What You Should Never Forget to Bring With You When Guitar Shopping. I recently stopped by a local Guitar Center to check out a Gibson I’d been eyeing. I made the ultimate mistake: walking into the store without my pedal board. Why is this a problem? First, nearly every guitar in the store will be out of tune. You’re gonna want your tuner pedal. Plus, it’s likely the store’s guitars will have old, crappy strings on it. This makes it likely it’ll go out of tune even faster. There’s no way to determine how good a guitar will sound if the strings are always flat or sharp. Second, if you’re buying a new guitar you need to know how it will sound through your gear, not the store’s gear. So bring your pedals. Heck, bring your amp too. I’ve done this before and it makes a huge difference. I’ve trained my ears to the sound of my gear. But if I play a new guitar through a completely different amp how will I know if it’s the guitar or the amp (or both) that sounds different? Finally, avoid the despair of coming home from the store with your shiny new instrument (and a sense of excitement) only to realize that it sounds completely dreadful through your gear. Please, if you go guitar shopping bring your own gear!
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