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2020/07/20 21:27:18 (permalink)
local store: Guitarcenter
(Little Rock)    (South Portland)
 
 
Is Guitarcenter still a great local store?
 
Not a clue what Im looking at, Ill  go local shop in person, but not wanting to spend alot (link) at first (see if my carpal tunnel can handle it, break in my wrist/hands slow) but Im thinking would be good exercise for my CT, and good vibrations for my mood and soul ...
 
Needing a new hobby "Wife's oders!"
 
Far as fav style i like, ACDC , Jerry Reed & Jimi Hendrix
 
Feedback is welcome?
 
 

 
 
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    Tweaked
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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/07/21 11:28:51 (permalink)
    Guitarcenter is struggling a bit due to Covid. Low stock at least in my area, but you can always check their used inventory online. I say used, because that is what I recommend. You'll get a better instrument for the same money. The guitar is a hard enough instrument to learn without adding the torchers of a bad quality instrument to the mix. In the used market, I would target somewhere around $300 to get a decent guitar. Look for a used Epiphone Les Paul Custom, or a Squire Classic Vibe Strat, depending on the tone and feel you're looking for. Personally, I PRS, but they tend to be more expensive even in the used market. Don't forget other used marketplaces like facebook and craigslist. All kinds of used gear there.



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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/07/25 14:31:40 (permalink)
    Local store:

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    Local store here in town, I’ll drop by in person soon, thx for the feedback Tweaked!

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    post edited by knightsilver - 2020/07/25 14:32:55

     
     
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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/07/25 17:21:57 (permalink)
    I agree with Tweaked 100%
    Used is the way to go but if it's a new hobby to you, do yourself a favor and hit up YouTube and search "how to spot a warped neck guitar"
    and inform yourself a bit before hand. Are you looking for electric or acoustic? Electric can quickly add up with amps, cords, pedals and such but it is a helluva lot of fun (start with a wah)


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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/07/25 18:16:33 (permalink)
    This is what I got for my first guitar.

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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/07/25 18:28:35 (permalink)
    Yamaha FG800 Black
    Started a few years ago on nothing mostly but acoustics. Now have technically 5 acoustics, my sons Jackson and another Fender squire hanging on the wall Marshall stack, acoustic amp etc etc. Oh and approx. 60 books.Approve of GuitarCenters and the used selection. Currently in the market for an American Stratocaster. Must say that teaching myself on acoustics has prepped me for an electric. Oh and I now have physical therapy because I have been playing wrong this whole time.
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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/07/25 21:24:22 (permalink)
    I'll agree that 2nd hand is the way to go.
    Ibanez makes good guitars I have their Les Paul knockoff Art100 plays nice, was 300$ new
    I put a Bigsby tremolo on it, still plays nice! Also have an Ibanez bass, it too is decent.
     
    The Les Paul and say the Gibson SG or a knockoff are short scale VS say a Stratacaster.
    Also the pickups are different. The strat has single coil pickups.  (Execpt the HSS strat)
    That HSS has to single coils and one humbucker.
    The Les Paul or SG has only Humbuckers pickups.
    The pickups will give you different tones, more or less gain and so on.
     
    First guitar, I would go for the shorter neck guitar like the lespaul and SG, rather then the Stratacaster/Telecaster
    Less tension on the strings to get them in tune, little easier on the fingers.
    The Humbuckers can play nice clean notes or can really get that high gain like Sabbath...
    I have a Gibson Epiphone Tony Iommi edition SG guitar. I love SGs sound so good.                            
     
    Get an amp 30 watts is more than  enough 10-15w is louder than you think.
    I say 30w because thats the point they put more features into the amp. But 10-15w will do to start.
    Somehow it is not like a car radio that says it has 200 watts. um no
    A 200w guitar amp can play a large venue. 30w in my bedroom at half volume will ring your ears.
    I would get a combo tube/solid state amp. All tube are expensive, all solid state not as warm a tone in the amp. Tubes do add warmth, just sound better.
    But solid state has come a long way over the years.
    I have a 30w VOX-VT30 modeling amp for the guitar and a fender 25w bass amp.
     
    Take your time, practice practice practice. Remember it takes a long long time to play as well
    as Iommi, Clapton and Hendrix, and most of us will never play that well. 
    Have fun, try different styles. Short fat stubby fingers makes it hard to play clean cords.
    So I play around playing Blues, where it is more notes/rifts and a few power cords .
    My stubby fingers have a hard time ringing a clean cord, so blues it is.
    I have the blues, from my head to my shoes.  (Buddy Guy)
     
    Learn to play with some software. Guitar Pro5 is free on line. It will teach you Tabs.
    It is a form of written music showing finger position.
    Unless you already know how to read sheet music? 
    There is a ton of Tabs out there for free. I have quite a few, over a thousand someone gave me.
    There is a ton of videos on u-tube to walk you through famous rifts, online lessons.... 
     
    Practice, have fun, don't get discouraged, it takes time and practice.
    Maybe even take some lessons if you can.
    Good luck
     
     
     
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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/07/25 21:25:54 (permalink)
    Any great monitors cans thats arent crazy spendy?
     
    My own style "or likes" would be something between Angus Young, Jerry Reed and Jimi hendrix...
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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/07/26 18:11:12 (permalink)
    Jesse Gress is a customer who I had the pleasure to meet and shoot the 5#!7 with for a good long while on a few occasions. He plays guitar for the Todd Rundgren band. On the first visit he gave me one of his books that he wrote and told me to check YouTube for a few helpful & interesting tidbits. Like this one (below) on harmonics.
    He is currently waiting for a lung transplant and with covid going on it may be a long wait. He looked great on my last visit. Anyway, give this a listen and enjoy. <\/,, Wish you the best my friend!
     


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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/07/28 09:19:44 (permalink)
    Personally my advice is not to buy the most high end guitar right off the bat and buy something entry level as no guitar will magically make you sound like a rock god without some knowing how to play the thing, I am not a guitar player but I know someone who is... my dad.
    I can ask him what to get if you want me to, I have no playing experienced myself but my dad is good at knowing at whats junk and whats not as even some $700+ guitars can be trash


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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/07/31 10:51:32 (permalink)
    MadmanRB
    Personally my advice is not to buy the most high end guitar right off the bat and buy something entry level as no guitar will magically make you sound like a rock god without some knowing how to play the thing, I am not a guitar player but I know someone who is... my dad.
    I can ask him what to get if you want me to, I have no playing experienced myself but my dad is good at knowing at whats junk and whats not as even some $700+ guitars can be trash




    While this is definitely true (myself being exhibit #1), I also know that the quality of the instrument can serve to either inspire you to pick it up and play, or ruin that desire. I've had a number of "cheap" guitars that hurt to play and sounded so bad that I never wanted to pick them up. Then I got my hands on a PRS SE and all of that changed. I love playing that thing. It feels good and sounds awesome.



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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/08/01 22:23:35 (permalink)
    PRS SE?

     
     
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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/08/01 22:36:06 (permalink)
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    PRS SE?


    Sounds good to me!

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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/08/02 09:26:46 (permalink)
    PRS SE is the less expensive import line for PRS.



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    Re: First Guitar? 2020/08/11 12:42:41 (permalink)
    Schecter and Ibanez make some good stuff for not too much money too, that being said my very first guitar was a Squire 3/4 size Stratocaster and my first full size guitar was some Ibanez kit acoustic guitar, I forget the exact model but I played that poor thing to death. My first full size electric was an Epiphone Les Paul Standard that I still play just with Lace Sensor Finger Burners in it now. Even a cheapo guitar can grow with you, just upgrade the pickups when you start feeling limited. Skill is the most important thing though, my music teacher in highschool could make any guitar sound amazing.
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