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#1 Overwhelmed

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:08 AM


So i decided i want to learn to play an electric guitar. I have never picked one up before so this is coming from a completely clueless perspective.

I come home from work today to find a guitar on my bed, its not the worlds best and i realize this after i did some impromptu research. But when someone buys you something its rude to tell them its crap and take it away..

So my question is, will this " Casino CJD-81 'Custom Series' " be good enough for me to atleast find out if i have any talent and want to continue with it and buy a good bit of gear later down the track ?
Ohhh and i was told it only cost $40.. Research tells me they retail from $249 - $399.. So yes its not a great brand, but it was a bargain none the less.

Any input appreciated,..


#2 karcey

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 04:02 AM

G'day Overwhelmed, Welcome to our community.
The short answer is yes. That guitar is quite good enough for you to learn on, and actually play music too.
The differences between ordinary guitars and expensive guitars are wasted on beginners. What you need is something with strings so you can learn where to place your fingers, how to pick and strum, how to hear the differences in sound between the pickups. Your Casino is way beyond your level of skill now, and should serve you well for a year or even years.
Of course down the track you'll develop a feel for music and lean towards a particular style of guitar to get your sound. You'll then have enough knowledge and skill to make a proper decision about what will suit you best. It might be a Strat, or it could be a Les Paul. Could be you'll be smitten by a particular hollow body that sounds so special to your ears. And, dare I say it, you may even go to an acoustic. But by then your cash will be spent much more wisely.
Stick with the Casino until you can demonstrate that it's actually spoiling your playing. After that you can justify mortgaging the house to buy better.
And by the way, we've all been where you are now, and we're good company when you've got questions to ask, so keep in touch.
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#3 mattz196


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Posted 20 October 2011 - 05:07 AM

Really need to have an automated reply button that just says "What Karcey said "
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#4 carol m

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 05:22 AM

Ditto for Karcey and Matt's comments. Do you have an amp (amplifier) as well?
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#5 sheraton



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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:06 AM

yep :yes: .........+ 1 more for what Karcey said

it's not what you play, it's how you play that counts...........this goes for equipment as well as notes/chords
i believe learning on a .....hmmmm......less refined guitar, will actually make a better player of you in the long run (it is a long run btw)
i started playing about 20 years ago, and still dream of getting a Gibson Les Paul one day :smilinguitar: ..........i do realise that a better or more expensive guitar
will not make me a better player........... more time spent playing will do that, with whatever guitar or piece of wood with strings attached is available.....

have fun with the new guitar..............try not to be too "overwhelmed"................given time you may even want to change your username to "inspired" or "eager"...........think positive :yes: .......music is a journey, not a destination


#6 karcey

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 02:41 PM

Karcey might need to retire ....
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#7 Stu74

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 03:55 PM

If i came home and found that guitar on my bed i would be more than happy to learn with it.Just by reading about your guitar on the internet i would say its better than my electric guitar.So far my guitar has served me well to learn with but eventualy when i think its holding me back i will upgrade.
What i have just found out in the last few days is the amp you use can make a massive difference to your playing.
Good luck with your new guitar i hope you enjoy learning to play as much as i am.

#8 mset3

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:33 PM


This guitar is more than adequate for learning and beyond. Take some lessons and you will do fine.


#9 Overwhelmed

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 09:30 PM


Thanks to all who have responded, it seems like a friendly community you have here which is unlike a lot of forums filled with trolls and flamewars..

I didnt want to come across as some spoiled little brat who isn't appreciative of his toys, sorry if i did.

If i might bug someone for a little more advice, as mentioned by a couple of replies.. Amps..
I was looking at a small Vox headphone amp, thinking i'd rather not subject everybody around me to the inevitable noise i will be making. Are these ok as a first amp or should i grab a more full function amp with headphone jack.

Cheers and thanks again.

#10 Stu74

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 02:18 AM

Im sure you will get good advice on here for amps from more experienced guys than me.
If you check out the link i started above about the roland micro cube you will see i love it.You might want to check that amp out.

#11 Overwhelmed

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Posted 23 October 2011 - 04:03 AM

Hey Stu..

Yeah i did actually check that out a bit earlier in the day. Then went and checked out the shop i am buying my gear through for the price.
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#12 GotDeeBlues


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Posted 23 October 2011 - 05:07 AM

Headphone amps are OK, but limiting. A nice small 15-25 watt amp from a good manufacturer will be a lot more fun for a long time for you, and almost all have a headphone out jack for silent practicing. Used amps like these are easily found, especially on EBay, at very reasonable prices. I personally like the Roland amps in this range, but Vox, Line 6, Fender also have some great little amps in their lineup.
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