This is an essential guide for anyone interested in buying guitars, whether seeking their first instrument or just looking to buy the right guitar, maintain it, and avoid expensive mistakes. Assuming no previous knowledge, everything the beginner needs is clearly set out to help them first define what instrument they need, how to research the market, learn essential terminology, and understand how different types of guitars are made and the role of materials and components in creating the right sound. All the main types of guitar are reviewed, including Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars, Bass Guitars, Archtops, Classical Guitars and Dobros with detailed notes on construction, adjustment, setting up, tuning and intonation, and a useful troubleshooting guide to help diagnose and treat the causes of unwanted buzzes and clicks. Guitar amplifiers and guitar effects and their role in creating the overall sound are also considered.
Some common guitar myths are discussed and put into perspective, and in later sections the book contains a comprehensive buying guide which gives detailed advice for shopping both online and offline, including specific questions to ask and checklists to make the process easier. There is also a valuable section covering the necessary pre-purchase inspections to be carried out and a useful list of questions to ask sellers which leads nicely into some helpful tips on haggling and negotiation. The final section offers guidance on essential accessories including guitar stands, different types of guitar strings and their effect on sound, electronic tuners, Leads, strap locks, capo's etc. and concludes with some valuable advice on practice set up and getting started. Written in a clear and informative style, and with a wealth of practical hints and tips on what to look for whether buying new or second hand, Buying and Maintaining Guitars gives the reader the confidence to 'talk the talk', ask intelligent questions and select the right instrument.