Red Electric Guitar – Prices Guide To Buy Red Beginner Electric Guitars 5

The Red Electric Guitar Buying and Pricing Guide – Everything You Need To Know When Looking at Various Red Electric Guitars and their Prices…

This is a beginners guide to buying your first red electric guitar for yourself or child who is wanting to learn how to play guitars and will give you a good idea of the different features and specifications that these musical instruments all have.

There are also several elements that affect pricing that I will go over so that you will know whether the prices of guitars are due to things that add to the playability of your six string or just cosmetic upgrades that only affect the look of your axe

Guide To Buying Your First Red Guitar – A Quick Look

This guide on electrical guitar prices is meant for total beginning guitarists, so I have included an area where you can quickly find the information on this page so that you don’t have to waste any time going over any info that you already know…

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Should I Buy a Starter Pack?
Types of Electric Guitar Pickups
Differences in Guitar Necks
Electric Guitar Bridges and Tuners
Guitar Finishes, Binding, and Inlays
Buying Your Electric Guitar Direct From a Distributor
Buying Electric Guitars From Online Retailers
Amplifiers, Effects Pedals, and Accessories
Red Electric Guitars – My Personal Picks

Should I Buy a Starter Pack or the Guitar and Amp Separately?

This question comes up a lot when I am talking to people wanting to get started playing and learning electric guitar music. The simple answer is “it just depends…”

The starter packs are convenient when it comes to getting all of the basics you need to start learning and playing. Most include the instrument, a small amplifier, a strap, cord, picks and a gig bag. It has the basics covered but it also limits your choice a lot of the time. The amps are typically small and have little to no effects included. Sometimes they are battery powered which is cool if you want portability(I’ve got one that I take camping with me…), but can be a real hassle when the batteries run down… :(

That being said, there are some really good starter packages out there that have some really good practice amps with them. It is just up to you whether you want a certain sound. There is a lot more choice when it comes to pairing your six string with the right amplifier to get that sound you are looking for.

Different Types of Guitar Pickups and How They Sound

There are two basic types of pickups that use elctro-magnetic fields to pick up the vibration from electric guitar strings. These are single coil and humbucking pickups. They are easy to tell apart because of the distinct size and shape they have.

Single coil pickups have a bright and crisp sound.
This type of pickup is best suited for playing country, surf, blues, and any guitar that needs a more thin and cutting tone to make it stand out in a musical mix.

Humbuckers are two side by side single coils with one having a reversed polarity to cancel the hum.
These have a thicker sound and are best suited for hard rock, metal, and jazz type playing.

Most instruments have two or three of these in various combination. The most popular configurations are:

3 single coils in the neck, middle, and bridge positions
2 humbuckers in the neck and bridge positions
1 humbucker in the bridge position, and 2 single coils in the middle and neck positions.

The neck position pickup has a more mellow and rounded sound and the neck has a crisper sound.

Differences in Guitar Necks and How it Effects Playing

There are two types of guitar neck construction that are used to attach the necks to the body of the guitar. These are the bolt on and fixed or neck thru neck joints.

Bolt on necks are fastened to the guitar body by four bolts that are given further stability by a neck plate (the square metal piece) the major advantage to this type neck is that it is easy to adjust for playing purposes and it is also easy to replace if you should happen to break the neck…

Fixed necks (also called neck thru) usually cost more because the necks are glued into a specially cut joint that gives the electric guitar much more sustain. The only disadvantage is that if you break or damage this type of neck, you are basically out of luck or looking at a really expensive repair.

Bridges and Tuners – A Rundown on Guitar Hardware

So do you want a whammy bar or not? We all know they look cool, but will you need it? Here is a rundown on several types of bridges to help you make a good decision… :)

Stoptail or fixed bridges:

Tune-o-matic type stoptail bridges are the most popular type of fixed electric guitar bridge. The strings are set at a height relative to one another and can be adjusted for intonation individually. String changes are easy and they stay in tune really well and provide a lot of sustain.

The fixed saddle bridge is found on most telecaster type guitars as well as some strats. What I like about these is that the string height can be individually adjusted by raising the individual saddles. These also tend to stay in tune really well and allow for easy string changes. The plate holding the bridge is also kind of chunky which adds stability.

The thru body bridge setup has the best sustain of any guitar bridge configuration. it also costs more because hole have to be precision drilled through the body and grommets have to be placed in the holes to hold the string. My main axe has this setup, and believe me, it has killer sustain…

Bridges with tremolo arms (aka whammy bars)

The classic tremolo unit revolutionized guitar playing when it was introduced back in the 50s. It is held to the guitar with six adjustable screws on the top, and by three springs located inside the back of the guitar that return it to the right place. The saddles are individually adjustable. These do go out of tune easily and you can’t pull back on them.

The Floyd Rose type of tremolo unit took playing to a whole other level…
This type of whammy bar unit actually consists of two working parts. The bridge which locks the strings into position, and the nut, (the place where the strings run from the headstock on to the neck) that locks down the strings once you have them in tune. You can pull back and dive bomb this trem without any worry, and if you happen to get it out of tune a little, there are mini tuning knobs on the bridge.

There are also several kinds of tuners that can affect how well your guitar stays in tune. If you have a Floyd Rose trem, you don’t have to worry about this. Grover tuners work well with fixed bridges and locking tuners work well with non FR tremolo units.

Red Electric Guitar Finishes, Binding, and Inlays – How They Improve Looks and Affect Prices

Much of the price of any electric guitar has to do with the finish and extra cosmetic details. These do make a guitar look really classy, but have very little if any effect on how well the axe will play.

To demonstrate, I will give you an example between two guitars made by the same manufacturer, with similar specs. One looks plain while the other has a sunburst finish, headstock, neck and body binding (that is the nice white edging that outlines the instrument) and abalone inlays in the neck and headstock. It also has antiqued hardware and pickup rings. A really classy looking six string…

Plain Jane:

Dressed Up:

While the second one looks great, I’ll confidently bet that the Plain Jane guitar plays and sounds just as good (if not better) and it costs a few hundred dollars less… just something to keep in mind… :)

How You Can Save By Buying Your Red Electric Guitar Direct From a Distributor

One way you can save a bundle of money on a beginner electric guitar is to purchase one directly from a distributor. They save money on the cost because they do not have the huge overhead expenses associated with running a retail outlet. They ship directly from their warehouses so they do not have to pay rent on a lot of stores or payroll to staff them.

My absolute favorite distributor to buy musical instruments from is Rondo Music.

They have their guitars and other musical instruments specially made for them by skilled luthiers in factories in China and South Korea. They sell them under their own brand names, Agile Guitars, SX Guitars, and Douglas Guitars. (These are the exact same factories that make many of the name brand instruments.)

They save you a lot of money because they do not have to do a lot of advertising or pay for product placement in shops. The quality is really outstanding. ( I know because I personally own a few and love them… :) )

Here are a few of my faves of the Red persuasion:

SX SR1 MWR from Rondo Music ($115.00)

SX SJM-62 Roller CAR from Rondo Music ($129.95)

Douglas Shadow Metallic Red from Rondo Music ($129.95)

Douglas Halo Metallic Red from Rondo Music ($139.95)

Douglas Zeke HC Red from Rondo Music ($139.95)

Check out all the guitars at Rondo Music!

{*note|disclaimer: Pricing listed was current as of posting May 2010 for review and comparison purposes only. Availability and prices subject to change. Current pricing can be found here.

I do earn an affiliate commissions from Rondo Music dot com for customers this site refers to them directly. I also actually own and play several of their instruments and highly recommend them to anyone looking for a decently priced guitar or bass.

Mac Laton – Site Owner}

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5 thoughts on “Red Electric Guitar – Prices Guide To Buy Red Beginner Electric Guitars

  • Angela Gordon

    Hi I'm looking for a 3/4 size junior electric left handed guitar for my 8 yr old son, can you give me any advice?

  • Mac Post author

    Hi Angela,
    As far as where to get, Online Rondo Music has really good deals. You can also have one ordered locally.

  • maclaton

    First, make sure the guitar is made of solid wood and that the hardware is made of solid metal. A good indicator of a decent guitar is the fret work. It should feel fairly smooth when you run your hand down the side of the neck. If it is overly bumpy or sharp at all, not good.

  • maclaton

    First, make sure the guitar is made of solid wood and that the hardware is made of solid metal. A good indicator of a decent guitar is the fret work. It should feel fairly smooth when you run your hand down the side of the neck. If it is overly bumpy or sharp at all, not good.

  • calum leitch

    I have been trying to find a 3/4 size electric acoustic but have had no luck….
    Does anyone make them?