Advice with buying a guitar?
Posted 22 April 2012 - 03:36 PM
I've been researching a lot and I keep seeing that cheap guitars are "toys shaped like guitars". Is this true? I mean I know that a more expensive guitar will sound better, but do you have any recommendations on acoustic guitars that are cheap (200 and under) that still sound good and will help me practice and get better? I will surely get a better guitar down the road, but this is just to start off.
Are there any good brands and models you can think of that would suite me? Is buying a guitar online a bad idea? Or should I stick to buying a guitar in store, if so, I would definitely go to guitar center since there is one close to me.
Sorry for all of the questions! I really just don't want to make a bad choice! If I have to spend a little more than I will, just wanting any opinions! They will all be helpful!
Posted 22 April 2012 - 05:18 PM
Its the only accoustic i have ever owned so im not an expert all i can say is i love it.
I bought my yamaha guitar online without seeing it 1st which is something i wouldnt advise.Its definately best to check the guitar over and try it out 1st before you buy it.
Posted 22 April 2012 - 11:35 PM
Some of the answers to the questions you have will naturally conflict. Here are a few thoughts.
The best guitar for you is one that you find easy to hold and play. It's a bit hard to check that out if you buy online. So it's fair to say a degree of luck is required when sourcing something from an Internet seller.
Why do the same brand, same model guitars feel different? Because they are. Differences in manufacture. You can love one and hate another, even more reason to get your hands on the guitar before you shell out your cash.
Learning for you will be in two stages. First there's learning to play. You need a comfortable guitar with a low action to make this stage of learning easy. Not so important about the tone at this point. Doesn't need to be expensive or have a name on the headstock. Learning to play gives you experience to make a considered opinion when you move on to your next guitar. Don't try to buy your ideal guitar now. You don't know what you'll be thinking in a couple of years.
The second stage is learning to play music. Now you need tone. There's no saying expensive guitars are infinitely better than cheaper ones, it's still your choice for what sounds best to your ears. But being able to play means you'll be hearing your music with experienced ears and believe me, that will be different.
Don't fall into the trap of expecting people to respect the brand of your guitar. For all those who love Fender, there's an equal number who don't want to own one. Same with Yamaha, same with Martin, same with all the rest. You're the only one who matters when you choose your guitar.
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Posted 22 April 2012 - 11:39 PM
Posted 23 April 2012 - 03:22 AM
And don't feel intimidated by the sales people in the store, they probably are guitar freaks too, and will point out the pros and cons. However, don't be persuaded by their opinions if you disagree - you are buying the guitar, and you will be playing it, so your opinion is what counts.
Let us know how it goes.
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 08:06 AM
The Guitar Center store in my area has a wide selection of guitars to choose from. Once you find one you like ask them to set it up for you. It should part of the cost. Good luck with your choice. Let us know what you purchase.
Posted 23 April 2012 - 10:22 AM
Love your down to earth analogies and I agree.
I have some issues with the statement "easy to play" cause you ain't there yet. Perhaps it would be better described in another way.
If you know some easy chords like A, Am, C, D, Dm, E, Em, G and you feel little or no tension in your hand when making these chord shapes and get decent tone when strumming, then you have a pretty good chance at progressing further with that guitar.
And then you try some bar chords Like F, B etc. see how you do.
Good luck with your selection. You are the only person who will know.
Posted 23 April 2012 - 12:04 PM
The fact you have been playing your friends guitar will atleast give you something to compare it with.
Good luck Brandiee
Posted 23 April 2012 - 12:33 PM
Posted 24 April 2012 - 08:49 PM
Whatever you buy, I wish you the best!
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Posted 27 April 2012 - 08:48 PM
Next download some recording software or your movie camera will do and have a ball.
Posted 27 April 2012 - 09:09 PM
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