For the guitar lover, the excitement of getting your first guitar could be likened to that of getting the latest smartphone of your favourite brand. Unfortunately, like many products in the market, guitars do have their fakes with defects. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert to spot a fake one. Here are the defects your naked eye can see, and probably the most devastating ones.
But first, let’s review a few things…
If you would be going for an electric guitar, it should be much easier to get a good one. This is because electric guitars are made with standardized technologies which can replicate the guitar making process with a high level of accuracy. Hence, this leaves little chances for defects to occur during production. However, if you are going for an acoustic guitar, then there is a chance that you will pick up a guitar with a critical flaw. These shortcomings usually arise because acoustic guitars are simpler in construction and could be made with hand-managed technologies which may be imitated by quacks. Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJogy9pANEU to see the processes that are involved in making an acoustic guitar. After that, do familiarize yourself with the parts of the guitar by checking out https://www.sweetwater.com/insync/parts-of-a-guitar/ as I would be using those terms as I share these tips:
1 A straight bridge:
For the acoustic guitar, the bridge needs to be slightly tilted anticlockwise from a horizontal position. Why? Well, if you’re curious for a technical reason, then wait for our video lectures where this will be discussed in detail.
2 The spacing between the strings and the fretboard:
While this varies from guitar to guitar, the right spacing should be at most, about four millimetres. More space means you will use more effort in pressing down strings on the fretboard while playing. This flaw would make producing fast and fluid sounds difficult.
3 Crevices between joints or attachments
Any crevice between joints or attachments such as that between the bridge and the box, or between the fretboard and the head of the guitar is a sign of bad things to come. Once your eyes can see one, no matter how small, leave that guitar alone.
4 A buzzing sound
Strum (or play) one by one the heaviest three strings of the guitar hard. If you hear a buzzing sound, then it is likely that at least one of the strings is not vibrating freely. This may be because the point(s) at which they contact the tab is not sufficiently fixed, and so the string slides as it vibrates. Or, it may be a wooden part of the guitar is not firm and so it vibrates. Whatever the case, buzzing sounds are bad for making clean sonorous sounds.
So, while there may be other flaws to look out for, I believe if you escape these ones, you would greatly minimize the chances of coming home with a disappointing guitar. We shall look at other more technical tips in our upcoming video lectures, so do stick around.
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