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    Hi guys,I will buy a used electric guitar this week.So I wanted your help and your advises on what I should be aware of,when buying a used guitar.And how can I understand the condition of the guitar when I will test and play it ?

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    Man, that's a wide open question. Do you own any electric guitars now? What is your budget? The ultimate answer to your question is to find something you like in your price range and buy it. If you are buying a new guitar then you are considering budget and style of guitar. If you are buying a used guitar then you have to be a bit more careful of your choice.
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    Thanos, I would love to visit Greece for the sunshine, the food and to look at used guitars with you! Not likely, though. The first two things:

    1. How does it feel? All the way up the fretboard! No buzzes!!

    2. How does it sound? Plug it in and play it in all pickup positions and make sure everything works - crank all the pots up and down with the guitar and amp live. If it sounds scratchy, the seller should be responsible for replacing the pots or adequately cleaning them with DeOxit or whatever is available.

    Other items include close scrutiny to the neck joint to be sure everything is square and there is no gap or other mis-fit.
    Last edited by tele savalas; 01-17-2017 at 10:38 PM.
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    Yes, this is a Huge Question! What is your experience in the world of guitars? Are you an acoustic player looking to expand into electrics? What kind of electric guitars are you interested in?
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    Ah, experience...

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    Yes I'm experienced,I play guitar a couple of years but I never owned an electric.I hope that I will find a friend who has knowledge on electric to test the guitar,as he has more experience.Thank you Tele Savalas you are welcome to Greece,you won't regret it if you come,Greece is a very beautiful country.

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    I couldn't add anything to above answers, but consider that everything is able to fix but neck & fretboard isn't so easy. Keep the eye on this guitar part... and good luck
    As a very first electric guitar I could suggest some horse from Fender stable: they are relative cheap, liable, good sounding, easy to upgrade... easy maintenance & service


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    You said you WILL buy a guitar this week. Is someone making you buy one? (kinda like a shotgun wedding?) If not, I'd suggest that you slow down and learn what it is that you like. Learn what's good... what's not so good... for YOU. From this distance, we can only guide you in generalisms or in avoiding extremes. You could throw money away by not seeing something this week that you might easily catch after a couple weeks of shopping and PLAYING. Speaking of playing, this shopping period should be fun. Fun. Fun. Play everything you can get your hands on and before long you'll be able to answer personally all of the questions you can't even formulate right now. Your future self will thank you for not rushing into anything. Take a friend, by all means, but he or she cannot tell you what you like.
    Happy Shopping~~ And when you've decided... remember to post pics here.
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