#1
Ok, so after 7 years of having a guitar build up dust in my closet, I decided to learn again. A Mark II from walmart. I figured it's a beginners guitar and started to play. After tuning it with an electric tuner, the strings started getting way too tight and eventually broke. Restrung from strings from a local guitar center, the guitar started to show some promise. I glued the end pins down with gorilla glue and again, the strings were way too tight and broke again while tuning. Now I'm stuck with a 5 string guitar with no way of restringing unless I buy a whole new guitar. I'm willing to spend no more than a hundred dollars on another guitar. But I need lots of help, I've looked around the web and found some for thousands, hundreds, and a few under 60. I play roughly every single day, learning new songs and what not. But I want a guitar that will last longer than just 2 months of playing with the strings not breaking. Any tips on where and how to buy would be nice. Any help is greatly appreciated.
#2
Quote by shiboozle
Ok, so after 7 years of having a guitar build up dust in my closet, I decided to learn again. A Mark II from walmart. I figured it's a beginners guitar and started to play. After tuning it with an electric tuner, the strings started getting way too tight and eventually broke. Restrung from strings from a local guitar center, the guitar started to show some promise. I glued the end pins down with gorilla glue and again, the strings were way too tight and broke again while tuning. Now I'm stuck with a 5 string guitar with no way of restringing unless I buy a whole new guitar. I'm willing to spend no more than a hundred dollars on another guitar. But I need lots of help, I've looked around the web and found some for thousands, hundreds, and a few under 60. I play roughly every single day, learning new songs and what not. But I want a guitar that will last longer than just 2 months of playing with the strings not breaking. Any tips on where and how to buy would be nice. Any help is greatly appreciated.


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#3
Agreed...
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#4
you can get a good guitar that will last for about 200. Less if you browse craigslist for deals. Theres a sticky on the best guitars for under $300, check that.
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#5
So you mean to tell me that there is no way I can find a decent guitar for under 100 dollars? I don't want the best or even a great guitar. I want one to learn the basics on, and play a few songs at best. Anything that would last me longer than the last one I had.
#6
The only way that youll get something decent for $100 is if you get lucky buying a used guitar.

I glued the end pins down with gorilla glue and again, the strings were way too tight and broke again while tuning. Now I'm stuck with a 5 string guitar with no way of restringing unless I buy a whole new guitar.


I hope you learn from this mistake.
#7
If i hadn't glued the end pins in place, then they would have popped out, after I added the glue it said it would take up to 24 hours to completely dry. I started playing on it after only 2. One end pin even began to come out of the hole, glue and all. So yea, either I take my guitar to a guitar center, or I should just buy a very decent guitar for 300.
#8
The trouble with cheap guitars is much like the trouble with cheap anything. The quality will be so bad that, at best, it will teach you bad habits to compensate for its failings. Sure, a good, experienced guitarist can get any old stick to sound okay, but as a beginner, I wish I had bought a good one and not wasted years on poor bits of junk. When I finally spent £400 on a Gibson (long ago) it helped me develop properly.
Strangely, you can get playable ones at low prices in Europe. Last year I paid 165 euro for a solid 12-string and it is great. Their 6-string Les Paul style sold for about 90 euro. They went bust and I can see why. There's a UK company selling interesting guitars for about fifty quid at the moment. I might just have a dabble, but as a project, not to replace my working tools.
#9
I will most likely save up for a more quality acoustic guitar, but until then, I'll sit here with a 5 stringed guitar and play until the action (already ridiculously high) makes my fingers bleed.
#10
There's no way you can get a quality guitar for $100. Even $200 is stretching it a bit.
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#11
Should have mentioned that I'll save up more than just 100 dollars. What's a good price range for a guitar that would promote long life?
#12
I'm not sure why everyone is telling you you can't get a decent durable guitar for around $100? A good used yamaha laminate (f335, f315, f310)is eaisly found for that or less they can take a beating, have a pretty good sound and over all are a pretty good guitar for the price. Not the best finish work. I have seen several that are in that price range at local pawn shops or ebay.

Go you youtube and type in: Howard tests the crap out of a Yamaha f310
He does a good overview of the guitar.
One more tip: never pay full price at a pawn shop, always offer 10-20% less than the tag says!!
#14
ebay has some cheap acoustics if you find the right ones
youll probably have to go used tho
#15
I think you should save at least $300 for a decent one.
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#16
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I think you should save at least $300 for a decent one.

Agreed. I just bought an Ibanez for $300 and I'm barely started at guitar (4 months I'm guessing.) Just spend on a decent one and you won't have to return to the music store for years...

BTW: I'm having some trouble with my strings. Em A and G keep giving out an extra vibration after played. Please PM any help possible.