With the current demand for musical instruments rising, so too has the number of manufacturers and designers rising. Many people often assume that if an item is priced high enough, then it must be good quality. This is not always true. It is easy for an inexpensive instrument, like a guitar or a keyboard, to be as good as some of the more expensive items on the market. Before you decide to spend your hard-earned money on a guitar, bass or any other musical instrument, have a look at some of the common mistakes made by some guitar retailers, to help avoid making the same mistake.
The main reasons for the increased trend of price difference between high-end and low-end guitars are usually easy to understand. Discount guitars cost much less to produce in terms of hardware and raw materials, they usually come with faster production methods meaning that the labor hours per unit is much lower, and because manufacturing is carried out in cheaper areas so the overall labor cost per hour is lower. Alder body guitars are popular on the low end because they are relatively cheap and they have a nice, warm sound. Alder bodies are typically hollow inside which is great for recording purposes - if the guitar is recording, the sound will be a lot warmer because the space the strings are held in is bigger.
Some guitars in the lower price brackets are known as "solid top" instruments. Solid top guitars are usually fitted with wooden tuning pegs instead of machine heads and they are most commonly made in Taiwan. The reason why solid top guitars are cheaper is because they don't have to have the machine heads. Instead, the strings are fed through a hole in the top and they are struck by a wooden tuning pegs just below the strings.
Les Paul Guitars are also very popular amongst guitar players. Les Paul guitars are very simple yet very complex guitars that are loved by many. Some guitar players like Les Paul himself use his signature model to create a certain type of sound. These guitars are usually cheap guitars because they are mass-produced and have been around for decades.
There are a number of other cheap guitars that belong to different budget categories. One of the most popular and cheapest guitars is a Yamaha acoustic guitar. It is a great investment as it is very durable and is known to last a long time. Some other budget acoustic guitar brands include: the Japanese, Okumura and Sostar. The Japanese, Okumura and Sostar have relatively simple design, although the Okumura has slightly more features.
If you want to play mostly classical music then a Stratocaster is a good option. The price of a Stratocaster is on the higher end but it does have a unique look and sound. A Fender Stratocaster is also a good choice for intermediate guitarists as it is a little less expensive. Fender guitars are known to be really good guitars and are a good choice for beginner guitarists.
A semi humbucker guitar can be purchased for intermediate guitarists as well. A semi humbucker has a heavier feel than a humbucker. Budget guitar players often choose to buy the more common models for their first guitars so that they can get an idea about the difference between the various types of guitars. The style of the guitar is more important to the guitar player than the build quality, so a cheap guitar with a decent build quality can still be a good purchase if the budget allows it.
There are other great guitar brands out there like the Epiphone, Squier and Washburn. If you have decided on a budget guitar then there are many places where you can find a great guitar at a great price. Some of the best budget guitar brands include the Fender Stratocaster, the Martin D-35, the Gibson Flying V and the Gibson Les Paul.