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Just seen this gem of a deal on Amazon. More than 50% off a decent guitar brand with an electric/bass and amp, strap, tuner, stand, bag etc etc all included. Cheap as chips and if you work it out you pretty much get the guitar for free as all the other bits add up to about £80.

Seems to say in the T&Cs its only a week long thing.
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Great reviews. Would love to get this, but thankfully can see the dust starting to form on it now.

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7 Likes #1
Great reviews. Would love to get this, but thankfully can see the dust starting to form on it now.
1 Like #2
I got the rosewood one which was gathering dust until Rocksmith came along - good cheap option for playing Rocksmith. I'm sure the people who really know what they are doing with a guitar will explain why this is just a toothpick, but for a luddite like me it is great for what I use it for!
#3
Probably better than what Eric started with! ...bargain

Edited By: Thermal Rider on Jul 08, 2014 10:43
#4
It's perfectly good for entertaining yourself and learning some fun licks.

Sure a musician won't be wanting to rely on the hardware, but for messing around and learning? Good stuff!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw_6IvBOqFI


But do spend £5 on a set of decent strings straight away.

Edited By: androoski on Jul 08, 2014 10:47
#5
I got a slightly different one of these a few years ago - an Encore blaster E6. Once it was set up properly, it was brilliant. It sounds and plays like a guitar that's 5 times the price. It really plays very well. However, the rest of the bundle is not going to be used for very long if you get in to it - the amp is weak, the cable is what you'd expect for the quality of the amp, the strap is very basic. The bag is OK though. But if someone is thinking of starting to play, this is a fantastic price for a beginners complete kit.
#6
Damn and as always, no left handed deal included...I would love to learn bass guitar :/
1 Like #7
I'd want to learn the guitar but I can just see myself using it for a but and then leaving it to gather dust.
1 Like #8
kanekindratiuk
I'd want to learn the guitar but I can just see myself using it for a but and then leaving it to gather dust.

Borrow one.....
#9
androoski
kanekindratiuk
I'd want to learn the guitar but I can just see myself using it for a but and then leaving it to gather dust.

Borrow one.....

I don't have any friends to borrow one from.
#10
Drago
Damn and as always, no left handed deal included...I would love to learn bass guitar :/
Check out Thomann.de, they have this http://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_gitarrenset_g45_lh.htm for £83.21 delivered
2 Likes #11
kanekindratiuk
androoski
kanekindratiuk
I'd want to learn the guitar but I can just see myself using it for a but and then leaving it to gather dust.

Borrow one.....

I don't have any friends to borrow one from.

I've always thought there's a business opportunity in hiring out beginner quality musical instruments. So many end up gathering dust a few months after being bought. You could hire something like this out at 20 quid a month and if you decided you liked it your could have the option to buy the equipment you have hired.
#12
Being left handed sucks.
3 Likes #13
Don't wish to sound like a music snob, but you really are better getting a second-hand kit - there are a lot of them about as people buy them and then realise it takes a bit of effort (which is why I play bass!). Cheap amp doesn't matter, but cheap pick-ups just sound awful, and having to continually re-tune will put any budding musician off.

Not criticising this obviously hot deal, but I would definitely urge caution and suggest a used Yamaha or Squier instead.
#14
Holdsworth
Don't wish to sound like a music snob, but you really are better getting a second-hand kit - there are a lot of them about as people buy them and then realise it takes a bit of effort (which is why I play bass!). Cheap amp doesn't matter, but cheap pick-ups just sound awful, and having to continually re-tune will put any budding musician off.

Not criticising this obviously hot deal, but I would definitely urge caution and suggest a used Yamaha or Squier instead.
This comment is 100% correct, I bought 3 Encore guitars when I first started, I got them as they are so cheap compared to other brands, when I finally got a Yamaha it sounds so much better, and again I have a squire which is so much better.

When you hear these compared to decent guitars you realise how terrible they actually are

Edited By: Crazy Chris on Jul 08, 2014 12:13
#15
Holdsworth
Don't wish to sound like a music snob, but you really are better getting a second-hand kit - there are a lot of them about as people buy them and then realise it takes a bit of effort (which is why I play bass!). Cheap amp doesn't matter, but cheap pick-ups just sound awful, and having to continually re-tune will put any budding musician off.

Not criticising this obviously hot deal, but I would definitely urge caution and suggest a used Yamaha or Squier instead.
You do good bass players a disservice my friend, a good bass player is the foundation of a good band.
1 Like #16
Crazy Chris
Holdsworth
Don't wish to sound like a music snob, but you really are better getting a second-hand kit - there are a lot of them about as people buy them and then realise it takes a bit of effort (which is why I play bass!). Cheap amp doesn't matter, but cheap pick-ups just sound awful, and having to continually re-tune will put any budding musician off.

Not criticising this obviously hot deal, but I would definitely urge caution and suggest a used Yamaha or Squier instead.
This comment is 100% correct, I bought 3 Encore guitars when I first started, I got them as they are so cheap compared to other brands, when I finally got a Yamaha it sounds so much better, and again I have a squire which is so much better.

When you hear these compared to decent guitars you realise how terrible they actually are

I know what you are getting at and I wouldn't swap my '79 USA Strat for anything. However, I think you might be putting the cart before the horse. Products such as these provide cheap and easy first steps. Sure, to our ears they sound bloody awful but to someone getting their first melody out of a guitar they are going to sound wonderful, not because of the tonal quality but because they can play a melody on a guitar!

If you gte bitten by the bug then invest the time and effort to shop around for better 2nd hand options. There are some dreadful 2nd hand guitars out there too. I've seen Squiers with twisted necks and damaged pickups which would make much worse buys than this.
#17
Awful brand this encore..avoid..avoid..avoid.
Mine ended up in bin.
#18
If you're looking for a better budget guitar and are willing to spend a little more, I would suggest the Yamaha Pacifica. Can be had for about 150 quid or so.

Great deal nonetheless so voted hot.
#19
Been looking for a proper guitar to give Rocksmith a go on the PC - looks like this is it. Never got on with the mustang pro guitar for Rock Band (the one with strings and buttons) so didn't want to spend too much just in case I don't get on with a proper guitar either. If I get into it, I'll get a decent second hand one later on down the road I suppose.
#20
Holdsworth
Don't wish to sound like a music snob, but you really are better getting a second-hand kit - there are a lot of them about as people buy them and then realise it takes a bit of effort (which is why I play bass!). Cheap amp doesn't matter, but cheap pick-ups just sound awful, and having to continually re-tune will put any budding musician off.

Not criticising this obviously hot deal, but I would definitely urge caution and suggest a used Yamaha or Squier instead.

I agree somewhat, but at the beginning stage when learners are just learning to move their fingers the tone is not that big a deal. I have played some of these and they are not as bad as expected.

As for having to constantly retune.. .well that's a good thing. Having plenty of practice will be useful to a learner and will help with ear work. The number of people these days reliant on electronic tuners is comical when they have two perfectly good ears. People need to learn to hear the intervals.

Don't diss da bass. Good bass is as skilled as any other instrument.
1 Like #21
Jamiestainthorpe
Being left handed sucks.

I'm left handed, but I always played right handed from the start. I didn't want to be restricted.

There's a long list of lefties who play right handed, including Mark Knopfler, Gary Moore, Duane Allman, Paul Simon, Robert Fripp, Nick Lowe, Noel Gallagher, Johnny Winter I could go on and on.
1 Like #22
As a bass player - I would never diss da bass, but in the words of the great Lemmy: I switched to the bass because I was a s**t guitar player...
#23
Jamiestainthorpe
Being left handed sucks.
I'm left handed and I use a right handed guitar, but inverted. never got on with a left handed guitar with the strings the correct way round, I'm not very good mind but I'm using Rocksmith to teach me, luckily it does let you set your strings inverted!
#24
scawp
Jamiestainthorpe
Being left handed sucks.
I'm left handed and I use a right handed guitar, but inverted. never got on with a left handed guitar with the strings the correct way round, I'm not very good mind but I'm using Rocksmith to teach me, luckily it does let you set your strings inverted!

I'm going to try flipping the strings see if it makes any difference. Just can't seem to grasp it what so ever at the moment! Not sure if thats because its right handed or me though...
#25
Damn I wanna buy this now for Rocksmith, I need to stop buying and start learning I already have 5 guitars!
#26
ScoobyStoo
kanekindratiuk
androoski
kanekindratiuk
I'd want to learn the guitar but I can just see myself using it for a but and then leaving it to gather dust.

Borrow one.....

I don't have any friends to borrow one from.

I've always thought there's a business opportunity in hiring out beginner quality musical instruments. So many end up gathering dust a few months after being bought. You could hire something like this out at 20 quid a month and if you decided you liked it your could have the option to buy the equipment you have hired.

I'll be honest I didn't know of this. thanks for letting me know :D
#27
was gonna pick one of these up for my daughter, she is currently learning with a cheap ass acoustic (had about 20-30 x1hr lessons), would like to know if this is any good or suitable for a 7-y/o beginner?, any thoughts most welcome
1 Like #28
southpaw
was gonna pick one of these up for my daughter, she is currently learning with a cheap ass acoustic (had about 20-30 x1hr lessons), would like to know if this is any good or suitable for a 7-y/o beginner?, any thoughts most welcome

To be honest, I'd personally expect this to be a bit large for a seven year old, given this is a full size bit of kit.

Not t
1 Like #29
7 y/o... Will be far too big and heavy southpaw. Will weigh as much as him/her
#30
androoski
Holdsworth
Don't wish to sound like a music snob, but you really are better getting a second-hand kit - there are a lot of them about as people buy them and then realise it takes a bit of effort (which is why I play bass!). Cheap amp doesn't matter, but cheap pick-ups just sound awful, and having to continually re-tune will put any budding musician off.

Not criticising this obviously hot deal, but I would definitely urge caution and suggest a used Yamaha or Squier instead.

I agree somewhat, but at the beginning stage when learners are just learning to move their fingers the tone is not that big a deal. I have played some of these and they are not as bad as expected.

As for having to constantly retune.. .well that's a good thing. Having plenty of practice will be useful to a learner and will help with ear work. The number of people these days reliant on electronic tuners is comical when they have two perfectly good ears. People need to learn to hear the intervals.

Don't diss da bass. Good bass is as skilled as any other instrument.

Would you like to learn how to drive in a car with sticky brakes, 2nd gear popping out constantly and engine that cuts off every time you turn left? Don't think so.

I'd have to agree with Holdsworth, there's nothing more frustrating for beginners than having to fight against the poor quality instrument and not your own lack of skills. I don't know how good action and intonation on those is but I'll take an educated guess that half of the frets are out of tune or buzzing and that's not a 5 minute fix for a beginner. For £20 more you can find second hand Ibanez, Epiphone etc. on Gumtree, add £15 for half-decent amp and you've got a guitar that actually works and can be sold for exactly the same when you get bored with it.
#31
Any thoughts on this encore vs a yamaha pacifica?
#32
I remember when i was young my parents brought me one very much like this when i broke my collerbone lol ****! Mine was much more than this if i remember so heat from me great deal :)
#33
You are better off buying a decent secondhand guitar with fair decent amp - cheap amps are pants!

Last Ecore i bought from Argos went straight back, sharp metal rods on neck, off alignment of neck etc.....

Edited By: Billythebubble on Jul 08, 2014 20:22
#34
androoski

But do spend £5 on a set of decent strings straight away.

Due to the Title, I think there's some confusion, It's a Bass Guitar and unfortunately £5 won't buy you a set of decent strings for it.

padair
Drago
Damn and as always, no left handed deal included...I would love to learn bass guitar :/
Check out Thomann.de, they have this http://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_gitarrenset_g45_lh.htm for £83.21 delivered

The only thing to watch when buying from Thomanns is depending on how you pay, there is a conversion charge with some banks.

Regarding SH, whilst on paper, those with some experience, can determine if a SH guitar is OK but someone who has never played or even held a guitar before should never buy SH on your own as you'll have no idea if it's good/broken or not, the alternative is if you know someone who does play and can take along and remember do not believe everything a Salesman might tell you....

One thing to consider is if you buy new, the Guitar will not be Set Up correctly (To make it play as easy as possible) and will need a visit to a guitar tech to get the best out of it....and buying SH will be no guarantee it plays any better even if more expensive.



Edited By: Likely2 on Jul 08, 2014 21:41: Added more info.
banned#35
chris2010uk
If you're looking for a better budget guitar and are willing to spend a little more, I would suggest the Yamaha Pacifica. Can be had for about 150 quid or so.

Great deal nonetheless so voted hot.
good grief there's always one...
predictably stupid post
banned 1 Like #36
Great little starter kit. Reminds me of my columbus series 3 through a tandy realistic amp when I was a kid :) Made some good noises with it though :)
1 Like #37
southpaw
was gonna pick one of these up for my daughter, she is currently learning with a cheap ass acoustic (had about 20-30 x1hr lessons), would like to know if this is any good or suitable for a 7-y/o beginner?, any thoughts most welcome

Out of curiosity, does your daughter use the tutors guitars or her own (What is the 'cheap ass' acoustic?) for the lessons?

What you should be looking for/considering is a Short Scale Bass, preferably with a 'Jazz' (Slim) profile neck, my daughters P-Bass has a 'Jazz' neck because of her smaller hands (she's 12) and uses a full scale neck as she's tall enough to get away with it.

Jamiestainthorpe
Being left handed sucks.

C'mon now, chin up....it doesn't....:) I'm left handed and always wondered why everyone else plays wrong....;) and have you considered just buying something and converting it to LH, it would be trickier with this model but doable with the right guitar.



Edited By: Likely2 on Jul 08, 2014 22:16: Added more info.
#38
Likely2

Due to the Title, I think there's some confusion, It's a Bass Guitar and unfortunately £5 won't buy you a set of decent strings for it.


No confusion. Click through the link to the deal and there is both a 6 string strat copy and a bass guitar deal both for the same price.
The picture may confuse, but the title and deal don't.
1 Like #39
BenderRodriguez

Would you like to learn how to drive in a car with sticky brakes, 2nd gear popping out constantly and engine that cuts off every time you turn left? Don't think so.
.

No I would prefer not to learn to drive in a car like that.
Fortunately, this is for a guitar, not a car and I have played an example of the guitar in this deal and it plays perfectly well. No problems a big as your car examples.
The example stayed in tuned, the action was nice and neutral, intonation was reasonable and there was minimal fret buzz.

On the minus side, the pots felt cheap, the tone was thin even for single coil, and it didn't stand too much use of the whammy.
But those are no problem for a learner, and I would happily have one as travelling practice axe (one that you don't mind a few knocks or losing it).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw_6IvBOqFI





Edited By: androoski on Jul 08, 2014 23:37
1 Like #40
keito star
7 y/o... Will be far too big and heavy southpaw. Will weigh as much as him/her

The 6 string guitar weighs less than 10 pounds.

But there are 3/4 scale Squiers available for younger players.

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/squier-mini-guitar-red/16009?gclid=CjwKEAjwre6dBRC94d-Gma7g3wcSJACNatZeuebVNxE2PdXEvHSMAi1pyytVx4XyIg4Gy_WRiPNNsBoCtb7w_wcB



Edited By: androoski on Jul 08, 2014 23:45

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