SMG TIPS: The Art of Acquiring
Guitars Part 3


Are you looking to buy a guitar for your kid? Let’s start with this first…. DO NOT buy your child a guitar because YOU want them to play guitar…. or because you want them to be the next American Idol! If your child wants to begin playing guitar, that is great! You can easily get them what they need to get started. First off, there is no need to break the bank. Your child may not be the next Steve Vai or Orianthi. They may decide that guitar it’s not for them. You don’t need to acquire an expensive dust collector under their bed. But that does not mean that you should get them a toy guitar either!

You can get your kid a starter guitar. Check this out… if your child is small, you may consider getting them a smaller scale guitar. Smaller scale guitars are great for those smaller hands and fingers. It’s much easier for your child to play. Keep things simple. No need for a bunch of stuff to overwhelm them. The guitar will be plenty to begin with. Take your child to the guitar store and let them compare guitars and decide. Give your kid an idea as to what kind of a budget they have to work with. There are many, many guitars out there. Just because a guitar looks cool, doesn’t mean it’s a good guitar. Have your child hold the different guitars in their hands and try playing the guitars to see what they like and what they don’t like.


I don’t know how many times I have been to a concert or seen a video of (insert your favorite Guitar Gods name here) and thought, wow what an awesome guitar! I’ll have to check one of those out. Only to go to the guitar store, checkout the guitar and think…. how the hell does (insert said Guitar Gods name here) play this thing? Then I realize a moment later that it’s because their hands and fingers are at least an inch or so bigger.  Also there’s the fact that they have had a guitar in their hands since letting go of the rattle. As I said, there are many, many guitars out there. I am sure I haven’t even heard of them all. I have been fortunate enough to have played many. I hope to play many more! I also hope to add a few more to my collection someday.

I’m a firm believer that one can never have too many guitars. I am a huge fan of the Les Paul model guitar. It’s my favorite guitar. But I also think that if you’re going to own more than one guitar…. a Strat should be in your collection. The Fender Stratocaster is an extremely versatile guitar. You can play any genre or style there is on a Strat. The Fender Stratocaster probably has the longest list of famous players using it than any other model guitar used. Names like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, David Gilmour, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Beck to just name a few. It is a versatile workhorse…. hard to go wrong with a Strat in my opinion.


As I mentioned earlier, I own an Epiphone and a Fender. I also have an Epiphone acoustic. I have owned many a guitar through the years. I’ve owned Aria Pro, Fender, Guild, Hofner, Ibanez, Rickenbacker and Washburn models. I wish I still had every one of those guitars! Each guitar is a very special thing that players bond with and grow into. So remember…. let your child decide if they want to play. Let them pick what they are comfortable playing. Don’t break the bank! An Epiphone Les Paul and a Fender Stratocaster are well worth exploring.


To be continued…

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