Back in the early 60's the quality of starter guitars was unpredictable, unstable and often unplayable! (When I think back, it's a wonder anyone ever kept playing at all!) Today's instruments are of a different caliber. Recent technological developments and the use of modern manufacturing techniques have greatly improved the quality and consistency of entry-level instruments. The bottom line: There are now a variety of affordable, quality, entry-level instruments available for the beginner.
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If you think you'd like to get more specific in your choice of guitar, the first thing you need to decide is what type you would like. The style of music you'd like to play can often decide this. Check out some artists who play the type of music you'd like to emulate.
It would probably be a good choice to get a similar instrument. While the professional model your guitar hero plays will probably be a little more than you're ready to spend, there are many companies who produce affordable replicas of popular high-end instruments that contain many the same features. It's also a good idea to talk with one the knowledgeable Product Specialists at Music123 and take advantage of their expertise.
There are 2 basic types of electric guitars:
This type of guitar is made of solid wood. Examples of this are the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul.
This type of guitar has a deeper, completely hollow body, with F holes in the top, allowing the guitar to resonate acoustically. An example of this would be the Gretsch 6120. Certain models may have a wood block through the center, behind the pickups, to give more sustain and minimize feedback. These are also known as Semi-Hollow Body Guitars. An example of this would be Gibson's ES-335.