#1
My 8-yr old niece's birthday is coming. She shows great interests in guitar. So wanna buy the coolest gift for her. A nice first guitar would be her favorite, I guess. I've just looked into this electric guitar kit. Am I on the right track?? Is it nice first guitar rig for the $$$$?? Any other good options?
By the way, I'm in San Diego now. My budget is less than $200.
#2
Don't ever get a starter kit. Ever. In the world. Ever.
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#3
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Don't ever get a starter kit. Ever. In the world. Ever.

so what do u suggest to go with??
#4
I would look into spending a bit more, or just buy her a 200 dollar acoustic...a shitty playing or sounding guitar can be really discouraging for a new player.
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#5
A shitty sounding guitar? They've never played a guitar. They're gonna be shit regardless. I think that in itself is a lot more discouraging than the actual guitar.
A good player can make a shit guitar sound good, a shit player can only make shit.
#6
when i started playing i got something like that, i thought it was good enough, and when you're just starting i don't think you notice too much how crappy it is, but looking back for myself i think i woulda been better off starting with an acoustic.
#7
My first two guitars were $100 takamine nylon acoustics. First was 3/4 size, second was full. It is a great choice because you are soo happy when you get your first electric guitar
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Gibson SG Standard with Bigsby
Gibson Custom ES-137
Gibson Custom 54' Les Paul VOS Goldtop
Gretsch G6129T Silver Jet
1968 Harmony Rocket H75


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Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (modded)
1970 Fender Twin Reverb (blackfaced)

#8
Definitely start on acoustic, and for an 8 year old I would say nylon stringed. When she's older/more experienced, a Squier guitar and cheap 15 watt amp would be better then a kit, although expect to pay a little more for it.
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#9
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Definitely start on acoustic, and for an 8 year old I would say nylon stringed. When she's older/more experienced, a Squier guitar and cheap 15 watt amp would be better then a kit, although expect to pay a little more for it.

so, acoustic would be better??
#10
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so, acoustic would be better??


Probably yes, unless the acoustic guitar itself will be a turn off. Like if the kid is a metal head, theyd most likely be interested mostly/only in electric guitar music. Not being able to play their favorite songs might be a turn off.
#11
Quote by vayne92
A shitty sounding guitar? They've never played a guitar. They're gonna be shit regardless. I think that in itself is a lot more discouraging than the actual guitar.
A good player can make a shit guitar sound good, a shit player can only make shit.

I know when I was able to play smoke on the water it sounded lik shit on the water through my little 10 watt amp...then I went to gc and felt like a guitar god playing through decent amps...but your point is valid...
Guitars:
LTD KH-602
LTD M-15
Schecter Hellraiser FR (for sale w/hsc, pm me.)
BC Rich Bronze WarCock
BC Rich Ironbird1
Tokai Voyager
Jackson JS30 Kelly
Vester: Metal flake gold/black crackle
Vester: rainbow crackle
Carvin V220
#12
Valencia make great cheap acoustics too. I think starter kits are shite aswell, the tone is nasty and the guitars are off puttingly unpleasant to play
Last edited by omentremor at Apr 26, 2011,