I am in love with playing guitar.is the best thing I ever did and I wouldn't give it up for no one. It doesn't matter really what make the guitar is. some low end guitars sound great and then some don't sound to good at all, You just have to find the ones that you like.
I have a sunburst squire reissue with a massive head sock which sounds just like a fender stratocaster. and I love it. it didn't cost me anything. I think i brought it for £115 from old hat music shop in horncastle.
I also have a 1992 original black squire guitar with a black scratch plate and it sounds amazing which is my one and only guitar that i will always use. That guitar i also brought from old hat music shop.
My first ever guitar that I got was a toki telecaster which is black with a white scratch plate and it has white binding around the guitar. The sound of the telecaster is quite bright just with a really warm sound to it. Its really good for playing Jeff Buckley songs on.
I brought a low end black hollow body guitar which is by guy Taylor. I have never heard of this name before but this guitar cost me next to nothing. its got two humbuckers in it which gives it a really good kick and gives it a really heavy sound that wants to blow your face off but then on the other hand it has a lovely clean tone.
I have a Gibson guitar brought for me as a present. It is full black (all my guitars are black for some reason). The body of the guitar is beautiful, it has a cut away so it sits nicely to your body so it is really comfortable. The neck of the guitar is really fat and chunky but surprisingly really comfy, the gibson also has humbuckers and and gives it a really beefy sound which I love. really good for playing heavy songs on.
Yo sum up, you dont have to buy really expensive guitars to get a really great sound. even the cheap guitars sound amazing and they don't break the bank. A lot of people do want fender, Gibson named guitars but they really are expensive especially if you don't have a lot of spear money at hand.
Rather than going into a Wikipedia-style history and definition of 'guitars in general', the following write-up offers advice and guidance relating to a guitar's purchase, interspersed with my experiences regarding the guitars that I've owned over the years.
The basics - buying advice
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With proper care a guitar can last indefinitely - and unless you're a collector there's no reason to go around buying willy-nilly. That said, it's important to purchase a guitar that is produced by a decent manufacturer, as buying a cheaper brand (e.g. the ones that you often see in Argos for around £20) can be a gamble. What you'll often find is that the lesser ones are made from inferior materials which can lead to warping of the guitar's wood. This manifests itself with notes being out of tune when played further down the neck, and frequent detuning with the slightest knock. It may be a generalisation, but you shouldn't go too far wrong with anything made by Fender or Gibson - although you'll obviously be paying a premium for these models. If it's a budget guitar that you're after, it may be worth looking at the Squier brand - this is a company owned by Fender which produces low cost versions of its parent company's big name models e.g. the Stratocaster and Telecaster. No, it's unlikely that you'll get the same lifespan or tone from a Squier guitar as you would from a Fender, but they're generally reliable and pretty well made.
So, what else do I need to know? Well, like cars, electric guitars need the occasional service - and most guitar shops with do this for you for a reasonable price. They'll usually tinker with the setup and check / adjust the pickups (the bits that transform the vibrations from the strings into an electric signal) to make sure that you're getting the best sound from your stringed wonder.
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Although I have used a number of guitars in my time, i've really only owned a handful. My current electric guitar is a Kawai Aquarius - this metallic blue number hails from Japan, and features a comfortable and sturdy body. It's in the Stratocaster style, and looks pretty cool (albeit in a cheesy 1980's way!) - that said, it has become a little battered due to (unintentional) rough treatment during gigs over the years. I purchased the guitar secondhand around fifteen years ago, and it has served me well ever since - the tone is bright (even with my cheap Kustom amp), and I haven't had any trouble with the pickups. To be honest, I wish I knew a little more about the guitar, as the information regarding the model on the Internet is a little lacking.
My main acoustic guitar is a Fender f-230 - a fairly lightweight rosewood model which was made sometime in the 80's. It has a pleasant tone and a classic appearance. I think I paid in the region of £70 for it, although they often sell for more on eBay nowadays. Other acoustic guitars in the house include the excellent Eko Ranger, which is an incredibly robust twelve string guitar from the early 70's (see my previous review). I generally find twelve string guitars enjoyable to play, as they have the potential to produce a fuller sound than that of their six string brethren.
Additional Purchases - what else do I need?
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It goes without saying that a guitar isn't complete without strings, and when it comes to buying them, there are loads of makes to choose from. I would personally recommend the Ernie Ball brand - you'll often see them in the form of the 'regular, super, and extra Slinky' range; a name which relates to their thickness (also known as 'gauge'). In my experience, the Ernie Ball strings are long lasting, reasonably priced, and made from high quality materials. In terms of guitar related additional purchases - I would recommend investing in a guitar tuner to keep yourself pitch-perfect at all times. A good place to start is with QwikTune's 'QT11' which offers great value for money at under ten pounds - It's an accurate and easy to use device. If you want something a little smaller, the clip-on GuitarMan tuner is a similarly worthwhile investment.
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Overall, buying a guitar is a very personal process - especially when you consider the fact that a guitar often reflects its owner's personality. There are some pretty flamboyant models out there which will suit the inner showman in you, and similarly, there are understated models (in appearance at least) which speak for themselves in terms of the quality of their aural output. When buying a guitar, I would always recommend going into a music shop and trying it before you hand over your hard earned cash - this way you'll know what your getting, and you won't be in for any of the nasty surprises which buying online can sometimes throw up.
My review Of Guitars In General.
No other instrument in the world conjures up the same feelings for me as the guitar. No one really knows the true origins of the instrument; it probably came out of the ancient stringed instruments of Greece and other classical civilisations. A close cousin of the Lute, the guitar has been gradually increasing in popularity for the past few centuries (Stradivarius actually made guitars as well as violins -would you believe!).
My Opinion/ Features
Nowadays we guitarists (and anyone wanting to start playing) are spoilt for choice;
We have classical (or Spanish) guitars, primarily used for playing classical music (though not always -they can be used for other types too). Classical guitars offer a warm full tone that's brilliant for finger picking on. The soft nylon strings also make them very popular with beginners because nylon is a lot kinder on your fingers (than steel strings) so you don't get as many blisters.
Even more popular is the steel strung acoustic (sometimes called a folk guitar). The folk guitar is popular with everyone from singer songwriters to bluegrass fingerpickers. You can play it with a plaectrum, with plastic/metal finger picks or with just your fingers. Often you can get pick ups fitted to folk guitars too which I think makes them more versatile still. I think I slightly prefer the sound of a Folk Guitar to a Classical Guitar, and I find it's narrower fretboard easier to play on -though the strings are not as finger friendly as the classical guitar because they are steel on the thin strings and bronze wrapped steel on the thick strings.
For playing with other musicians be it in bands or jamming etc, then the electric guitar is the most fun!! I love the way you can change the sound at the flick of a foot pedal, in a way that's just impossible on an acoustic guitar (classical or folk). Some electric guitars also have tremolo arms so you can change the pitch of the strings rapidly while playing them.
There are also 4 string bass guitars -I really enjoy playing bass but not as much as guitar lol!! as well as guitars you put on your lap just to play slide guitar on (by sliding a piece of metal/brass/glass/pipe etc along the strings).
No matter what sound you're into there's a guitar that will suit you. I'm still amazed at the huge palette of musical choices available from the various types of guitars available (and new variants are invented quite regularly).
I found that no one guitar will give you all the sounds you want, so it's best to get a selection (if you're mad on guitars like me). I currently have 15 and I'm still hungering after others.... it's a very addictive hobby; playing guitar -but it's just about the most interesting one I've ever come across... A world without guitars would be a sad place indeed; and I heartily recommend you get one!!
Hope you found my review helpful and interesting!!
I started taking piano lessons at the age of eight and by the time I was sixteen I had reached grade five. I had become a fan of rock music and had a strong desire to be one of those long haired tatooed heavy metal nutters that you saw everywhere back in the early nineties.
I convinced my dad to buy me a guitar for my birthday. He's glad I did so! He also bought one for himself at the same time so that he could learn. They were both steel string acoustic yamaha's.
Seeing as though I already had a good knowledge of music I picked it up quite quickly and starting getting good. My dad asked me to teach him but after hour upon hour he eventually gave up believing that his fingers were too big! This seems to be a common thought amongst grown men, as I have found out from teaching.
The guitar is a beautiful instrument which carries so much variation. I wanted to learn all the styles of playing so I also bought a classical/spanish guitar, an electric guitar (epiphone les paul) and a few bits like plectrums and a slide. I got real good.
The Crafter D8 is one of the best low budget accoustic guitars it has been my privelidge to play.I've owned a few accoustics ranging in price over the years but this guitar is my favourite.I was looking to buy a Takamine as my freind had recently bought one and it is a fine instrument,however when we went to the shop i noticed the d8 and asked could i try it.I was more than impressed, it really is a fantastic guitar that really should be priced in the mid range bracket and not the lower.My freind is also a massive fan and has also bought one which he uses more often than the Takamine, which in our opinion is a quality instrument that anyone would be proud of, but the D8 is just as good to play and sounds pretty damn good too at a third of the price. If you compare the D8 to any other low budget guitar it stands head and shoulders above all of them, it is a very well hand built accoustic that surprises everybody who has played one. It is made from quality materials from start to finnish and deserves to be rated amongst the best guitars available today.
The guitar has always been one of the most popular musical instruments of all, and will probably continue that way. In all its different forms, it is an incredibly versatile accessory, whether your tastes and chosen repertoire are folk, pop, blues, country, classical or jazz. And while you obviously need a musical ear to become reasonably proficient, you don't have to be able to read music to master the basic chords or riffs. (If classical or jazz are your chosen fields, it must be said, you do have to be better!) Let's assume that you're an enthusiastic, possibly starry-eyed, beginner. Somebody has lent or given you a guitar to try out. While an electric instrument may be more fun - in other words, it looks flash, and you can make a hell of a lot more noise with it as long as you have an amplifier and speaker to plug it into - don't try and run before you can walk. Start with a six-string acoustic. (The bass has four strings, but its role is so different that it's a completely separate instrument altogether). Nylon strings are for the classical guitar, though you can learn chords on them. However, steel strings give you far more variety in terms of what you want to play, be it chords for accompaniment, more sophisticated picking, lead work and solos once you've mastered the basics, or a combination of the lot. Note - NEVER fit steel strings on a classical guitar, as they are much stronger than nylon. In time they will warp the neck and wreck the instrument. Check with an expert if in doubt. The best way to start is by learning a few simple chords. Ask someone to show you, or borrow or buy a beginners' guide, or even surf the web. [See end of this op for further details]. Your left hand (or right, if you're left-handed - Hendrix was, McCartney is, so you're in good company) will need to adapt to pressing down on the strings firmly in the right frets. Start with, say, C, F and G. Hundreds
of simple songs can be accompanied with just three chords. With practice, you will probably soon be able to pick favourite (and fairly easy) songs to which you can work out the chords yourself. Playing along to records is a good idea. Once you've mastered a few chords and have learnt to change quickly from one to the other, then is the time to try and attempt the more fancy picking stuff. On the other hand, there's nothing like arming yourself with a few chords and a smallish repertoire to have a singsong at the pub or a party, as long as you have a willing crowd. To tune your guitar, you can get the correct notes from a keyboard (in ascending order, starting with the lowest string, they go E A D G B E), or buy an electronic tuner from a music shop for about £10. The older a string is, the more it deteriorates, and the less easy it is to tune properly. Steel strings can be pretty tough on inexperienced fingers. You may find they get sore at first, but they (your fingertips, that is) will gradually harden after practice. If buying a guitar, ask the dealer's advice. A reputable salesperson should recognise an enthusiastic amateur, and not be content with simply offloading a dodgy model in order to make a quick sale (we hope). Alternatively, take a friend along who will have some idea of what is right for you. If buying a secondhand instrument, ensure you are buying something reasonable. Guitars with warped necks will not produce a decent sound, and should be avoided at all costs. I'm reluctant to talk prices for the obvious reasons. Surf the web, or go and press your eager nose up against the window of the music shop in a town near you. Electric guitars are more expensive than acoustic instruments, which is another reason for not splashing out on the former before you are satisfied you can get the sound out of them you want, and accept that paying £500 for a nice-looking one won't turn you int
o Brian May or Noel Gallagher in five minutes. Three websites worth visiting are www.guitar.com/ www.guitarworld.com/ www.ws64.com/guitarchords/ www.chordfind.com/ A browse on Amazon will list any number of 'how to play' books. Just for interest, I taught myself the rudiments largely from 'Play in a day', by Bert Weedon, which was at the time THE beginner's guide. One of the most inexpensive, and undoubtedly the best value, is 'The Little Book of Chords for Guitar' (Omnibus, £3.95, 0711978220, 64pp) Or try the music section in your local library. I started playing guitar when I was about twelve, and though I never persevered to anything like professional standard, I've had a lot of fun out of both acoustic and electric instruments, playing and accompanying myself solo, as well as with various rock and folk groups. I hope that some of you reading will do likewise, if you haven't already wrapped your eager hand round a fretboard. Have fun! (Note - the ratings below are largely meaningless).
I bought my first acoustic guitar over five years ago, looking back i realise it was one of the best buys of my life. Before taking up guitar i played the piano and violin for many years. I suppose this was wot led me to take up the guitar. I was being forced by my parents to take exams , grades in both these instruments. I resented this, being forced to constantly play classical music over and over. So after listening to my favorite Eric Clapton CD i went out and bought my first acoustic guitar. After a few weeks i had learnt chords and some simple songs. i was practising about 4 hours a day and so my other instruments suffered. I was no longer able to keep them up due to the pratice and time they required. Since then i have grown to love my guitar. It would be one of my favorite possessions and i play each day for several hours. Even as i write this opinion i am playin away at Johnny B.Goode and Paranoid. So for everyone out there looking for something new get a guitar you wont regret it. Play Hard! Now i have chosen to play clasical music of my own freewill and this i do enjoy although i do love a little smoke on the water or voodoo chile. Hendrix rocks
Wondering what to buy a family member for christmas, that they havnt already got? Why not buy them a guitar! Guitars are great presants for children, if they start early they can use them to impress people in school and pass an extra exam easily when older, and also enjoy playing and learning them as they grow up. A lot of teenagers seem to find themselves in gangs roaming the streets, with nothing better to do then try to keep upto date with the latest colour of nike stripe on their hat, or the latest design of hoodie to fit in... not anymore! If only they had a guitar to play, this would no longer be a problem anymore. Rap music seems to be a huge influence on kids these days, they feel if they speak and act like rappers it will make them "hard" or make them look good, how foolish they seem. Why not teach them to coordinate musically? to work in bands and develop a talent to stay with them for the rest of their lives? Guitars range from cheap to expensive, it would be advisable to start on a cheaper one initially, then anvance as playing skills require you to. Playing guitar is also a great community event, lots of households contain a guitar, and they can be used as a good group focus and pass lots of time, whilst having fun! If more people of younger ages took to playing instruments instead of roaming the streets, there would be much less trouble in the world, and it would generally be a much more pleasant place for all of us!
Motive ****** Since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to learn to play the guitar for different reasons. At first it was to impress the girls at school. I dreamed of singing and playing in front of the school assembly starting off with a slow ballad that crashed into an energetic soft rock Bon Jovi style song. There was only one thing standing in my way, a complete and utter lack of talent. Every time I saw a guitar in someone’s house I would pick it up and strum away completely out of tune, but trying desperately to adopt a look of total concentration so that I looked like I knew what I was doing. Sometimes, pride would move my hand to stroke my chin and force me to say, “hmm, it’s a bit out of tune this”. Equipment ******** Finally, last week, I decided to finally buy myself an acoustic guitar and try to actually learn properly. This time not for girls, not for entertaining a crowd, not even for adulation but just for myself. So I bought an old six-string down at the five and dime (cash converters) and also an electronic tuner. Experienced guitar players might say “lazy git” at this point but I am so bad at music, I didn’t even know what the notes should roughly sound like. I also bought a beginners book and a plectrum, which for those who know as much as I did last week is a little plastic pear shaped disc which is held between thumb and forefinger to stroke the strings with. This gives the sound of the strings vibrating a much sharper sound than using your fingers and its easier to stick it between the strings if you have thick fingers like me. The electronic tuner, which costs about ten pounds, is a really useful bit of kit, it is about the size of a calculator with a hole in one end to pick up the sound and a LCD display. The idea is you play the first note and the display tells you which note is being played and how close or far away it is from being in tune
. If the needle goes to the middle whilst the string is sounding a green light comes on to tell you it’s right. If it is off, the needle either goes to the right or the left of centre by varying degrees and you gently adjust by either tightening the string or slackening it until the note hits the middle. You repeat this for each string and the display shows the notes in order of the strings so you know what note you should be looking for. It is surprisingly easy even for a total novice. Learning To Play ************* Once I had my guitar tuned, I opened the page of the simplest book you could hope to find on learning to play and began to read lesson one. This is normally the point at which I start to lose patience in learning because all the “learn to play…..” books assume that you understand something about music. This one simply entitled “Acoustic Guitar – Lessons 1 –5” assumed that you were a complete idiot as far as music was concerned which was fine for me. Obviously you begin by starting with individual notes. Within the first paragraph you are combining simple finger movements to alternate between different notes on the same string and before even the end of the first page, you are making music. The feeling you get when you are actually playing notes that you are aiming at rather than strumming away in complete discord is great, your confidence begins to increase as you realise that it isn’t as hard as you thought it was going to be. End of confidence – start of hard work ************************************** Once you get through the first few lessons, you get to chords. Chords for the layperson are when you use your left hand fingers to hold down the string between the frets (the strips of metal on the stalk of the guitar) and play multiple strings all at the same time. This is when the guitar playing begins to sound really cool, but it starts
to get hard as you have to switch between chords and playing individual notes quite frequently, accurately and speedily to make anything worth listening to. This is where I realised that I am going to have to put in a lot of practice to ever be any good at it and that is why I have found new admiration for those that can play the guitar well, because it is not a lazy mans hobby. What can I play….I play the Guitar **************************** So far I can only do the first two lines of Jingle Bells, the first line of Happy Birthday to You and the first line of Love Me Tender, but I am practicing hard at a very rewarding but hard new hobby. I recommend it heartily to any who have considered picking up the guitar, as long as you are prepared to work at it.
What kind of guitar you play depends greatly on the genre that the music you write or play fits into. If it's metal that you play then BCrich would be the perfect kind of guitar for the job (especially something from the platinum series)and is the choice of many infamous metal guitarists such as Kerry king (slayer) and Mick Thompson (slipknot). The guitar, unlike most rock guitars, relies mainly on the pick-ups rather than body for the production of sound, as the body of the guitar does'nt aid the vibrations much. This gives the sound a grinding metal touch. Also, the guitars from BCrich are light-weight, allowing the player to put a more physical effort into their performance, and they come in various attractive and unusual shapes and styles such as the warlock, the beast and the universally known cliche, the flying-V, giving a more metal image to the guitar. BCrich guitars give a stunning set, aiding a band's sound and image and making them stand out from what has become the stereotype of heavy rock. These guitars are also reasonably priced, unlike guitars from manufacturers of a more famous brand names which are actually of around the same, or in some cases of a lower standard, not mentioning any names "cough....G**SON....cough". So, if it's metal you play, and if metal is your image, then play a metal guitar. Play a BCrich!
Hmm, ok where do i start? How about here - so you want to buy an electric guitar, eh?. BEWARE of buying one that you or your Dad,Mum,Brother,Sister,Mate or teacher cannot actually get to play - i'm talking mostly about the ones you find on auction sites -these can turn out to have so many faults they are not worth listing- and if you buy one over the internet *even from a reputable shop* you may not find it gets the sound you want - go to a local music shop and hassle the man to let you play as many guitars as you can -it's his job,after all. The most important thing is can you get your hand comfortable on the neck, next do all the switches and knobs work ok and after that can you get the sounds you want out of it. Do not go ENTIRELY by the name on the headstock, my Gibson is very nice generally, but has more faults than my Yamaha! (Yes they all seem to play fine in the shop). BTW Aria,Vintage,Tanglewood,Yamaha,Squier and Kramer are all capable of making great "beginners" guitars - but instruments are sensitive individuals,try more than one of each make/model. Those packages (amp,guitar and bits) are usually overated. Try out different amps after you've chosen the guitar. In short 1.) Take someone who can play and actually play some guitars. 2.) If the Aria plays/feels better than the Fender......it's what it "says" to your hands..... buy that. 3.) Make sure you have one you are comfortable with -if you can't use all the fancy bits, what good is it?. 4.) Ask about trading up to a better guitar in future -ie, will they take your first one back and give you a good price. 5.) Have a word with a local (independent) guitar repairman - he'll know which are good starter guitars. 6.) Take no prisoners, try and make a deal and don't get pressured by what someone else likes. Check out reviews h
ere http://www.harmony-central.com/Guitar/Data4/ and ask specific advice at www.guitartricks.com Cheers.
When I think back to the times spent in music lessons at school,their always seemed to be a great deal of emphasis on the ability to read music as being the be all and end all.Often accompanied by a sense of elitism.With the upper class kids always playing there amazing classical pieces at the end of the school term. To be honest I found it quite tedious,uninspiring,and basically lacking an element of FUN which is essential in wanting to learn. Then came the PUNK ERA! ~Inspiration~ I can honestly say if it wasn't for this phase in musical history,I wouldn't be playing guitar today.As soon as I found out that Sid Vicious could barely play a note,even when he was on Top of the Pops,it totally blew my socks off!I just had to get an electric guitar,ANY ELECTRIC GUITAR! ~Quality tools~ Probably not the wisest thing to do,as it's like chalk and cheese playing a quality guitar compared to a cheap and nasty.Anyway I eventually upgraded to a Les paul copy(black)and after some months of pain, learning to play the essential punk chords(mainly bar chords)I acquired the JOE WILCOX TEACHING TAPES,again possibly not the wisest choice,as most of the riffs you had to learn were Rythym and blues.Not exactly my favorite music of all time.Suffice to say I didn'nt manage to get through them all,again the key word hear is enjoyment if your not having fun you wont progress. ~Learn what you love!~ Shortly after the punk era,or at the later end of it came the biggest influence in my advancement in guitar playing. ~U2~ At the time,it was SO different,the Edge was coming up with sounds nobody had heard before.Again the word INSPIRATIONAL.I presceded to learn just about the whole of the BOY album.By trial and error,without guitar tabs but with lots of. ~PRACTICE!~ I can't stress this enough,PRACTICE,PRACTICE,PRACTICE but please also enjoy it!Through my own experience you will s
oon get tired of playing those first few chords,and twiddling about for hours with your own doodlings.Save that for when you have the ability,so you will be able to come up with something you WILL be able to play to others. ~PUSH YOURSELF~ Dont be afraid to get it wrong.Maybe hundreds of times.IF you want to play like the best,your gauge will be if you can play their RIFFS and sound Virtually the same. ~DEVELOP YOUR EAR~ Eventually after a while you will find yourself,recognising chords on the radio and on Cds you play,because you would have heard them so often.But remember dont just stick with a few songs you will soon get bored,try and learn whole albums,this will add variety.and keep your interest.This may seem daunting to begin with,but the more you do this,and enjoy it your ear will adapt and learn,in the same way a bodybuilder develops his muscles,with perseverence and a bit of pain,you will see results. I promise!! Using this method I have learned many hundreds of contemparary guitar songs(COMPLETE)from the likes of U2,Manic street preachers,Oasis,Red hot chilli peppers,Korn,Fear factory,Nirvana,Foo Fighters(one of my favorites),Pearl jam and dozens more.WITHOUT THE AID OF TABLATURE!! Also more importantly,I have now developed the ability to write songs,as my brain has heard that many tunes over the years,it has reached my Sub-Concious mind,and I have invented my own style of writing.(One tip for a more unique sound when writing songs is to detune the bottom e string,ala Heavy metal.You will get a very surreal almost spiritual quality to your chords. Above all have CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF,but also be your own worst critic,dont be satisfied with nearly right,persevere until it IS RIGHT. Oh yes,& dont forget to FORM A BAND,BECOME RICH, AND SEND ME A FEW GRAND!:0)
I was very luck to have my Dad and to a lesser extent my big brother to guide my musical tastes. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't enjoy the fine music that I do today. I started of with the piano when I was about 9 or 10, although I already had a love for music, piano just didn't really get hold of my intrests like guitar did and does. I went to lessons for about a year, never practised and so was pretty poor. So i quit. I then asked for a guitar for christmas and was chuffed to bits. I didn't get any lessons on it, was totally rubbish, couldn't tune it and broke the strings pretty quickly. That was the end of my first stage of playing guitar. It wasn't until I was almost 13 that my I again got intrested in playing guitar. I started getting lessons and got a new guitar for my birthday. It was a fine black Jim Deacon strat copy. A fine guitar for the price, it only cost me 70 pounds. It actually plays quite well and looks not bad now that I got it painted metallic blue and silver. So a couple of my friends had already been playing guitar, one for about a year and the other for about 4. So the latter was pretty good but it only took me about 6 months to a year to pass my much poorer friend who is still rubbish to this day. I quickly got on and after overcoming some finguring techniques I quickly becam pretty good and even though I have only been playing for arounf 3 years I am still one of the best guitarists in my area and although my good friend and band mate has been playing for about 6 years he still isn't much better than me. I don't mean to be big headed and pompous but this is true. I think that one cheesey phrase can sum up the guitar. Easy to learn, Hard to master. This is very true about the guitar. It doesn't take much for anyone to learn a few chords etc but to get to the standards of Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn etc, this can only be put down to one thing, NATURA
L ABILITY, music is something that you are born with, your either intrested in it and are good at playing instruments or you suck. Of course I have dreams of one day being a guitar god but im not going to hold my breath on that one. I hope to soon buy a Les Paul, either the Standard or my the Jimmy Page but its certainly going to be a Les Paul. I thank Jim Deacon for providing me with a cheap but playable guitar and also the fender telecaster which is pretty good. I got that from my brother now that he has a family to worry about. So my advice is, no matter what, your gonna be pants for the first year, then with some hard practise, learn a few scales and listen to alot of blues and jazz music, you are well on your way to becoming an accomplished guitarist but it really is going to be something you have either got or you've not. below i just put down the specs for my nifty Jim Deacon.
I was looking for a new, good quality electric guitar, so I visited Sounds Great in Heald Green in Manchester. The staff there are very knowlegable and helpful. My budget was £450ish, so I started looking at the better quality yam's, a cut price Godin, Epi's, etc. The guitar which caught my eye was a Gordon Smith GS1. It has very simple, clean lines with a double cutaway - based, I think, on an early Gibson Melodymaker. The guitar played nicely as well, but I felt that the one bridge pickup (a humbucker) would be a little limiting. However, it was pointed out to me by the sales guy that there was a coil tap arrangement, by pulling the volume pot it became a jangly single coil, superb! The construction on the guitar is a single piece of mahogany, a lovely medium brown wood with beautiful grain. It's quite heavy, and it sustains brilliantly. I couldn't believe the price. £355! It looks and sounds better than guitars costing twice as much. They are built just down the road in Partington, South Manchester. My mate has got a Gibson Les Paul Delux and a Fender Strat Lonestar...you've guessed it, there isn't much to choose between them and the Gordon Smith. The range of tones you can get are amazing, the tone and volume pots really work - not just on/off or trebly/bassy like on most. I use the guitar maily for recording onto a digital 8 track or my PC based studio and I couldn't wish for a better guitar. What more can I say?
I've been playing for, hmm, must be three years nearly now. Over this period of time I've accumulated a modest collection of gear - three guitars, a bass, a digital modelling FX box and a digital 8-track. In this, my first DooYoo review (yay!) I'll cover my three six-stringed instruments of destruction. Bwahahahahaha. --==THE APPLAUSE AE-28 ACCOUSTIC INSTRUMENT OF DOOM==-- My Applause AE-28 was the first guitar in my collection, bought as an ex-demo model for £150 from Sound Control in Glasgow. Like all three of my guitars, it had the certain 'something' I now look for as soon as I started playing it. If a guitar doesn't say 'take me home, Neil, I'm all yours', I wouldn't buy it. It's probably the only guitar playing thing I have in common with Keith Richards or Jimi Hendrix (apart from extensive use of the E7#9 chord :-). Where was I? Oh yes. The Applause isn't a bassy accoustic tone monster like a Guild or Gibbo Dreadnought/Jumbo, but with the shallow carbon bowl-backand the laminated, rather than solid top, that's to be expected. Plugged in, however, it's great. No active electronics, however; just a passive piezo with gain and tone controls. Any feedback elimination has to be done where you plug it in (PA/Accoustic amp etc). Great plugged-in sound, but it's an Ovation,albeit a budget model, so that's to be expected. And truth be told, I quite like the accoustic sound anyways. The neck has a nice, classic Ovation 'V' profile topped with a rosewood fingerboard. Pinless bridge as always (huzzah!), natural wood colour. Oh, and this bugger is LIGHT. I keep having to nail the damn thing down in case a draught runs through my house :-) All in all, a good guitar for plugged-in-stage use, practice, or comfortable playing. Don't expect it to sound like a J200and you'll get along fine. --==DeARMOND JETSTAR SPECIAL: CHEA
P, BLACK AND WILL DO ANYTHING IF YOU POKE IT HARD ENOUGH. KINDA LIKE DIVINE BROWN==-- My second six-stringer was a jet-black DeArmond JetStar Special, on clearance for £70 at Sound Control. Solid gloss black finish over an Agathis body/neck, two nondescript humbuckers (NOT Gold Tones, they're on the set-neck JS's), rosewood board, 22 medium frets, Stop-tail and tuneomatic bridge & tailpiece, 1 volume and 1 tone pot and a slightly iffy three-way selector offering the usual pickup settings. The guitar is a decent weight, and feels comfortable on a strap. The neck isn't overly wide (feels okay to me, and I have small hands), but has a decent grabbable C/D-profile. One niggling problem is the unusual body shape. It's so freakishly large it won't fit inside a standard-sized guitar gig-bag. At the moment if it goes anywhere it goes there inside a £15 Warwick bass gig-bag, so be warned. As for sounds, well, I'll fire up my V-Amp and give you some opinions. Bridge pickup can be a tad toppy for my taste, slightly harsh sounding. Both on with some nice chorus and delay can be pretty sweet, as can the neck pickup. Some nice bluesy sounds there too. But abudget guitar's forte is nevergoing tobe as a tonemonster. This bad boy loves some evil distortion. Or at least it should, if it wasn't forthe microphonic pickups. Must...buy...Duncans... --==GODIN SD: CANADIAN GUITARS? WHAT'S THAT ALL ABOOT EH?==-- If you're not familiar with the idiosyncracies of the Canadian accent you probably won't get that joke ;-) What's long, purple at the end, needs two hands to hold, and makes young women swoon? My Godin SD! Yes, this Canadian-made all-maple beauty is my six-stringed pride and joy. I bought it second hand from RGM Music in Kilmarnock, and it was the first and only guitar I tried in the shop on the day I bought it. Once again, like the Applause, it had t
he Indefineable Guitar Mojo. Stats are as follows. Canadian Silver Leaf Maple body, finished in transparent purple/magenta finish. *Very* heavy, and under the right light you can see a little bit of a flame in the wood. Has a shape that reminds me of a cross between a Telecaster and a Les Paul. The neck and fingerboard is made of gorgeous Bird's Eye Maple, loaded with 24 jumbo frets, and the headstock is loaded with a set of Sperzel locking tuners. Not standard for the guitar, I know, but the shop put them onthe guitar for the hell of it before they sold it :) Pickups are single/single/hum, all passive Godin-branded jobs, mounted on a lovely pearloid scratchplate alongside a volume knob and a tone knob, the knobs topped with matching pearloid, and a five way pickup selector switch. Postion 2, FYI, doesn't coil-split the humbucker to use alongside the middle single coil; it's just both pickups on. Completing the hardware is a vintage-style vibrato, which, on my guitar is a wee bit dodgy; need to get it set up. As for playability...wow. the neck is slim (not Ibanez Wizard slim though) and has THE MOST GORGEOUS feel. A modern feel coupled with a classic look. But what about the sound? Well, if you have a wallet chain sticking out of your baggy jeans and you're wearing a Limp Bizket hoodie...forget it. This is NOT a metal guitar. I've tried playing metal with it along with some others and it just didn't nail that evil distorted sound. It doesn't have the look anyway. Pinky purple with a pearloid scratchplate and no Floyd Rose? Ewwwww :-) The sound ofthe guitar, due to the large amountsof maple in the construction, can be surmised in one word; BRIGHT. Not bad-cheapo-Telecaster-cutting-your-head-off-with-highs bright, but a sweet brightness, a defined, mature brighness suited to funk, blues, rock and suchlike. The bridge humbucker gives the guitar enough grunt for har
d rock and punk, while the singles give that sweet snappy sound for funkier or cleaner excursions. I've been told it's great for slide too. Value for money? You bet. £350 for a North-American made guitar with enough quality to urinate on US Fenders? Well...it's easy to understand why I got it :) Well, I hope my ramblings were of interest to you, and I hope to write more sometime.