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#1
I'm just wondering if it's a good idea or not, or if I should buy a cheap guitar to bring.

Thanks
#2
Yeah, it's a good idea to bring one with you. Good chance you'll meet other people that you can play with.

Generally I'd say just bring an acoustic if you only have space for one as they're portable and don't need lots of extra equipment. But if you're set on electric you probably don't want to bring a huge amp. Might just want to use your computer or one of those Line 6 things but I don't really have experience with that.
#3
Well it's kinda whether you trust people, and that you're man enough to slap some bitch if they try any shit. Like, when i take my guitar to school or wherever I have it locked in my hardcase and keep it locked in a teachers office
#4
Meh, I don't care for acoustic guitars. I'm planning on bringing my brother's 10 watt amp and he can just use mine and my pedals and stuff, but I'm mostly worried about the guitar itself.

Right now I have a pretty cheap fender strat, but I love that guitar and don't want it being stolen. Although, I don't think a guitar thief would be interested in a left handed guitar.

Would it be a good idea to just buy a squier or one of those cheap epiphone "special" guitars?
#5
Thieves will steal anything; buying a cheap guitar is no protection. Many of them only worry about the value of something after they steal it, especially compulsive thieves and junkies. The best thing you can do is just think about how you handle your belongings. Don't ever leave a guitar in a car, an empty classroom, an unlocked dorm, and don't take it to a party where you'll be drinking.
#6
hmmm, is there a way I could get a hard case for it, and lock it to something? sort of like how laptops have those lock things?
#7
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I'm just wondering if it's a good idea or not, or if I should buy a cheap guitar to bring.

Thanks

Yeah dude bring your guitar with you. im in college and I have mine. I would go insane if i couldnt play.

As long as ou dont let alot of random people in your room you should be fine. Most people will ask your permission before touching your stuff anyway. And its cool to meet other people and jam with them
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#8
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hmmm, is there a way I could get a hard case for it, and lock it to something? sort of like how laptops have those lock things?

Thats overkill, if you lock it in your dor no one is going to break in to steal it
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#9
hmmm, is there a way I could get a hard case for it, and lock it to something? sort of like how laptops have those lock things?


If you live in dorms, then it's a non issue.
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#10
Bring your guitar.

Almost any college out there is going to be populated by people who have all kinds of valuables- computers, jewelry- and especially for music majors- instruments.

I'm not going to say YOU won't get robbed, but the odds of it happening are too slim to worry about it. Besides, most dorm robbers are looking for cash, credit cards, laptops & jewelry anyway.

Oh yeah: if you don't live on campus, get renter's insurance if you can afford it.

DO get a hardshell case of some case. Not for fear of robbers- 'cause that won't stop 'em a single second- but to protect your instrument from your boozier associates.

In addition, as I said elsewhere:

Wherever you go, though, one thing you can count on is noise. Dorms & apartments tend to be a bit noisier than houses, and anything you DON'T add to the mix is a plus in your favor as a roomie or neighbor.

But you'll still need to practice...and sometimes, that means your amp will be too much.

My advice: invest a few hundred of your graduation budget to pick up some kind of practice device (Korg PX-4 or 5, Line6 POD, etc) and/or recorder/phrase trainer (Tascam GT-R1, etc.). They all support headphones (for quiet practice), most do some digital effects & amp modeling, and many let you connect and record directly to your computer. And since they're all about the same size as an old Walkman (look it up, whippersnapper ), that means you can practice anytime, anywhere.


For example, on Wednesday nights, I'm take my Mom to Church Choir practice, but I'm not in the choir myself. So I pack up a guitar, a guitar stool, headphones and my PX-4 and sit in the courtyard jamming out for a few hours.
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#11
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hmmm, is there a way I could get a hard case for it, and lock it to something? sort of like how laptops have those lock things?


You could get a flight case and have someone weld a few d-rings to it. But you'd be better off to just make sure that your insurance will cover the theft and doesn't have a crazy high deductible.

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If you live in dorms, then it's a non issue.


No it isn't. Theft happens in dorms and all over college campuses. Do you think those guards getting paid minimum wage to ignore you waving your school ID at them when you walk into the building actually keep anything secure? Do you think they even know the students well enough to know which student own which instrument as it leaves the building?
#12
Some colleges have dedicated practice rooms where you ad a drummer can go practice, so check that out when you get there
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#13
Do you think they even know the students well enough to know which student own which instrument as it leaves the building?


That actually depends on the particular school and the institution's demographics...but you're essentially correct. (Security at my undergraduate institution knew all of us black students by sight- there were only 20 of us out of 4000.)
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#14
I'm still kicking myself for not bringing one when I first went down- 5 weeks without practice. D: At one point I went to NYC just to play some at all. Skills went down and took a while to get back.

I bought a Microcube for $80, stowed the guitar in my closet and amp under my bed when not in use. Our doors locked automatically so that wasn't a worry. It's a great way to spend time, too. And girls will be impressed.
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#15
I'd say it's fine to bring a guitar and small amp. Just don't go around bragging to any chump about how you have them or how much they cost.

If you're really worried you could probably get some kind of bike lock to lock the case onto something solid in your room that can't be easily moved... The general population of a**holes who would break in and steal something are looking for easy access and generally won't go for something that's difficult to get when they could grab something else that's easy to get.
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No it isn't. Theft happens in dorms and all over college campuses. Do you think those guards getting paid minimum wage to ignore you waving your school ID at them when you walk into the building actually keep anything secure? Do you think they even know the students well enough to know which student own which instrument as it leaves the building?
Now, It may have been awhile since you've been to college, or you might not have ever been, bu the neat thing about dorm rooms is that they have these newfangled things called "locks". And generally you can put your things inside of your dorm room and lock it. So all of a sudden, not only is your guitar locked up, but so is all of you're other stuff. All you have to do is lock your dorm, which, unfortunately, many people don't.
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#17
k, I'll try the bike lock thing. Would I be able to buy a hardshell case with locks to open it? Also, are cases generic, as in it wouldn't matter that I have a lefty guitar?
#18
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k, I'll try the bike lock thing. Would I be able to buy a hardshell case with locks to open it? Also, are cases generic, as in it wouldn't matter that I have a lefty guitar?

There are a lot of generic cases. If you want a shaped case, you would need to get one for a left-handed guitar.
#19
I'm going off to college this fall and I am bringing my electric guitar, but instead of an amp I plan on purchasing a line 6 pod studio ux2.

It's a pretty cool piece of equipment, i chose that specific one for the recording capabilities/metal tones and the price. There are other options though so if you plan on playing electric you may want to look into something along those lines.
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#20
I would definitely say take one. I actually went out looking for a guitar specifically for college-- a semi hollow. They play loud enough for a 5-10 non-musicians while unplugged and have a great sound plugged in. However, a hard case is probably a must. A) you can lock a lot of them, which will keep out the riffraff (thieves less so), and B) it's going to be much less likely to get damaged, as you'd expect.

And I asked a few weeks ago about bringing a new tube amp to college, and the overwhelming majority said to actually stick to my Spider IV, since it doesn't have to be cranked to get its best sound (which isn't saying much, but that's another issue). Definitely invest in a modeling amp, GarageBand, a POD, or something else reasonably quiet. Your roommate will thank you.
#21
i brought one of the guitars and the amp in my sig, plus an acoustic, to college this year.
i had plenty of room, no thefts, and made lots of friends who overheard me playing.


bring it dude!


btw, we have self locking doors so......
#22
Music IS a great icebreaker. Who knows, you might even get asked to join a band.

And that's a whole other ball of wax...
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#23
If you have a pedal just plug your headphones into it so you wont have to bring an amplifier.
Hard case's cost quite abit (about $100), it'd be a good investment to keep it safe but if you cant afford that well you should just hide your guitar in a wardrobe or something like that, under a bed etc.
And no-one would steal a lefty strat anyway, LOL.
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#24
Buy yourself an Vox AMplug ($40) and you're set for practice and you're roomie will love you. Get like a decent 15 watt amp for open mic nights/jams and you're golden. That's how I found my band and kept the peace on the home front. Can't go wrong.
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#25
Yeah dude you'll be fine, unless you're one of those people who go to class w/o locking their dorm doors. I always left my guitar in my room and it was never stolen even when the cleaners and stuff opened the door to clean.
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#26
i would recommend an acoustic or a cheaper electric for dorms. cramped spaces, lots of travel, whtever. ive never seen any freshman with an expensiv guitar unless they were music students. except acoustics, cause they get expensive fast for nice ones. my buddy has had a 2500 dollar taylor in his room all of college.

if you live off campus its ok. i liked in the dorms 1 years, then a house for 3 years. we have 5 electric guitars, 1 bass, 2 hand drums, keyboard, 40 watt tube, 25 watt tube, 4 solid states, full PA setup, and other junk in my house right now. besides pissing off the neighbors its a non issue.
#27
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Buy yourself an Vox AMplug ($40) and you're set for practice and you're roomie will love you. Get like a decent 15 watt amp for open mic nights/jams and you're golden. That's how I found my band and kept the peace on the home front. Can't go wrong.


+1

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Yeah dude you'll be fine, unless you're one of those people who go to class w/o locking their dorm doors. I always left my guitar in my room and it was never stolen even when the cleaners and stuff opened the door to clean.


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#28
ive never seen any freshman with an expensiv guitar unless they were music students


I have: one of my HS buddies went to the same college I did, and he took his Fender Strat & Marshall tube amp to school with him. The only issue was a beer spill that almost got to the amp's innards.
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#29
my guitar wasn't expensive though, it cost 170 on ebay lol. But I can see what you mean, this guitar has a lot of value to me personally.

Speaking of cases, there is a "Freedom by SKP Molded Case" at my local MusicGoRound, would that be worth a look?

And about the amp, my new plan is to either buy a headphone amp, a Line6 Pod thing, a tiny battery powered amplifier, or a small 10watt amp. I just don't know which route I'll take yet
#30
I'd go with the portable device first. My Korg PX-4 and Tascam GT-R1 let me go anywhere and jam without disturbing those around me...and playing in public is a great icebreaker.

THEN get yourself a mini-amp.

I know it's the more expensive way to go, but again, the ability to practice silently in the close quarters of dorm life will pay enormous dividends. If nothing else, it will keep you from having to go all Pete Townsend on your roomie after the 100th "I'm trying to study and you're making too much noise!" discussion.

I speak from personal experience: my best buddy in college was also my second-year roomate. He was a music major with a big electric bass...and a Bass Rockman. He NEVER got on my nerves while practicing in the room.
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#31
I had my Prestige S in my dorm this entire year in its hardcase leaning up against my fridge at RU and never once did I worry about it. I mean yeah when I left my room unlocked and just sitting there it kinda irked me but other than that I wouldn't really worry as long as you make sure you keep an eye on it and lock up your room. I felt a little better because my roommie was a buddy of mine from high school but still, you should be fine haha. Plus a guitar in college is a great way to get away when you have a little free time on your hands and, depending on your dorm, you can jam with other people. I always jammed with a girl down the hallway who brought here custom shop USA telecaster so yeah, I wouldn't really worry about bringing an expensive guitar. All the ones my friends have here aren't cheap (here tele was 2k if I remember correctly) and my Prestige wasn't cheap either. It's a little unnerving for the first couple weeks it's there but once you get used to it being there, it's totally fine!

EDIT: And as far as amps go, don't bother on anything more than like 30 watts. I had a little 30 watt Line 6 Spider and it never went past 2 on the volume knob. If I had anything smaller like a 15 watt I would have brought that instead (well I had a tiny Fender Frontman but I hate that thing haha).
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#32
daaaang, those are really expensive.

Edit: I know what you mean about the fender frontman amps, that's what I use right now for practice and can't stand it one bit.
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#33
I dunno, man, I mean do you really think it's going to learn much?
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#34
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I dunno, man, I mean do you really think it's going to learn much?

Nice!

Maybe it will learn to play well with others?
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#35
Haha I understand your worry, but just bring it because you will miss it, the chances of it being stolen...unless you just leave it laying around all over are small, just stick it in your room under your bed whatever, it's valueble and thieves will take anything they can, but at the same time they aren't just looking for guitars, if they were going to jack shit they'd go forsmall electronics jewelery what not. It's safe enough to bring and not spend money on a crappy guitar. But you could always buy a decent cheap guitar I play a danelectro mostly and got it for 250 used on a classifieds and I mean its no gibson or high end fender but I plays and sounds good enough for me....
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Nice!

Maybe it will learn to play well with others?


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#37
Wherever I go, I take my guitar. As long as you protect it from inebriated roommates, you'll be fine.

And por el amor de Dios, don't take anything larger than a 1×12 combo into your dorm. Your neighbors and the guy in charge will hate your guts if you turn up with a 100 watt 2×12 or, God forbid, a half stack.
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#38
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my guitar wasn't expensive though, it cost 170 on ebay lol. But I can see what you mean, this guitar has a lot of value to me personally.

Speaking of cases, there is a "Freedom by SKP Molded Case" at my local MusicGoRound, would that be worth a look?

And about the amp, my new plan is to either buy a headphone amp, a Line6 Pod thing, a tiny battery powered amplifier, or a small 10watt amp. I just don't know which route I'll take yet

I would bring an actual amp man. You'll kick yourself for not doing so.

Dorms have quet hours at night but during the day and on weekends you can play your guitar in your room, without any issues.

Bring a real amp, because you're gonna meet other music people and want to jam with them.

Last weekend, me and a couple friends all plugged in outside and were jamming for a more than an hour.

Another friend showed up with his fender strat, but couldnt plug in cause he had no amp. Just a headphone amp which didnt help him.

Besides alot of combo amps have a headphone out, so really there is no point to a dedicated headphone amp. IMHO they are a wast of money
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#39
I have seen guys here with amp heads and PA's and alot of the kids from my college do gigs at the bars around town for extra money
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