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Offline Laur

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Cheap-ish beginner guitar
« on: November 07, 2018, 01:55:55 am »
I've been playing my mom's acoustic guitar (I don't know exactly what, sorry) that she bought from some college student, for about six months now. It's alright but I would really like to ask my parents to get me an electric guitar instead as a present because I've read that they're a little easier and also they match the styles and genres that I like better (punk/pop punk mostly). I don't want to get anything just because I think it 'looks super cool' and it turns out that it's not actually super great for me, and also I don't want anthing super expensive. Does anyone with more guitar buying experience know what sort of relatively cheap but still decent quality guitar might be good for what I want?

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Re: Cheap-ish beginner guitar
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2018, 06:18:22 am »
The Yamaha Pacifica is a good electric beginners guitar. Justin recommends it here, among others.

https://www.justinguitar.com/guitar-lessons/what-s-the-best-guitar-for-a-beginner-bc-010

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Re: Cheap-ish beginner guitar
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2018, 06:53:56 am »
Hi, welcome to the forum.

It depends what you mean by cheap.
Also - which country are you in - that can make a difference in terms of what might be available at the budget end of the market.

Here are some general pointers.

Buying 2nd hand is the best way to get a bargain and many used guitars are in very good condition.

If buying new do not buy a 'bundle' / 'package' whatever the shops call it.
They represent poor value and usually contain cheap, inferior product.

As mentioned, Pacificas are popular and recommended - for good reason. They are decent all-rounders.

Check for Squier guitars ... A Telecaster or Stratocaster (look for an HSS Stratocaster if possible) ... model type Standard or the slightly lesser Affinity. The Bullet models are fairly cheap and nasty.

Epiphone could make a good choice too ... a G400 SG or a Les Paul.


In the UK Vintage brand guitars make reasonable quality guitars at a modest price and the 2nd prices are very affordable.

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Re: Cheap-ish beginner guitar
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2018, 10:01:56 am »
What close2u said

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Re: Cheap-ish beginner guitar
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2018, 07:19:44 pm »


I’ll vote for a Mexico strat as a really sensible investment for any beginner. Maybe 2nd hand if budget is tight. Can’t go wrong with a MiM strat.
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Re: Cheap-ish beginner guitar
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2018, 07:29:10 pm »
Yamaha Pacifica 112, or an 012 if money's really tight. Squier Affinity or Standard.

DO NOT BUY A 'starter pack'!!!

There, sorted. Feel free to ignore my opinion.
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Re: Cheap-ish beginner guitar
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2018, 09:02:38 pm »
Get a bass :)


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Re: Cheap-ish beginner guitar
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2018, 10:13:43 pm »
Don't forget that once you have an electric guitar there are endless amounts of tat that you suddenly can't do without that you end up buying to go with it.

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Re: Cheap-ish beginner guitar
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2018, 08:13:15 am »
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