#1
Hi,

I'm 14 and I want to start learning to play guitar. I don't have a guitar and I'm not sure wether I'll be able to play guitar so I need to buy a fairly cheap guitar. I'm probably goingto buy a second hand guitar until I can play properly. So can anybody help me with what type or style is the best to buy, or any tips on anything else like the best way to learn to play etc.

Thanks

P.S I defitinely am getting an electric guitar not acoustic.
#2
Alright I was in your exact same place last year. With a really cheap guitar, used might not be too good. You could go with a cheap players pack, but it will only last for so long. You also might want to check out some knockoffs that play well. Google Jay Turser or go to www.rondomusic.com, go to electric guitars and start at page one until you find your price limit, don't forget you need an amp sooo leave some 60-100 dollars depeding on preference.
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#3
What types of music would you want to play?

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#4
squier strat!

or something similar.

thats my reccomendation for absolute beginners. or if youhave the money get a yamaha pacifica or gio ibanez.
#5
Beginners should start with some sort of strat. Usually a beginner pack is a good place to start. The guitars and amps in them aren't gonna be great quality, but that's why they're cheap. If you decide you're going to stick with it then start upgrading your equipment. Also, get a good teacher. Try your school if you're at school, because that way it's free to learn and you might be able to learn on a school guitar before you get your own.
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Here's something pretty good. I don't know your budget so I will tell you what I liked. I saved up over summer and bought and Ibanez Gio Mikro GRGM21 guitar. it's a little smaller, but won't hinder playing on a full size, and it doesn't sound completely like crap, and it's about 120 dollars these days, though I bought mine for 130. For the amp, you should probably get the Peavey Vyper 15 watt amp. It's about $100 and is one of the best modeling amps you can buy for that price.

The style of music you play is up to you, whatever you like best, which makes different kinds of guitars useful. I.E. People usually like Fender brand for blues type songs, but like Schecter for more metal or heavy rock.

On the way you learn, I don't suggest a teacher. People say they're so great, but they're not. I am better than every guitarist in my school that has had lessons for two years, when I've only played for one. The only time to get a teacher is if you're %100 sure they know what they're doing and how to teach rather quickly. Getting a teacher is also preference. I learned by stuff on the internet and never have taken a lesson. It works better because you learn at your own pace, and can rewind videos as needed until you learn any type of thing.


I hope I helped, and keep in mind, every time you buy a guitar or amp, try it before you buy it. Whichever guitar you use, try to use that with the amp you plan to buy, to get the results you would normally get from that.
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#7
Yeah I don't really want to take lessons at school because at my school they're about £120 a year. And do I need to buy an amp if i'm playing electric guitar straight away?
#8
Your not going to be able to hear it unless the room you're in is almost silent. You need an amp as soon as you possibly can.
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#9
Ok then thanks. I think I'm gonna go with a used stratocaster off ebay, then hopefully find a decent amp aswell.
#11
That may be ok for a beginner, but there's just one problem. It doesn't plug into the wall like any other standard amp. You wither have to use batteries (which will end up costing you more than the amp is worth), or buy an adapter to fit it's power needs. I don't know what adapter it needs, or if it comes with it, you'll have to ask the seller, but it will save you tons of money.
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Oops didn't notice that it didn't plug into the wall. So I'm planning on buying a used stratocaster tonight, and I was wondering what I should learn first?
#13
What you learn really depends on what music you like. The first full song I learned was Impulse, by An Endless Sporadic. I admit, it's a really hard song, and it took me over a month to figure out, but I did. I don't suggest this for you.

You could start with the easy of the easy. Things like Smoke On The Water, Iron Man, etc.

Obviously, you could just get tabs from the site (assuming you now how to read them, if not ask me). I can help you with just about anything you could ever want to know about playing, or techniques or something. I'm always here to help.

Just tell me what music you like so I can suggest some songs.
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#14
I started out with a cheap $150 starter. Then i bought a Epiphone g-400. And i wonder how i even played with that piece of crap starter guitar. Epihhone g-400 wont let you down. It was $399. Well worth it!
#15
Cool I'll try Smoke on the Water my friend said that was the first song he learnt too so I'll try that. And jimjim I'm not allowed to buy one tht expensive that's why I'm buying off ebay becuase until I can play properly my mum said I can't have an expensive one in case I give up (which I won't but she won't believe me!).
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Cool I'll try Smoke on the Water my friend said that was the first song he learnt too so I'll try that.


That's good one for beginners.
#17
ii started with a squire strat fo bout £100 n an amo for £40
it was cheap and sounded good!!
#19
I'm buying anamp at the weekend so I was wondering how much a 10 or 15 watt amp is worth? In pounds £££ ?
#20
It doesn't hurt to start with acoustic. My parents forced me to as a way of building skill. It helps so much more, and it'll make you a much better guitarist. You learn to play with much thicker strings and by the time you get to electric, barres and power chords become simple.
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It doesn't hurt to start with acoustic. My parents forced me to as a way of building skill. It helps so much more, and it'll make you a much better guitarist. You learn to play with much thicker strings and by the time you get to electric, barres and power chords become simple.

This. I'm not telling you to go and buy an acoustic if you really want an electric, but in my opinion starting on an electric makes you lazy at playing. Don't get me wrong, there are exceptions, but an acoustic really builds up hand strength, so when you finally do make the move to an electric, you can play with ease.
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What you learn really depends on what music you like. The first full song I learned was Impulse, by An Endless Sporadic. I admit, it's a really hard song, and it took me over a month to figure out, but I did. I don't suggest this for you.

Great song! I'm learning that one now aswell, but I can't find a good tab for it... been learning most by ear so far.

Anyway you should get lessons. Don't listen to what the one guy said. Teachers are a great help because more often then not they will teach you what NOT to do. As a beginner you do not want to start getting bad habits with your playing.
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Great song! I'm learning that one now aswell, but I can't find a good tab for it... been learning most by ear so far.

Anyway you should get lessons. Don't listen to what the one guy said. Teachers are a great help because more often then not they will teach you what NOT to do. As a beginner you do not want to start getting bad habits with your playing.



The tabs here aren't too bad, taht's what I used, the powertab is nearly perfect, if not.

And I was the one that said don't get a teacher, but you're right about them telling you what not to do, but I wouldn't recommend them still.

Sorry for the double post as well.
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