Gui­tar hero

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page - - KYLIE McIN­TOSH

IF your child be­lieves they’re the next Keith Ur­ban, it’s likely they are an­gling for an elec­tric gui­tar. Used elec­tric gui­tars can be found un­der Mu­si­cal Equip­ment in Week­end Shop­per and can range any­where from $50 up­wards depend­ing on the qual­ity.

To de­ter­mine the pros and cons of buy­ing a sec­ond­hand elec­tric gui­tar, Shop­per spoke to renowned Bris­bane gui­tarist, Asa Broomhall.

A vet­eran gui­tarist of more than 20 years, Asa also works at The Gui­tar Shop in Latrobe Tce, Padding­ton.

In terms of what to look out for when buy­ing a sec­ond­hand elec­tric gui­tar, Asa says it’s im­por­tant to look for struc­tural dam­age.

“Be­cause gui­tars are tim­ber you need to check for any cracks or warp­ing,” he said.

“You should also try and see whether the neck is twisted. If it’s bowed it can be ad­justed, but if it’s twisted it can’t be fixed.

“It’s quite dif­fi­cult to spot, but where the neck meets the body should be in line.”

Asa also ad­vises check­ing the frets for wear and tear.

“Check the con­di­tion of the frets, they can be re-fret­ted but it’s an ex­pen­sive job. Have a look at the G and B frets in par­tic­u­lar, if they have dips in them they are worn. They can be fret dressed but this will only work for a while.”

While many be­lieve a be­gin­ner should learn on an acous­tic gui­tar, Asa says this is not al­ways the case.

“Many of your older read­ers, like me, would have learnt on what­ever gui­tar was around the house. Or what­ever their un­cle had,” Asa said.

“These days be­cause of Chi­nese man­u­fac­tur­ing you can buy a fan­tas­tic qual­ity gui­tar a lot more cheaply than you could 20 years ago.

“Be­cause of their thicker, ny­lon strings, acous­tic, or clas­si­cal gui­tars are eas­ier for kids to play. But most con­tem­po­rary mu­sic is played on elec­tric gui­tars so if your child has their heart set on it then start them on an elec­tric.

“Elec­tric gui­tars have steel strings and they are lighter and af­ford bet­ter playa­bil­ity.”

Gui­tars, like cars should have reg­u­lar ser­vices or set­ups as they are called.

“Ba­si­cally be­cause they’re made of tim­ber and glue gui­tars change shape over time so if you con­tinue to play with­out hav­ing a setup your gui­tar will be harder to play,” Asa said.

In ad­di­tion to the elec­tric gui­tar, shop­pers will need to buy amps and head­phones for ob­vi­ous rea­sons.

“Chil­dren will al­ways want to play the most par­ent-un­friendly sounds on their gui­tars and typ­i­cally it will be an amaz­ing amount of hideous dis­tor­tion,’’ Asa said.

“I know be­cause I did.”

ROCK ON: Gui­tar tech­ni­cian Ro­han Sta­ples (left) and gui­tarist Asa Broomhall at The Gui­tar Shop.

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