by Jesse Austin, with thanks to Tearaway.
Whether you are looking for your first bass guitar or setting up your home studio, knowing how to look for the right gear is essential to get yourself the best sound. When looking for a new piece of gear, sometimes the options seem endless. Recording interfaces can range from as little at $100 to well over $2,000, so you can often find yourself lost in the maze of options.
Finding the right piece of equipment is an art in itself, but can also be daunting if it’s the first time doing so. Get ready to spend hours on the internet and to part with your hard earned cash, as I give you five tips when buying gear.
- Know What You Want – There are so many options, even when it comes to specific pieces of gear, so make sure you know exactly what you are after. Create a list of exactly what you are looking for. For example, if you want a new guitar, know what brand/s you are after, what kind of pickups you want, whether you want a hollow body or solid body guitar etc. Answering these questions helps you narrow your search.
- Set Yourself A Budget – Buying gear can end up emptying the bank account fairly quickly, so make sure you know how much you want to spend. Set yourself a budget when you know what you want and make sure you look within your range or else it can quickly lead to spending more than you should.
- Scour The Internet – There are endless demos online of different pieces of gear and most likely some of what you are after. Watch the videos, read the comments on websites, and compare gear with each other. Compare prices as well, with online retailers, however the Rockshop will be able to find you a great deal if the price is cheaper overseas!
- Try It Out – Do not be afraid of going into the store and asking to have a go on the guitar you are thinking of buying. Take in your pedals and your amp if you really want to. The shop attendants want to sell you the equipment, so they will be accommodating. Even try it out numerous times. Remember, this is a serious investment and is well worth your patience and consideration.
- Don’t Settle – While I did recommend keeping to a budget before, it is sometimes better to go for the more expensive item. A lot of the time cheaper equipment can fail or not sound as good. If you have done your research, you will know the pros and cons of different items and whether the more expensive item is worthwhile. All it means is waiting a little longer to save the extra money.
Purchasing gear can be a daunting task, but hopefully these five tips will provide you with a bit more confidence when looking for your next addition to the family!
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