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Ideal Christmas Present for someone beginning to play the guitar

Electric guitar with amp, comes with 5 watt amplifier, nylon strap, replacement E&B strings and 2 guitar picks. Requires; 1x9v battery, not included or can be used from AC Mains power via transformer.
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http://www.wilkinsonplus.com/Wilko-Play-Role-Play+Musical-Toys/CB-Sky-Electric-Guitar-with-Amp-Black/invt/0295038
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#1
Reminds me of a Dano, I quite like it. Good price for an uncertain first timer. Your first guitar is supposed to be a dog although would highly suggest a new player starts with an acoustic. A dog of one too.
#2
diGriz
...although would highly suggest a new player starts with an acoustic. A dog of one too.

Why? I would disagree entirely. Electric guitars are far easier on the fingers for new starters. I would however pay more than this for a first time electric guitar.. £150 say and £30 for an amp.

If you find you don't have the patience to learn, a decent branded guitar will hold it's value, you should easily be able to resell it to somebody.

Edited By: noeasywayout on Nov 05, 2010 15:54: ,
1 Like #3
noeasywayout
diGriz
...although would highly suggest a new player starts with an acoustic. A dog of one too.


Why? I would disagree entirely. Electric guitars are far easier on the fingers for new starters. I would however pay more than this for a first time electric guitar.. £150 say and £50 for an amp.


Couple of reasons, strengthen your fingers, get used to the basics rather than all the settings an electric with an amp has and learn what the instrument is all about. Anyone starting with an acoustic will be a better player, grasp the acoustic and you'll understand the electric much more. As for price I think it's fine, for kids that give up it's not such a cost and for those that go on they can play it to death and learn to look after the higher cost next step.

Edited By: diGriz on Nov 05, 2010 15:57: p
banned 5 Likes #4
Your first guitar is supposed to be a dog


Surely a guitar would be better?
#5
my littlen has both an electric and acoustic guitar and she can't tell the difference between them......as she never blooming uses them. Two presents out of the window sometime.

I agree if you buy a branded guitar or something along the lines of decent you will get your money back sometime, if like us you have unused items. However, I believe ours will be on freecycle because for once we believed cheaper was best.
#6
wise words diGriz. I learnt on my dads old epiphone jumbo acoustic. Now that guitar required some finger strength!!! most kids i would guess would only play a guitar for a few weeks, teenagers maybe couple of weeks longer... I played for around 2 years before making the step to investing in my own!
#7
Start with a 6 string and work your way up to a 3 string....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNoPNC3ebYQ
suspended#8
Great xmas present
#9
As a gift which would be the better buy, this one or this one - http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5408009/Trail/searchtext%3EELECTRIC+GUITAR.htm ?? For a 4 year old btw

Edited By: dh058977 on Nov 06, 2010 02:55: ***
#10
That Argos one is only good for a tiny child, it's tiiiny. Also, probably crap.

But then they're both probably crap.
1 Like #11
SHOWMAN36
Your first guitar is supposed to be a dog
Surely a guitar would be better?
I have a Gibson Labrador cost me £99.99 its acoustic electrical I plug it into my Winalot amp.
#12
Could find the exact guitar on their site but here is the website of the company that makes the guitar and amp http://www.cbsky.com/
#13
Janeyjugs
Start with a 6 string and work your way up to a 3 string....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNoPNC3ebYQ


:)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sCSA4VIXmE
#14
There are enough budget guitars by quality manufacturers these days that I would recommend looking for a 2nd hand one for an unsure starter. If nothing else, it will hold it's 2nd hand value, so you can sell it on again if you decide it's not for you.
#15
Sigh, why must people argue about acoustic vs electric when the answer is completely obvious. You buy which ever most appeals to the child. If a kid loves the sound of a distorted power chord and loves all the rock classics then getting them an acoustic guitar is only going to help them lose interest in learning. The same goes for the kid who loves singer/songwriter music or pop ballads who gets given an electric. If you have any common sense you will buy what appeals to the kid most.

Edited By: belovedmonster on Nov 06, 2010 09:28: edit
#16
I also echo the idea that buying a well known brand guitar second hand will hold its value. Obviously its less investment up front to buy a cheap instrument, but if you can sell a branded guitar 3 years later for exactly the same as you paid for it yourself, where is the harm is spending a bit more and getting something reasonable to learn on?
#17
Stick some decent strings on this and it'll be fine for a beginner. Just make sure that everything on it is tight and that its tuned properly (i.e. get an electric tuner ~£5-£7).
#18
belovedmonster
I also echo the idea that buying a well known brand guitar second hand will hold its value. Obviously its less investment up front to buy a cheap instrument, but if you can sell a branded guitar 3 years later for exactly the same as you paid for it yourself, where is the harm is spending a bit more and getting something reasonable to learn on?

Because some people can't afford more than this. And its not always an investment. Seriously how much investment do you get from £50 worth of guitar if you buy second hand? A third hand Yamaha Pacifica will only fetch 30-40 quid on Ebay.
#19
diGriz
Reminds me of a Dano, I quite like it. Good price for an uncertain first timer. Your first guitar is supposed to be a dog although would highly suggest a new player starts with an acoustic. A dog of one too.

At any stage of development the advice should really be to buy the best guitar you can afford within your budget and certainly not an acoustic unless the person is interested in playing acoustic. Learning guitar is hard enough, don't make it harder by giving them something that will put them off and may even cause damage to them physically (tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome etc.) Don't want to waste your money in case the kid doesn't keep it up? Then start them off with Guitar Hero or similar - real guitars aren't toys.
#20
I disagree about starting out on an acoustic, I began playing on a cheap electric when I was 12 and I'm still playing 20 years later (own a house full of guitars & basses now). Like belovedmonster said, if your child wants to learn metal or rock they wont want to learn on an acoustic.
A guitar like this will be fine to start with but get someone who knows what they're doing to set the action and intonation, as factory setups are usually terrible.
#21
Whoever above said it's about what they want to play is 100% correct. Plus if you're a beginner and get an accoustic you may be put off guitar for life as it will be a lot harder to keep those strings pressed down, especially for a child. A lot will just give up thinking it's way too hard. I started off with an electric (cheapest from argos) as I wanted to play rock stuff and after about 1 year I got an accoustic and found it much easier to learn.
Obviously it depends on the individual but for me personally I found the best way to learn was to get some tablature books (no internet when I started) on a band you like and learn from there. Also learn your basic chords and how to do a Bar Chord (great as one hand shape can virtually play all the sounds). I think if you're learning something you actually like you'll be impressed with yourself and carry on!
You'll be doing Dime Dives in no time! :)
#22
WOW Hot, i need to return the £60 one i got from asda now. Thanks.
#23
you have to spend the minimum of £800 on a bike. the lights for the bike must be at least £50. spend £500 on a used one ........ yadda yadda yadda.

sorry i seem to getting my tedious,predictable,pompous comments mixed up with bikes. however feel free to read guitar/scuba equipment/running shoe in place of bike in above comment and spread liberally across forums.
1 Like #24
great buy, never pay more than 40 for first guitar
if you decide you want to continue start saving for a decent guitar £300 ish
#25
Janeyjugs
Start with a 6 string and work your way up to a 3 string....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNoPNC3ebYQ


i went to the jools holland show on monday!
#26
nebno6
great buy, never pay more than 40 for first guitar
if you decide you want to continue start saving for a decent guitar £300 ish


That seems like quite the jump to me.
#27
Asda also have one reduced from £60 down to £40 plus P & P or free P & P to store if over £25 (guitar amp and stand) - might be a better deal for some.

http://direct.asda.com/Electric-Guitar/000710726,default,pd.html.

Heat added for Wilko posting for £40

Edited By: charlie brown on Nov 06, 2010 12:13: .
#28
I dont see the point in these cheap guitar deals. There a complete waste of time, there going to play badly, and there going to sound badly, so much so that as a begginer you'll just give up with frustration,youll only end up throwing it away or dumping it in a skip. Sorry but voted cold
#29
noob question - can you use headphones with an electric guitar?
#30
this is a toy
#31
Hi

does anyone have advice or links on self teaching to learn to play a electric guitar or are lessons from a professional 8) essential?

thanks
#32
Hi- sorry if this is an obvious question but is this a childs guitar or full size?
#33
sam1
Hi- sorry if this is an obvious question but is this a childs guitar or full size?


Full size.
1 Like #34
m1chaels
noob question - can you use headphones with an electric guitar?


All small guitar amps come with a headphone socket. This will turn off the speaker inside the amp, making playing silent.

Edited By: belovedmonster on Nov 07, 2010 10:49: edit
1 Like #35
romeospadre
Hi

does anyone have advice or links on self teaching to learn to play a electric guitar or are lessons from a professional 8) essential?

thanks


You tube is full of excellent guitar teachers giving free lessons. Check out for example: http://www.youtube.com/user/JustinSandercoe
#36
wordsworth
Could find the exact guitar on their site but here is the website of the company that makes the guitar and amp http://www.cbsky.com/


Looks like this one to me: http://www.cbsky.com/product_disp.php?do=display&productid=281&weblan=e
1 Like #37
m1chaels
noob question - can you use headphones with an electric guitar?

The amp will have a headphone socket but the guitar itself doesn't as it doesn't need one. Without an amp it'll be very quiet anyway!
Also a lot of people think you can just plug an electric guitar in an amp and get all the rock sounds. Most cheap amps have a clear sound! Ebay have some great used pedals which will give the rock sound!
#38
So another Noob question - I'm looking for something for my 6 year old daughter to start guitar with - was going to go for an acoustic but put off now by the comments about the strings being too hard for little fingers so now thinking maybe electric (idea of headphones also appeals).

General advice - for a six year old is a half or 3/4 size appropriate. Is an electric definitely easier than an acoustic? How can I figure out whether a cheap one is suitable for a beginner (may be end up not used much) as opposed to be too rubbish and putting my daughter off?
1 Like #39
The primary concern to address when buying your first guitar (acoustic or electric) is that its easy to play and well set up. A total dog with poor intonation and high action wont get played and you have wasted your money.
3 Likes #40
Goddamn, so much bickering and parrot-posting in this thread. To address some of the points:

1) No, guitars never hold their value. Once someone's had their grubby mitts all over an instrument, expect a £400 purchase to be worth £200. That's a £200 loss where someone decides they no longer want to play. This, even if you have to throw it in the bin, is a £40 loss.

2) It doesn't actually look like it's that bad a guitar. Obviously, it's a cheapie. But how wrong can it go? The neck appears to be in line with the body which makes for simpler and more robust construction than the angled necks on Gibson-style guitars, and it's got a solid bridge, so the tuning will stay relatively solid. There's just one pickup and just one volume control, making for a beautifully simple circuit.

3) Even if it is ****, who cares? It's not the quality of the guitar that stops someone playing, it's their own personal drive. Some people just aren't into it enough to want to stick with it past the pain and learning barrier, and they're going to quit whether they're learning on the best guitar in the world or the worst. I was reunited with my first guitar a couple of days ago, I played it, and it sounded like absolute ****. Frets were horrible, sound was horrible, action was lousy, eugh. But it's the guitar I loved and played until I could move on, just because I had the drive.

4) Whether you want to learn on acoustic or electric depends entirely on the sounds you feel most at home with. If you listen to distorted electric guitars, get that, if you listen to acoustic guitars, get one of them. If you listen to neither, maybe look at another instrument. Tradition of playing acoustic then electric is just a rule that's emerged by one person copying another's opinion. It doesn't matter which instrument is easier to play. Action can be adjusted as easily on electrics as on acoustics, and you're entirely free to put extra-light strings on an acoustic if wish, just as you are to put extra-heavy strings on an electric, or vice versa.

If you want to buy a guitar for someone and you're not sure whether they'll play it more than once, by all means, buy this.

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