Musicians are a very special breed, with very specific preferences, therefore, buying a musical instrument for a musician if you’re not one yourself could be a daunting task and you might find yourself overwhelmed by the abundance of the choices and the mind boggling array of music gear out there.
If you’re a parent looking to buy a gift for your kids or a friend looking to buy a present for your a musician, you might not know music well nor know enough about musical instruments. A good starting position would be similar to the case of buying any other products: You should start by checking reputable brands, such as Fender, Yamaha, Casio and Gibson.
Why? You can expect to get quality that is commensurate with the amount paid. It will also ensure that you can find replacement parts when repairs are needed, and have a higher resale value when it’s time to trade-up. Do not forget of course to read online reviews of the product as well in order to learn from the experiences of other people.
Another great tip is, if possible and this tip is relevant mostly when it comes to kids, to consult with the musician’s teacher. The teacher should be able to give you more information about the quality of the product, as well as the needs of the student.
If you’re buying the instrument for yourself, assess your skills and be honest with yourself. If you are a beginner, choose a guitar that is fitted for your knowledge so that you can learn easily. If you’re a professional, you can and should look for a more professional instrument.
Remember that beginners should be matched up with entry-level instruments, since you can’t be certain if the musician will stick with music in general or that specific instrument to begin with. This is true mostly when it comes to kids, but also for adults, and you might discover yourself that even though you always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, that it might not be for you after all.
Also, keep in mind that instruments come in various sizes which should be matched up with the person playing it, children for example need children sized violins.
Many people ignore the fact that buying a musical instrument isn’t just about what to buy, but also when: Like making music, buying a musical instrument requires timing. The holiday period, and most specifically the time around Black Friday and Christmas, is the best time to make big purchases when it comes to musical instruments, as these are often priced off in a way that will help you make better use of your hard-earned money.
In order to make sure that you don’t overspend, you should make sure that you already specify how much you are willing to spend and stick your budget no matter how tempting the offers are.
Since this guide is about musical instruments, I was thinking about finishing it on a different note (Haha? No, sorry!). The Foo Fighters just released a new EP called Saint Cecilia. The Foos said that in light of the terror attack in Paris, the EP is meant to remind us that music is life, and that hope and healing go hand in hand with song.
You can listen to the the first song from the EP here:
Keep on rocking!
The Stuccu Team