What Guitar and Strings to Buy
Hey, everybody. This is Michelle Nipko with yourinnervibe.com. And today we’re going to talk about something that can improve your guitar-playing immediately, and that is having the right equipment. Let me show you what I mean.
First, let me draw your attention to my guitar, which I just love. It’s a Luna guitar. I just love the design. It has this cool little butterfly, and it has the phases of the moon along here, just very girly, which I just love.
Let me show you this compared to my husband’s guitar. It’s a little more boring, no phases of the moon. But it’s a Martin. Martins are very high-quality guitars. It’s a really nice guitar. It’s about a thousand bucks. The other differences you’ll see in these guitars is his is just bigger. This size is called Dreadnought, and this is the most popular guitar out there. It’s the most widely bought. If you type ‘acoustic guitar’ into Amazon, a dreadnought size is going to come up.
Now my size of guitar is called folk size. It’s also called a OOO. It’s just a little bit smaller. It’s shorter, it’s not as wide, and the neck is not as wide, which for me is awesome. My hands are not as big as my husband’s. My fingers aren’t as long. So for me to get my hand around this Dreadnought is more difficult to play. This fits me perfect. It’s easy for my fingers to get around, so it sounds good. The notes are the same. The chords are the same. Everything is the same. It just has a little bit different sound when you play it. This, because it’s a little bit bigger, has a little more of a bass tone. It’s a little boomier. Mine has a little more treble, which is great. That’s just making music, which is those subtle differences that I love.
Make sure you get the right guitar that fits you. Go down to your music store, try it and see how it feels. That’ll get you playing and get you enjoy playing guitar.
The other very important thing is having the right strings. When they sell you a guitar at the music store, generally, it’s going to have 12 gauge strings, which is fantastic for those people that have been playing for 30 years, and they have their calluses built up. Their fingers are strong. No problem. But for beginners, when you’re first starting, it’s going to be miserable. You’re not going to be able to push down hard enough to get any tone. So it’s not going to sound good. Your fingers are really going to hurt. And you’re not going to make it past the first week. So what I recommend you do is get 10 gauge, which is called extra light. Much easier to play, so you can actually play, and it’s not going to hurt your fingers near as much. Use those for a month or two, and then I would trade out for 11 gauge, which is called custom light. And that’s what I use today. I think custom light sounds fantastic. It’s easier on my fingers. It’s easier to play. And it just makes playing fun. Our goal is to be able to play guitar, sing, have a darn good time, and not have a lot of pain. So that’s what I recommend, the 11 gauge string. And I have a link down here below where you can buy that. Or generally, they carry at your local music store. And it costs like $20 bucks for them to change out your strings. It’s something that’s cheap.
And I recommend that you change out your strings once a month. If you’re playing daily, you should change them out about once a month. Once you’ve been playing it for about a month, you can hear it just sound a little thinner. So it’s important to have some good strings. And it’s worth the investment of $20 bucks a month to be able to have a nice, good sound.
This is Michelle Nipko from yourinnervibe.com telling you what guitar and strings to buy. Then you can jam out, sing, and have a darn good time.
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