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hiya, my 14 year old really wants to learn to play the guitar. Does anyone know which is the best guitar to get, not OTT prices either. He picks things up really well and has seen quite a few online t… Read More
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
hiya, my 14 year old really wants to learn to play the guitar. Does anyone know which is the best guitar to get, not OTT prices either. He picks things up really well and has seen quite a few online tutorial that he is going to try....but we are stumped at which guitar.
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7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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1 Like #1
Classical, acoustic, electric, bass?

Acoustic is probably the cheapest and most "pure" to get started on.
1 Like #2
Just get a cheap acoustic one (Argos). No point spending money on a decent one if it'll go by the wayside in a week or two.
#3
thanks, so looking at a cheap acoustic one. He is having drum lessons at school and is doing really well, but we dont have room for a drumset and the electric ones are really expensive, so the next option is a guitar
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hes a 14 year old boy he prob wants an electric one, amaright???

id reccomend an "Ibanez" the start at around 130 i think in some places and they are awesome guitars better than anything else at tht price :thumbsup:

edit : but ye just go for a cheap acoustic lol tlike those guys said, dnt mind me :whistling:
#5
micoo
hes a 14 year old boy he prob wants an electric one, amaright???

id reccomend an "Ibanez" the start at around 130 i think in some places and they are awesome guitars better than anything else at tht price :thumbsup:


would rather he learnt on a non electrical........saves on the eardrums :)
#6
Babbabooey
Just get a cheap acoustic one (Argos). No point spending money on a decent one if it'll go by the wayside in a week or two.


Cheaper ones tend to need tuning more often, so it might be a good idea to get an electronic tuning aid. This would make tuning less of a chore. Can get them for about £10:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Yamaha-YT100-Electronic-Guitar-Tuner/dp/B000QVZRW4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1250253314&sr=8-2
#7
bitseylango
would rather he learnt on a non electrical........saves on the eardrums :)


Try and find a local Music/guitar shop they will be able to help.

Epiphone Used to do a great Acoustic guitar that was around £100 and was really good, nice sized neck for beginners to get their fingers around and it had a really good sound.

Some of these ones from argos are utter CARP I know what your saying about not spending a fortune in case its just a fad but if you buy him something that sounds naff he won't feel like hes getting any better and will get bored really quickly.

If you do have to get one from Argos, go for the Yamaha they have a pretty good sound for the price.

I would recommend the Epiphone DR-100 Acoustic Guitar, but get some new strings for it, the ones out of the factory are pants and tend to loose tuning, they also do it in Ebony and its usually shells out for about £80 looks very Pro in black.
#8
bitseylango
thanks, so looking at a cheap acoustic one. He is having drum lessons at school and is doing really well, but we dont have room for a drumset and the electric ones are really expensive, so the next option is a guitar


I bought the Yamaha acoustic F310 starter kit Bits - comes with extra strings, bag, electronic tuner, strap and stand and all in it was around £100 this one. It is one of the best purchases i have made. Sound quality is fantastic, easy to play and is recognised as a great 'starter' guitar. If he is serious - it is worth the investment. I wouldnt spend more. You can shop about for this i am sure and get it cheaper than shown

You could get something for less - but the quality is poor in many cases . Hope that helps. x
#9
Acoustic would be an easy way to go (for him and for your ears and neighbours) but if you dont mind him making some noise and he wants an electric guitar, get one of these kits.

http://*********.co.uk/Elevation-Guitar-Pack-Black-Includes-amp-much-more_W0QQitemZ220462769031QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_Musical_Instruments_Guitars_CV?hash=item33549ae387&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

I got something like this about a year ago and it still plays really well. It came with a small but decent amp, replacement strap, whammy bar, replacement strings, 3 plectrums and a carry bag. Basically all you need for about £65.

(edit: replace the stars with cgi dot a well known auction site ;) )
banned#10
spanish cheapest and easy for beginer:gift::santa:
#11
Acoustic is a cheaper way to go, but there are some techniques and styles that are much easier to master on the electric. A lot depends on what sort of music he likes, if he likes heavier stuff then an acoustic won't really cut it. However, saying that the Yamaha F310 is a great beginner's guitar, I've been playing for about 20yrs and I recently bought one from someone second-hand and was surprised at how good it sounds.

If you do go for electric then have a look at ads in Gumtree and see if someone is selling their starter set because they've upgraded, might be able to grab a bargain. If you know someone that knows about guitars then get them to check it out for you before buying.

Either way I would recommend taking him into a guitar store and trying out some guitars, even if it's just for him to get a feel for how the neck is as if it's too thick then that can hamper your learning curve. The same with the action of the strings (how far they are off the fretboard) as too high an action can make playing painful, too low and you get buzzing from the strings hitting off the other frets. Nothing beats trying a guitar out, it may be daunting to him being a beginner, but a decent guitar shop will give you good advice and if they do a good job selling you your first guitar then they know you'll come back when you upgrade!

Here are a couple of good review sites for guitar models:

http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/
#12
My OH has just bought himself a guitar, he got the Yamaha F310 from argos, and to me it sounds great (untrained ears though, lol) it was £100, but you can get them on ebay for around 40-60. Maybe a second hand one for now would be best, until you're sure he's going to stick at it.

A word of warning, the F310 is very big, my 15 year old daughter finds it uncomfortable to play, so only go for one of those if he's a big 14. (Although girls do have, ahem, appendages in the way... lol)

Oh, and get a capo, he will need one.

Oh#2, The stands are half price when bought with a guitar at argos at the moment.
#13
bitseylango
would rather he learnt on a non electrical........saves on the eardrums :)


it doesnt have to be plugged in or he could use earphones, i started with an electric
#14
Just saying.
Them Cheap guitars, mostly have the strings really high off the board.
This means your have to PUSH the string in further to get a clear note (tone).
An Cheap electric, mostly won't have this fault.
PS if too close to the board, you get buzzing...
Were you based.? I have black electric would sell for CHEAP.
i play Classical
#15
Have you tried Guitar Hero? :whistling:

It's definitely the most entertaining way to learn. :w00t:
#16
Don't know if you saw this deal, good price for an electric!

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/461785/fender-electric-guitar-ex-display-o/

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