A classical guitar is something that you can enjoy and own for a lifetime. Nevertheless, the life of a classic guitar depends on its quality and its making. Secondly, it depends on the way you use it or maintain it. If you are a learner in this subject, then you should try and learn certain basic things about a guitar before purchasing one. In a classical guitar, the quality and design of the soundboard, saddle, and bridge make a great deal of difference in its sound quality and longevity. There are things that you should know before buying a classic guitar.
1. Classical guitars are made of nylon strings.
If you are a beginner it would be better to select a guitar with strings offering moderate or low string tension. This makes it far easier to play. Similarly, opt for a guitar with longer strings (when measured from the nut to the saddle). This would help you in augmenting and sustaining the bass response.
2. There are different types in the market
There are different types of classical guitar available in the market and these categories are based on both price and quality. However, in order to own a durable instrument, you need not buy the costliest one out there. You can purchase something that suits your needs and it need not be an expensive model.
If you are a professional player or you intend to be one, then you should look for superior models that can endure hours of use every day. But if you wish to own a guitar just for fun or as a hobby, you can settle the deal with an average and comparatively inexpensive model. If your need is performance-based, then you would need amplification built into your guitar. In that case, go for a classical acoustic-electric guitar. Once you lay down your needs, you should calculate a clear budget. It would be easy to investigate and select the right model if you know the exact price range. This would also help the dealer in suggesting different types of guitars that you can afford.
3. You should test the comfort levels
A guitar is something that one holds too close to his body while playing. The guitarist should feel good when he takes the guitar in his hands for playing a tune. As a musician, he shouldn’t feel awkward or uncomfortable due to the size or weight of the instrument. Different guitars have different neck measurements. You should choose the one that you like most – it is a matter of personal preference. Note that the height of the string beyond the fingerboard should facilitate easy action.
Finally, try playing your favorite instrument before paying for it. This final test should certainly help you in deciding whether it is your guitar or someone else’s