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> Electric Guitar For Beginner, electric guitar
sabinablack
post Tue 29 Dec 2009, 11:10
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Hi all, let me introduce myself . I am a journalist ,living in U.S. My hobbies are watching movie and TV shows. I want to learn guitar. Now i want your suggestion where and how to buy a guitar for a beginner. Please suggest me. smile.gif
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post Wed 30 Dec 2009, 06:18
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Hi!

Find a local music store that is *friendly* to beginners and pros alike. If you get given "attitude", simply walk out.

I strongly recommend that you go for a Chinese made Squier "Classic Vibe" 60's Stratocaster. The price is pretty much entry level, but the quality is superb, it is an extremely versatile instrument, so should cover just about any style you may be wanting to master over time - within reason. They are brilliant instruments for the money, and look great as well. They will also (I think) hold their value, so if you trade up later, you should recoup most of your initial investment.

If you have a friend who plays already, take them along with you and have them try out more than one example of your target instrument (all guitars, electric or acoustic, have their own little quirks, even within the same batch). Spend a few dollars more to get your new guitar "set up" by the music store - it will make learning 1000% easier. Until you really, really know what you are doing, don't attempt any set-ups yourself.

Other useful investments: a decent, stable guitar stand (cheaper than repairing a broken neck. A hardshell case or soft "gig bag" if you plan to take your guitar anywhere on the road; a digital tuner - and use it every time before you play; a string winder, for quick, tidy and tuning-stable string changes. Wipe the strings after playing with a soft, lint-free cloth, but I wouldn't bother with guitar polishes etc. (NEVER use furniture polish on your instrument); a good quality strap, to avoid back problems (electric guitar is generally played standing up).

Do realize that one of the hidden costs of being a guitar player is the ongoing purchase of new string sets. Old strings will lose tone, and will actually play out tune if left on for too long (as well as damaging the fingerboard). For strings "9's" are probably best for most styles. Heavier strings can give a bigger tone, but are tougher on the fingertips (which will take a few weeks to toughen up, by the way). Change all the strings every time - even if you only break one - otherwise you will not have a balanced tone across the neck.

Buy a selection of picks - big, small, thick, thin, and see which one(s) suit you best. Then buy a truckload of your favorite(s). Picks get lost at an alarming rate, so that is another recurring cost :-)

Amplifiers are a whole subject in and of themselves (and their are several software-based solutions now that make an actual amp optional, depending on your playing goals). Most of the time, you can play unplugged, if you choose an instrument with good basic tone woods - this is what EVH does, apparently. The important thing is that you play every minute you can. If you can afford to get lessons, do - but take the the time to find your own 'voice'.

Take your time, play as many different types of music as you can, don't set unrealistic goals, and have fun!
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