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Lots of you out there will be budding electric guitar players. Whether your particular guitar hero is Brian May, Eddie Van Halen, Django Reinhardt or Matt Bellamy, you’ll want to find the best guitar for you to be using in order to be able to emulate their style (well, do your best at least!). So how do you find the right electric guitar for you? 

Well, at the outset, you should set your budget. You’ll want to get the best guitar for the cash you have available, as the sound will almost always be better than simply going for the least expensive you can find. Bear in mind, as well, that you’ll also need a guitar amp, a lead for the guitar to the amplifier, a strap for wearing the guitar round your neck, and a pick for picking the strings. An electronic tuner is also a good idea, as they’re cheap and easy to use for keeping your guitar properly tuned. 

You’ll want to decide what style of guitar playing you’ll be adopting. Rock and heavy rock styles will generally dictate that you want a solid body guitar (eg such as made by Gibson guitars). If you want a more acoustic feel, you might look for a semi hollow model. And if you’re looking for a jazz sound, you’ll want a hollow body guitar. 

The size of your hands will dictate the sort of neck that is best for you, with guitars coming in a range of neck sizes to fit every size of hand and length of finger. In terms of the length of the neck itself, most electric guitars will have 22 frets (each of which corresponds to a particular note), though you can opt for a 24 fret neck if you wish to play higher notes. 

The main factor in all of your choices, of course, is how the guitar sounds. There’s no way you’ll ever really understand this without testing it for yourself. However good a particular electric guitar sounds in the hands of your idol, you should probably bear in mind that they’re likely to be better than you at playing it, and can make it sound very different from what you will be able to! 

So the ultimate recommendation for choosing a guitar – once you’ve fixed a budget you can afford – is to visit your local guitar shop and start playing. They should have a range of styles to suit every pocket, and a couple of hours alongside an experienced guitar salesperson will be very beneficial for the choice you make.

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