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« on: November 28, 2014, 04:16:23 PM »

Hi all,

A friend of mine is buying a "first" guitar for his teenage daughter, who's had a little guitar experience but is essentially a beginner.  He's asked me for recommendations, so I'm turning to you knowledgeable folk here for some advice.  I've come up with Yamaha, Sigma (older models), and Ibanez.  He's wondering about Takamine and Washburn, and I have no experience with those.  Any opinions or suggestions?

Much appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2014, 04:32:52 PM »

Depends on the budget.  I recently helped pick a guitar for a beginner and liked the Yamaha FG700S.  About $200 (probably a bit less with holiday sales and all) and throw in another $25 or so for a bag, and she'd pretty well be set.

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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2014, 05:21:30 PM »

Washburn has some nice stuff but also have them check out Seagul.
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« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2014, 09:57:45 PM »

Hi lady, are you looking for electric or acoustic. Art and lutherie makes a nice small acoustic guitar. They are the same people who make Seagull Guitars.
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« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2014, 10:35:38 PM »

As I said in the other thread, I'd look at Yamaha. One with a solid spruce top. I've owned quite a few different ones and I've had nothing but good experiences with them. They've been doing it a long time.   
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2014, 11:45:15 PM »

As I said in the other thread, I'd look at Yamaha. One with a solid spruce top. I've owned quite a few different ones and I've had nothing but good experiences with them. They've been doing it a long time.   

I also have had a few nice Yamaha's and just recently did a set up for a friend.  Excellent bang for the entry level buck.
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« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2014, 11:04:05 PM »

First, some very basic questions:

1) What type of music is she interested in playing?
2) What body style fits her COMFORTABLY?
3) Price range?
4) Is she serious about playing the guitar or will she have trouble getting over the "My fingers hurt" stage.

Remember, even the higher priced guitars might need a good set-up to be playable so remember that. If this is a surprise (Christmas, etc.) buy locally with the proviso that the guitar can be returned for full value as trade-in for something that SHE would prefer. If this isn't a surprise, take her to a number of places and let her play all that they have so she can get a feel for what she likes.

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2014, 02:02:19 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2014, 02:46:29 PM »

Washburn has some nice stuff but also have them check out Seagul.
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Although Seagull has recently released a less expensive Excursion series, it might be interesting to check Art & Lutherie out too. Same manufacturer but somewhat lower prices— depending on the budget ofcourse.

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Didn't see your comment, broKen. Same thing!
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« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2014, 09:15:59 PM »

I taught many students over the years, and always found the D size guitars were just plain dumb for teen agers, especially girl teenagers.
all companies, like Yamaha, and seagull etc make smaller bodied guitars, but I wouldn't go larger than an OM size.
be conscious of the "action", new players and tender fingers will prefer a lower action (strings to frets), especially in the "open" chord frets.

ALL new guitars, come with strings set a wee bit too high at the top nut, a good store with a decent house tech can fix that.

basically, comfort (body size) and easy playing will always be the best ticket for enjoyable lessons and beginnings.....
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« Reply #10 on: December 02, 2014, 10:31:13 PM »

I taught many students over the years, and always found the D size guitars were just plain dumb for teen agers, especially girl teenagers.
all companies, like Yamaha, and seagull etc make smaller bodied guitars, but I wouldn't go larger than an OM size.
be conscious of the "action", new players and tender fingers will prefer a lower action (strings to frets), especially in the "open" chord frets.

ALL new guitars, come with strings set a wee bit too high at the top nut, a good store with a decent house tech can fix that.

basically, comfort (body size) and easy playing will always be the best ticket for enjoyable lessons and beginnings.....

With this in mind (and keep in mind I'm a parlor fan), when I was looking for a guitar for my friend to take to Haiti, I was very impressed with a Recording King Dirty Thirties Single O size.  It was $199 at the time and is on sale for $170 now.  Solid top, laminated sides and back.  To me, it sounded nice and the one I played needed no more of a setup (basically lowering of the nut) than the Yamaha we ended up with.  Actually, I liked it (sound wise) better than the "folk" size yamaha.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Recording-King-Dirty-Thirties-Solid-Top-Single-O-108928482-i2999048.gc

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