Maestro by Gibson. Full size acoustic guitar at Argos for £99
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Maestro by Gibson. Full size acoustic guitar at Argos for £99

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Found 23rd Oct
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Maestro by Gibson full size, steel string acoustic guitar with accessories. This guitar is based on the classic dreadnought design and has a spruce top which give it a big, clear sound. The pack is ideally suited for a beginner or novice player with strap, picks and spare strings all included. The pack also contains easy-to-follow lessons on an instructional DVD. The guitar has beautiful black gloss body and natural top finished with white binding and chrome die-cast tuners.

Easy to play 24 " scale length, on a comfortable, fast neck profile.

Suitable for beginners.
Designed with the beginner in mind by gibson.
Handcrafted guitar.
Full size.
41in.
Real wood.
Spruce front finish.
Rosewood fretboard.
Linden back and sides.
Maple guitar neck.
6 steel strings.
20 frets.
Metal machine heads.
Guitar strap fixings.
Accessories include
Spare strings.
Guitar strap.
3 plectrums.
Tutorial DVD.

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Get ready for a load of “experts” coming in and hijacking this deal post with expensive £500+ guitars...

JoeSpur27 m ago

Get ready for a load of “experts” coming in and hijacking this deal post wi …Get ready for a load of “experts” coming in and hijacking this deal post with expensive £500+ guitars...



JoeSpur27 m ago

Get ready for a load of “experts” coming in and hijacking this deal post wi …Get ready for a load of “experts” coming in and hijacking this deal post with expensive £500+ guitars...


This rarely happens, although, since you've mentioned it, the Yamaha F310 weighs in at around this price and is a better sounding guitar, in my opinion, or, you could spend a touch more, and go for a Washburn WD10S, which is a 'beginners' guitar that you wouldn't want to replace for many years.

Heat added OP, don't want you to think I'm 'hijacking' the deal, just being constructive.
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Thanks for posting - heat added.

Get ready for a load of “experts” coming in and hijacking this deal post with expensive £500+ guitars...

JoeSpur27 m ago

Get ready for a load of “experts” coming in and hijacking this deal post wi …Get ready for a load of “experts” coming in and hijacking this deal post with expensive £500+ guitars...



JoeSpur27 m ago

Get ready for a load of “experts” coming in and hijacking this deal post wi …Get ready for a load of “experts” coming in and hijacking this deal post with expensive £500+ guitars...


This rarely happens, although, since you've mentioned it, the Yamaha F310 weighs in at around this price and is a better sounding guitar, in my opinion, or, you could spend a touch more, and go for a Washburn WD10S, which is a 'beginners' guitar that you wouldn't want to replace for many years.

Heat added OP, don't want you to think I'm 'hijacking' the deal, just being constructive.

Different strokes for different folks but I'd prefer the Fender for the same price.

gak.co.uk/en/…647

I bought my daughter a steel string acoustic guitar last year but she is really struggling to use it. Her friend has a classical guitar with, I believe, nylon strings. Does the Fender have nylon strings? If not, if anyone with far more knowledge of these kinds of things could point me towards one for around the £100 mark I would be grateful.

swelsbyuk5 m ago

I bought my daughter a steel string acoustic guitar last year but she is …I bought my daughter a steel string acoustic guitar last year but she is really struggling to use it. Her friend has a classical guitar with, I believe, nylon strings. Does the Fender have nylon strings? If not, if anyone with far more knowledge of these kinds of things could point me towards one for around the £100 mark I would be grateful.



When you say she is struggling to use it, do you mean it hurts her fingers? Believe me, we all went through this and eventually it does not hurt after a few weeks using it every day. Or it could be that the action on the guitar is pretty high, therefore you have to put a lot more pressure to play chords (open and barred). May be worth taking the guitar to a shop, and ask somebody that plays to try it, a luthier would be able to fix that, or if she is really keen on learning just buy a better guitar (second hand are sometimes better) and cost less

jeannot186 m ago

When you say she is struggling to use it, do you mean it hurts her …When you say she is struggling to use it, do you mean it hurts her fingers? Believe me, we all went through this and eventually it does not hurt after a few weeks using it every day. Or it could be that the action on the guitar is pretty high, therefore you have to put a lot more pressure to play chords (open and barred). May be worth taking the guitar to a shop, and ask somebody that plays to try it, a luthier would be able to fix that, or if she is really keen on learning just buy a better guitar (second hand are sometimes better) and cost less



Yes, it's the pain aspect. She's used her friends with the nylon strings and she finds that much easier to use. She's only 12 and as she's learning and in pain she's getting very disillusioned.

swelsbyuk18 m ago

I bought my daughter a steel string acoustic guitar last year but she is …I bought my daughter a steel string acoustic guitar last year but she is really struggling to use it. Her friend has a classical guitar with, I believe, nylon strings. Does the Fender have nylon strings? If not, if anyone with far more knowledge of these kinds of things could point me towards one for around the £100 mark I would be grateful.


You can get a nylon string one even cheaper, say this one, they're "classial" guitars gak.co.uk/en/…382 at £64 however as jeannot18 says, it's definitely worth encouraging her to push through the pain. When it starts to hurt, if you advise her to stop and take a break, continue when the soreness has died down a little and just keep repeating this cycle, it won't take long before calluses form on the fingertips and the pain will go. 2 weeks of playing a reasonable amount should see her through it!

I'd personally stay away from classical unless she specifically wants to play classical acoustic as it's quite a different feel/sound.

I never really got on with acoustics at all when I first started learning and I much preferred playing an electric. After 15 years though I don't mind getting the acoustic out occassionally. It all depends on the style of stuff she wants to play and her favourite artists and who she wants to sound similar to

swelsbyuk9 m ago

Yes, it's the pain aspect. She's used her friends with the nylon strings …Yes, it's the pain aspect. She's used her friends with the nylon strings and she finds that much easier to use. She's only 12 and as she's learning and in pain she's getting very disillusioned.



Spanish guitars do tend to have wider fretboards though, which brings its own problems for little hands. My son's 11, and the best solution I found for him, was an electric guitar and amp.

For £104 - £107 on amazon you can pick up something like a Yamaha F310 which has tons of positive reviews; it doesn't come with any extras but you can normally upgrade to a starter pack for £20-25 or just dig around on amazon there are plenty of decent little clip on tuners for £5-10 etc.

Not sure about the quality on others but there are alternatives from Epiphone, Squier, Ibanez all in the £90-110 range.

£30 off is a decent discount but I don't know how much I would trust the ultra cheap store brands; Masestro from Gibson or things like Fender Starcaster strats. As far as I'm aware they are a really cheap catalogue brand with Gibson/Fender in the title to give it some credibility or make it seem like a better deal.

Ideally find a local shop and just try a few different guitars out

justinguitar.com/ has tons of free lessons and advice

jeannot1842 m ago

When you say she is struggling to use it, do you mean it hurts her …When you say she is struggling to use it, do you mean it hurts her fingers? Believe me, we all went through this and eventually it does not hurt after a few weeks using it every day. Or it could be that the action on the guitar is pretty high, therefore you have to put a lot more pressure to play chords (open and barred). May be worth taking the guitar to a shop, and ask somebody that plays to try it, a luthier would be able to fix that, or if she is really keen on learning just buy a better guitar (second hand are sometimes better) and cost less


I can only echo this advice and possibly add the benefit of my own experience.
It does hurt a little to start with however, if they can stop when it hurts, get back to playing after the pain has subsided, it will become all the better in the long run.
She may also be pressing too hard on the fret board. It takes a bit of time to realise how light a press is actually required (unless the action is high as previously mentioned). I also used to grip very tight with my thumb, now I only place it at the back as it allows my hand to move a lot easier.
It's all just time and practice. It's very rewarding when all of a sudden you're knocking out something recongnisable and coherent.

Steel strings do sound a lot better than the nylon which is why it's worth the effort.
If it really comes to it, I guess the strings could be replaced on the existing guitar. I can't imagine it would be too expensive. Steel strings cost around £1 to £3 each depending on where you go and the brand you want.
Good luck.
Edited by: "Holte_ender" 23rd Oct

f310 all the way quality at a great price think the hint here is classical guitar just need to get thru the pain barrier and strengthen your fingers.

I've a 'friend' who knows Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton well and they said not to listen to the so-called experts on this thread as they wouldn't know their pick from their capo....

swelsbyuk3 h, 9 m ago

Yes, it's the pain aspect. She's used her friends with the nylon strings …Yes, it's the pain aspect. She's used her friends with the nylon strings and she finds that much easier to use. She's only 12 and as she's learning and in pain she's getting very disillusioned.


Every beginner gets 'pain' your daughter shouldn't give up on the guitar just need to give it time for the finger skin to thicken and harden and maybe try a more learner friendly string like Martin "flexible core" acoustic guitar strings

Cold, not a Martin or Taylor

swelsbyuk9 h, 25 m ago

I bought my daughter a steel string acoustic guitar last year but she is …I bought my daughter a steel string acoustic guitar last year but she is really struggling to use it. Her friend has a classical guitar with, I believe, nylon strings. Does the Fender have nylon strings? If not, if anyone with far more knowledge of these kinds of things could point me towards one for around the £100 mark I would be grateful.


Try ultra light nanoweb strings... could be the thickness off the strings.

cabbage8 h, 6 m ago

I've a 'friend' who knows Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton well and they said …I've a 'friend' who knows Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton well and they said not to listen to the so-called experts on this thread as they wouldn't know their pick from their capo....


Wow! Who would've thought that Jimmy and Eric still browse HUKD even with all that wealth they've accumulated!

I'm glad this has popped up. Great place to ask a question. What would be a good age to get my son guitar lessons? He's only 4 now, that too young?

Holte_ender23 h, 56 m ago

Steel strings do sound a lot better than the nylon...


Well that rather depends on the sort of music you're trying to play.

Stompa22 m ago

Well that rather depends on the sort of music you're trying to play.


maybe - can't say for certain as I have not tried however, I think it might be a struggle with harmonics on nylon for example.
I think it's fair to say overall, steel is best. Nylon is OK, yet I think it's easy to tell the difference if playing nylon for a while then going to steel.
It might be all subjective and moot, I think the real experts might prefer steel though.I'm no expert at all. I just go by my ears.

Holte_ender1 h, 13 m ago

maybe - can't say for certain as I have not tried however, I think it …maybe - can't say for certain as I have not tried however, I think it might be a struggle with harmonics on nylon for example.I think it's fair to say overall, steel is best. Nylon is OK, yet I think it's easy to tell the difference if playing nylon for a while then going to steel.It might be all subjective and moot, I think the real experts might prefer steel though.I'm no expert at all. I just go by my ears.


Well having played both for 50+ years, I think saying that 'real experts might prefer steel' is simply wrong. It really does depend on what you're trying to do, you need to choose the right tool for the job. Harmonics are no problem with nylon strings.

yespleasesir7 h, 51 m ago

I'm glad this has popped up. Great place to ask a question. What would be …I'm glad this has popped up. Great place to ask a question. What would be a good age to get my son guitar lessons? He's only 4 now, that too young?



Probably. The only guitar he'll be able to pick up is a mini 'toy' guitar. There's also the issue of maintaining interest at that age. 4 year old granddaughter has one and she barely looks at it. I'd wait until he's about 7.

Banned

The pouch protects the capo and what ever else I throw in the case beside it.

syntaxterror6 h, 41 m ago

Probably. The only guitar he'll be able to pick up is a mini 'toy' guitar. …Probably. The only guitar he'll be able to pick up is a mini 'toy' guitar. There's also the issue of maintaining interest at that age. 4 year old granddaughter has one and she barely looks at it. I'd wait until he's about 7.


I highly recommend Chongam music school. Here's a video of the kids playing at the Summer Fair...

Stompa10 h, 17 m ago

Well having played both for 50+ years, I think saying that 'real experts …Well having played both for 50+ years, I think saying that 'real experts might prefer steel' is simply wrong. It really does depend on what you're trying to do, you need to choose the right tool for the job. Harmonics are no problem with nylon strings.


What I think we can agree on is that it's largely down to personal preference.
I think there's an obvious difference in volume and clarity with steel and if I recall correctly, nylon strings needed tuning much more frequently. I agree certain types of music may be more suitable for nylon however I firmly believe steel is best all round. That's my opinion and I'm happy to observe others so, I won't accept that as 'simply wrong.' also probably fair to say that once you've got used to steel, nylon won't present any problems at all with pain, whereas going the other way, might be a little more uncomfortable for a while.

Actually, Pagey is keen on a bargain and is a bit of a haggler.

Holte_ender11 h, 16 m ago

...and if I recall correctly, nylon strings needed tuning much more …...and if I recall correctly, nylon strings needed tuning much more frequently.


I've never really found that to be the case.

Holte_ender11 h, 16 m ago

I agree certain types of music may be more suitable for nylon however I …I agree certain types of music may be more suitable for nylon however I firmly believe steel is best all round. That's my opinion and I'm happy to observe others so, I won't accept that as 'simply wrong.'


I think the way I'd look at it is that they're essentially different instruments, that are used for different purposes, and have different playing techniques.

Holte_ender11 h, 16 m ago

...also probably fair to say that once you've got used to steel, nylon …...also probably fair to say that once you've got used to steel, nylon won't present any problems at all with pain, whereas going the other way, might be a little more uncomfortable for a while.


On that I would agree!

swelsbyuk23rd Oct

I bought my daughter a steel string acoustic guitar last year but she is …I bought my daughter a steel string acoustic guitar last year but she is really struggling to use it. Her friend has a classical guitar with, I believe, nylon strings. Does the Fender have nylon strings? If not, if anyone with far more knowledge of these kinds of things could point me towards one for around the £100 mark I would be grateful.


If your daughter wants to Hendrix out, she's gotta shred her fingers. When she complains just tell her: "Suck it up,It's a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll".
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