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    How to choose a guitar for a beginer?

    Hi,

    Do you have any advice? It's hard to find an electric guitar where I live and so it doesn't have much information for me (all are non-electric guitar). So that's why I came here to ask my questions. My budget is about $ 400-500

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andre36 View Post
    Hi,

    Do you have any advice? It's hard to find an electric guitar where I live and so it doesn't have much information for me (all are non-electric guitar). So that's why I came here to ask my questions. My budget is about $ 400-500

    Thanks!
    Where do you live? What type of players do you like?

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    Like BP said in the Chapman video "You've got a room full of guitars, and no money!!"

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    You should take a trip to where you can get your hands on a few different models. Your looking at foreign made if buying new or if your patient you can find a USA Strat in your price range.

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    Yeah, there really are a lot of quality import instruments available in your price range. Maybe not the sexiest but you never know. I have done well with Mexican Teles in that range. As good as anything and an easy playing, versatile guitar. As a beginner it is going to be hard to know what you like and need so don't overspend.
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    I recently bought a Schecter reaper and the quality is remarkable given the price point. Depends a lot on what type of music you want to play but if you are ok with the used market you can get a hell of a guitar for $500. Even if you want to buy one new there are tons of great options now at that price, squire, LTD, Ibanez, Schecter to name a few.

    There are some sterling options in that range too.

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    I’ll add this thought too. Try to find something that makes you want to pick it up. I know some will say appearance does not matter but I’d argue it does. And there a million amazing looking guitars to prove the point. These are highly interactive and inspiring tools at every level, perhaps no time more important than when you’re starting out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nervous View Post
    I’ll add this thought too. Try to find something that makes you want to pick it up. I know some will say appearance does not matter but I’d argue it does. And there a million amazing looking guitars to prove the point. These are highly interactive and inspiring tools at every level, perhaps no time more important than when you’re starting out.


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    This is so true. It's kind of like plating at a restaurant, you eat with your eyes first. Looks may not be the most important thing, but its definitely important.

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    It is amazing what you can get for not much money. I bought a guitar today for $179, new. I wanted a guitar that I was comfortable leaving in the back of a vehicle in a gig bag in the S. Texas summer, and I wouldn't be too upset if it got stolen or damaged by the heat of a locked-up vehicle. (None of my EBMMs are anywhere near being in that category - they are all way too nice to consider subjecting to that.) It's a Squier t-style. It has flaws, for sure, but the neck is unfinished, the frets are dressed well enough that it's comfortable to play, the action is not bad, and it was a solid value at that price. It's just the family road-trip guitar now. You can get a very serviceable guitar in that $400-500 range you mentioned. And I agree that you should look until you find the guitar that has the combination of look and feel that make you want to pick it up and play every day. Have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nervous View Post
    Try to find something that makes you want to pick it up.
    Exactly. And for me, more important than the look, it was a neck that felt comfortable in my hand and a decent sound.

    I started on a Stratocaster, but the second hand Squier I bought some years to have a guitar to practice while the kids are around would have worked too.

    It obviously does not compare to my EBMM guitars, but I still use it regularly when I am with my kids.
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    In that price range some of the Sterling models like the Cutlass or the Axis are excellent quality.

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    First of all, welcome to the forum! As many have pointed out, there is a lot to consider before choosing your first guitar. Of course your taste in music being the first. Depends on what you listen to, which will drive what you want to play eventually on guitar.

    My philosophy of buying the first guitar is that it should be fairly economic in price, and with that said, you may get a guitar which may have imperfections. Which is what happened to me. My first guitar was very very inexpensive and it had serious intonation problems, and it was an acoustic. But I still learnt on that. It was difficult, but here's the best part, it made me realise the value of a good instrument, and I longed for one. I had a friend who had a JEM, but he barely played it, and I would have given the world to have it. Now I am not recommending that you go and buy a faulty guitar, all I am saying is buy something in the lower price register (maybe a GRG Ibanez, squier, schecter, etc.), and learn on it. Hope you understand what I mean...

    And of course, if you know how to play, go into a store and connect with the instrument. You will know which one you want!

    Hope this helps!
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    Yamaha Pacificas are a decent beginners guitar, they play very well for their price point.
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    Used EBMM Sub? Those are great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksandvik View Post
    Used EBMM Sub? Those are great.
    Agreed, you can pick them up for around $500 or less sometimes.

    Hahahahaha, the original poster hasn't been back since the day they signed up 7/18.

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    Silhouette Special SSS in Fuschia Sparkle (Hardtail) [1/01/2002] [1 of a kind from CLB]
    Silhouette Special HSS in Gold Sparkle (Hardtail) [7/12/2002] [Made for Matchbox 20]
    Albert Lee 3 MM90's in White Sparkle (Hardtail) [8/14/2001] [Just pure awesomeness]
    Albert Lee HH in Black Sugar (Hartail) [1/06/2011] [BFR]


    Like BP said in the Chapman video "You've got a room full of guitars, and no money!!"

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