The Electric Guitar is one of the most influential and popular instruments in modern music. If you want to start playing, you've come to the right place. We created this Electric Guitar Beginner's Guide to help. Here's a quick checklist to help you begin your journey into music:
We'll walk you through each step of this beginner's guide and get you on the path to rocking out!
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Your first step is to get acquainted with the guitar itself. If you don't know what a pickup does, what the tone knob is for, or what the difference is between a hardtail and tremolo bridge, you won't be able to make an informed decision when you buy a guitar. But don't worry! Check out our brief guide to learning everything about the electric guitar. Once you've finished the article, you'll have an idea of the different types, parts, and history of the electric guitar.
After you familiarize yourself with the basics, you'll feel comfortable enough to buy a guitar. There are tons of brands and models to choose from, so it's easy to become overwhelmed. We've painstakingly created a list of guitars that we feel are the best-of-the-best. Check out our recommendations for the Best Guitars for Beginners to find the perfect guitar for your budget. If you prefer to learn how to choose a guitar on your own, then take a look at our Electric Guitar Buying Guide.
An electric guitar without an amp is like a car without an engine. The amp is what projects your guitar's voice and gives your tone character and dynamics. Unless you're already familiar with the different types of amps and how they affect your tone, check out our Become an Amp Expert article for a brief history and primer on the electric guitar amplifier. Once you're done reading our Amplifier beginner's guide, you'll know all about gain, tube vs. solid-state, and more!
Once you've read through our amp guide, you'll know everything a guitarist needs to know about their amplifier. You should be ready to buy your own amp now! Check out our Best Amps for Beginners guide to find the perfect amp for your budget.
Once you have a guitar and amp, you may find that you need a strap so you can play standing up, a case to protect your gear, or backup strings in case you end up breaking one while playing. Soon we'll have a section to help you find the right accessories for your every need.
Now that you have the gear, it's time to learn how to play! Anyone can learn music theory with the right attitude. We're creating a guide that will give you the knowledge you'll need to get your guitar skills to the next level. If you prefer video lessons, we will also have reviews of the popular guitar lesson subscriptions as well! Stay tuned!