Advice on Guitars anyone?

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Found 12th Jun 2008
Basically, I wouldn't mind learning how to play the guitar. I know pretty much nothing about them and was wondering if anyone could recommend a good acoustic guitar for a beginner.

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What's your budget?

Original Poster

Haven't got a budget really, money isn't an issue.

Obviously I don't want to spend too much though because I'm just going to have a mess about with a book and try and learn a few things. Then I'll probably look at some lessons.

whats the max you want to spend on the guitar ?

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It's hard to answer really because I don't know how much a fairly decent one even costs.
Maybe £250 max? But if I can get a pretty good one for a lot cheaper then that would be good.

I really don't have a clue about them!

Well you'll just want something with a nice easy action. With a budget of £250 you could get something really nice. Honestly your best best is to go down to a guitar shop and try a few out to get something you like the feel of. Might be an idea to start out with some fairly light gauge strings if you're a beginner so you don't knacker your fingers out too much.

I'd recommend going into a guitar shop (take a friend who can play if you want) or ask one of the guys in the shop to show you some good ones for a beginner,. anyone who works in a guitar shop is always happy to show off in front of a 'newbie'. What you want to look out for is one that has a comfortable 'action', this is the space between the strings and the fretboard. The higher this is the more difficult you'll find it to fret the strings (especially when playing chords higher up the neck), if it's too low then the strings vibrate off the frets higher up the fretboard and spoil the sound you get. I'd always recommend all-metal strings, don't bother with the ones that have metal and nylon ones together. Also listen for the tone you get from it, it should have a good long sustain if it's well made.

Forgot to post this and see others have recommended a good 'action' too, as baconsandwich has said with a budget of £250 then you have a lot of good options, although you could probably get a decent one for around the £150-200 to see how you take to it. Pick up the 'Acoustic' guitar magazine in the newsagents and look at some guitar websites for reviews of acoustic guitars. Also from reading those you'll learn a bit more about them too. Good luck!

Have a look at some reviews here:
imuso.co.uk/dir…htm
ultimate-guitar.com/rev…rs/

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baconsandwich;2298200

Well you'll just want something with a nice easy action. With a budget of … Well you'll just want something with a nice easy action. With a budget of £250 you could get something really nice. Honestly your best best is to go down to a guitar shop and try a few out to get something you like the feel of. Might be an idea to start out with some fairly light gauge strings if you're a beginner so you don't knacker your fingers out too much.



Thanks for your help, will try and go in at the weekend.

Had a quick scan online too. Are the guitars on this page ideal for me or do you think I'm spending too much as an absolute beginner who knows nothing!

dawsons.co.uk/Pro…171

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bjmcghee;2298255

I'd recommend going into a guitar shop (take a friend who can play if you … I'd recommend going into a guitar shop (take a friend who can play if you want) or ask one of the guys in the shop to show you some good ones for a beginner,. anyone who works in a guitar shop is always happy to show off in front of a 'newbie'. What you want to look out for is one that has a comfortable 'action', this is the space between the strings and the fretboard. The higher this is the more difficult you'll find it to fret the strings (especially when playing chords higher up the neck), if it's too low then the strings vibrate off the frets higher up the fretboard and spoil the sound you get. I'd always recommend all-metal strings, don't bother with the ones that have metal and nylon ones together. Also listen for the tone you get from it, it should have a good long sustain if it's well made. Forgot to post this and see others have recommended a good 'action' too, as baconsandwich has said with a budget of £250 then you have a lot of good options, although you could probably get a decent one for around the £150-200 to see how you take to it. Pick up the 'Acoustic' guitar magazine in the newsagents and look at some guitar websites for reviews of acoustic guitars. Also from reading those you'll learn a bit more about them too. Good luck!Have a look at some reviews here: http://www.imuso.co.uk/directory/reviews/electric-guitar-reviews.htmhttp://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/acoustic_guitars/



Thanks alot, really really helpful that. I didn't know anything about the 'action' so that will be useful to know when I go looking. I'll take a look at those links now.

yamaha apx series are very good for the money - you could get a decent apx 4 or 5 quite cheap on ebay.

Original Poster

Yeah I've read lots and lots saying Yamaha now because they are decent quality and not bad prices!

Just need to choose a model and find a decent price and i'm sorted!

I've heard that electric is easier to learn for a beginner.

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TWIGGY4LIFE 666;2298851

I've heard that electric is easier to learn for a beginner.



It might be but I wouldn't enjoy it as much as I like the sounds of acoustic guitars.

Thinking about the Yamaha APX500 at the moment, seems to have good reviews and I can get it for £190

electric can be easier as the gauge of string is usually lighter as theyre not designed to amplify themselves, however more often then not the acoustics generally fuller sound makes them more of a solo instrument (in my opinion) as you get a nice tonal range. it depends on what you want to play really

yamaha is always a good bet at that price, you could get a "value range" takamine , ovation or something at that price but i would definately go with the apx myself, in facti still want one to fit between my high and low end acoustics as the cheap one gets scratches but plays badly and the expensive one plays great but doesnt get used as much to avoid damage. hence need something somewhere in the middle
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