Starting to play guitar (18)

1 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-05-28 06:38 ID:T3yKokri

Hey guys.
I think about starting to play electric guitar.
I dunno which guitar to buy as a rookie...
I thought about ibanez, because they look pretty nice, but thats not what its about, hm?
With what guitar did you start?
Could you guys help me out a bit?

2 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-05-28 10:45 ID:w8oJMIMf

Go to a guitar shop and explain that you want to learn guitar so could they show you some starter packages, consisting of a guitar and amp (usually with a guitar bag, tuner etc as well). The most common would be squier (owned by fender, they're fender style guitars but lower quality), epiphone (owned by gibson, so gibson guitars done cheaply) and also yamaha. Try out the different guitars to see how they feel in your hands, how natural it feels to you etc.

3 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-05-28 11:16 ID:T3yKokri

there's the next problem, I only have a budget of 800€. :(
The guitars in the starter packs mostly look >gay<.
But I guess you're right, I have to find out which I can play the best...
What do you play, btw?

4 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-05-28 13:06 ID:yuQ/m32E

Epiphone guitars are generally considered Gibson's Squier but this isn't true. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Epiphone was bought out by Gibson some time ago wasn't it?

I would advise you to stay away from Behringer starter packs because they are shit (Behringer gear is generally shit).

If you're serious about playing guitar and serious means you're not just going to drop it in a month; I would suggest investing in a decent instrument.

If you're after a Fender and the American models are too expensive you should take a look at Fender Japan. Better than the Mexican Fenders and almost if not just as good as the American Fenders.

I don't play guitar but my neighbour started out with a shitty Behringer starter pack (Startocaster copy, amp, and tuner) and ended up buying a replacement soon after.

5 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-05-28 13:57 ID:T3yKokri

I see, so you're basically Fender cheap productions are good for beginners?
Isn't Ibanez something like that?

6 Name: PK : 2008-06-04 05:35 ID:TnXNMXY1

Beginner packs are a good way to start (I'd suggest either the Epiphone value packs sold at Which guitar you decide to get is up to you (or depending on what kind of music you enjoy). I'd prefer the Les Paul Standards because it's more versatile and better quality than the other value packs.

If you're into Fender guitars, there are Squier beginner packs. These are better for a number of reasons:

1) This package includes more accesories like tuner, strap, and guitar stand.
2) You get an instructional DVD for beginners.
3) The quality of Squier guitars have greatly improved. I have a white Affinity Strat, and I play it more than my other guitars.

7 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-06-04 05:50 ID:42xoochS

this came a little too late.
I bought the Ibanez GRG170DX-BKN with a Harley Benton CG-15 amp and some other stuff like a tuner, guitar stand, two adapters, cable, picks and strings.
It all cost me about $479.
My order should come in the next week.
I guess I'm ready to do this... but I also have concerns...

How do I tune the guitar right? (I have no idea how to use my that tuner)
How do I get those strings in there? :(
How should I start to play? I don't have a tutor or anything...I only could use the internet and the most things there aren't for free :( Life's tough.

Any ideas how to help me?

8 Name: PK : 2008-06-04 12:26 ID:TnXNMXY1

Oh well...

That site has info on how to setup your guitar.

9 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-06-04 21:10 ID:Gq+yQYiu

interesting site, thx

10 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-06-12 11:47 ID:VmVYNl5K

Anybody else who can help me out?? I appreciate all help

11 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-06-13 04:01 ID:Z7h/tTVw

I akready own a guitar and I want to do scales and I have a book and everything, but...

I'm not sure which note goes to which fret. Link/halp pls?

12 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-06-13 04:08 ID:Z7h/tTVw

11 here

I got a Yamaha, but it was junior size because I'm tiny

Tuning is hard, if you have perfect pitch you could use the interwebs to help you or if you don't buy one, seriously. Best decision ever. It's really worth $15.

Start with songs with simple chords like Blister in the Sun or a few Beatles songs. You can check out guitar tabs for your favorite songs and see that it's easier than it seems for some of them.

13 Name: PK : 2008-06-13 04:17 ID:TnXNMXY1

There are numerous books that show you the notes throughout the fretboard. As for websites, this should be helpful:

14 Name: 11 : 2008-06-13 10:50 ID:Z7h/tTVw


Thanks, this'll be really helpful

15 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-07-17 09:16 ID:W9TgXsyh

I play guitar, i dont know many chords or notes. i've been playing for 2 years just on tabs =P

that's a road you could go down

16 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-11-16 19:21 ID:bEpteDU9

tabs don't show you correct technique and there are lots of bullshit tabs out there that even though they sound right it's not the correct way and so you find your self doing some insanely difficult hand moves.

17 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-11-17 02:17 ID:T5Vy2Sfp


Finding a technique that suits you shouldn't be a problem if you have an ounce of ambition.

18 Name: Anonymous Enthusiast : 2008-11-17 16:35 ID:Lq6O6HSR

You also can learn scales visually. Grab a picture of the fretboard with pentatonic scales, learn the different figures, pick up a random song, find in which key it is (not really hard, just find a note than you can repeat all the time without it sounding "wrong" over the tune), and build up your scales from that note. Presto! you can jam.

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