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The golden rule, as with other instruments, is to spend as much as you can afford. A better guitar and better amplifier will make a better sound, and will keep you satisfied for longer. All the guitars we sell at Sheehans are checked over and set up by our own repairer and luthier prior to sale, so they will all have a nice low action, even frets and accurate intonation.
Bear in mind that, at the very least, you will also need an amplifier, strap, lead, and plectrums, and it's usually a good idea to buy an electronic tuner (by far the easiest way of keeping your instrument in tune), and a soft case if you plan to take the instrument out of the house. There are complete packages available which are excellent value, and usually contain everything mentioned above (apart from the tuner); these are a very popular choice for people just starting out.
Browsing our shop you will notice there is quite a difference between the prices of the least expensive and most expensive electric guitars. Here are some improvements you might expect by spending more money on an instrument:
This will depend on the details of your indivual policy - some cover musical instruments, some don't. Often insurers will require you to pay a surcharge to cover instruments over a certain value, and most will not cover instruments outside of the house.
Even if your instruments are covered on your home insurance, it may well be worth considering a specialist musical instrument insurance policy. These are often surprisingly inexpensive, and will usually cover accidental damage or theft of instruments in many more situations than a household policy - at home, at school, in an unattended vehicle, in a performance venue, at a friends house. Usually you can upgrade the policy to include extras such as worldwide travel, and public liability insurance.
For specialist musical instrument insurance, we recommend Allianz Cornhill - see our musical instrument insurance page for more information on their policies.
There's a variety of good tutorial books available, many of which have CDs and DVDs included, and some good standalone DVD packages available - sheet music, books and dvd search facility on our website, or contact our electric guitar department for our latest recommendations.
Whilst it's possible to learn to play entirely from books or DVDs (and some people manage to teach themselves without even these) its usually a good idea to think about having lessons with a guitar teacher, even if it's just a few sessions to point you in the right direction.
If you're looking for a guitar / bass teacher in the Leicester and Leicestershire area, please contact us and we will email you a list of the ones we know about. If you're from further afield, we suggest trying to contact your local music shop to find out if they offer a similar service for your area.
Not a problem! Jimi Hendrix was left handed, in common with many other successful guitarists before and since. Although some left handed players have learned to play right handed, and some have taken a right handed guitar and turned it upside down, nowadays most tend to use left handed guitars.
Pretty much all manufacturers now make a good selection of left-handed electric guitars and basses, so there's plenty to choose from. There's even special chord books printed for left handed players, so there's no excuse not to learn!