What's a good beginner's guitar these days?
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.
It's always been hard to go wrong with a Yamaha.
"A cheerful heart is good medicine."
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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"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)
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.
I couldn't believe the price.
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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Ninjazz have SuperChops.
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.
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.
Let me correct myself....it was an Alvarez guitar
+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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I have always felt that it is better to do what is beautiful than what is 'right'" - Eliot Fisk
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Thanks for the recommendations. I'll post back if he ends up getting one.