Nowadays, a great deal of musicians go online to buy their musical instruments instead of going to a high street shop. There are a lot of advantages of buying this stuff online, including a 24/7 availability, no need to go out to an actual shop, the convenience of browsing through a vast selection of guitars, keybords & synths, drums and percussion and other modern musician's stuff all at the click of a mouse button! But the biggest benefit of all is of course a great opportunity to save money! So if for example you are a bass guitarist looking to buy a new instrument on a budget, shopping for it online will be the best option for you.
Of course there are some obvious risks involved in buying musical instruments online. The biggest risk you will have to take is the inability to actually try out, say, your bass guitar before purchasing it. So you'll just have to trust that your instrument is in the exact condition as it's described by the retailer. Note, that any good online store will be willing to answer all your questions either over the phone or through Email, and provide you with as much information as you need. Moreover, in order to ensure confidence in their customers, all reputable online stores will offer you the option of money back in case you are not satisfied with the product you bought.
Although, do not hesitate to do a little research to find out if it's really worth to buy online in your particular case. So you may want to go to a local shop and check out their prices for comparison. Also, in case you're looking for some rare bass guitar, you should definitely go out and try the guitar at your local music store. Check out how it sounds and the way it makes you feel. Keep in mind, that it's not worth the hassle of buying it online only to send it back afterward. So make sure you know exactly what you need and then go online to look for the best bargains. Also, don't miss the opportunity to read customer's reviews on your chosen musical instrument. If there are plenty of bad reviews, maybe you should consider buying another model. Also, there are many online forums dedicated to musical instruments where you can post a question about any instrument you like and get a whole lot of opinions from experienced musicians, to help you make your final decision.