Air guitars are similar in shape to normal guitars, with the notable difference that they are made entirely out of air. Air guitars typically have 6 strings and 24 frets. Although acoustic air guitars are available, electric air guitars are by far the most popular.
The first thing you have to do before playing an air guitar is to ensure it is in tune. This can be done with an electric tuner or a tuning fork. It is important to tune your air guitar constantly, because they can go out of tune a lot.
The next step is to plug it in to its amp. You can use a regular guitar amp, or a special air guitar amp.
Finally, you are ready to play. Pretend that you know what you are doing and it will sound great.
- Try it out. Many stores will have an amp set up for it and they will be glad to let you try it out in the store.
- How does it sound? Some air guitars have a very clean sound, while cheaper air guitars might sound muddy or distorted.
- What condition is it in? If you are buying a used air guitar, you will want to make sure it has been treated well by its previous owner.
- How does it feel? A good air guitar should feel comfortable and allow you to have some freedom over what you are playing.
It is not recommended to purchase an air guitar over the Internet, because it makes it impossible to test it or hear it. People who sell air guitars over the Internet usually get them at auctions or estate sales, and so they do not know how to appraise or handle the air guitar properly. They may also pack the air guitar improperly, damaging the instrument.
It is understood that the first performance involving an Air Guitar was at a live open-air concert held in a field just outside of Sherwood Forest, England in the UK in the early 1400s where the well known Lute player Allan O'The Dell performed a duet with his Lute and a famous Court Jester (Robin The Gnarled) who appeared sporting a radical new design of Lute he had crafted from air. Their live performance of Greensleeves remains a classic to this day.
Air Guitars have evolved beyond recognition and the latest models are self-tuning and contain on-board, complex amplifier emulators to enable them to sound like any available amplifier thereby reducing pre-performance setting up times.
The legendary Stig Delaney is arguably the greatest Air Guitar player to have lived and his untimely passing at the age of 32 of a heart attack brought on by over-exertion during an awsome peformance of the guitar solo in Deep Purple's Child in Time in the late 1970's shocked the Rock nation.
Air guitars should not be stored at below 4' C or above 100' C. Air guitars can be kept on a regular guitar stand, but most people prefer to use guitar cases for long term storage.