can.
I encourage everyone to look for the ONE guitar that you love. Invest in your dear O’Guitar and it will reward you for life.
Of course, unlike your marriage, the O’Guitar need not be the ONE for life. You can make it a life long journey looking to find the one.
To find a good guitar, it is important that it feel, play and sound right for you. It’s a very subjective matter as different people like different things for their guitar. It’ll depend on the style of playing you are adopting and the genre of music you play.
Go wild on your quest to find what’s your O’Guitar
(You can find one’s I’ve specially picked in myO’Guitarstore)
A set of right strings whether it is heavier or lighter gauge. The heavier gauge sounds better but the lighter ones plays easier. I recommend a lighter gauge (Gauge 10 of the range 9-13 and work yourself up) so that its easier to play and adjust your preference of tone by the moving up)
Also what material it is made of makes a difference to whether you like your guitar a little or a lot. As you have taken time to look for a good guitar, don’t forget to spend some time and money looking for the perfect strings for your guitar.
And lastly accessorise your guitar, because its’ fun to dress up your guitar. Do it because you can do whatever you can to personalise it.
Consider the following way…
- An awesome strap that is comfortable and speaks of your personality
- A clip on tuner to make sure your O’ good guitar is in tune all the time.
- Custom stickers to make it really your O’ Guitar! (make sure you get those that comes off easily). I used to have a little transparent sticker with the word “Drivin” on my old Maison ES335. Just a small thing to it so much dearer to me. Maybe if cash permits, get a luthier who does custom finishing, to repaint your guitar to that (funky) colour you want.
In summary, this is a foundation that many beginners don’t focus on and their interest fade very fast when they stumble upon challenges playing it. I suggest that you have a good time investing in finding that ONE and let the interest last longer than the feeling you get when you start learning to play it (at least in the beginning).