Chefjuju wrote:To the naysayers, I was curious what brand or even specific guitar you would recommend. I've always wanted to learn to play guitar. Haven't really looked around too much though.
I reccommend going to the store with a price range. 1. What you could afford and 2. what you could come up with if you find something you love. Then shop for your first range. If you like the sounds of what you hear from an instrument, then buy it. What you want is something you want to hear, first off. Second, can you play it? Does it fit you like it belongs there? If you're stretching to finger chords and strum, you will never, ever, play it again.
Since I didn't play guitar, the sales people played it. Same song on different instruments, every brand in the place. Gave me a real feel for what I was getting. I got something I wanted to pull out and hear.
My first guitar was a $500 Taylor GSMini. I love, love, love it. I was also in a position to buy it and played piano long enough to have a preference in sound. Big, bright, acoustic. My range was $300. That's how much I loved it. Thanks Uncle Sam for my refund!
There were other instruments that sounded perfectly fine. It's just for me, I like the sound of spruce. That's why I picked the ukes I picked from Kala. Arch backed, slimmer than normal, spruce top. Surprisingly similar sound, but not really because my ear loves that quality to its music.
Does this make sense?
There are plenty of good brands. There are sometimes just special instruments that came off the line with the right wood at the right moment. But first, you have to start with good wood. That requires a trip to a music store.