So as the title below my name says, I like to know a little bit about everything. Well I've learned very little over the years about a lot of stuff, but no music. So I've decided I'd like to learn to play the guitar! Since I dont know If I'd like it enough to stick with it, I've decided to set my budget for 100-150 bucks. I know this is chump change when it comes to guitars, but I really cant afford to spend a whole lot of money if this isnt going to be something I will stick with..
So my question is! can I even get a decent beginners guitar for that much? Tomorrow I plan on going to a place called GeorgesMusic(only place I know of near me), I've checked their website and this looks like the best deal I can find. http://www.georgesmusic.com/productDetails.cfm?id=51
Yay? Nay? Maybay?
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12-29-2007 05:57 PMI used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this. - Emo Philips
12-29-2007 06:09 PM
well, i play both bass and guitar. i like fender better but its like a yoyo, its all in the eyes of the beholder. but fender is more expensive. but you can never go wrong with fender! epiphone aint to bad.
this one is 200 but the sound is good. i know this because my dad was like you. so for his birthday i bought him this. i play it more than he does because i dont have an acoustic. Yamaha isnt bad wither now that i think about it
theres the link
btw that package is a good one. youll need extra strings and maybe a capo too.Originally Posted by Skip
12-29-2007 07:39 PM
I wouldn't get a new guitar, if I were you. Used ones are much cheaper and just as good.
Just shop around for a bit of the used ones, and see what they have in stock. Personally, I'd just get a used guitar, a stand, maybe a gig bad, picks, and possibly a tuner. Although tuning by ear is a good thing to know.
I got a great guitar early this year for $90.
12-29-2007 09:30 PM
Yep, if that's your budget get a used one and (if it needs it) have it setup at a guitar shop with proper gauge strings and setup.
Check LOCAL classifieds in your area, especially free online classifieds. You'll be amazed what pops up below $200, especially for acoustics.
If you can, I'd try to find one with a solid top (not laminate), that will make a big differece in sound. Yamaha and Washburn are very common used brands in this range that are good.
12-29-2007 09:31 PM
i personally don't like fender that much. i like deans, but they are out of ur price range.
u can find like beginner packages with an electric guitar like a fender strat or some other brand with the same shape with and an amp for ur price range.
my first guitar was a $100 yamaha acoustic. so yeah
Epiphone= afforable Gibson. Gibson's are expensive like they start around $1000
i say go to the music store and play different guitars for a few hours and find something that feels nice in ur hands and that looks good to u.
my dad plays also and he likes fenders, but i like deans its all a matter of preference.
(i like the raised bridge that u will find on gibson and some dean guitars. i don't like the bridge on the fenders)"I would rather write her a song, because songs don't wait to resolve, and because songs mean so much to her. Stories wait for endings, but songs are brave things bold enough to sing when all they know is darkness."- TWLOHA"- To Write Love On Her Arms
"he swears he's not like everyone else, but this crowd is as shallow as it gets they come just to get their fix, but they can't see what he has inside, cause his tattoos are just a diguise and all the want is a petty face."
12-29-2007 09:46 PM
Oh, don't forget to practice your "metal face". It is essential to learning guitar.
12-29-2007 10:36 PMKingD
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. -- "Henry David Thoreau"
12-29-2007 10:41 PM
My first guitar was an American Peavey Predator. When I received it the action was very high and the intonation was terrible.I played with it for about a week then quit.About two months went by and my brother who also plays guitar came over and set it up for me. It felt like a totally different guitar.I couldnt put it down and have played ever since.
If it feels good you will want to play it more.If it doesnt feel good, what incentive do you have of picking it up and playing?
Just play some and you will more than likely find a guitar that feels good when you play it (you WILL be able to tell the difference), and is in your price range.
/ends late night rambling
12-29-2007 10:46 PM
Ahh thanks everyone! King D I really like the looks of that, I really didnt think I'd be able to get an electric guitar with my budget, but that could work! I also like the Idea of used, but since I really dont know much at all about guitars, I felt like my chances of getting ripped off were high.
I probably should have done this before christmas, prolly missed some nice sales.
If this works out expect to see quite a few nice yoyo's for sale in hopes of upgrades ;)
Thanks again everyone!I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this. - Emo Philips
12-29-2007 10:55 PM
Definitely go used if you can, as others have said. I also think you were right to go acoustic, since you won't have to worry about buying an amp or any other electrical equipment, and also because if you don't want to play in a band or get serious about playing, an acoustic is more fun to just pick up and accompany yourself with or just play some basic chords. Don't worry about brand if you just want something to pick up and mess around with a bit. Just go to a store and find all the guitars in your price range and start trying guitars out. They will be happy to let you try them if you tell them you are thinking of buying one. Find one that you like that is cheap, and get it. Then learn some basic chords, and if you can sing it helps. You'd be surprised how much playing and singing really basic songs can impress non-musicians, and it doesn't sound like you are interested in becoming a serious musician. If you are, this isn't really good advice, but for what it sounds like you want, this is what I would do.
Oh, also, thin picks are easier to use. You probably won't play enough to develop a preference for thicker picks, so I'd just go with the thin, unless you try different gauges at the store and like a thicker one better.
12-30-2007 05:35 AM
What type of music inspires you most?The guy who wrote the book on yoyoing.
12-30-2007 05:18 PM
I like 60-70's rock, stuff thats pretty 'clean/clear' and catchy sounding.
Although youtube has really turned me onto video game music :P
I didnt go to the shop today, Ive got a big wood floor job the week after next so I decided to wait until then when I'll have some more money. Also gives me some more time to do some more research online.
Thanks again.I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this. - Emo Philips
12-30-2007 05:49 PM
As for the type of electric, Strat vs. Les Paul, etc., take a look at some of the tunes that interest you on youtube. Watch what the guitar players are using in those videos. Next step is look at your budget, then go to the music store. Try as many guitars as you can that fit your budget. The right guitar will become obvious to you when you pick it up.The guy who wrote the book on yoyoing.
12-30-2007 06:21 PM
I got my first guitar at a thrift shop.They could use some sax, to pull them back from the edge of calliope.
12-30-2007 06:50 PM
I bought a beat-up six-string, in a second hand store. I didn't know how to play it, but I knew for sure, that this one guitar, felt good in my hands,it didn't take long, to understand, that just one guitar, slung way down low, was my one way ticket, and there was only one way to go
So I started rockin'. I Ain't never gonna stop. I Gotta keep on rockin'. Someday I'm gonna make it to the top
And be a juke box hero
That song is FTW!Team Weenieyo
12-30-2007 06:52 PM
I think that you should tilt the guitar up
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12-30-2007 07:12 PM
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