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Georgia Fan
Member since Sep 2012
33647 posts

re: Learning Guitar
My first acoustic was also a cheap yamaha, sometime around 1992. Great guitar to learn on, open chords and bar chords low on the neck, but anything above about fret 9 was shite. So I get what kingbob is saying, but a beginner has no business above fret 9 anyway. If you are jazzing out across 4 octaves on your guitar, you aren't a beginner.

I think the leap from beginner to intermediate is where the leap to nicer gear should occur.

It's the same reason my kid has a $15 walmart rod/reel combo instead of G. Loomis.

Prove you are competent and more importantly that you give a shit, you get a major upgrade.

By all means, if the op has more money than he knows what to do with, be that guy with a 67 Les Paul and a vintage fender Princeton wailing out Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. And when you think there's too much buzz in the pickups, drop $800 on a cap job and Sovtek replacement on the amp, only to decide the only thing to give you that elusive tone is another $2000 investment in a Mark IV Mesa combo, then another grand on a few more mods, so Old McDonald Had a Farm finally squeals with all the passion of a Duane Allman solo at the Filmore.

Whatsamotta U.
Member since Jan 2009
27153 posts

re: Learning Guitar

Learning chords and strumming. It's a blast, I suck right now, but am getting there slowly. Really enjoy it, keeping it fun & find myself wanting to practice almost every spare minute I get.

You're on your way.In the past 17 years I've put in thousands of hours.

There are so many great songs that only have 3 or 4 Chords.Every Buddy Holly song is E,A,and D.But the arrangement is what makes the melody so good.

I learned a John Denver song last week,"Leaving on a Jet-Pane".It's G,C,and D.

Have fun.

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Auburn Fan
Opelika, Alabama
Member since Aug 2013
10197 posts

re: Learning Guitar

Better gear has the potential to make you sound better, but it won't make you play better. In fact, starting with better gear can make you a lazy player who relies on the tone of the fine instrument instead of his own fingers and soul. This argument can go on forever.

You need to buy the absolute best instrument, that you can afford. Get it set-up, to make it optimal.
Learning to play, should be a pleasure, not a chore.
A great instrument will keep you playing longer and more often.
There isn't any debate. If you don't learn on the good guitar, you were never going to learn on a junk one either.
Give yourself every possible advantage.

My first guitar came from Sears and Roebuck around 1972. It was crap. My friend got an Alvarez Yairi around the same time. Mine wouldn't stay in tune at all and was hard to play. It looked great though, and that's why my parents picked it out. It ended up being a room decoration, but I would go play my friends Alvarez every chance I got.
Eventually was able to get a better guitar, and my playing started getting decent after that.
My friend has been a session guitarist, for most of his adult life.

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South Carolina Fan
Member since Dec 2018
142 posts

re: Learning Guitar
If you're looking for acoustics you may want to consider a parlor guitar to learn on.

Gretsch - Jim Dandy Parlor Guitar

Sound Sample

Short Scale, relatively compact body.

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Member since Aug 2007
9577 posts

re: Learning Guitar

Any advice from you rockers out there?

Based on this, it sounds like you're going the electric guitar route.

You will obviously need a guitar and amp. Assuming you don't have anything yet...

Guitar: You can get a very decent new guitar for $300 - $400. I'd recommend Ibanez. Very playable necks.

Amp: Grab you a modeling practice amp. Fender Champion 40 for $200.

If you stick with it, you can upgrade later.

Used is always an option. But I would bring someone with you who knows guitars/amps. Plenty of good reviews and info on the internet.

If you want to just play some songs and not get too serious, just learn your chords and chord shapes and a few simple scales.

If you want to go past that, it's time to jump into some guitar/music theory. Learn what makes major scales, minor scales, 7ths, etc. Memorize the fretboard and major and minor scales, and major and minor pentatonics. Just don't burn yourself out. This takes a lot of time.

Keep your interest level up by learning to play songs you like. And then some riffs. Then some solos. There are plenty of great instructional videos on Youtube.

I recommend Guitar Sage, and Steve Stine. Both have free videos for all levels of guitar, from brand new to very advanced (Particularly Stine).

If money isn't an issue, grab you a Fender Telecaster Elite, a Fender Deluxe Reverb reissue, some Wampler pedals, and have a blast.

Auburn Fan
somewhere outdoors
Member since Jan 2015
4327 posts

re: Learning Guitar
So using that analogy it'd be better to use chicken shite to make chicken salad until you became a good cook ???

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Stan Switek
Member since Apr 2017
58 posts

re: Learning Guitar

Guitar: You can get a very decent new guitar for $300 - $400. I'd recommend Ibanez. Very playable necks.

Ibanez make great guitars for that price range. For a beginner I'd recommend one with a fixed bridge and not a locking tremolo as those can be difficult to work with for someone starting out.

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