This Article is About
electric guitars
beginner electric guitar
unforseen circumstances
acoustic guitars
Budget Electric Guitars For Beginners
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

When considering a budget electric guitar for a beginner, you may be tempted to think that a budget instrument would be of poor quality and something that will be of no use later on.

I would sincerely like to reassure you that in most instances this is not the case. What I have personally discovered for myself is that many of these guitars are in fact very decent sounding and playable instruments.

I cannot say the same for acoustic guitars, but when it comes to budget electric guitars the mere fact that most of the popular brand name guitars, if not all of them, are constructed using hi tech computerised wood working machinery, even in their bottom of the range instruments.

While there are obviously places where some cost cutting is done, for the most part, many of the cheaper electric guitars designated for beginners can later become fine musical instruments with the addition or upgrade of a few fundamental parts.

This isn't to say that there aren't some real stinkers out there, or that some of the well known brands might not put out the occasional electric guitar that isn't all it should be.

It helps to remember that an electric guitar is made out of wood and when a guitar gets shipped around the world changes in temperature and humidity can sometimes cause undesireable effects.

It's a good idea when buying a beginner electric guitar to make sure there's at least a good refund policy or exchange plan to handle any unforseen circumstances.

Here is a list of possible places where some cost reduction may occur on a beginners electric guitar and what can be done later to turn it into a much higher quality instrument.

  1. The hardware, like the tuning keys or bridge may be made of softer metals or the design may be more basic. These can easily be upgraded later with state of the art replacement parts.
  2. The electronics may be cheaper. This includes the pickups (converts the vibration of the string into an electrical signal), pickup selector switches and volume and tone potentiometers. More often than not these are actually fine and only one or two items need to be replaced eventually. Pickups are usually easy to replace and the difference in sound quality can be quite dramatic and easily tailored to your personal taste.
  3. The wood is often used more economically, especially on the body of the guitar where, instead of using one piece of wood there may be three pieces put together to make up the size required. I've yet to hear this having too much of a negative impact on the sound.

Truth be told, the one thing on a guitar that has the biggest impact on the sound is the quality and type of pickups used. Second to that is the construction method and wood.

When I say construction method I'm refering to differences in design rather than how they do their woodworking in the factory.

Most of the cheapest beginner electric guitars will have a neck that is bolted on. This isn't to say that a bolt on neck is a sign of poor quality, as there are many higher end guitars constructed this way.

They're easier to build though and do have some advantages for later on as it's one more thing that can be changed. Budget electric guitars for beginners are often bought by electric guitar enthusiasts simply for the sake of having a good electric guitar to modify to their own liking.


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Guitar String Thickness - How to Choose the Best String Thickness
A string is a part of guitar (or any other stringed instrument) which produces sound by vibration. Guitar strings can be either made of steel or nylon. Different materials will give them different sounds, but the string tone will also partly depend on its diameter. Lighter strings have smaller diameters…
By: Nikolar in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Oct 22, 2012  
  Likes: 5

Playing the Electric Guitar Versus an Acoustic Guitar
Choosing a guitar to play may come down to a choice between musical styles, but not always. Many people dream of picking up and electric guitar, plugging in that amp and wailing out a rocking tune to the thrill of a screaming crowd. Others may only want to strum a…
By: Michael Bristol in  Arts and Entertainment   Dec 09, 2010  
  Likes: 0

Ten Effective Tips for Learning Electric Guitar
Well, if you got to this article, that's because you probably need some tips for learning electric guitar and in finding an online course which can effectively teach you beginner electric guitar lessons. And that's exactly what I'd like to help you with. I love playing guitar and have been…
By: Hannah Levi in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music   Dec 13, 2011  
  Likes: 13

Enhance Your Communication Skills With Voice Therapy London
Your voice is what makes the first impression, right after your appearance, when you speak to someone. It is a significant part of your personality and it is desirable to have a good voice. Unfortunately, not everyone is gifted with a great voice quality. However, this should not be any…
By: aby in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   May 15, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Reasons to Take Singing Lessons London
There are many advantages of taking singing lessons London which are not only good for your emotional wellbeing but also for everyday life. You can get professional voice coaching London to improve your voice quality and also to learn a new genre of music. When you opt for such lessons,…
By: aby in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   May 15, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Can I Learn Guitar?
It is a common fantasy of many; you are at a party in a friends' house or maybe all sitting around a fire on a warm summer evening. Everyone is chilling out and having a good time when you reach for the guitar and casually strum a few, well-known, mellow…
By: Rob Houghton in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Mar 02, 2016  
  Likes: 0

Best Way To Learn Guitar - The Secret Method
Learning an instrument is all about repetition. We need to practice and repeat the lessons or piece of music to enable our hands to get used to new movements and positions, and our minds to develop familiarity with a the mental process. It is like learning to tie your shoelaces,…
By: Rob Houghton in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Feb 14, 2016  
  Likes: 0

How to Get the Best Out Of The Dubturbo Sound Production Software Download
You are thinking about buying Dubturbo, the sound production software directed at the beginner, but there is not too much written about how to get the best out of it. There is only promotional stuff and you have to buy the program to get into the members area to see…
By: Steampunk Sound in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Jul 29, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Standard Guitar Tuning
Standard tuning is used by all guitarists, whether they are beginner or advanced. The strings are tuned, from the low 6th string up E- A-D-G-B-E.  A good way to remember this is by using the mnemonic ‘Eddy Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie’. If your guitar is in standard tuning you…
By: Luke2 in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Oct 06, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Video Guitar Lessons – What To Expect From Them
There are normally 2 methods to learn guitar, Online and Offline. Maybe 10 or 15 years ago this was not like this. Back then it was necessary to look for a tutor willing to teach guitar or, we could have joined a music school, which is still a great alternative…
By: George Balibrera in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Mar 18, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Learn To Play Piano Online - 3 Tips To Learning
An article where you can learn to play piano online. There are many ways to learn and here are some tips that will help you get there.
By: Derek Drapp in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Feb 05, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Guitar Tips
Congratulations! You have decided that, no matter your age, race, religion, or personal reasons, you are going to learn the guitar. Take it from millions of players, all around the world, this is a GOOD thing. Well done! "But", you ask yourself, "How long will it take me to play…
By: Tookie in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Apr 23, 2012  
  Likes: 0

Five Tips To Help You Learn To Play Guitar Online
Learning to play guitar could be a very long process, I can tell you that, however there are ways to begin learning to play guitar easier and faster. There are several musicians who don’t like taking it slow and they try to learn guitar too fast, commonly what happens with…
By: George Balibrera in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Jul 21, 2011  
  Likes: 1

Learn To Tune Your Guitar Or Bass Guitar
Learning to tune your Guitar of Bass Guitar is a matter of hearing a tone or pitch and matching it. At first, if you are not used to hearing for the purpose of matching a tone it can be a little difficult, but becomes easier the more you do it.…
By: Wayne Douglas in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Jan 20, 2012  
  Likes: 1

Replacing Guitar Inlays is Easier Than You Think
If you are a typical guitarist, you may be able to shred on your instrument, and you probably know how to perform basic maintenance, but you might not know how to deal with some of the more complicated aspects of guitar building and customization. Sometimes you need to know how…
By: Luke2 in  Arts and Entertainment  >  Music Instruction   Nov 06, 2011  
  Likes: 3

Article Views: 1458    Report this Article