Started by The General, January 11, 2014, 12:11:00 PM
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Quote from: onan on January 22, 2014, 05:15:49 PMI used to goof around with a guitar. Have thought about picking it up and giving a go at learning how to play. then I see you guys... and think... maybe a good radio instead.
Quote from: The General on January 22, 2014, 05:26:07 PMI've always said that everybody should play guitar.The world would be a lot better place if everybody could at least play "Wipeout."It's such a great stress reliever, I'd be pretty tense without it.
Quote from: b_dubb on January 22, 2014, 05:31:40 PMFor a beginner ... go to a music store and get a cheap Yamaha acoustic. That's what I play every week at church.You heard/read me right.
Quote from: onan on January 22, 2014, 05:28:49 PMSay I wanted to spend somewhere under a grand... what guitar would you recommend?
Quote from: The General on January 22, 2014, 05:53:39 PMElectric or acoustic?
Quote from: eddie dean on January 22, 2014, 05:51:34 PMGood suggestion. Takamine or epiphone comes to mind also.a cheap guitar under 500 might be a better option to consider initially. If you enjoy learning and want to stick with it, you can buy a better guitar later. One thing to consider is the action. ( The height of the strings from the fret board)With a beginner sometimes the action is a frustrating deal-braker. It requires more hand and wrist strength to fret chords, which beginners don't have and must build up. onan:You can find a steel string acoustic guitar for under 500 bucks. Or maybe a Classical style acoustic guitar(my very first guitar) in the same price range. Classical style, has a slightly wider neck, nylon strings, and isn't as difficult to "fret" the strings, meaning, to press down the strings. The string tention isn't as high as steel string guitars, but the neck is wider. It's a trade off. Maybe the other guys can give opinions on the best guitar type for a beginner.
Quote from: onan on January 22, 2014, 06:09:31 PMacoustic
Quote from: onan on January 22, 2014, 06:14:40 PMI am not a complete novice, I was playing lots of 70's music... just rhythm though.
Quote from: The General on January 22, 2014, 06:32:36 PMI think it's important for you to get a guitar that you are excited about. Don't buy something on the recommendation of somebody else if you are not excited about the guitar. You won't play it if it doesn't float your boat.
Quote from: The General on January 22, 2014, 06:32:36 PMI think it's important for you to get a guitar that you are excited about. Don't buy something on the recommendation of somebody else if you are not excited about the guitar. You won't play it if it doesn't float your boat. My recommendation would be to get the nicest guitar you can afford. I would recommend either a Martin or a Gibson or maybe a Guild for an acoustic guitar. You can get a brand new Martin OM-1GT for just under a grand.Something decent that is used is always a good bargain though, you can check craigslist for a decent used guitar. If you go the used route, I would recommend getting an American made guitar with a solid top, like a Martin, Guild, or Gibson. Just have a buddy who knows guitars or a pro repair dude verify that it is not a basket case before you buy it. Many craigslist guitars are being sold there because they have problems. If you buy a used guitar from a retail store, buy from one that does in house repairs and ask the repair dude a bunch of annoying questions about it. Ask for a free set-up with the purchase.
Quote from: aldousburbank on January 22, 2014, 06:35:17 PMDude, did I play bass with you in Albuquerque as Dave and the Nuthuggers?
Quote from: saucerlike on January 23, 2014, 05:36:48 PMWhatever you do, I'd suggest you try before you buy if at all possible. Don't remember if it was in this thread or the podcast if was mentioned that what you think a guitar will feel like may not always be how it actually is.
Quote from: analog kid on January 20, 2014, 03:42:15 PMMy crappy playing on a crappy guitar with crappy sound.Epiphone Wildkat with Pod HD500
Quote from: The General on January 23, 2014, 05:42:31 PMThat's a great point. It really is a good idea to play any guitar you buy first. Guitar Center and those online superstores usually have a pretty easy return policy if you're buying new... but if you're buying on eBay or buying a used one sight unseen... yeah, buyer beware. EBay is where effed up guitars go to get passed on to the unsuspecting.
Quote from: ziznak on January 24, 2014, 04:03:37 PMI can't really complain about the guitar I got used from guitar center. It wasn't site unsceen pretty sure there was a pic and I knew there would be a couple of dings places. The thing that pissed me off was how that neck pickup screw was short and just barely screwed in enough to hold the pickup up so that cosmetically it was fine... but when I tried to drop the pickup level a little bit booom! The spring sent it right to the bottom. but again I use the neck pickup rarely... still I wanna fix it.oh and i liked yer whammy style ak.
Quote from: ziznak on January 25, 2014, 06:49:03 AMI remember seeing an actual speaker revolving inside of an opened speaker cabinet at one of the local guitar shops. I was just a kid and it really blew my mind.
Quote from: guildnavigator on January 24, 2014, 01:14:34 PMThat's not crappy playing.I haven't met a truly good player who wasn't humble though. You could cut some fools.
Quote from: zeebo on January 26, 2014, 02:56:00 AMHey General, I have a question. Is there a common issue which would cause one chord to be in tune while a different chord is out of tune? I want to tune the guitar then have all chords be in tune whether they're open, barred, partial, played low vs. high on the neck, etc. It's drivin' me crazy. (Btw this is a pretty nice classical guitar I'm referring too.)
Quote from: The General on January 26, 2014, 02:25:38 PMGuild nailed it, it's old strings, likely. New nylon strings will take a few days to settle, though, so it will be worse before it gets better. Once the strings stabilize, if it's not better, you may need to have your guitar fitted for a compensated saddle: (note the notch)[attachimg=1]Other things that can cause this are an improperly cut nut, action set too high, bad fret wear, I could go on... just change the strings first and see what happens.