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Decent and relatively inexpensive beginners' acoustic guitars?

Hello, I'm looking for a decent and relatively inexpensive acoustic guitar. It's for a beginning who's never touched a guitar before, and I prefer gray if available.

Thanks! I don't know anything about guitars.
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Re: Decent and relatively inexpensive acoustic guitars?

How inexpensive are you looking for? This Fender is downright cheap for a guitar, but it's very similar to mine, which I love. Definitely want to replace the stock strings ASAP, the fenders sound kind of dull even brand new. Something like Gibson "Light Brite Wires" would do the trick nicely (and yes they're meant for electric axes, I use 'em anyway.).


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Re: Decent and relatively inexpensive acoustic guitars?

Sigmas are pretty decent, that's my beater acoustic and would be great to learn on. They're basically slightly cheaped-out Martins assembled overseas instead of the USA.


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Re: Decent and relatively inexpensive acoustic guitars?

It's not for me, it's for my friend who's been wanting to learn to play the guitar. Ummm, price wise, I was thinking of sub $200 but at the same time I don't want the thing to die on her (it's her christmas present).

More importantly, she loves gray, if I can find a gray acoustic guitar, that'll be great!

Also, what is the difference between electric acoustic guitars and the non-electric ones? Does it amplify the sound of the strings? Pros/Cons? Sorry for these newbie questions, I seriously don't know jack about guitars.

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Re: Decent and relatively inexpensive acoustic guitars?

Don't bother with a cheap electric acoustic, they all sound horrid plugged into an amp. Just get a slightly nicer regular acoustic.

Here's the cheapest decent guitar I could find, Epiphone is really solid as far as cheap brands go (owned by Gibson), this will last forever and is a great starter:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/p...ar-?sku=518569

This is the same price, I played one at a shop once and was fairly impressed at how nice it sounded and played for the price:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/p...tar?sku=516451

And I've never seen a silver acoustic, but they make black ones... check this one out too:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/p...tar?sku=514520


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BTW Musician's Friend is a great site, but it would probably also be worthwhile to go to a guitar store in person and get some recommendations. You might want to print out a couple of the pages I linked to as reference though, it will be tough to get some stores to match those prices in person.


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Thanks Cali_axela.

If I only stick with acoustic guitars, will she be missing any wonders from the electronic versions?

Hmmm, seems like gray guitars are hard to find?
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Im about 30 minutes away from Martin Guitar, my mom has a few of them. Good stuff.

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The only reason you would ever want an acoustic-electric would be for live performances or studio recording. If she's looking more for a rock sound and wants to use effects, a normal electric guitar would be better.


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[quote author=3driverPA link=topic=161820.msg3435573#msg3435573 date=1259547487]
Im about 30 minutes away from Martin Guitar, my mom has a few of them. Good stuff.
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Yeah, but they've got an entry price of $500+, averaging well into the 4 digit arena. Not a good starter guitar to learn on unless you're seriously loaded... heh.


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