Any advice on a beginners acoustic guitar?

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Feb 9, 2011
 
Want to find a guitar for a beginner. I want to learn to play. Anything I should look for in particular? I had one and went to sit it down one day and the bar that holds the strings on the body popped off. lol So I don't want another POS. Any ideas or advice?

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#2
Feb 12, 2011
 
Well, I have been playing for 22 yrs and if you want a decent acoustic guitar at a reasonable price; I would go with something like a Takamine, Fender, Ibanez, Epiphone or Yamaha. Hope this helps.
dollyemmy

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Feb 12, 2011
 
Ty. I was looking at a yamaha. I was curious. Thank you again.
Gitman

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#4
Feb 12, 2011
 
What is your budget range? Dont count out the evtry level Taylors. The Baby Taylor, the Big Baby Taylor, and the GS Mini are phenominal instruments. Don't let the names fool you. I would choose one over a mid level Ibanez or fender any day. No offense to the above poster whatsoever. Just personal preference. Look them up on Youtube, there are some great vids on there. They will hold their value better if you decide to sell it later also. Even finding one used would be a great deal.
DoDo

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#5
Feb 13, 2011
 
Just put your lips to it and blow.
thirteen

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#6
Feb 13, 2011
 
you can go to the pawnshop here in town and get one for 80.the brand is eleco not really a name brand guitar but they have a really sweet sound to them

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Feb 14, 2011
 
Yeah, Gitman, I play a Taylor and I LOVE it; wouldn't play anything else. I have a 214ce. Anyhoo, I was just thinking the other brands might be a little less expensive way to see if you are are "serious" about the guitar or not, know what I mean?
fingers

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#8
Feb 14, 2011
 
go to youtube, and look for any song you want to say free bird, put free bird on guitar, it will show you step by step
dollyemmy

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Feb 15, 2011
 

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I want to play. Always wanted to. My mom and my brother both play. Most of my family play on instrument or another. I left my home state about 4years ago. I want to surprise them when I go visit sometime. Kind of a bit of home. then again I really just want to play. I love music.

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#10
Feb 15, 2011
 
Best of luck to you! A few things to know when starting to learn guitar is: Be patient, be persistent, practice and don't give up!
If you are interested, I can recommend an excellent instructor in Georgetown.
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#11
Feb 15, 2011
 
I've been playing for almost 23 years, it doesn't matter what name brand you start with. You need to learn your chords, get your fingers flexible , and study reading tab. You have to be interested in what you want to learn. anyone can teach you the chords, but you have to feel your rhythm . Good Luck!!!!!!!
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#12
Feb 15, 2011
 
Yamaha, Fender, Seagull, also get some good strings. I like elixir
dollyemmy

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#13
Feb 15, 2011
 
I would love that! Thank you.
Wang0 Tang0 wrote:
Best of luck to you! A few things to know when starting to learn guitar is: Be patient, be persistent, practice and don't give up!
If you are interested, I can recommend an excellent instructor in Georgetown.

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Feb 15, 2011
 
Gary Bertram; he usually has an advertisement in the Scott Shopper.
Recom

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Feb 22, 2011
 
YouTube!! There are some amazing teachers on YouTube. I can't recommend it enough.. the videos are free and can be replayed and paused however you like, plus the selection is massive. I found a guy with the name "martysongz" (Marty Schwartz, I think it is, in case I've gotten the username wrong). He's the best instructor I've found so far, has stuff from "What is this wooden thing I'm holding?" all the way up to "I'm bored with this Zeppelin solo". Haha. Check him out =)

I'd also recommend trying out a Takamine brand guitar, if you can find one at a pawn shop or borrow one from a friend or something - the couple that I've tried are *much* easier to play than many other guitars. As a beginner, I find the stiffness can be discouraging, so it's nice to try a guitar with good action. Seems to requires less force to press the strings down and hit a nice, clean note or chord. It helps a lot if you haven't reached your full grip strength yet; you can worry about just remembering how the song goes instead.
Hope that helps, good luck!

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#16
Feb 26, 2011
 
fret buzz makes me sad

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