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ned1 Original Post: Jun 18 '05,  1:51 pm           Reply
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Guitar Advice

apparenly for the next three months I may have plenty of free time. for the first time since I was 12 and started babysitting, I may not have a job. I am facing a three month paid lay off as I await my survey forms to get unjammed in OMB. at first I was upset, but I figure it's a free 12 week summer vacation - and one I haven't had since I was in college

being that I have some unexpected time to myself - as the kids are busy with summer activities, I decided to start playing the guitar (acoustic) again - it's been a good 20+ years since I last played

I've been looking onsite at guitar reviews and feel 100% lost - I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for a certain type - I'd rather not spend a fortune, maybe a few hundered dollars (unless I am naive in belief what they cost)

I'd sure appreciate any advice

if you want to contact me directly I'm barbiehater@gmail.com and my screen name is barbierater (imagine that)

Thanks

Nancy/ned1

     
ra64 Posted: Jul 03 '05,  4:46 pm           Reply
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I got a steel-string Takamine Jasmine S45 6 months ago as my first guitar. At the time, I could strum a few chords, but I'm definitely a beginner. I haven't had time to play all that much, but overall I'm very satisfied with it. It has a clear bright, but not cheap sound and is very easy to play. It sounds and feels like a quality instrument. I paid around $180 for the starter kit including the guitar and accessories.

If I did it again though, I'd probably stick to the Jasimine S35 model, which is the same as the S45 but without a glossy finish and it has (I think) cheaper pegs. But I think you can get a S35 for around $100-120.

I really don't know much about guitars, and I'm not sure what your skill level is, but you can definitely get a decent guitar in the $100-200 range. I've also played my friends Takamine G-series guitar, and it sounds very nice, noticeably better then my Jasmine. But I'm not sure if I'd be willing to pay $400-500 for it though.

I hope to write a full review of the Jasmine soon, but I’m not sure if I should list it under the S35 or request a new listing for the S45.

Hope this helps…


     
quarternotes Posted: Feb 28 '06,  7:03 am           Reply
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The price or to play?

I just emailed you about this subject. to be honest with you, there are HUNDREDS of guitars out there for about $100.00. These are comparably good guitars. It's never about the money when starting to play, it's always about the time you put into the guitar, so the only advise I can give you, (owning a music store myself), is don't go spend hard-earned money(hundreds) on a guitar If you are picking it back up, spend more time to play and enjoy the fact that you have once again started a hobby that is fullfilling.
Dean

     
pvreditor Posted: Feb 28 '06,  8:56 am           Reply
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RE: The price or to play?

Quote: quarternotes
I just emailed you about this subject. to be honest with you, there are HUNDREDS of guitars out there for about $100.00. These are comparably good guitars. It's never about the money when starting to play, it's always about the time you put into the guitar, so the only advise I can give you, (owning a music store myself), is don't go spend hard-earned money(hundreds) on a guitar If you are picking it back up, spend more time to play and enjoy the fact that you have once again started a hobby that is fullfilling.

I agree that it's important to spend the time if you're going to learn to play, but some guitars are easier to play than others. This is true even within the same brand -- one Takamine (to pick a random brand) may be easier to play than another of the same model. The cheaper the guitar is, the wider the variation, in my experience.

I don't advocate that you rush out and get an $800 Martin but it helps to sample a few guitars and pick one that's easy to play. You can also have a guitar-playing friend help with the selection. If you're a novice guitar player, go to a store with a wide range of models and try an expensive one. Then try to find a lower-cost guitar that has similar playabilty.

In general, the easiest guitar on your fingers will be an electric guitar. However, that just doesn't meet the needs of all guitar players.

--Bob
     
acdcrocks Posted: Jun 24 '06,  6:19 am           Reply
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AAAGH

is a guitar better with adjustable or fixed bridge????

     
pvreditor Posted: Jun 26 '06,  7:40 am (Updated: Jun 26 '06,  7:44 am)           Reply
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is a guitar better with adjustable or fixed bridge????

Every electric guitar I recall has an adjustable bridge. I've seen a few acoustics with adjustable bridges and even owned one, but most acoustics have fixed bridges. (A fixed bridge in an acoustic better transfers the sound into the top of the guitar.) The only catch with a fixed bridge on an acoustic guitar is that it has to be correctly located. It's not particle physics but it has to be done right. A good guitar with a properly setup bridge will play fine for decades before needing adjustment or repair.

If I were to buy a new acoustic guitar for my own use, I would definitely get a fixed bridge model. If I was buying an electric, I'd get an adjustable bridge.

I see that you asked this question in a separate thread and gave more details about the guitar. I'll give a more targeted answer there.

--Bob
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