#1
Hey guys.

Im 16 this year and currently studying. Thing is.. once my end of years finish my parents promised me a new guitar. I have been learning guitar for about.. close to around half a year im considered quite a noob. I practice on a classical guitar. Im basically into acoustic and band songs but whenever i try to learnt them on the classical guitar the feel just isnt right. I have a friend of mine that is interested in music as well and we plan to form a band together in the future.

Problem now is since i only can get one guitar... should i go for an acoustic or electric guitar? Acoustic would allow me to practice songs and since we dont really have any more pals into forming a band getting an electric isnt quite suitable. However electric guitars allow a wider range of songs including learning guitar solos and all. So which should i pick? I heard some acoustic guitars can plug into amps too right?

Pls recommend any gd brands if u guys know for beginners. Prefably cost around 200-300. I just need something durable for me to practice on.
#2
It all depends on the kind of music ur interested in.

IMO get all. Acoustic and electric, of course not together, but one by one.

Electric can be a problem with that budget cause u have to consider a amp also. There are quite a few models around. But in that bidget I'd say yamaha pacifica or fender squier. But a lot of models of fender squier are really crappy, so beware.

PM Dave_mc n he'll help u best with electric guitar. Also u can PM jj1565
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#3
well, what type of music are you into? you said acoustic and band. but can u be a little more specific?

ok here are some general choices;

acoustic: you can get a nice one for $200. you dont need an amp. you can always add a pickup to amplify it as u progress, but ur limited to folksie, slow songs.
good guitars, alvarez, takamine, yamaha

acoustic/electric: acoustic but u can also plug into an amp. acoustic amps are expensive.
you usually dont get as good a guitar for the money because u are also paying for the electronics. good acoustic/e in ur range are also, alvarez, takamine and yamaha.

semi hollow electric guitars: good for rock and a little heavier, you need an amp with it, acoustically it doesnt project. but it gives a nice amplified clean acoustic or low gain tone.
good guitars, epiphone studio dot, ibanez articore.

electric guitar (single coil and a humbucker bridge): you can play classic rock, almost everything with the single coils, switch over to the bridge for heavier.
Good guitar for $200, yamaha paciffica J112, alder wood fat strat.
add to that a vox da5 for a good $140 mini amp with effects, or a higher gain $125 microcube wt effects, and ur really to play just about anything.
Jenneh

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well, what type of music are you into? you said acoustic and band. but can u be a little more specific?


well from songs ranging from Goo Goo Dolls to Blink 182, Jason Mraz to Yellowcard.. Many artistes.


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electric guitar (single coil and a humbucker bridge): you can play classic rock, almost everything with the single coils, switch over to the bridge for heavier.
Good guitar for $200, yamaha paciffica J112, alder wood fat strat.
add to that a vox da5 for a good $140 mini amp with effects, or a higher gain $125 microcube wt effects, and ur really to play just about anything.


what do u mean by anything?? as in everything?

thanks! i think i have a better idea on what to get now. oh how do i test if the guitar is good quality?

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Electric can be a problem with that budget cause u have to consider a amp also. There are quite a few models around. But in that bidget I'd say yamaha pacifica or fender squier. But a lot of models of fender squier are really crappy, so beware.


how do i know which is crappy? haha. fender sounds really popular amongst guitarists.
#5
Fender is popular but Squier isnt that great. Squier affinity strat is really bad. U might want to try Squier Telecaster with a inverted headstock. But its got a floyd rose which cause some problem in tuning. Fender Squier is not ACTUALLY fender, its a asian company manufacturing guitars under license and complete control of fender. But not exactly fender. Its a range of guitars manufactured for lower cost.

HHmm if u really want to know which guitar sounds crappy is euither very difficult or very easy. Its a matter of ur own taste. Its very personal. We can make conjectures but cant be really sure. First of all listen to all the songs where u like the guitaring. Hear the tone. Pick out a absolute favourite TONE which you would want in your guitar, be it acoustic or electric. Beware, dont confuse tone and playing! For example when I put a thread like this earlier I told everyone I liked Dave gilmour's tone. But I realized at one point that I liked his playing, NOT his tone. Its really important u recognize ur favourite tone, its only then u can go ahead. Other than this u have to play a lot of guitars, there is a good possibility u might like the tone on one guitar and it might be ur favourite. Incase of acoustics u might have to try different guitars of the same model and company. Acoustic guitars of same company and model dohave different tones! Its strange but its true.

@jj1565: Whats a Vox da5??
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#6
get an electric then save up for an acoustic simulator.
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#7
Quote by invincibleneo
Fender is popular but Squier isnt that great. Squier affinity strat is really bad. U might want to try Squier Telecaster with a inverted headstock. But its got a floyd rose which cause some problem in tuning. Fender Squier is not ACTUALLY fender, its a asian company manufacturing guitars under license and complete control of fender. But not exactly fender. Its a range of guitars manufactured for lower cost.


haha but with my range of budget. i think a squier wud be most ideal. yeah i understand the tone part. thanks

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get an electric then save up for an acoustic simulator.


acoustic simulator? wads it mean?
#8
See dont buy something just because u cant afford something expensive. There are better guitars which perform better for a lil higher price. If u guy a crappy squier u WILL regret it later, bcoz the tone isnt pleasing. If u can come to terms wid that, then go for it.

Acoustic simulator is just a gadget which converts ur electric tone into a acoustic tone. IMO all of them are crappy and can never ever match up to a actually acoustic tone. But incase of price crunch, Im pretty satisfied with the acoustic setting in the microcube. Try it. U get a acoustic as well as a electric tone with ur electric guitar that way!

@jj1565: that Vox da5 look ssooooooo tempting! :'( No one old me about that!!!!!!! I bought a micro cube assuming its the best amp in that price range. OOOhhh i feel so bad now!!!!!
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#9
I would say just buy whatever you want depending on what kind of songs you're going to be playing / writing.

To be honest I first started out with an electric guitar and it was great, but as I got older I found (and still do find) myself playing acoustic alot more often mostly because I can just pick it up and play a little something and it's much more accessible. Then if I want to record or for some reason need that electric sound I get out one of my electric guitars.

Anyway in the long run it really doesnt matter just as long as you're practicing alot and havin fun with it!
#10
http://www.zzounds.com/item--VOXDA5
vox DA 5, its like a microcube except better cleans, less gain.

and yeah^ i meant everything.
Jenneh

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