Whether you are a budding musician or an experienced one looking to add to your repertoire, deciding to buy a guitar in Dubai is an exciting prospect. After all, there is no cooler instrument than a guitar.
To ensure you find the right one for you, read on for everything you need to know before buying your first guitar in Dubai.
1. Decide whether you want an acoustic or electric guitar.
When it comes to purchasing your first guitar, your initial decision has to be whether you want an acoustic one or an electric one. In a lot of cases, beginners learn to play on an acoustic guitar before moving on to an electric one. This is because acoustic guitars are usually cheaper and work well with most musical styles. An acoustic guitar is highly recommended if you are looking to play popular, folk, or country songs.
On the other hand, electric guitars tend to be less cumbersome as the strings are lighter. If you are more interested in playing rock, metal, jazz or punk, then you probably want to start with an electric guitar. If this is the case, you will also need to purchase an amplifier and some instrument cables.
By opting to learn on an acoustic guitar, you are helping to strengthen your playing muscles and providing yourself with a more solid foundation to build on in the long run. However, the most important thing is that you purchase a guitar that you actually want to play!
2. Set a budget.
Now that you know which type of guitar you want to buy, you want to set yourself a budget. It is essential to do this before you start researching options, as it is easy to get tempted by the offerings.
For your first guitar, you should be looking to spend around AED 500 – 2,000. Any less than that is not going to be good quality, and any more than that isn’t necessary at the beginning.
That being said, if you are serious about learning how to play the guitar, you want to ensure you have the right equipment to learn on. Investing in high-quality items now will save you a lot of money, time, and stress in the future, and you certainly get what you pay for. Plus, it is usually easier to sound good when you have a high-quality instrument.
However, if you are unable to purchase your dream guitar right now, don’t let that stop you from starting. Over time, you can upgrade your collection as your skills and commitment increase.
3. Research the options.
As there are so many different options on the market, it is recommended that you take the time to conduct thorough research and (if possible) to see the guitars in person before you buy. Ultimately, the best guitar for you is the one that feels wonderful in your hands, and that produces the sound you desire, but you aren’t going to find it without a little bit of investigation.
If you are considering purchasing an electric guitar, then it is important to note that there are three main electric guitar body styles: solidbody, hollowbody, and semi-hollow. Each of these styles has distinct characteristics and produces different sounds. In many cases, it comes down to personal preference, especially when it comes to body woods and neck shapes.
Alternatively, for an acoustic guitar, have a look at the Washburn guitars for sale. These are some of the most user-friendly guitars, and their design allows for an extremely comfortable playing experience. It is crucial to choose a guitar shape that matches your physical needs, as this will significantly influence both the sound and playability of the instrument.
For the most part, it is suggested that you buy a new guitar because it will have cutting-edge technology and a manufacturer’s warranty, as well as a brand new look and feel. When you are shopping for your new guitar, consider both the aesthetic and the playability factors.
4. Choose the rest of your gear.
Some guitar accessories are just as necessary as the actual instrument, so you want to make sure you are purchasing the essential ones from the get-go.
First things first: You are going to need a few very thin picks as these will help you learn to strum well. You also must have a tuner so that you can tune your guitar. Over time, you will learn to tune your guitar on your own, but while you are still starting, it is better to be accurately in tune.
Other essential guitar accessories include spare strings, a strap and strap locks, and a metronome. Finally, most guitarists have a music stand to ensure they aren’t straining their back when looking over at music.
As mentioned previously, if you are purchasing an electric guitar, then you also want to have an amp and instrument cable(s). However, there are a few smartphone apps available that allow you to connect your guitar to your mobile phone through a converter and instrument cable.
5. Speak with experts.
At the end of the day, purchasing your first guitar is an exciting yet overwhelming experience, and you want to make sure that you are choosing the right model for you. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you reach out to your local guitar shop to speak with an expert about what they recommend.
No matter what guitar you end up buying, having a professional opinion will prove invaluable in your shopping process. The music shop’s experts will help ensure that you don’t buy a guitar that gives you the wrong sound, or that is the wrong size for your body. They can also advise you on the superior brands and models and will make sure that what you do decide to buy has all the features you need, and none of the ones that you don’t.
Are you considering purchasing a guitar this year? Or is there another instrument that you want to learn? Let us know your thoughts and any relevant expertise you have in the comments below!
Amrit Shivlani is the Founder and CEO at Music Majlis, a community-driven e-commerce platform that offers a wide variety of musical instruments and equipment for every musician and sound professional. The company’s goal is to make music-making, recording, producing and mixing accessible and available to everyone.