It is a great idea to take a few minutes to do a thorough inspection of your electric guitar. A multiple number of seemingly harmless things can cause your guitar to break or become unplayable far too quickly. It doesn’t matter whether your electric guitar is a beginner range or a high-end guitar, the same general inspection guidelines apply. Follow the below steps to inspect and get started with your new electric guitar.
Checking the Neck and Headstock
Check the tuning machines to make sure they move easily, but aren’t too loose. It’s very important to check the neck of the guitar to see if it is straight. Hold the guitar with the tuners close to you and the body of the guitar on the floor as shown in the image below. Carefully inspect the neck to see if it is straight and make sure it doesn’t have any low or high spots. Look carefully for any twists in the neck, as this can make a guitar hard to keep in tune and make playing increasingly difficult.
Next, you will want to look at the distance of the strings from the fretboard, or what is commonly called the action. It’s important to ensure it’s not too difficult to hold the strings down in order to play.
Checking the bridge
Check the screws holding the bridges in place and make sure they are tight. If your guitar has an adjustable bridge (most of the electric guitars have an adjustable bridge), use a wrench or screwdriver to make sure the bridge actually is adjustable and not stiff or stuck. If you are not confident on how to adjust the bridge or it feels complicated you can get it fixed from a luthier.
Checking the Frets and Strings
Make sure the frets are even, unworn and have no sharp edges. Worn-out frets can cause your guitar strings to buzz when played. It is expensive to have frets worked on and being replaced, this is a critical thing to check beforehand. If there is a problem with the frets contact the aftersales team immediately with your problem and the same will be sorted out.
On some beginner new guitars, the strings may be of lower quality. New strings are clean and shiny, while older strings will be dull coloured, rusted and may even show signs of unwinding. A faulty set of strings can make even the most expensive guitar sound bad and wonky.
Checking the Body
Look closely at the body of your electric guitar for cracks, bumps, dents, chips, loose screws, loose pickguard and scratches. Some lower-end guitars may have some minor finish issues that won’t affect the sound or the playability. In the end, you’ll want to look for anything at all that may indicate structural damage. Contact the aftersales immediately once you discover such problem.
Checking the Electronics
Using a good quality working guitar cable, plug your guitar to a Guitar Amplifier. Ensure all the control for each pickup is working perfectly. Ensure that the pickups are properly fixed to the guitar and are not shaking. Keep playing your guitar, check if there’s no unnecessary buzz sounds all the knobs and switches are working perfectly. Few minutes of guitar inspection now could save you a lot of time, money, and trouble later. If you face any problems with the electronics get in touch with aftersales