For some people - such as as acoustic guitar owners - having equipment to fit your instrument is not a major challenge. You might have one guitar pick, for example, as well as a tuner. You can pack both away in your guitar case without thinking twice about it. Another instrument, like an electronic keyboard, is a simple case of plug in and play. You might additionally wear headphones, but those can be had easily in many households.
But what if you have a "diva" instrument, an instrument that requires a more considerable investment in order to play to its fullest? What if you need all sorts of amps and devices in order to make your electric guitar play? Is it a pain? Is it really expensive? How much investment does it require in terms of both time and money? Well, it all depends on the kind of instrument you get, and the amount of equipment that instrument might require. If you're thinking of taking up a musical instrument, the extra equipment necessary to play it is something you'll need to consider.
Start With Research
It all starts with your own independent research. Reading this article is the first step, but since we don't know which instrument you're thinking of taking up, there's not a whole lot more we can do for you except point you in the right direction. Just do some basic research about the typical equipment you'll need when you buy an instrument like an electric guitar.
One important tip: try to avoid getting this information from salespeople. You should walk into a music store with knowledge, not go in there hoping to find some. When you walk in there with knowledge, you won't only know what you're looking for, but you'll have the confidence of someone who did his homework. You will be less likely to be swindled by a sales clerk or simply given bad advice by someone who doesn't really know what they're talking about.
To start your research, you can begin with a simple Google search - there are probably a lot of other people across the world who have dreamed up similar questions to the ones you have. If that doesn't satisfy, start reading more about your instrument directly and pay special attention to anything you might read that suggests what type of equipment to buy.
Another good way to research is to enter in a search for specific product reviews. When you read a product review, many web pages will typically list all of the features of an instrument and the equipment also required to play it. Just be sure not to find some biased reviews that are only looking to sell you an instrument: remember to take anything you read online with a grain of salt. Yes, even this article.
Follow Up With Diligence
Take out a piece of paper and write down the observations you find in your research. In one column, put down a type of equipment you'll need - such as an guitar amp - and in the next column, write down its purpose. You may find that you don't need all of the equipment that you've seen recommended. That's fine! Just make sure to put it all down on paper: that's part of the due diligence that will be required of you if you want to make really informed purchasing decisions.
Once you understand which equipment you need to buy, you can start with your money-saving tactics. Check out sites like Craigslist or eBay.com to find discounts on used equipment and you might be able to afford more musical equipment than you thought you could. Of course, that's no reason to go on a spending spree! Buy only what you need and what you can afford.