[–] TheBuddha 0 points 17 points (+17|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The first question should be, "What do you want to play with your guitar?"

From there, you can figure out what features you'd most like to have. Then, you can examine brands and price ranges.

Edit: Yeah, thinking about it, I'm just going to say any Yamaha or Ibanez you can afford. Just a knock around acoustic is fine.

Why? Both of those brands are reasonably priced and they'll be playable. This means you'll not be soured by an inferior instrument. This means you'll be more pleased by what you hear. This means you'll be more willing to put your hours in.

Literally, any full scale model Yamaha or Ibanez acoustic. Plan on $200. You can spend more. If you want to spend more, please let me know. They have the name, but avoid Fender acoustics. You will probably not be happy with them, no matter how much you spend.

[–] SandHog 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

Not even Putt is immune to the siren's call of the guitar cabal. Impressive!

[–] TheBuddha 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Damned right.

[–] LexOrandiLexCredendi 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

The guitar is easy to learn, but impossible to master. Example: The Beatles vs Andre Segovia.

[–] TheBuddha 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Easy to learn? LOL

[–] PuttItOut [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I'd only desire to play acoustic music (Sorry I don't even know how to accurately describe this). Christian like melodies, classic country, Tom Petty, Nirvana like things. Slower more rhythmic music is what I like when it comes to guitar. @crazy_eyes has a style I appreciate. Does this even make sense?

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

A steel string acoustic guitar would suit you well

[–] InClownWorldSellPnut 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I think Petty ~plays~played a tele (which would be a good electric for you) and Kurt played a Jaguar (but that unplugged show was great) but yeah acoustic is good if you are into rhythm playing and acoustic acts. You do tend to get a better product for the price in an electric though and you can play them un-plugged for practice, though definitely not as satisfying as a rich full acoustic). Some advice on guitar choice...

  • Don't get an acoustic-electric without adding ~200 to your budget. You don't want to buy a $200 guitar with $150 worth of tech in it that plays like a $50 guitar.

  • Acoustics are harder to set up and maintain so do take care of it, don't store it in an attic or garage, use light acoustic strings. Assuming the neck is straight it's not so easy to adjust the action (without sanding down the bridge) on an acoustic. Definitely try before you buy.

  • Get at least a single cutaway if you want to play lead licks/just for versatility and convenience.

  • Consider the size and shape of the neck (play everything you can afford and maybe some stuff that you can't). It's harder to make clean chords on a tighter spaced board, but it's also easier to do runs and such. Flatter boards are better for bending, more curved boards are better for chords. Some of it will be down to the music you play and some of it to your anatomy.

  • Consider how it sits in your lap if you want to play it on the couch, consider how heavy it is if you want to play it on the stage.

Happy playing! Guitar is a great time after a few months, once you can play your cowboy chords and a few barre chords there is a whole ton of stuff to play and it starts being fun and from there you can get into the more intermediate stuff like lead techniques (bending, finger picking, legato, harmonics, pentatonic scales, diatonic scales) or the rhythm side of things (finger picking, chords, triads, inversions, chord scales/diatonic theory) for more and more fun. It's like a video game that never ends, just enjoy the ride, revel in what you can do and make time to focus down your playing goals.

[–] TheBuddha 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yeah, an acoustic is almost certainly what you're looking for - as per my other reply.

As others have noted in the thread (albeit obliquely and seemingly wanting to argue) you can get away with learning just a few chords and being pretty happy with that. There's no need to spend a lifetime trying to master the instrument, if you're just looking to have a good time.

At the end of the day, it's all about what you want to get out of the deal.

Also, don't expect that you'll own just one guitar. The guitarist that owns just a single guitar is a pretty rare bird indeed. Different tools do different jobs and a guitar is a tool to move air.

And, finally, sure... You'd do this thread AFTER I've taken my sleepy meds!

[–] Wooden_door 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Every guitar is different. Even the same brand and model can sound completely different. You have to play it first.

Tuning up a cheap as shit guitar can sound decent depending on the pickups (if electric) but unless you have a luthier handy or want to put the time in to learn it's probably not an option.

[–] TheBuddha 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 


Yeah, we're talking probabilities and quality baselines. No, no I'm not going to recommend he meander down to the music store to try infinite Yamaha guitars until he gets just the right one. I'm gonna recommend he gets something that's almost certainly playable right out the door.

Your new Yamaha or Ibanez are almost certain to be playable.

[–] ARsandOutdoors 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

I would like to be the first to formally request your rendition of “Free Bird.”

[–] PuttItOut [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Ok, but I'm going to ask you to hit a stinger pull fade with a 2 iron in return.

[–] ARsandOutdoors 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 


Deal, i'm due for some new clubs as it is. iblades or jpx919 tour's here I come. rip wallet :)

[–] OhRutherfordBehave 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Putt, the best guitar you can get, for any beginner, regardless of what you want to play, is a steel string Yamaha acoustic. You can't go wrong, and that would be the most solid choice. From there, learn chords and learn how to play songs with the correct strumming patterns.

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[–] PuttItOut [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Learning to play like this seems trivial compared to the amount of time I estimate it will take to grow my thumbnail out.

[–] OhRutherfordBehave 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Doesn't matter what you want to do. You have to start by strumming chords. With the exception of classical.

[–] a1 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

yeah, no need to be buying 2000 dollar martins for your first gat

[–] u_r_wat_u_eat 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

As someone who started on an acoustic and got turned off by the difficulty, and later picked guitar back up with an electric and loved it, I suggest starting with an electric.

Usually the action will be much lower, the strings are smaller and it's way easier to fret notes without busting your fingers.

[–] OhRutherfordBehave 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I dont. You cant learn the basics on electric.

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[–] PuttItOut [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I've already done this once before. It was fun, but now I'm less aggressive (I think).

[–] CheeseboogerHimself 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

wait....lemme get this straight: You wanna buy a guitar and learn how to play so that you can make it sound like bagpipes and other instruments? heh That's fuckin' rock N roll mane

My advice is this: Walk into a big ass guitar store and start playing until you find the one. You will know it when you find it.

[–] PuttItOut [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

This is the kind of advice I know is right but requires the most work.

[–] drstrangegov 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I can play "ode to joy" perfectly on the guitar and violin. And that's it. Just never got bit by the music bug.

[–] PuttItOut [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Me neither but if learning an instrument is similar to learning any other new skill, there will be life lessons involved that would be valuable.

[–] crazy_eyes 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I agree with theBuddha, and the first thing you need to know is what kind of music you want to play, what songs.

I saw that you don't want an amp so that would leave you with an acoustic guitar, mostly, I mean you could get a headphone amp.

The best acoustic guitars would be Martins or Taylors, if you wanted to go top of the line

[–] TheBookWasBetter 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Hey Putt... so to the question- what type of music would you like to play... on acoustic, here is a Martin that is an 'entry' level guitar - https://www.guitarcenter.com/Martin/Road-Series-Custom-GPRS1-Grand-Performance-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar.gc
Here is a similar one that is used. -- https://www.guitarcenter.com/Martin/X-Series-DXK2AE-Dreadnought-Acoustic-Electric-Guitar.gc

The word 'Dreadnaught' is the type of body shape. Dreadnaught guitars are known for being loud and sturdy. These also have electronics if you ever get the bug to plug in. You can sound like Guster.

If you do like electric, there are 2 types of pickup configurations to look for... 1. single coil pickups- sound like hendrix, stevie ray vaughn, sublime, john mayer... kinda bluesy but very, very common.
2. Humbuckers - these are popular for rock and roll. They can have a real growl. If you have heard Freddie King, he used Humbuckers and turned them up loud. All the hard rock and metal guys- this is the pickup configuration they use.

For single coils (These are thin pickups. About the size of 1 finger or @expertshitposters dick) - Fender telecaster - this will have a little country twang - G&L is a competing brand to fender that might give you a better price and a little better quality than an entry level fender. https://www.guitarcenter.com/GL/Limited-Edition-Tribute-ASAT-Classic-Ash-Body-Electric-Guitar.gc

Fender Stratocaster - very popular - Stevie, Hendrix, all these guys... here is a G&L strat... this might be a good option. (the L is for Leo Fender. Again, this is pretty close to a fender but without the price tag) https://www.guitarcenter.com/GL/Limited-Edition-Tribute-Legacy-Electric-Guitar.gc

Humbuckers - these are the pickups that are fat and look like rectangles . Gibson Les Paul - most metal and rock guys. entry starts about 900+. Used would be cheaper. Good option but probably not as your first. You will get a better bang for your buck elsewhere.

Entry level PRS - https://www.guitarcenter.com/PRS/SE-Standard-24-Electric-Guitar.gc This is a pretty legit guitar. You could rock hard, all day long.

Gibson SG - ACDC made these famous -- very rock and roll and a popular sound. https://www.guitarcenter.com/Gibson/SG-Special-2018-Solid-Body-Electric-Guitar.gc A little on the pricey side but this will last the rest of your life if you want it to.

Tele with humbuckers- nice configuration. this would take a lot of that country sound out of the guitar. Probably wouldn't growl but would give a very 'hot' sound. I would use this for blues but it would probably sound real good for rock and roll too. - similar to a Gibson SG https://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender/Special-Edition-HH-Maple-Fingerboard-Standard-Telecaster.gc

Amps... This is the one... https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Fender/Hot-Rod-Pro-Junior-III-15W-1x10-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-115174391.gc It is used so it is easier on the wallet. I own one myself. People can argue about this all day long but this would get you to a great sound, real fast. Loud enough for any reasonable badass.

I own a Martin D-18, and a Gibson les-paul, Gibson nighthawk and Gibson midtown. Eventually, you will be drawn to a certain type of sound, follow your heart. There are also a lot of combinations that I didn't list, the list above is made up of very popular combos. Goats will probably bring up others(hey... why didn't you mention this piece of shit?! I found one at a garage sale and I love it!...). Hopefully the above gives you a few things to try out and think about. Nothing I listed is a piece of shit and you won't need to be embarrassed when you take it out of the case.

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