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#1 w00dy

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 09:18 AM

My niece wants one

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 09:28 AM

I've only played one before and it sucked, but I don't know anything about the make or how badly it had been used up until then. Why does she want it as opposed to a different guitar?


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Posted 20 October 2015 - 10:14 AM

Coz it's blue, it would be her first real guitar. I'm gonna try and talk her out of it when we go to the shop I think. Thanks Seany. Hey are you a Seany porny or a Seany weenee? I can't believe when I think about it I don't know! Bad

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 10:32 AM

You should get her a classical acoustic for like forty bucks online. A good first guitar cuz you can bang it up and it's relatively easy on the fingers what with the nylon strings, but also good for training muscle memory cuz the frets are bit farther apart.


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Posted 20 October 2015 - 11:39 AM

soz reese i didn't make it clear, she's had that guitar (her sister's first one) and the cheap 3/4 one with a western(?) thin neck, now she's at the stage where the cheaponess is holding her back really (imo)


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#6 Graeme! Yes, Graeme!

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 11:50 AM

For a beginner? Fine. For anyone who knows what they're doing? Not really. I've played a few and find they generally have a dead tone to them. Is there a budget in mind? There are quite a few cheap ones that I would recommend ahead of Fender.

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Posted 20 October 2015 - 12:53 PM

soz reese i didn't make it clear, she's had that guitar (her sister's first one) and the cheap 3/4 one with a western(?) thin neck, now she's at the stage where the cheaponess is holding her back really (imo)

 

Ah, right on. I've never transcended that stage so I've got no good advice. :)


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 01:29 AM

Tanglewood and Takamine have much cheaper alternatives and they sound a million times better than any Fender acoustic I've ever played.



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Posted 21 October 2015 - 03:24 AM

What Neal said. Although Takamines can get a bit pricier they do have a range that's more budget orientated. I think it's called the G series

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 03:52 AM

I have an EG530 single cut I think I paid about €400 for. It's an amazing guitar for the price. The only thing it lacks (for me) is natural volume. When playing unplugged in a session it just doesn't seem to be as loud as other guitars (although this might just be all in my head)

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 04:53 AM

Ive told her and she said "you didnt tell them I wanted it just coz its blue did you?"

Were gonna go to the shop tomoz but she needs a car for winter so its prolly just a for a lookyloo. Thanks guys, I didnt want her to be dissoed, maybe coz I am a lttle with my yamaha - its a good guitar and all but... well you know leftys dont get as much choice, do we neal, so I biught it online with out having played one

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 05:29 AM

I feel your pain, bud.



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Posted 21 October 2015 - 07:50 AM

Learn to play properly and your problem is solved.


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 08:32 AM

it's not like wanking with your off hand so it feels like someone else is doing it you know!


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Posted 21 October 2015 - 05:30 PM

You're doing it wrong if you think that's easier. You should treat yourself better.


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Posted 22 October 2015 - 03:58 AM

  I have a fender acoustic sa-100 old one which was my friends and became mine, I keep the old box which is bigger then me, my family say throw it out but, I keep it incase I ever let it go. Mine has had the action lowered so it plays nice and I like the tone on it, it lets me have something different form my hohners.Plus i Like the fact it says hohner it's a blonde colour. I think I might try it for my dreaded F Barre chord I am struggling on and could use any tips possible to play it. been trying for 3 days on it and determined to nail that chord. That is one of those feelings that David Cassandra has had I bet, my tutor discouraged me so have to do it! this is my feeling with my guitar too!

 so back on topic I like fenders, but I did find the neck which is black quite waxy and build up grime builds up easily on it and is s a pain to clean off, yet all in all the guitar stays in tune better then my hohners which I have to re tune every time I use it. I check if it's in tune anyway but, it's worth getting it set up properly what about getting it set higher action? strings are higher so, the guitar is of use and don't have to change it, could always buy one of those, stick on custom skins for it or add some extras to it decals to save some cash.



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Posted 22 October 2015 - 09:57 AM

Just keep playing the barre, even if it sounds not good right away; the strength will come soon enough.


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Posted 22 October 2015 - 02:20 PM

I will keep trying



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Posted 22 October 2015 - 03:07 PM

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 03:47 PM

You'll want to make sure you've got good hand posture too, so you're not wasting effort in a bad shape. When you're playing it, try to make sure your thumb is centred more or less between your middle and ring finger knuckles. It might seem like you should put the thumb right behind the first finger for extra squeeze, but it means you'll be stretching your other fingers more and that causes your whole hand to loosen up. And then, like Reese said, just play it a bunch until you get it.


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