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i need to get myself a good beginners guitar


frances

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i have been told to shop around for a beginners guitar but i hate shopping around! can anyone recommend me a good brand of guitar that works for beginners? i obviously dont want to pay too much for an instrument when i am not yet sure if i will even be able to play it yet..!! once ive got some skill i am more than happy to shell out on a good guitar. id love to start acoustic and just to make matters more difficult i am left handed, well actually i dont know how difficult that does make it really...

another friend told me to have a look on sites like this or this but these dont seem to be specialised in any way, so i dont know if i would get what im after here. surely there is a teacher of fellow beginner here who knows what i need to do?!

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to be advised properly you will need to disclose:

 

how much do you want to spend?

 

what are the basics about the guitar that will inspire you?

acoustic, electric, fat, skinny, loud soft?

 

what kind of music do you want to learn?

acoustic, electric, jazz, bebop, country, blues, rock, pop, metal, shred, etc...

 

who's music do you love or will inspire you to learn?

 

do you have a favorite musician or guitar player?

 

The standard for a beginner guitar "I want to learn Justin Beiber songs to make girls sigh" is a used acoustic like a yamaha or seagul. But, if you say you want to learn chicken picken and Jerry Reed is your favorite artist, then everything changes.

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I started in 1956 and bought a plastic ukelele for $4 at a pawn shop in Montreal, then got an Arthur Godfrey instruction and song-book.

 

It enabled me to learn basic chords in various keys and develop ears for when the chord changes were coming...

 

To this day I still use some of those 4 string ukelele chords - particularly when doing old R&B from the fifties and sixties - similar to Steve Cropper or the funk brothers at Motown.

Been round the block but am not over the hill...

 

http://www.bandmix.ca/jamrocker/

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Budget Jasmine Flattop @ Amazon

 

Without knowing your budget I am aiming low on price. My nephew recently purchased this Jasmine budget model from Amazon without conferring with me first. I got all over him about not checking with me but when he brought it over I was VERY surprised at the quality of the instrument's construction, playability and tuning stability. To me these are the 3 most important aspects of a student guitar. Tone & projection are irrelevant if the instrument self-destructs, makes your fingers bleed and won't stay in tune. I actually like the tone on this one. It's very balanced. Reminds me a bit of some Gibsons I've played. It's not particularly loud though. This model is currently on sale for around $71.00. I think you would have to spend 5-6 times as much to get even an incrementally better instrument to learn on.

 

If you can spend more it is tough to go wrong with a Yamaha like this one >>> Yamaha Flattop

 

 

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"Work hard. Rock hard. Eat hard. Sleep hard. Grow big. Wear glasses if you need 'em."-The Webb Wilder Credo-

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Another option would be to go to a local mom and pop store and try some out that fit your price range and work with the staff. Generally those types of stores have more knowledgeable staff and will point you in the right direction.

 

For accoustics at the entry level I always like Yamaha. For electric I would recommend a Mexican strat (though the Korean ones aren't horrible), some Ibanezes, or maybe even Epiphone, depending on the tone and shape you are looking for. Mudcat makes a very good point about making sure you are getting something that has a decent quality and will stay in tune. Your going to want something that is enjoyable to play and encourages practice time, not something that is painful and requires retuning every 2 minutes. I have a simple rule, always play the guitar I am going to buy. This is especially important for lower level models as each one can have a different feel and may have different flaws.

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Jello Frances,

 

I am a guitar teacher. I have been playing for 46 years and teaching for 43.

 

Let me offer you this advice. Don't buy too cheap an instrument. It will probably be difficult to play, the tuners will be of less than high quality, and on and on. You want to buy an instrument that you can grow into. If you invest $400-550, you will have a genuine musical instrument, not a piece of junk. In the unlikely event that you hate the guitar, hold on to your receipt, give the guitar to a church, school or orphanage and take the tax write-off. Also, find a good teacher. Good Luck!

If you play cool, you are cool.
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