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#1 Farren

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 11:14 AM

So I've got alot of time on my hands for the next few months and I've been wanting to learn how to play.

I want to get an acoustic guitar, I really don't mind shilling out a little bit of dough for something good but I don't really want to spend over 250$ if I don't have to. Knowing how alot of you guys play and know alot about this sort of stuff some advice and suggestions what to get would be cool.

keep in mind

- I haven't played very much
- Don't want something too big because I might be traveling with it later
- want something thats pretty versatile, meaning I can get a good range of sound with it. I'm not really sure how what size will sound or what brand sounds like what.
- Don't know jack shit about brand names except VERY little about fender

I'm probably gonna need a tuner, picks, and other shit like that too. Some advice on what sorts of strings and picks would be cool too. And some advice on how to learn.
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#2 Lars

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 11:59 AM

dont mind getting an acoustic, get an electric is my only advice

i got an acoustic when i was like 15 and used it to play METAL RIFFS for like 2 years before i finally bought an electric and it was a nightmare! it was a horrible thing!

with electric + an amp you can get a pretty nice clean sound too so its not like ur missin out on much (except for UNPLUGGED PLAYIN YO)

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 12:48 PM

Depends what you want to play. If you're wanting to do what Lars was on about, go electric. If you're wanting to play classical, acoustic (duh) or chorded songs, you may want to get an acoustic. I personally prefer my acoustic, but it was about £250 wheras my electric was like £40.

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#4 Farren

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 01:13 PM

well I was pretty set on getting an acoustic to carry with me when I go ashore and stuff, I've played an electric before a little bit.

I wanted to play acoustic songs and wasn't thinking about playing metal stuff. Figured starting out with an acoustic guitar would be easier than fucking with an amp and all sorts of different settings.

And I'm pretty sure my grandma (yes, she is fucking badass) has a fender squire thats in pretty decent shape that I could get from her for cheap if I wanted it.
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Posted 20 April 2008 - 11:25 PM

I'd go with an acoustic then. I've generally found people find it easier to later move from the acoustic to the electric rather than the other way round. Probably because you generally need better finger strength for an acoustic than an electric.

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Posted 21 April 2008 - 12:02 AM

I ended up buying that fender

Its a Fender Squire Stratocaster and I got it and an amp for like 300$ its a little used but in really good condition.
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 05:47 AM

Get an electric guitar pack for $180 or something. Fender strat with starting amp and guitar strap, picks, gig bag, it's all in one pack. And electric is easier to play, way more fun also. Most people who pick up guitar give up because acoustic is so boring at first.

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#8 RaShayRitto

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 05:53 AM

Most people who pick up guitar give up because acoustic is so boring at first.


but if he's using the electric to play mostly clean stuff (finger style, full chords and such) he probably would be just as happy with an acoustic. then again when youre in a rockin mood the acoustic cant convert at the flick of a switch like an electric
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#9 Shepperd

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 06:04 AM

oh shit, I was going to tell you not to buy a Squire well I guess I'm too latye

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 06:08 AM

yeah oh well

I learned like 2 chords so far C and G something
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 06:11 AM

pulling you leg son

basically I chuckle at the irony of the way this thread resulted

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 06:29 AM

pulling you leg son

basically I chuckle at the irony of the way this thread resulted


hey he picked the dark side, and quite frankly its the only way to go!  :woop:

though i am guilty of owning ONE acoustic with my 4 electrics...
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#13 blood hell

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 02:19 PM

acoustic can make just as good music as electric

#14 tomohawkjoe

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 05:10 PM

acoustic can make just as good music as electric

I back this 100%
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Posted 24 April 2008 - 06:46 PM

acoustic can make just as good music as electric

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acoustic can make better music than electric a lot of the time

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Posted 24 April 2008 - 09:52 PM

well if you already have an electric you can just play it clean, or for acoustic simulation get the boss AC3 pedal or similar. i like using a piezo transducer pickup and sticking it onto my guitar body, sounds pretty neat
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#17 headphonics

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 02:54 AM

i don't really agree that acoustic gets boring at all, actually.  i guess it's all about preference, though.  for me, i sort of like the way most things sound on acoustic more than on electric, plus i think it's honestly a better type to learn on, since everything's completely clear and it's really easy to distinguish between similar chords and there's really no way i've discovered yet to cover up mistakes/sloppy playing, which it turns out is pretty easy to do if you're playing an electric.  i guess this is a moot issue, though.

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 03:27 AM

well if you already have an electric you can just play it clean, or for acoustic simulation get the boss AC3 pedal or similar. i like using a piezo transducer pickup and sticking it onto my guitar body, sounds pretty neat

Even then, there are certain things you can do with an acoustic guitar that can not be simulated on an electric. Especially when doing certain percussion techniques on an acoustic that are pretty much inaudible on an electric. You can't really replace one with the other.
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#19 RaShayRitto

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 07:57 AM

Even then, there are certain things you can do with an acoustic guitar that can not be simulated on an electric. Especially when doing certain percussion techniques on an acoustic that are pretty much inaudible on an electric. You can't really replace one with the other.


absolutely. there is no substitute for having both. but those were just suggestions for making do with one
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#20 Shepperd

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 03:46 PM

these days I'm having more fun with my acoustic than with my electro

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