Elevation Electric Guitar Pack with 10W Amp (Lead, Strings, Carry case, Strap) - WAS £99.99 now £39.99 @ Argos
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Elevation Electric Guitar Pack with 10W Amp (Lead, Strings, Carry case, Strap) - WAS £99.99 now £39.99 @ Argos

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Found 4th Jul 2011
Looking for a guitar and came across this! seems like a very decent price for a electric guitar and amp with excellent reviews on the argos site.

34in electric guitar
A great value introduction to playing electric guitar with everything you need to start playing immediately.
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link did not work when i tried it twice - voted hot - would be good if some techie could give us a comment on if it is a decent guitar
It's not as good as mine.

Regards,
Eric C.
tyke

It's not as good as mine.Regards,Eric C.



Nice!
Just to clarify - this is a 3/4 size guitar
flamingcarrot

Just to clarify - this is a 3/4 size guitar



Yeah that is right:) still decent for the beginner:)
Heat. I bought my then-9 year old cousin one of these Chinese, ultra low-end guitars (it doesn't matter what make it is, they're all pretty much the same and made in the same factories anyway) a few years ago, and although it is a pretty poor guitar, he really loved it. He's since upgraded, of course, but these remain a good thing to buy if you're trying to encourage an interest in a kid. No adult should own one of these, though.
"was £99.99" says the Argos marketing pundits, who concede a little further down the page that the "was" price, er, was £49.99.
Decent price. Indecent marketing ploys, but such is the Argos norm.
I wouldn't believe the Argos reviews necessarily. Several times I have submitted reviews where I didn't rate the products particularly well and the reviews never appeared.
is this okay for an adult beginner? Been looking for a cheap one just to give a try?
I wouldn't give much credibility to the reviews on Argos. I'm sorry, but anyone buying a guitar from Agros hasn't a clue about these instruments, and wouldn't have a clue to their (lack of) quality. OK as a toy I suppose, and of course there will always be one person whose son is now playing in an arena headlining rock band as a result of owning one of these, but far better to spend a little more and go to a music shop and get some advice.
As an adult beginer i would not get one, get a full size. They wont cost much more. I would find it hard to recommend any dirt cheap guitar like these as they are as likely to put people off playing as they are to encourage them. They wont be able to hold there tuning and the fret board might feel dry and uncomfortable and they will always sound horrible through an amp. I guarentee if you buy something like this and do decide to stick at guitar, you will want a new guitar within a year. If you buy the next level up, something like a fender squire you may keep that for years.

BUT if your really unsure as to wether you would stick at guitar and are accepting of the fact you might want a new guitar once you begin to improve this might be good to test the waters. 3/4 especially for children.
Don't need one myself, but you cant really go wrong for £40 - good for practicing, then stick it on eBay if you want to get a better one.
As above, if you're an adult looking to start playing I'd get a full size. This is okay for kids, but it's worth paying the extra for a full size one if you're looking for something serious.

Go for a entry level squier, it'll play as good as some guitars that cost twice as much as it.
I agree with CJRodgers in this instance, my first guitar was a cheap number and I didn't stick at it - money wasted. A few years on picked up a respectable model and stuck at it.

My advice would be to buy a good guitar from the start, ideally second hand as the values tend to stay around the same - this way you have a good experience from the start and IF you decide not to stick at it you can sell the guitar on without (Or making little) loss.

In the grand scheme of things, this looks like a good deal - but based on my experience it isn't worth the £40 - I'm voting cold.

A respectable, but not too expensive guitar I'd recommend - a Squire Stratocaster.
I guess this is more of an entry level guitar, we all start somewhere!
The other problem with Argos reviews are that they're 'straight out of the box', rather than six months down the line when the quality (or lack of) has shone through. It's a bit like Ebay feedback, it's generally provided by people based on first impressions, rather than any long term view.

I'm with the 'go somewhere else' group, if I were to attempt to replicate my meagre Guitar Hero skills on a real guitar I'd get something decent quality off Ebay, with the intention of selling it for pretty much the same price when I realise I am a completely incompetent musician.
Personally if I was looking at an adult beginners guitar I would stay away from the squier models. They are not bad guitars but you will still outgrow it fairly quickly once playing gets a 'hold' of you. The frets are really thick and the pickups are pretty awful.

That said I started on one and am still playing 20 years later.

With what is on offer these days at a bargain price I would opt for a Danelectro 63 or a Dano Pro re-issue. The pickups are great, they play well and sound amazing. They are hollow bodied so can produce a low acoustic volume - handy for strumming if you need to keep the noise down. The can be picked up for £140 brand new and will hold their value. Hendrix started on one of these models (the original 63) - I rest my case!

If I was a beginner I'd also hold off on getting an amplifier and buy a vox amplug. They sound much better than a standard tranny amp and can be linked up to your pc if you want to record etc.

Voting hot - It's a good one to get the kids playing! Just concerned at how well it stays in tune.
I agree with the majority, to get a full size if your an adult, generally, unless you have smaller hands as the necks width is smaller

However, these guitars arent bad at all - easy to play, and I feel a total beginner would not be more inclined to learn on one of these or one costing 10 times as much
Don't get me wrong, this is cheap; however, I checked it out and the quality - to me - was simply too low to justify buying it at any price. The problem with really cheap guitars is that all too often, not only do they sound poor, they tend to be difficult to play, too which can do more to put off an aspiring young musician in the long-run.
If someone is genuinely interested in learning to play the guitar then why would they buy cheap rubbish like this when they could spend £100-£150 more and get something decent. Bad instruments hinder the beginner's progress and quite often halt it altogether. The action may be too high, the strings constantly going out of tune, the feel of it may just be wrong. A beginner is the one type of musician who should have the absolute best that they can afford, to give them every chance of succedding with what is often a frustrating business at the best of times. If this is the best you can afford then maybe buy it, otherwise go to a music shop and try out the instruments there and find one that suits you best.
Hmmm...this has made me want to try to learn to play guitar. I don't want this one as it's 'too cheap', however I don't want to spend boat loads incase I don't get on with it, I need to have a look around.
Turnip

Hmmm...this has made me want to try to learn to play guitar. I don't want … Hmmm...this has made me want to try to learn to play guitar. I don't want this one as it's 'too cheap', however I don't want to spend boat loads incase I don't get on with it, I need to have a look around.


To give an example I bought a mint condition Cort G250 guitar and an amp of the well known auction site for £150. It's certainly more than adequate for a beginner. Also I note you are located in the Midlands. There is a bloke based in Stratford (just moved from Leamington Spa) with a shop called Richard's Guitars. I've no connection with him, nor have I bought anything from him, but he gave me a good 15 mins advice on the phone, and never once tried to sell me anything. Worth a look if it's not too far away.
My advice is don't buy a cheap guitar from Argos. One of my students brought one to his lesson and it was awful. A truly horrible thing to play.

It was a full size one, so likely of better build quality than this one which is 3/4 size. (It doesn't say so in the spec on the Argos site but is does say so in some of the reviews. The fact that they describe it in the product listing as 34in rather than 3/4 sized just shows they've no idea about guitars.)

The finishing on the frets was so poor that the frets protruded beyond the edge of the neck slightly, I could feel them as I played and after five minutes my left hand was covered in tiny scratches. The intonation (which is how easily and accurately the instrument can be tuned) was pretty awful and problems like this are only going to be worse on a smaller sized instrument, simply due to it having a shorter neck and strings.

Generally speaking, no matter what the build quality, a 3/4 (and I'd never recommend a 1/2 size guitar) will simply not be as good as an equivalent full sized instrument by the same manufacturer.

If the intended player really has small hands which are unlikely to grow soon enough to be able to handle a full size instrument then maybe go for a 3/4 sized one but it won't really be useful for long whereas a half decent full sized one will be good for years and years.

Best thing is to try something out in a shop and see if they can use a full sized one. Get some advice from the shop or better still a music teacher at school. School music departments or local authority music services (if there still are any after the recent cuts) will often be able to get guitars for their students at discount prices (no VAT).

Some of the makes already mentioned, Fender Squiers, Yamaha Pacificas, Danelectro are all good. Vintage also make budget/beginner guitars which I've heard very good things about.

I'd never, ever recommend buying a cheap Argos guitar. It's a totally false economy. Generally if you're buying a full size electric guitar for under £50 it simply won't be worth owning.

Buy Guitar Hero instead if all they want is a toy. If they want to actually be a guitar hero, then do them the favour of getting them a proper instrument, not something that will just put them off.

Good luck!


Edited by: "spamlover" 4th Jul 2011
my first guitar was an argos guitar which i bought in full knowledge that i would be returning it.

either i was going to return it realising i do not like playing guitar or i was going to return it with a view to upgrading.

3 years later and a few much more expensive guitars down the line, the argos guitar is long gone and my skills are far better.

the point is; do NOT get this guitar with a view to playing it once a while and keeping it for many years, only get this guitar as a relatively cheap way of working out whether you want to play guitar at all, then get rid of it, either for something better, or nothing at all. keeping it long term would not be wise!
I wouldn't recommend a 3/4 size cheap guitar for an adult beginner. As other people have mentioned, the low quality results in poor frets and poor tuning pegs meaning the guitar will easily go out of tune (one of the most frustrating things for a beginner).

For a child this is a good deal to get them interested, but be prepared for them to be a bit frustrated with tuning and comfort when playing. If you can afford it, pay a bit more for a better quality guitar second hand and even if the kid doesn't stick with it, they generally hold some value on Ebay etc.
I bought something similar from eBuyer for slightly less when it had a shedload in to get rid of. Mine was unplayable with a ridiculously high action and an uneven fretboard that didn't allow much in the way of neck adjustment without buzzing. In short, scrap wood. The tuning didn't hold the duration of a three minute song, either.

It seemed like a lot for the money and the finish of the guitar looked better than it ought to have, but the shortcomings were enough to relegate it to the corner of the bedroom. Not worth putting on eBay, I just wrote off that small investment and bought the Fender Squire I should have in the first place. Moral of the story, buy cheap, buy twice.
Get a fender squire (cheaper licensed replica)

It's more expensive, but can be the difference between you wanting to play guitar or not wanting to.

These cheap hard to play guitar's will put off learner's for ever
This deal has sparked my interest in learning how to play guitar, especially with the upcoming Rocksmith game coming out.
This is a very cheap electric guitar package so heat for that but....

If you are genuinely interested in learning the guitar, like otthers have said, buy the best you can afford (think of it as an investment). If it's a decent model (some other posters have listed good ones), even if you decide you can't take to it, you'll be able to sell it on for almost what you paid as long as you look after it.

If you buy a cheap one like this it will be horrible to play, it will put you off trying to learn, won't inspire you to play and will frustrate you. It really is false economy buying a cheap one IMHO.
If you are buying your first Guitar, you have to balance up cost vs quality.
Now a guitar like this would be OK but I would recommend buying something a bit better if you can afford it.
1. It will sound awfull, if you expect to learn a classic ac-dc riff and sit there going wow it sounds good, then forget this guitar and amp (it will be more the amp than the guitar, but neither helps)
but if you want to play a fart in a bean can then this is for you.
2. It will come with the worst setup ever and you not being a guitarist will not have a clue on how to improve it, so the action will be way too high the internation wrong and it will just have a cheap neck.
Now if you don't play guitar you may be put off as it will be a lot harder to play.

So I would recommend (if you can afford it) to buy something like one of the Yamaha Pacifica's or as other people have mentioned I squire strat second hand off ebay. Or if you really don't mind your first guitar looking a bit metal (like no ones going to see it anyway) then think about a cheap second hand Washburn or BC Rich, you can pick them up for arround £100 or less and instead of buying a new £100 guitar you are buying a second hand £200-300 guitar which puts it in the next bracket of quality.

wow I'll shut up now.

Edited by: "TheMev" 5th Jul 2011
Will I be able to mimic Pete Townshend and get an easy smash my guitar look with the build quality.
Just to add to this I would say learning to play guitar on a 3/4 scale would be something similar to learning to play tennis with a ball the size of a football. Whilst it might.make things easier at first it may leave you with bad habits and finger stretching harder to do. If you were looking to start as others have said there are plenty of other options available. A decent guitar shop will help and you don't have to play it just get an idea I'd of the weight and shape. Some may find a les Paul shape more comfortable. As a rule of thumb when buying a first guitar try and get them to throw in as much free stuff as you can, if your not buying a kit
I'd have to recommend an acoustic over an electric guitar for a beginner; although its technically harder to play, people (children especially) are put off by the complexity of an electric guitar, with all the dials and amps and whatnot. The pick up and play aspect of an acoustic will keep them coming back.
TheMev

If you are buying your first Guitar, you have to balance up cost vs … If you are buying your first Guitar, you have to balance up cost vs quality.Now a guitar like this would be OK but I would recommend buying something a bit better if you can afford it.1. It will sound awfull, if you expect to learn a classic ac-dc riff and sit there going wow it sounds good, then forget this guitar and amp (it will be more the amp than the guitar, but neither helps)but if you want to play a fart in a bean can then this is for you.2. It will come with the worst setup ever and you not being a guitarist will not have a clue on how to improve it, so the action will be way too high the internation wrong and it will just have a cheap neck.Now if you don't play guitar you may be put off as it will be a lot harder to play.So I would recommend (if you can afford it) to buy something like one of the Yamaha Pacifica's or as other people have mentioned I squire strat second hand off ebay. Or if you really don't mind your first guitar looking a bit metal (like no ones going to see it anyway) then think about a cheap second hand Washburn or BC Rich, you can pick them up for arround £100 or less and instead of buying a new £100 guitar you are buying a second hand £200-300 guitar which puts it in the next bracket of quality.wow I'll shut up now.


Thanks for the advice. What (reasonably priced) amp would you recommend for a beginner?
If you're serious about learning to play, don't get anything like this. I did and you feel like you're getting nowhere, eventually I decided to get a better "beginners" guitar and spent about £120 on an Epiphone SG Special, the lower action, faster neck etc. made a huge difference and my playing has improved a lot in about the same time as owning the first awful guitar.

I wont be replacing it either, when I feel the need to make a change I'll just be replacing the pickups and other components. Buy a decent first guitar and you'll want to keep it forever, even if you do end up upgrading to something much better.

So my advice is to look around for exactly what you want if you want learn to play, don't be swayed by what is apparently "value".
Ordered this for the girlfriends nephew. Does anyone know if the amp has a headphone socket?
Blutony

Thanks for the advice. What (reasonably priced) amp would you recommend … Thanks for the advice. What (reasonably priced) amp would you recommend for a beginner?



The little Roland Cube amps are execelent for the money and with the amp sim built in give you a few different sounding amps which do sound meatier than the size of amp your playing, either that or a line 6 amp. Try and find one second hand as they do cost a little bit new.

Also with these amps you get headphone out with the amp modeled sounds so saves you having to buy seperate effects if you wish to play quietly.

I have no real experience of other small practise amps so could not tell you if any of the others are any good.
Edited by: "TheMev" 6th Jul 2011
i cannot get this tuned even using an electronic Korg tuner. ARG!!!!
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