Electronic Music other: Guitar
Written January 19 2008 , Tags: guitar, electri, acoustic
I have made my decison and im going to buy a guitar (electric or acoustic, i dont have made up my mind yet).
This is ofcourse a strange buy because i dont even know how to play, i have dedicated myself to electronic and drum stuff, but now buying a guitar its all i want.
So ive beguin to search some info about this , and ive found so far tons of usefull information about booth (electric and acoustic), the woods that guitars a made off the freets etc..etc..
But im a beguinner and i dont know nothing about this world, a word of advice a story or just comments would a reaaly help for me.
I have also made asearch abou the prices and im willing to spent about 200 euros aproximatly 300 dollars.
If you have an opinion about a cool guitar just spoke out.
oh and avoid floating tremolos for now as they can be a nightmare to setup
and change stings.
save that for later ;-)
it takes a long time to learn how to play guitar. i always tell people to think about it like they'd think about loosing 150lbs: don't expect much for your work, but work really hard and in 6mo you'll be very pleased. Expect too much right away and you'll just quit.
I'm in a similar situation, been doing electronic music for almost 15 years and I'm brand new to guitar. I'm not really that into guitar sounds, but I need another instrument class for college, and my piano skills aren't that great. I certainly prefer electric to acoustic, so I bought an Epiphone Les Paul special II, for $150 US. It has some decent reviews online, plus I can mod it with Gibson parts in the future if I decide to keep up with it.
pretty much any guitar in the 200$> range is customizible like legos.
just to reiterate: mexican telecaster. cheapest, best built, most flexible (tone-wise).
i disagree with madeofoak.
teles have 2 pickups, a strat 3, with 5 different switch settings.
So thats strat 5 different tones. Tele 3 tones?
but yeah go with the mexican labour.
I wouldn't suggest going with an acoustic guitar. At $300 you're going to have a tough time finding something that will sound good, have decent volume, and be in tune in all positions of the neck. If you do go with acoustic and know that you will probably continue playing and will get a better instrument later, I'd suggest going for a dreadnaught guitar instead of a classical. The frets are wider and the nylon strings are easier to play since they require less strength, but it won't necessarily prepare you for playing on other instruments. Learn on something that will help build your callouses and finger/wrist strength.
If you went with an electric, you can find any number of guitars that will sound decent within your price range, and the guitar will be much more customizable in the future. You can always replace pickups and necks if you find that you want something different, and action, truss rod adjustment, and intonation setting are pretty easy to do with most models. I agree that you should have your guitar set up by a pro at first so you know how it's supposed to feel since guitars tend to come from the factory or store with some pretty messed up settings. After that, though, get a book and start learning how to set up your instrument. It'll teach you what all the parts do, how they work, and how to make minor repairs (plus how to string a guitar properly which usually accounts for people's trouble with intonation).
I'd like to suggest epiphone guitars over the mexi-strats. I believe most epiphones are made in korea (gasp) but the guitars that I've played are all pretty solid, and the humbuckers have a FAT tone without having to worry about all the noisy buzzing issues of the strats. Obviously this is more of a personal call though.
Final bit of advice...DO NOT buy anything without playing it first. It's usually suggested to play the actual instrument you want to buy at the store, not order one online since all instruments have different personalities and yadda yadda...but with a lower end guitar it probably won't make that much of a difference. Take your time...Go to a few places and play as many models as you can get your hands on. I'd even try messing around with instruments slightly outside of your price range so you can get a feel for the difference in quality. This will help give you a more solid idea of what guitar has bang for it's buck...you'll start picking up on how different models feel in your hands and all that.
When you're actually going to buy the bloody thing, try to find someone who knows guitars to check it out just to make sure the price is decent. A lot of stores jack sticker prices up, but a lot of times are willing to wheel and deal if you call them out on it.
if you learn on an acoustic, you'll find an electric really really easy to play.
if you learn on electric, you'll find an acoustic really really difficult to play.
just my $0.02.
i think that depends on whether you're strumming all the time.
btw most epiphone's are made in china now. So if you find a korean made guitar, go get it!
After viewing the opinions posted here i have decided and yesterday i have bought this one
I have also tried a couple of others guitars in the shop, but this one felt good on my hands.
I have pay attention to body and neck woods, this one i think suited me fine.
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