accoustic guitars

  1. Anyone know anything about how to know a good new/used guitar from a bad one. BF wants one for christmas.
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  3. by   EricJRN
    I've always wanted to take up the guitar, but I haven't done it yet. Here's a link I found that seems helpful. It's got a few pointers of specific things to distinguish between well-made and poorly-made.

    The WWW Guitar Advisor
  4. by   dianah
    Very good link, Eric; it has some really good tips on what to look for.

    What kind of music does he play (or does he play at all right now)? If he's interested in playing classical guitar, my suggestions are NOT applicable! Also, (VERY IMPORTANT) how much $$$ are we talking about?

    Mine is a Martin D16 RGT, a dreadnought (spruce top, Indian rosewood back and sides, mycarda fingerboard and bridge, and custom Martin bracing). Martin is a very respected name in acoustic guitars. Mine sounds very "live" when strummed, which is why dh and I chose it over some more expensive models: we liked the way it sounded for the kind of music we play (gospel, bluegrass, country, folk). It was $1100 ("special deal" at a bluegrass festival; list price was around $1500). There were and are WAY more expensive and fancy guitars out there!

    Some more respected makes: Taylor, Gibson, Yamaha, Guild, Ibanez, Epiphone. Most of the guitars they make are in the $500-1500 range.

    On second thought (and on dh's advice), may I say the following: What one likes in a guitar is based on very individual and personal tastes. You might consider letting him help choose it, rather than surprising him (unless the guitar shop has a good return policy). Didn't know what you were planning to do, but I thought I'd mention it.

    Good luck! PM me if you have any questions.
  5. by   adrienurse
    Okay here's more info. Marc does not play guitar at the moment. He has however played piano, organ and trombone in the past. He belongs to a folk dancing ensamble who is trying to form a live band to diversify their performances. He decided on the guitar (and plans to teach himself some of the songs) because it's cheaper than an accordian. That's my man.
  6. by   adrienurse
    That's prolly good advice Bethin about letting him pick his own (prolly on the recommendation of his folk music friends. I'm gonna have a look today anyway, there's a section of town that has like 6 music stores in a row so I think I'll look there.
  7. by   bethin
    Quote from adrienurse
    That's prolly good advice Bethin about letting him pick his own (prolly on the recommendation of his folk music friends. I'm gonna have a look today anyway, there's a section of town that has like 6 music stores in a row so I think I'll look there.

    Huh??? Where was I at?? Just saw I gave good advice but I haven't posted anything yet.

    But I do have something to add: picking a guitar is like finding the perfect jeans. May look nice on the hanger, but when they're on it's a different story. I'd just casually ask him if he wants to go to the music store and when he picks up a guitar, start asking probing questions, "do you really like the color of the wood, do you like the feel of it, if you could have a guitar today, would it be that one." And if he says yes, tell him it's his.
  8. by   leslie :-D
    the following site (Welcome to About.com) is one of many i use for reference.

    adrien, try this:Welcome to About.com

    i used this site to buy an electric guitar for my son for Christmas.
    and i got one of the top 5 picks from this site, on ebay, with a 15 watt amp, teaching books, carrying case, dvd, guitar strap and a couple of other things...all for $119 which included shipping!
    the guitar was sold as used but presents in like-new condition.
    it's some sort of ephitome...i forget the name but it was highly recommended and didn't have a scratch on it.

    anyway, let me know how you make out.

    leslie

    my link is not working.
    it keeps returning to the home page of about.com.
    just type in acoustic guitar in the search box and watch for the page that lets you read the top 5 picks...let me know. sorry.
    Last edit by leslie :-D on Nov 29, '06 : Reason: link won't work
  9. by   adrienurse
    Quote from bethin
    Huh??? Where was I at?? Just saw I gave good advice but I haven't posted anything yet.

    But I do have something to add: picking a guitar is like finding the perfect jeans. May look nice on the hanger, but when they're on it's a different story. I'd just casually ask him if he wants to go to the music store and when he picks up a guitar, start asking probing questions, "do you really like the color of the wood, do you like the feel of it, if you could have a guitar today, would it be that one." And if he says yes, tell him it's his.
    Whoops KRAZY me.

    The thanks goes to Dinah.

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