What's a good beginner's guitar these days?

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What's a good beginner's guitar these days?

Post by Taso » April 16th, 2010, 10:04 am

Hey GN Forum,

A guy I know is looking for recommendations for a beginners acoustic guitar - he's never played before, but plays violin. He's interest in jam-band type music like Phish, and doesn't want to spend more than a few hundred bucks.

I've been so out of this scene that I don't even know what people say is good anymore, so I come here.

Any recommendations?

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Re: What's a good beginner's guitar these days?

Post by Ricochet » April 16th, 2010, 4:26 pm

It's always been hard to go wrong with a Yamaha.
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Re: What's a good beginner's guitar these days?

Post by Vic Lewis VL » April 16th, 2010, 5:18 pm

Agree with Ric - had a Yamaha myself that was fairly inexpensive, but was easy to play, well set-up and with a nice smooth mellow tone. Bought it as an upgrade on my cheapo Encore beginner acoustic - and I'd probably still have it if I hadn't bought the SPT off Nick T....it was a little redundant after that!

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Re: What's a good beginner's guitar these days?

Post by dogbite » April 16th, 2010, 5:55 pm

a few weeks ago at a GC I walked past a guitar on a stand. I strummed it as I walked by. I stopped dead. the sound was really good. I picked it up and was impressed by the finished feel. the action wasn't too high or too low. playing was easy.
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Re: What's a good beginner's guitar these days?

Post by Scrybe » April 16th, 2010, 5:57 pm

ibanez - the exotic woods series have some nice sounding distinctive axes, well made and cheap. great onboard pre for the price point, too. some of these are "collector's items" so might have a better resale value if he ever wants to ditch it.

also try the yamaha apx range.
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Re: What's a good beginner's guitar these days?

Post by tinsmith » April 16th, 2010, 6:25 pm

I got my kid an Ibanez.....good shtuff for the price. I DID have a Yamaha FG300 when I was a kid...It was incredible.

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Re: What's a good beginner's guitar these days?

Post by Morpheus » April 16th, 2010, 10:24 pm

Check out Alvarez Guitars. A number of the beginning students in my area have started using them. They have a number of different models. My daughter got one last year. It sounds great and has been very easy for her to play. It was about $300 US with a fairly nice case.

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Re: What's a good beginner's guitar these days?

Post by tinsmith » April 17th, 2010, 5:24 am

Let me correct myself....it was an Alvarez guitar

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Re: What's a good beginner's guitar these days?

Post by Alan Green » April 17th, 2010, 6:42 am

+1 for Yamaha, and a big big big +1 for Ibanez - they do some pretty decent inexpensive electrics. My girlfriend's youngest has a low/mid-range Ibanez, and he left it with us for safekeeping whilst he was backpacking the southern hemisphere - I was using it to record some of my stuff within a week.


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Re: What's a good beginner's guitar these days?

Post by Taso » April 18th, 2010, 9:26 am

Ok,

Thanks for the recommendations. I'll post back if he ends up getting one.

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