New vs. Used
A good used guitar can be an excellent value. Many people buy instruments and
then discover that they simply lack the time or capability to play them. You can
sometimes pick up a real bargain by scanning the local want-ads.
Here’s a checklist for evaluating a used guitar:
- Make sure the tuning machines all work and turn easily.
- Check the body for cracks. Any crack, no matter how small, is a bad sign.
- Check the neck for warping. Press a string down at each end of the fingerboard.
It should touch all the frets.
- Try playing a few notes and chords; see if the guitar responds easily.
- Ask the owner if he/she is the original owner. Determine if the instrument
has ever been repaired.