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What to Look for When Buying a Used Guitar
What to Look For When Buying a Used Guitar
Buying a used guitar online or in a store is a great way to save money on a guitar. There are thousands of used guitars for sale every single day. However, used is used, and there could be something wrong with the guitar you are thinking about buying. Here is list of things to look for when purchasing a used guitar.
Play the Guitar if You Can
Guitars are all about feel and tone. Make sure that the guitar feels right to YOU when you play it, not if it feels right to someone else. If you don’t have the option of playing the guitar before you pay for it, go to Guitar Center and play a new one to see if you like it well enough to purchase it.
Look Carefully at the Neck
With Gibson, Epiphone, Gretsch, all acoustics and other guitars with similar headstocks, be sure to look closely at where the headstock meets the neck. It is very common for these guitars to break right here. The seller has probably fixed it, but I wouldn’t take any chances. There will still be an obvious spot where the neck was cracked in half. If the neck is or ever was broken right here, the guitar will never be quite the same. While going over the neck of the guitar, look closely at the frets. Notice if the frets have a lot of wear on them or if they are discolored. If they are this means they will have to be replaced for best performance.
Test the Electronics
If it is an electric guitar you are considering, and have a chance to play it before buying it, plug it into an amp first and see if the electronics works. See if the pickups, tone and volume controls, input jack, etc are all in working condition. Yes, this can be replaced, but it isn’t cheap if you want quality electronics. If they don’t work, ask the seller to subtract the cost of brand new electronics out of the total.
Do Some Research
Don’t buy a guitar that is 5 years old that is the same price as a new one. Make sure the seller is offering a reasonable price for the guitar. If they aren’t, ask them to lower the price and give them a reason why they should lower the price. The price can also be unusually low. If there is a guitar for sale at $200 that normally cost $1,000, there is a possibility that something is wrong with it. Make sure it has all of the criteria listed above and it is actually the guitar advertised.
Used guitars can be found at Guitar Center or other music stores. Online, check out eBay, Craigslist, and Amazon.
So buy a used guitar either online or in a store is a great idea if you are tight on cash. Just make sure the guitar you are going to buy is worth the price you are going to pay for it.