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charliecarroll wrote:No, not at all. I have to admit I was taken a little aback when someone took my $150 estimate and changed it to $500.
Eh, that one can be attributed to my $300-500 estimate for a good axe. My first guitar was a new Mexican Fender Strat and cost about $450. They threw in a hundred dollar amp for another fifty. The amp was awful and kind of discouraging, honestly (Crate GX-15). But I still play the Strat today, 17 years later. It's in beautiful shape and perfect for bluesier stuff.
Your point about finding a decent used guitar in the $150 price range is perfectly valid. I may argue you won't find anything particularly playable even for used guitars at that price point, but it would *definitely* be better than any of the instrumental offerings I've seen w00t post.
Whoever basically referred to a few of us as trolls for keeping the argument going, it's not a matter of pride or anything negative driving the debate. We want to see young musicians turn into older, amazing musicians. My personal experience is that I have seen many young players who started out with Fender Squires or lesser guitars give up and quit playing early on, or even after a few years. The rate of that happening with kids who were given quality instruments (of any kind, not just guitars) has been much, much lower. I would say that's personal experience only, but most of the older guys I know still playing today have similar stories of the people around them.
Metal is awesome, it's super-powerful and emotional, but at the end of the day we're dudes with long hair and guitars going "RAAAAAR!" -Devin Townsend
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emcaines wrote:I smiled when I read this. My now 5-1/2-year-old started messing around on my husband's baritone ukelele when he was 2; he'd been begging for a guitar since he could walk. Now he's been playing since 2 days after his 5th birthday in April, and he LOVES it. I started him on a 3/4 scale Laguna electric and he's asking for "a two stick" (an acoustic) for Christmas. (Didn't go with a Peavey Marvel RockMasters; got him a good, solid Martin.)
Yes, my daughter's first Guitar after she outgrew the uke was a "Baby Martin" one of those travel guitars. In fact I just sold it last weekend. She hasn't picked it up in a while since she got a new Seagull Acoustic. It's hard enough learning how to play but learning on something that's kind of crappy makes it that much harder.
150+ Woots and no signs of stopping...