Blog & latest news Guitars Various Guides GUIDE TO BUY AN USED GUITAR By Arif Hasan Posted on 10 min read 403 Hello good people, this is my 1st installment. I heard many people to ask this kind of questions around every where. How to buy a second hand guitar? Which sides should be carefully noticed for buying a second hand guitar? Are these questions in your mind then lets go through this article. I will suggest you some common steps. Well, as we are living in Bangladesh, sometimes we need to buy second hand guitar. Firstly, you should more careful about the source, where you find the guitar or who will sell the guitar and where you have to go to check the guitar and from where you have to pick the guitar? For every kind of second hand musical instrument please be concern about the place where you have to go to check the instrument and where you have to pick the instrument as well. Please try to avoid carrying hand cash with you when you will go to check the guitar. It will save you from robbers. Make sure whom you are going to dealing is known to your closer one or you have any known people in that place. OK these are the security issues. I guess “chele ta beshi kotha bole” is running in your mind. :p Acoustic Guitar When you are going to buy a second hand acoustic guitar, firstly you have to think about which guitar brand you are looking for, how much the sellers asking for your those guitars and how much the market price of that guitar. Well this issue have to decide between all with your budget and the asking price. Then you have to check the guitar very carefully. If i point out some important issues, then 1. Any damage on the guitar or any part of the body. 2. Any major spot. 3. Any repairing history. 4. Main thing is the fret board. Please go through all the frets of every string. If there any fret have buzz try to align it. (I will write on guitar alignment later on). 5. If there any equalizer or any pre-amp on the guitar, don’t forget to check that its working fine. 6. Check the bridge, tune key, head stock. If there any damage on bridge, you will suffer from intonation problem. For an acoustic guitar these are the important and main issues for checking. Electric Guitar: When you are on the way to get a second hand electric guitar, i will suggest you to take something with you. A good instrument cable and a mint condition amp if possible. Well you are thinking right now, this guys is a mad. I’m explaining you why i’m suggesting to take a good cable and a good amp. Look, when you check a brand new guitar on a instrument shop, they provide you a good cable and a good amp cause if the amp has any noise as well cable, you can not understand that the guitar is OK. That’s why i’m suggesting you to take a good cable and an amp along with you to check a second hand guitar. (Don’t carry your amp if you feel unsafe where you have to go to check the guitar.) Now let’s come to the main point. I divide electric guitar on 2 type basis of bridge. One is fixed bridge and the other one is floating system bridge. Fixed bridge is fixed forever. And the floating bridge system have many kind to bridge. Floyd rose, Edge bridge, Kehlar bridge etc. But everyone is floating system bridge. So when you are going to check a fixed bridge electric guitar, don’t forget to check these following things, 1. Any damage on the guitar or any part of the body. 2. Any major spot. 3. Any repairing history. 4. Fret board must have to be fresh. Please go through all the frets of every string. If there any fret have buzz try to align it. (I will write on guitar alignment later on). 5. Check the pickups properly. If there too much rust on pickup try to avoid it (For humbucker pickup). Put a new 9 volt battery on the battery store and check the pickups are sounding proper otherwise avoid it. (For active pickup). 6. Check the sound of the guitar in plugged with a amp. Check clean tone first. If there no noise in each step of pickup selector, you shouldn’t be worried about guitar noise. 7. Check the volume pots, tone pots are working properly. 8. For fixed bridge, check the bridge properly. If there too much rust, try to avoid it. Check there screws which are used to take the bridge up and down are working properly. Check all the screws of saddle are in mint condition. 10. For floating system bridge, check the bridge properly. If there too much rust in the bridge try to avoid it. Check every screw used in the bridge are in mint condition. Check all the saddles. Check the fine tuners are working properly. Check the springs on the back inside the guitar are working properly. Check the ground black cable shouldered properly on the spring holder head. Check the tremolo bar. Check the locking nuts near head stock are tighten enough to lock the strings properly. 11. If possible check the wiring are properly shouldered back inside the guitar. 12. Check the tune keys are working properly and the head stock as well. If there any damage in head stock you should must avoid the guitar. These are the basic steps you should keep in your mind when you are going to check a second hand guitar for buying. Hope the article will help you. Remind me if i missed anything in comment section.