Pitchmaster Electric Guitar Full Package (including 15w Amp) £91.90 @ Futura Direct
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Pitchmaster Electric Guitar Full Package (including 15w Amp) £91.90 @ Futura Direct

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Found 21st Jun 2015
Further to the PS4 Rocksmith deal (that my daughter decided to buy) she's also decided to use her savings to buy this electric guitar package. I know nothing much about guitars and it will probably get absolutely slated by musicians but for an entry into playing the electric guitar I think it should be fine.

This is the cheapest I could find and the price above includes the £6.95 postage). The same company sell through Amazon although the price is £10 more and the postage is £9.99.

There is also a black and white version of the guitar available.

Details:-

The Pitchmaster Full size 39" Electric Guitar is an ideal musical instrument for the budding musician. The kit comes with all you need to get you started

Specifications

Body: Hard Wood
Neck: Maple wood
Machine Heads: Chrome Open Jack
Volume setting
Treble,middle and bass control
Head phone connection
Set Includes

39'' electric guitar
15 W amplifier
Guitar tuner
Guitar stand
Carry Case
cable
strap
3 Guitar picks
Set of strings

48 Comments

You could always invest in a Pacifica for a bit more, great guitar normans.co.uk/p-7…spx

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esq3585

You could always invest in a Pacifica for a bit more, great guitar … You could always invest in a Pacifica for a bit more, great guitar http://www.normans.co.uk/p-796-yamaha-pacif012-bl-pacifica-012-electric-guitar.aspx



Thanks for the suggestion, looks good to my untrained eye.... this package pretty much includes everything to get up and running... I know it won't be the best quality but if my daughter gets into it then she can choose something better later.

I don't know. If I was looking at buying an electric guitar the extra bells and whistles wouldn't mean much. You can buy straps, plectrums, tuners, cables cheap elsewhere. Those shouldn't be part of your initial guitar purchase. ebay have cheap second hand amplifiers at a much higher quality that you should invest in if you're serious enough about it.
The Yamaha Pacifica is said to be one of the best starter electric guitars you can buy and that says something.

With something like this you don't need to spend an arm and a leg to get something good. Don't buy too cheap though as you want a good sounding guitar and amp to keep you motivated.

Great price for a starter pack. I was in your position 3 weeks ago. I saw this, read some reviews and eventually plumped for the Yam Pacifica Pack. The Yamaha ERG121 Gigmaker Electric Guitar & Amp Basic Pack (No Stand) is currently on 'Sale' @ Amazon for £173.16 (Saving £56.84!) amazon.co.uk/Yam…121
Whatever you choose I hope your daughter has more success with Rocksmith than mine!

Anonstarter

Great price for a starter pack. I was in your position 3 weeks ago. I saw … Great price for a starter pack. I was in your position 3 weeks ago. I saw this, read some reviews and eventually plumped for the Yam Pacifica Pack. The Yamaha ERG121 Gigmaker Electric Guitar & Amp Basic Pack (No Stand) is currently on 'Sale' @ Amazon for £173.16 (Saving £56.84!) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Yamaha-ERG121-Gigmaker-Electric-Guitar/dp/B00BCIJB68/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434932930&sr=8-1&keywords=erg121Whatever you choose I hope your daughter has more success with Rocksmith than mine!



Love the all black guitar!

It's not really a hot deal but i will totally give respect to the op for not saying something like "a great guitar for beginners".

rev6

I don't know. If I was looking at buying an electric guitar the extra … I don't know. If I was looking at buying an electric guitar the extra bells and whistles wouldn't mean much. You can buy straps, plectrums, tuners, cables cheap elsewhere. Those shouldn't be part of your initial guitar purchase. ebay have cheap second hand amplifiers at a much higher quality that you should invest in if you're serious enough about it.The Yamaha Pacifica is said to be one of the best starter electric guitars you can buy and that says something.With something like this you don't need to spend an arm and a leg to get something good. Don't buy too cheap though as you want a good sounding guitar and amp to keep you motivated.



The Pacifica would be better in terms of learning and going on to performing but if you're just wanting to learn with less of a view to being in a band or whatever then this is easily sufficient.

Agree with what's been said. Also worth considering the Harley Benton range from Thomann.de (Europe's largest music retailer). I can recommend this one for £90 (plus £7 shipping to the UK): thomann.de/gb/…htm

It's a copy of a Gibson SG standard. In terms of value for money, it's excellent. I actually play a Gibson SG standard and this Harley Benton feels good. It doesn't feel like a cheap beginner's guitar. It arrived well set up and playable out of the box. The red colour looks much better than in the photos.

I bought it on behalf of a friend for his 10 year old son who is starting to learn guitar and he was thrilled. I think this SG style works well for a beginner due to the shorter scale length, thinner lighter body, set neck (rather than bolted on) and more comfortable position of the bridge (all my own opinion of course).

I was so impressed I'm thinking of getting one for myself.

Rock on...

The Peavey Raptor for £65 at Gear4 Music is good too. Thin neck with a low action. You can get a branded amp for sub £50 too.

I used to be a guitar teacher for 7 years. Obviously it depends on the style your child wants to learn, but I'd always get some one to start on an electric guitar as it's so much easy to start with. There's plenty of badly setup electric guitars, generally with an electric guitar the string action, which is the height of the strings from the fretboard will be much lower than on a classic/acoustic guitar and the string gauge will be lower, so the strings are thinner, it all adds up to less frustration when beginning.

Can anyone recommend a three quarter size for a 9 year old? Cheers

Thanks - looking for something similar for our 9 year old - Only slightly strange thing is all the reviews on the futura site were posted on 22nd April - even one mentioning xmas...

I started with RS2014 just a few months ago, and still lovin it. I bought a new Squire strat, it does me fine as a beginner instrument, but I should have bought one second hand. As a newby I found getting it properly set up, as well as getting a set of coloured strings that matched the rocksmith colouration, really helped me.
Another piece of borrowed wisdom was: Get a guitar that makes you want to pick it up and play it, I would guess only the person that is going to play it can decide that. Looks, feel, weight, tone are all things to think about. As a guitar that sits unplayed is a bad deal, no matter how much or how little it cost.
PS. The strings are about 8 quid on ebay

I've had a guitar since 1963 - a Rosetti Lucky 7- which I've just now sold for restoration on Ebay. I wouldn't mind buying a replacement. I'm not very good but I can pick out a few chords and could play all the Shadows hits! I noted from some reviews that the Yamaha Pacifica was suited to "heavy metal and rock" which are styles I would not care to embrace so I'm wondering which instrument would best suit.
Edited by: "peterfoster" 22nd Jun 2015

peterfoster

I've had a guitar since 1963 - a Rosetti Luck 7- which I've just now sold … I've had a guitar since 1963 - a Rosetti Luck 7- which I've just now sold for restoration on Ebay. I wouldn't mind buying a replacement. I'm not very good but I can pick out a few chords and could play all the shadows hits! I noted from some reviews that the Yamaha Pacifica was suited to "heavy metal and rock" which are styles I would not care to embrace so I'm wondering which instrument would best suit.



Pacifica 'could be' suited to heavy metal rock simply because it has a humbucker pickup at the bridge. It is however a very versitile guitar which will play most styles depending mainly on the amp. Don't buy this Pitchmaster crap. At best it will probably rip yer finger tips on the sharp un finished frets or its probably rediculously high set up. Will more than likely just end up in a charity shop in 12 months and put you off playing forever!
Check out gear4music.com for some better package deals.

fezmeister

Agree with what's been said. Also worth considering the Harley Benton … Agree with what's been said. Also worth considering the Harley Benton range from Thomann.de (Europe's largest music retailer). I can recommend this one for £90 (plus £7 shipping to the UK): http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hbs_580_wr.htmIt's a copy of a Gibson SG standard. In terms of value for money, it's excellent. I actually play a Gibson SG standard and this Harley Benton feels good. It doesn't feel like a cheap beginner's guitar. It arrived well set up and playable out of the box. The red colour looks much better than in the photos.I bought it on behalf of a friend for his 10 year old son who is starting to learn guitar and he was thrilled. I think this SG style works well for a beginner due to the shorter scale length, thinner lighter body, set neck (rather than bolted on) and more comfortable position of the bridge (all my own opinion of course).I was so impressed I'm thinking of getting one for myself.



I love the colour on this one! If there's not much between this and the Pacifica then I think that would be enough to sway me (_;)

PS. The strings are about 8 quid on ebay.....you can get Ernie Ball Slinkys for a fiver or less!

There are several different variants of the Yamaha Pacifica by the way from basic 012 version to top of the range 611 iguitarmag.com/mag…fm/

Anyone wanting a cheap, great starter classic/acoustic - amazon.co.uk/Yam…top

Specifically for Rocksmith this guitar has a few issues - it will not hold tuning very well (but you will be changing it frequently so its not a problem).

More importantly Rocksmith can be temperamental detecting notes on low E, this is going to a particular problem with guitars with poor intonation which this almost certainly will have (This may be adjustable by a guitar tech but on something this cheap its hardly worth it). If your daughter has bought it for Rockmith your are almost definitely going to want to replace the strings (ernie ballz ones chegz recommends) and even then she will need to develop a very soft touch as the slightest bend will stop rocksmith picking up the note properly.

Just some advice, have fun Rocksmith ...errr...rocks
Edited by: "mattym09109" 22nd Jun 2015

esq3585

You could always invest in a Pacifica for a bit more, great guitar … You could always invest in a Pacifica for a bit more, great guitar http://www.normans.co.uk/p-796-yamaha-pacif012-bl-pacifica-012-electric-guitar.aspx



or even get a second hand pacifica. probably won't get a better guitar for the price

Can't believe this is getting hot...are you all mad
I paid 50 quid for hardly used 112j Pacifica on Gumtree!
Another good entry guitar Aria STG003 often appear on Gumtree. Great guitar for smaller hands as has slimmer neck than the Fender Squier.

Edited by: "chegz60" 22nd Jun 2015

Original Poster

chegz60

Can't believe this is getting hot...are you all mad :DI paid 50 quid for … Can't believe this is getting hot...are you all mad :DI paid 50 quid for hardly used 112j Pacifica on Gumtree!Another good entry guitar Aria STG003 often appear on Gumtree. Great guitar for smaller hands as has slimmer neck than the Fender Squier.



I had a feeling it might split opinion

It's funny how lots of people buy cheap on the basis of kids getting interested. But as others have said it's a false economy, The Pacifica is amazing for it's price and might generate the interest required to put the hours in to get the sense of fulfilment. Don't forget, equal to playability and tone is a guitar holding it's tuning, something most cheap guitars don't do well. Pacifica all the way

Get on Gumtree and get a 2nd hand Pacifica or Squire Strat.
Same for the amp.

Original Poster

If you could specify a "holding tune" time what would you suggest as acceptable/good?.. I'll feedback once we get this one.

OP says:
" I know nothing much about guitars and it will probably get absolutely slated by musicians but for an entry into playing the electric guitar I think it should be fine".
If you don't know anything about something how can you think it's gonna be fine?...HUKD is a Crazziee place! oO

Look what this guy found on Gumtree....X)
http://cdo.seymourduncan.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Joe-Bonamassa-Gibson-Guitars1.jpg

Edited by: "chegz60" 22nd Jun 2015

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chegz60

OP says:" I know nothing much about guitars and it will probably get … OP says:" I know nothing much about guitars and it will probably get absolutely slated by musicians but for an entry into playing the electric guitar I think it should be fine".If you don't know anything about something how can you think it's gonna be fine?...HUKD is a Crazziee place! oOLook what this guy found on Gumtree....X)


That's unfair..., I've posted a deal in good faith, I have acknowledged and welcomed any feedback and anyone seeing the deal can vote hot or cold, clearly some people must think it is OK I've never once said it is the best guitar or better than any of the other suggestions, offered by other HUKD'ers. What's to say though it isn't any good... do you have personal experience of using it, what say you might be pleasantly surprised, you probably wouldn't but I don't know that, neither do you.

You are right HUKD can be a crazy place made all the crazier by deal obsessed keyboard warriors and trolls, lets not let this very useful and informative deal thread go the same way.
Edited by: "busterdan" 22nd Jun 2015

Rich44

Can anyone recommend a three quarter size for a 9 year old? Cheers



Lombear

Thanks - looking for something similar for our 9 year old - Only slightly … Thanks - looking for something similar for our 9 year old - Only slightly strange thing is all the reviews on the futura site were posted on 22nd April - even one mentioning xmas...




Our 5 year old plays this one and loves it gak.co.uk/en/…008
Edited by: "esq3585" 22nd Jun 2015

Original Poster

chegz60

Pacifica 'could be' suited to heavy metal rock simply because it has a … Pacifica 'could be' suited to heavy metal rock simply because it has a humbucker pickup at the bridge. It is however a very versitile guitar which will play most styles depending mainly on the amp. Don't buy this Pitchmaster crap. At best it will probably rip yer finger tips on the sharp un finished frets or its probably rediculously high set up. Will more than likely just end up in a charity shop in 12 months and put you off playing forever!Check out gear4music.com for some better package deals.



This Pitchmaster "Crap" seems to be quite well liked on Amazon... amazon.co.uk/Pit…YC/ I like the idea of colour strings though that's a good idea.

I second the notion of buying a good quality starter guitar (Pacifica's are excellent for the money). If you start learning on a guitar that's hard to keep in tune / set up and doesn't play well, you're likely to just get frustrated, give up and never go back.

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fuzzface

I second the notion of buying a good quality starter guitar (Pacifica's … I second the notion of buying a good quality starter guitar (Pacifica's are excellent for the money). If you start learning on a guitar that's hard to keep in tune / set up and doesn't play well, you're likely to just get frustrated, give up and never go back.


Yeah I'm not disagreeing, although the opinion of one or two seems to be that this guitar is crap and that's it. I've owned plenty of Yamaha stuff over the years (generally the two wheeled variety)... a slightly different sounding instrument but completely enjoyable all the same

Next someone will be telling me Apple make the best phones and computers in the world

Banned

The reason why most beginners dont continue is because of a crap first guitar. I have no knowledge of this brand but I have never come across a poorly set up Yamaha Pacifica and indeed have two of my own in my collection. They plat as good as any Fender ir Gibson that I have. You cannot go wrong with a Pacifica, the workmanship and setup, which is where mot budget brands save on costs, is very very good.

busterdan

That's unfair..., I've posted a deal in good faith, I have acknowledged … That's unfair..., I've posted a deal in good faith, I have acknowledged and welcomed any feedback and anyone seeing the deal can vote hot or cold, clearly some people must think it is OK I've never once said it is the best guitar or better than any of the other suggestions, offered by other HUKD'ers. What's to say though it isn't any good... do you have personal experience of using it, what say you might be pleasantly surprised, you probably wouldn't but I don't know that, neither do you.You are right HUKD can be a crazy place made all the crazier by deal obsessed keyboard warriors and trolls, lets not let this very useful and informative deal thread go the same way.



I have been playing guitar for too many years and by no means an expert but have tried many budget guitars. The really cheap or dare I say it crap ones are cheap for a reason. As pointed out to you by others the innotation and sustain will be non existant and the set up will be poor. They will be made in a Taiwanese sweat shop for peanuts. The body will be made of laminated plywood and the neck will have poorly finished frets and cheap tuners. As has already been mentioned all the reviews on the site are the same date which is suspect. If you don't wont to take advice from those that have been there done that then go ahead and buy it. oO
Like buying a car the only way to get the right guitar is to go to a guitar shop and road test it!

Original Poster

chegz60

I have been playing guitar for too many years and by no means an expert … I have been playing guitar for too many years and by no means an expert but have tried many budget guitars. The really cheap or dare I say it crap ones are cheap for a reason. As pointed out to you by others the innotation and sustain will be non existant and the set up will be poor. They will be made in a Taiwanese sweat shop for peanuts. The body will be made of laminated plywood and the neck will have poorly finished frets and cheap tuners. As has already been mentioned all the reviews on the site are the same date which is suspect. If you don't wont to take advice from those that have been there done that then go ahead and buy it. oOLike buying a car the only way to get the right guitar is to go to a guitar shop and road test it!



Not at all... I'm certainly open and welcome advice, but in my case it's a bit late as the guitar was ordered and in fact is being delivered today (pretty fast delivery time!). However it just the assumption that something is going to be of poor quality because it's not well known, I have no idea where it's made but when I checked the Pacifica on one of the posted links I think it said that guitar was made in Indonesia (not exactly well known for their technical expertise, but have a very poor civil rights and labour record). Another good case in point is China, some of the stuff they produce these days is very high quality, it doesn't stop Apple having their stuff made there and then charging premium prices.

Anyway, I do agree with you, if you are uncertain about something, try before you buy...as you say road test!

Anyway, I do agree with you, if you are uncertain about something, try before you buy...as you say road test![/quote]

As Liam Neeson would say....."Good Luck!" X)

chegz60

PS. The strings are about 8 quid on ebay.....you can get Ernie Ball … PS. The strings are about 8 quid on ebay.....you can get Ernie Ball Slinkys for a fiver or less!


Only maker I could find selling colour coated strings, that matched rocksmith's colouring system : 1st string purple, 2nd string green, 3rd string orange etc was Dr neon. I would appreciate a link to the same coloured strings, as I was talking about, for a fiver or less, as I could do with a couple of new sets.

Uncle_Zorro

Only maker I could find selling colour coated strings, that matched … Only maker I could find selling colour coated strings, that matched rocksmith's colouring system : 1st string purple, 2nd string green, 3rd string orange etc was Dr neon. I would appreciate a link to the same coloured strings, as I was talking about, for a fiver or less, as I could do with a couple of new sets.


Why the hell do you want coloured strings? Learn to play the right way!

chegz60

Why the hell do you want coloured strings? Learn to play the right way!



Sometimes when children (possibly adults too) are learning to play the piano they'll have the notes printed on the keys ... this doesn't mean they're not learning to "play the right way", it's just an aid in learning!

It may even help to avoid that frustration (cited on here numerous time) that can cause people to lose interest quickly.
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