What’s Your Sound?
Buying a guitar is an investment: not only in a financial sense, but it’s an emotional investment too. The guitar that you buy is going to be fundamental to shaping your style and achieving the sound that you want. This is particularly the case when buying a guitar for playing metal: we all know that the many genres, sub-genres and sub-sub-genres of metal are incredibly diverse, and what works for doom, for example, isn’t going to cut it for thrash, and visa versa. When making this decision, there are a few key elements to consider:
1. Low end power or treble glory
2. Heavy body vs light body
3. Width of the neck
4. Depth of fingerboard
Each of these variables is going to have an effect on your sound and on your style. The heavy, viscous tones of dense-bodied guitar might be what you need, or perhaps you’re a shredder who requires a thin Wizard neck and flat fingerboards; it always best to think about what you want to get of your guitar before you spend your hard earned cash. More info is available in this guide on finding the right guitar for playing metal.