How to Choose a Guitar For Fathers Day

If you don't know much about guitars it's easy to get confused with so many options.  This guide will steer you in the right direction towards a guitar that your dad will love!  Lets break it down to 4 situations.  

Click on the statement that most suits:

1. He has not played guitar or does not own a guitar

2. He already has an Acoustic Guitar (but not electric)

3. He already owns an Electric Guitar (but not acoustic)

4. He has an Electric Guitar and Acoustic Guitar already

5. Enough Guitars! What else might he like?

 

 

 

 

1. He has not played guitar or does not own a guitar?

He's shown interest in guitar but hasn't got around to buying that first guitar, or getting it back since his younger days. Have a think about the kinds of bands he listens to and do a little research.  Look up the band playing on Youtube and see if they play acoustic guitar or electric guitar.

Here are some of our most popular beginner guitar packs which include everything he'll need to get started:

Artist LSP Beginner Acoustic Guitar PackArtist LSP Beginner Acoustic Guitar Ultimate PackArtist STH Electric Guitar Pack + AmpArtist LP60 Electric Guitar Pack + Amp

 

 

 

2. He already has an Acoustic Guitar (but not electric)

He might want to upgrade to a Solid Wood or Solid Top guitar the solid wood guitars are much more resonant than the beginner range so they produce a much higher quality tone. Cedar give a mellow sound - good for finger picking, Spruce is a bright sound - good for loud strumming.

Here are our most popular models:

ARTIST DS120CEQ ACOUSTIC GUITAR, SOLID SPRUCE TOP DREADNOUGHT WITH EQARTIST DCB350 ACOUSTIC GUITAR, SOLID TOP DREADNOUGHTARTIST OM175EQ ACOUSTIC GUITAR, OM SIZE WITH EQARTIST J2EQ ACOUSTIC GUITAR, SOLID WOOD JUMBO-LARGE WITH EQ

 

 

Or he might want to try Electric Guitar.... Here are some good options that include an amp.  No point buying an electric guitar if he doesn't have an amp!

Artist STH Electric Guitar Pack + AmpArtist LP60 Electric Guitar Pack + AmpARTIST TCPK ELECTRIC GUITAR PLUS AMPARTIST SGPK ELECTRIC GUITAR PLUS AMP AND ACCESSORIES

 

 

 

3. He already owns an Electric Guitar (but not acoustic)

If he already has an electric guitar we can assume that he's not a beginner.  So one option is to look at a nice Sweet sounding Solid Top or Solid Wood guitar.  Cedar give a mellow sound - good for finger picking, Spruce is a bright sound - good for loud strumming.

Here are our most popular models:

ARTIST DS120CEQ ACOUSTIC GUITAR, SOLID SPRUCE TOP DREADNOUGHT WITH EQARTIST DCB350 ACOUSTIC GUITAR, SOLID TOP DREADNOUGHTARTIST OM175EQ ACOUSTIC GUITAR, OM SIZE WITH EQARTIST J2EQ ACOUSTIC GUITAR, SOLID WOOD JUMBO-LARGE WITH EQ

 

 

Or, alternatively you could add to his range of Electric Guitars.  If there's one thing an electric guitarist likes it's more guitars. Have a ook at these premium models we offer and if you see something here that he doesn't have, chances are he'll want one!  Here are some popular models for a range of musical styles:

 

ARTIST CHERRY58 SEMI ACOUSTIC ELECTRIC GUITARArtist Cherry58 Hollow Body Semi Acoustic Electric Guitar

Styles: Blues, Rock, Rockabilly, Jazz.

From $299

 

ARTIST GRUNGEMASTER - JM STYLE ELECTRIC GUITARArtist Grungemaster Electric Guitar

Styles: Grunge, Garage Rock, Indie Rock.

From $249

 

ARTIST STEALTH LP6 MODERN LP STYLE ELECTRIC GUITAR - MATTE BLACKArtist Stealth LP6 Modern Style Electric Guitar

Styles: Hard Rock, Metal, Hardcore.

From $299

 

ARTIST TC ELECTRIC GUITAR PLUS ACCESSORIESArtist TC Electric Guitar

Styles: Country, Folk, Soft Rock, Indie Rock.

From $219

 

ARTIST LP59CSB DELUXE LP ELECTRIC GUITARArtist LP59 Deluxe LP Electric Guitar

Styles: Rock, Country, Blues, Punk.

From $399

 

 

 

 

4. Has an Electric Guitar and Acoustic Guitar already

Upgrade to a Solid Top or Solid Wood Acoustic guitar.  Take a look at what he already has and try to find a guitar that fills a gap.  For example, if he only has spruce top guitars, look for a mahogany or cedar top to compliment his collection. 

ARTIST DS120CEQ ACOUSTIC GUITAR, SOLID SPRUCE TOP DREADNOUGHT WITH EQARTIST DCB350 ACOUSTIC GUITAR, SOLID TOP DREADNOUGHTARTIST OM175EQ ACOUSTIC GUITAR, OM SIZE WITH EQARTIST J2EQ ACOUSTIC GUITAR, SOLID WOOD JUMBO-LARGE WITH EQ

 

 

Add a new Electric Guitar to his arsenal.  Again, look for gaps in his collection, but keep in mind some electric guitars can be very specific to a style of music.  For example, if he's predominantly into Blues, you wouldn't buy a metal guitar.  Here are some options:

 

ARTIST CHERRY58 SEMI ACOUSTIC ELECTRIC GUITARArtist Cherry58 Hollow Body Semi Acoustic Electric Guitar

Styles: Blues, Rock, Rockabilly, Jazz.

From $299

 

ARTIST GRUNGEMASTER - JM STYLE ELECTRIC GUITARArtist Grungemaster Electric Guitar

Styles: Grunge, Garage Rock, Indie Rock.

From $249

 

ARTIST STEALTH LP6 MODERN LP STYLE ELECTRIC GUITAR - MATTE BLACKArtist Stealth LP6 Modern Style Electric Guitar

Styles: Hard Rock, Metal, Hardcore.

From $299

 

ARTIST TC ELECTRIC GUITAR PLUS ACCESSORIESArtist TC Electric Guitar

Styles: Country, Folk, Soft Rock, Indie Rock.

From $219

 

ARTIST LP59CSB DELUXE LP ELECTRIC GUITARArtist LP59 Deluxe LP Electric Guitar

Styles: Rock, Country, Blues, Punk.

From $399

 

 

 

 

5. He has enough Guitars! What else might he like?

What about something a little different?  Here are a few popular suggestions:

 

Artist UkulelesArtist Ukulele

We have a great range from beginner models through to premium solid wood ukes.

From $55

 

ARTIST WBS200 WEISSENBORN GUITAR, SOLID WOODArtist WSB200 Solid Wood Weissenborn Guitar

This is an acoustic slide guitar, played in the lap. Think Ben Harder, John Butler.

From $649

 

Artist MandolinsArtist Mandolins

These are great fun and a new challenge for a guitarist of any standard.

From $149

 

Artist MSL110 Lap Steel GuitarArtist MSL110 Lap Steel

Great for country music enthusiasts, this is the perfect intro to Lap Steel.

From $199

 

 

Or what about Accessories? We have a huge range of accessories to compliment any guitar setup. Here are the most popular: 

 

Effects PedalsEffects Pedals

Any electric guitarist will be stoked to receive a new pedal.  Call us if you're not sure what to get.

From $39

 

Guitar CasesHard Cases

Everyone needs to protect their pride and joy. Call us if you're not sure what to buy. 

From $64

 

Guitar AmplifiersGuitar Amps

We have a huge range of guitar amps to suit any style.  Call us for advice.

From $99

 

Accessories PackAccessories Packs

Choose from our range of accessories packs.

From $39

 

 

 

I hope this guide has helped, if you need any assistance please email:

sales@artistguitars.com.au or call us on 1300 489 816

 

If you would like more information on choosing the right guitar for you, then feel free to email usgive us a call or click the live chat button below.

 

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