If you already master a classical guitar, improve your playing and try an electric guitar. We know picking one might not be the easiest task, so our guide is here to help you understand everything you need to know.
What are the types of electric guitars?
There are many different types of electric guitars, but there are three main body styles you should know: solid body, semi-hollow, and hollow.
These electric guitars are made from a solid piece of wood which can generally create greater sustain and greater resistance to feedback, meaning they are excellent choices for rock and metal guitarists who create a lot of distortion. However, there are a number of different body style variations in solid body electric guitars.
- Stratocaster: As the most common electric guitar on the market, the stratocaster’s midrange notes make it truly ideal for all artists and genres. It usually features a tremolo, which is a device that allows you to change the pitch of a guitar by moving the arm of the guitar up or down.
- Super Start: This electric guitar is similar to the stratocaster in body style, but because it uses humbuckers, (at least one, if not more), the pickups tend to produce higher output, which means greater distortion sound. The tremolos also tend to be superior, allowing for greater range while still remaining in tune.
- Gap: This electric guitar produces an extremely clear and bright sound that has a subtle midrange and bass response. If you are able to manipulate the tone knobs properly, this can be a perfect option for rhythm work.
- Telecaster: If you can EQ the Telecaster properly, it offers a nice midrange and treble response. Fairly common in the country genre, this electric guitar is actually versatile enough to transition into other genres.
- The Paul : The Les Paul produces a balanced, clean high-end sound that can sustain very well. It’s available in a solid body, solid arc, and solid chamber style that won’t make a noticeable difference in sound, meaning the design you choose ultimately comes down to which aesthetically appeals to you the most.
These electric guitars feature an exposed opening at the top of the guitar body, usually in the form of two F-holes. A block of wood runs through the body of the guitar, dividing the interior chamber into two parts. The tone of these electric guitars is quite similar to solidbody electric guitars, but they don’t have as much sustain. When played with greater distortion or at higher volumes there is also a tendency to have feedback due to the way they are constructed.
With the same body shape as semi-hollow electric guitars, these electric guitars are different in that they don’t feature a block of wood in the middle, hence their name. They tend to have an acoustic type sound and a bit more feedback than semi-hollow electric guitars, but overall the sound tends to be very similar to semi-hollow electric guitars.
These are all the most important electric guitar body styles you need to know about in order to make the most informed choice.
What is the price range of electric guitars?
Prices can and will vary for electric guitars. Electric guitars for beginners and students will cost between $100 and $400. It’s not an unreasonable price range for those who are young players or those looking to try out an electric guitar. And while electric guitars at the lower end of the price range aren’t as high quality as the more expensive ones, many top brands still have great electric guitars that you don’t have to break the bank for.
As the price of an electric guitar begins to rise, the material it is made from begins to improve and the features it has begin to expand. Intermediate electric guitars will cost between $400 and $900. However, high-end electric guitars can set you back a pretty penny, as they can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $2,500, sometimes even more.
The price of an electric guitar is not the only expense you will encounter. In order to properly use your electric guitar, you will also need to purchase an amplifier and audio cable. The price of amplifiers, like electric guitars, can vary depending on which one you buy, but typically ranges from $40 to $200. The price of audio cables can also vary, but you can get away with a good one for less than $30.
However, you may not have to worry about finding and buying the accessories on your own, as many electric guitars are sold in kits that include things like amplifiers and audio cables. You’re more likely to find kits for lower-end electric guitars than for high-end electric guitars, and while this may increase the price you pay, it does reduce the hassle of having to purchase each item separately.
The rule of thumb, however, is that you should not only be aware of your budget when you go to buy an electric guitar, but also your skill level and interest in the instrument.
Choose an electric guitar
Start by considering your skill level. If you are a more advanced player and committed to the craft, it may be wise to invest in a more expensive electric guitar. If you’re just starting out, a cheaper electric guitar is fine, and you can upgrade later if you really stick with it. On the same note, you’ll also want to consider what your budget is; no matter what your level of experience as a player, you don’t want to go into debt for an extremely beautiful but extremely expensive guitar. There are plenty of suitable low-cost options that won’t break the bank. You’ll also want to consider the type of music you play (or want to play) on your electric guitar. This can influence the type of electric guitar you want to get, as different body styles have different characteristics that make them more suited to certain genres than others. If you want to play in different genres, you will need to invest in an electric guitar suitable for that. You will find that some electric guitars might be better for you than others, so it is important to keep these things in mind before making your final decision.