hey Smiley, any recommendations on a slightly better guitar? ive never played, been wanting to for a while now. id rather buy something pretty decent that i wont wanna replace in a year if i get good. maybe around $300 range... give or take
Here's 7 pages of various axes in your price range. http://www.musicians...c&catId=site1AA
Also keep in mind what guitar model you will feel comfortable with. Strat style bodies are typically best suited for beginners for many reasons. One, they are perfectly shaped to play sitting down on your lap that provides the ideal angle of the neck/fretboard for proper hand positioning...providing less hand strain.
Les Paul style bodies are a little heavier than strats (causing some neck strain after prolonged periods of playing while standing using a strap for beginners) and also feel a little less comfortable while playing sitting down...but nothing too bad. You just get used to it after a while. They're heavier due to the style of body and the wood used for both the body and neck (usually mahogany). But you get fuller and fatter tones from these.
IMO...It's best for beginners to use a strat style model. They are comfortable as well as versatile for no matter what genre of music floats your boat. IMO, at this price range, check out Ibanez guitars, especially the RGG321. It has a fixed bridge (no tremolo) but that's a plus, especially for beginners. http://www.musicians...c&catId=site1AA
Tremolos, especially licensed Floyd Rose variants (non-official Floyd Rose tremolo systems) can be a pain in the ass for newcomers to setup after any string changes. You want to focus on a solid guitar that will stay in tune after initial setup and intonation tweaks. The less technical issues you need to worry about, the better. At least for now.
I also highly recommend ESP's and Deans...http://www.musicians...c&catId=site1AAhttp://www.musicians...c&catId=site1AA
You wouldnt know of any good sites to get recomendations on guitars?
I have been wanting to play for years. But i have mild cerebral paulsy so my hands dont listen to well. So i dont want to make a big investment and find out i wont be able to play. So this Game/teaching tool looks perfect for me.
I dont know a single thing about guitars. So would just getting the boxed set be good enough. Should i instead go to a store and get the game and pick up a used guitar at a music store/pawn shop?
Always been a dream of mine to play guitar and just got a new job with way better pay do do this with.
Yo Drastion! Aside from what I mentioned up above to Psychobuck, I'll recap and hopefully add a few helpful points for you particularly. If you are experiencing any joint contractures in your fingers, hands, wrists, and even neck...I highly recommend a strat model. Something light and one with really low action on the fretboard to make fingering as effortless as possible.
If you buy your guitar from a retail shop, they will usually have a guitar tech on hand to setup your new guitar. You can let them know of your situation and see if their tech can lower the action for you as much as possible. Most places do this for free when you buy a new instrument from them. If you buy online, and then bring it in, then you have to pay for the job, but it isn't something too expensive at all.
The lowest action I've seen was 1/16 of an inch on the 22 fret...for all 6 strings! Not fret buzzing at all to boot! lol I think it was a Schecter from a local ma & pa guitar shop (my favorite shops).
As for which brand, again, there are many that are great. But for beginners I suggest to buy from a physical store at first. Try out the guitars. Don't worry about not knowing how to play or anything. It's about comfort. Put it on your lap and strum a simple power chord position using the 6th, 5th, and 4th strings up and down the fretboard. This is all to get a feel for the guitar. It's all about comfort. You will know what I mean when you do this.
If you decide to buy online...at least check out a store in person to do the above to get a feel of what I'm talking about. It's one thing to read someone talking about it, it's another when you actually get hands-on. Trust me on this. Because what feels good for one guitar player, doesn't feel good for another. Everyone has their tastes, even if the differences are small.
I would also stay away from boxed sets. Those are made for parents/soccer moms who want to buy an all-in-one package who don't have the time or will to do some research. They just want something for their kids who seem interested in the guitar...at least for the moment. That, ans the quality for those, for the most part, aren't great.
Used guitars are fine, but until you personally have more experience, or at least have someone you know that does have some experiences with guitar hardware knowledge, I'd stay away from used. It's better to get something new...and there are many good/great guitars for beginners at very reasonable prices. For you, the Dean Vendetta XMT would be perfect, because it's a great guitar for a beginner...it's cheap (on sale for $99 w/ free shipping)...and is known to have low action. I wouldn't worry about an amp for now. See if you can play without pain or discomfort first. Start slow exercises, but don't over do them. Slow and steady is key. If everything goes well...then invest in a simple practice amp later.
Here's the link for the Dean Vendetta: http://www.musicians...ar-with-tremolo
Or even a Squire Bullet Series Strat: http://www.musicians...at-with-tremolo
The Squire is a side brand of Fender. It's not their best product, but good. Another solid entry-level guitar for a great price. It's currently at $119...but they usually can be bought for $99 or even less during Holiday sales, etc.
Let me know if you guys need more help are more specific questions answered. I'll be glad to help further.
Edited by SmileyMcSmiles, 07 November 2011 - 04:53 AM.