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"Hey Ralph? Can we get a little more banjo in this track? I'm just not hearing a lot of banjo. No, no, the vocals are fine, but the real star of this track is the banjo so I think we should bring it out, maybe add some reverb. OK, OK, I won't tell you how to do your job. More banjo." 




PhilCarr


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Ukuleles in this offering are pretty disappointing... I'm interested in how a $25 tenor uke sounds, though.

ocelotito


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I play acoustic guitar and husband is giving me an electric guitar for my b-day but I don't want to spend more than $250 in the whole kit (guitar + amp). But I am clueless. Does anyone know if these amps are any good? (I am not considering these guitars though, I think I am getting a squier).

Thanks

carlcampbelljr


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ocelotito wrote:I play acoustic guitar and husband is giving me an electric guitar for my b-day but I don't want to spend more than $250 in the whole kit (guitar + amp). But I am clueless. Does anyone know if these amps are any good? (I am not considering these guitars though, I think I am getting a squier).

Thanks



If there is a Music GO Round where you live you may want to see what they have in used. I picked up a Marshall ministack for $150 from my local one.

catecholamine


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carlcampbelljr wrote:If there is a Music GO Round where you live you may want to see what they have in used. I picked up a Marshall ministack for $150 from my local one.



Unless you were incredibly lucky, it's probably from the Marshall MG series. Those sound like a box of bees.

For casual playing, I'd recommend the Roland Micro Cube. They're approximately $130 new.

lakedawg


quality posts: 2 Private Messages lakedawg

I purchased the banjo listed here. It is alright for a starter and that is what its intent is so that is fine. I do not believe it was originally $300+ though. I took lessons and the first 3 were spent "fixing" the instrument. The neck was not set, not even close and the head was out of wack. My teacher was very disappointed in everything about it.

kmashaney


quality posts: 4 Private Messages kmashaney

an Of Montreal reference? Buhhhh????

BlindWilly


quality posts: 2 Private Messages BlindWilly

Just a suggestion, try out the Fender Mustang Mini.
It is great for practicing, traveling and learning. It also has different amp type sounds you can choose from and program. I paid $99 for it at Guitar Center, you might find it cheaper online.
I bought my grandson and "Acoustic" brand amp for $49 and it sounds awesome. I also own a Fender Frontman and it sounds like CRAP if you use the distortion. It's OK on the clean channel.
Hope that helps.

ocelotito wrote:I play acoustic guitar and husband is giving me an electric guitar for my b-day but I don't want to spend more than $250 in the whole kit (guitar + amp). But I am clueless. Does anyone know if these amps are any good? (I am not considering these guitars though, I think I am getting a squier).

Thanks



turnage


quality posts: 1 Private Messages turnage

I have the equivalent of the Squier you're probably talking about, the same beginner-style Strat-knockoff as in this sale. It was my first and only electric. It's served me well, I got it almost 15 years ago and it's still fine today, have just changed the strings many times. I got it at a local music shop - it plus a crappy amp for $200 (or somewhere in that neighborhood). The amp eventually died a few years later, but I had already bought a much nicer Peavey before then so didn't care. If you don't care about the sound that much, just want to play electric to fill in gaps in acoustic every once in a while and learn if you even like it, I'd recommend that route and just upgrade if you find you like it (used guitars in good shape sell ok). The sound of a cheap amp is crappy - but you can better it on the cheap with a decent pedal from Guitar Center rather than going full-on with an expensive amp and/or guitar.

ocelotito wrote:I play acoustic guitar and husband is giving me an electric guitar for my b-day but I don't want to spend more than $250 in the whole kit (guitar + amp). But I am clueless. Does anyone know if these amps are any good? (I am not considering these guitars though, I think I am getting a squier).

Thanks



smallbigtall


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Is electricic better or worse than electric?

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ThunderThighs


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smallbigtall wrote:Is electricic better or worse than electric?


Definitely better. Smarty pants. Iit's fixed.



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drocpsu


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Anyone know how a basic electric drum kit like this would be to learn on?

arroyoko


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Hi Woot Staff:
Is the PylePro PGCKT40 (Classical guitar) electric? I see a cord that plugs into an amp in one of the pictures for it. Kindly clarify. Tnx!

jbopray


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Hi All,

I have been playing music for about a decade. I stick mostly to guitar. For those wondering about quality I can almost guarantee you will be disappointed by everything in this event. The Acoustic guitars are possible worth it if you want to learn a few licks without spending a ton of money or want a "campfire" guitar around that you don't care about getting scratched up. Stay away from any of the electric guitars and amps. The Drums will probably be the biggest disappointment of all. If you want to get into playing music, spend a few hundred dollars or borrow a friends until you are certain you will use it!

rockytrh


quality posts: 4 Private Messages rockytrh

I have to agree with jbopray. I've played guitar for 12 years. If you are wanting to get into guitar, buying cheap will make you NOT want to continue. Especially when it comes to acoustic guitars. Cheap acoustic guitars typically have a problem that the action (meaning how far the strings are from the neck) cannot be set correctly due to either warping of the neck due to materials or poor fretting due to poor mass production. I probably would have quit playing when I started had my dad not decided to also play and bought himself a nicer guitar that I would play one.

Electrics are a little less finicky because the strings are way lighter, so it is still pretty easy to play, but if you play on an ESP LTD Deluxe and then play a Squire, you will notice how the neck feels cheap and the tone is more difficult to tune in. Cheap guitars also may have the intonation issues or neck issues as well.

That being said, you don't have to spend lots of money to get into guitar. You can pick up a used Epiphone Les Paul guitar for under $250 used from pretty much any pawn shop. Epiphone is hit and miss though, so have somebody with you who can play it. When they're good, they're good, when they're bad, they can be awful.

For amps, I don't know much about the ones that are offered here, but my brother recently bought a Line 6 Spider 15w that he has been really enjoying. Lots of nice tones can be made with that amp. You can pick one of those up new from Musician's Friend for $100.

Just know, that if you pay $100 or less for a guitar, you are probably going to be not happy with the quality.

scoob1969


quality posts: 0 Private Messages scoob1969

Not to be a pile on bummer, but I've been playing guitar for longer than i haven't (about 30 years) - and I've also worked at a music store at Christmas time. We would get these cheaply made instruments in like the ones shown here just for the holiday shoppers, and 75% of them would come back as unplayable. The others were probably abandoned. The biggest problems you run into are warped necks on acoustics, sharp edges to the frets on electrics and none of them would stay in tune no matter how hard you worked at it due to the super cheap hardware and tuning pegs. Spend another $100 and get a decent ibanez or something similar that will hold pitch and not tear your fingers up, or have already become firewood or boat paddles because the necks are horribly warped.

bobbielynn


quality posts: 2 Private Messages bobbielynn

I really appreciate the people who are taking the time to give some insight on these instruments. I really know nothing about guitars, so I wasn't sure what to think.

Maybe I'll end up looking around for a used instrument. My nephew (he's only 10, so something like a $500 guitar would be way over the top) had expressed some interest in learning, so I was thinking about getting something like Rocksmith and a guitar so we could play around together when he visits. That probably makes an amp a non-issue, but figuring out the guitar part is waaay outside of my expertise.

barry1214


quality posts: 0 Private Messages barry1214

I want to know how they get a 6 foot speaker into that little amp! (features tab)

BooferFTW


quality posts: 4 Private Messages BooferFTW

Needs more cowbell.

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ehecatl


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arroyoko wrote:Hi Woot Staff:
Is the PylePro PGCKT40 (Classical guitar) electric? I see a cord that plugs into an amp in one of the pictures for it. Kindly clarify. Tnx!



I think the manufacter just threw in a starter set in the event that it was an electric acoustic. Classical guitars normally do not have electronics installed into the sound board of the instrument.

dviglino


quality posts: 11 Private Messages dviglino

Nuts, I was hoping for a good keyboard... guess a Ukulele is basically the same thing...?

phildozer


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drocpsu wrote:Anyone know how a basic electric drum kit like this would be to learn on?



I purchased this very drum kit last year for my son. It isn't worth buying.

The interconnection cords are cheap, nothing says in place when played because the hardware is flimsy, and the sound controls are exceeded by most free apps found on mobile phones.

For $40, this would be worth considering. At $149, it is a joke... On you.

rockytrh


quality posts: 4 Private Messages rockytrh
bobbielynn wrote:so I was thinking about getting something like Rocksmith and a guitar so we could play around together when he visits.



Rocksmith is crazy fun. As an FYI, Rocksmith 2014 has some very nice updates to it that make navigation and stuff way easier. You can also jump from the song to the riff repeater with no load times, and there are no limits on the riff repeater either. The original Rocksmith was PAINFUL to navigate in. But anyway, I own Rocksmith and highly recommend it. As for the multi guitar setup, my brother and I have had lots of good times playing together on it.

318197


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If you're looking for a good starter electric guitar for yourself or someone else, check out the California Classic with a Mini Headphone Amp from mono price.
Two great reasons:
The guitars are pretty impressive once you replace the strings and the mini guitar amp will let you or someone else play without disrupting the house/neighbors.

You can always buy a huge amp later on once you sound less terrible

ocelotito


quality posts: 0 Private Messages ocelotito
318197 wrote:If you're looking for a good starter electric guitar for yourself or someone else, check out the California Classic with a Mini Headphone Amp from mono price.
Two great reasons:
The guitars are pretty impressive once you replace the strings and the mini guitar amp will let you or someone else play without disrupting the house/neighbors.

You can always buy a huge amp later on once you sound less terrible



Thanks, I checked them out. They seem to have impressive reviews.

phantom71


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Is the PylePro PGCKT40 39" Classical Guitar actually a classical guitar though? It looks like the right shape fretboard and its shorter but it says it has steel strings. "German made phosphor bronze core steel guitar strings ".

Woot Staff, can you please clarify what the string material is? Because the picture looks more like the expected nylon strings (although I understand the three bass strings might be steel).

drivet


quality posts: 1 Private Messages drivet
318197 wrote:If you're looking for a good starter electric guitar for yourself or someone else, check out the California Classic with a Mini Headphone Amp from mono price.
Two great reasons:
The guitars are pretty impressive once you replace the strings and the mini guitar amp will let you or someone else play without disrupting the house/neighbors.

You can always buy a huge amp later on once you sound less terrible



You wouldn't happen to have a suggestion for strings? :D

iknowall327


quality posts: 0 Private Messages iknowall327

Got to love a quick google search to see a lot of ripoff prices on here.suckers!

ROGETRAY


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phantom71 wrote:Is the PylePro PGCKT40 39" Classical Guitar actually a classical guitar though? It looks like the right shape fretboard and its shorter but it says it has steel strings. "German made phosphor bronze core steel guitar strings ".

Woot Staff, can you please clarify what the string material is? Because the picture looks more like the expected nylon strings (although I understand the three bass strings might be steel).



Sorry for the delayed response.
I've pinged Woot staff and hopefully we'll have an answer for you soon.

Thanks for the inquiry.

ElGuappo


quality posts: 7 Private Messages ElGuappo

For those who don't know, these guitars and others like them have single coil pickups. They are going to be very cut rate and so is the amp. Those two facters will almost guarantee you will be fighting 60cycle hum that the electronics will pick up. It can be really frustrating. If you are going to go bottom dollar then one favor you can do yourself is get something with humbucking pickups.

These days, looking at new gear prices at places like guitar center, sam ash, best buy, a decent entry level guitar and amp will probably be more in the $500 range, so don't expect to rock the casbah with something for a fifth that price. But then again if you think this might get more closet time than play time, you are only out a Benjamin for one of these kits. That preteen neice or nephew needs a really annoying and loud noisemaker for Christmas, right? You can smirk at your brother in law when they open the box...



mozzerrocks


quality posts: 1 Private Messages mozzerrocks

Sorry but as someone who is well qualified to say this, this stuff is junk. You'd be far better off spending the same money on a low end Ibanez guitar off a music shop site. If you want a low cost yet decent amp look at Peavy or Line 6. You can get far more quality for the money.

PhilCarr


quality posts: 3 Private Messages PhilCarr

If you look closely at the picture of the head of the guitar, you can see that the top three strings are steel, and the bottom three are nylon. This is a pretty typical set up for a classical guitar.

phantom71 wrote:Is the PylePro PGCKT40 39" Classical Guitar actually a classical guitar though? It looks like the right shape fretboard and its shorter but it says it has steel strings. "German made phosphor bronze core steel guitar strings ".

Woot Staff, can you please clarify what the string material is? Because the picture looks more like the expected nylon strings (although I understand the three bass strings might be steel).



mdchivalry


quality posts: 1 Private Messages mdchivalry

Got any Uke's that are for lefty's? I want to get them as a gift for someone. but all the guitars and Uke's are for righties! come on! this would be a perfect holiday gift for my lefty musician friends.

ROGETRAY


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phantom71 wrote:Is the PylePro PGCKT40 39" Classical Guitar actually a classical guitar though? It looks like the right shape fretboard and its shorter but it says it has steel strings. "German made phosphor bronze core steel guitar strings ".

Woot Staff, can you please clarify what the string material is? Because the picture looks more like the expected nylon strings (although I understand the three bass strings might be steel).



According to Staff members, the strings on the guitar you inquired about are nylon.

I hope this information is helpful!

JGarrido


quality posts: 0 Private Messages JGarrido

Does anyone happen to know what kind of tuners are on these guitars, specifically the acoustics?

Yosco


quality posts: 2 Private Messages Yosco

Anything good here for a 7 year old who wants to learn guitar? Any suggestions on how to get him started?

Ignace


quality posts: 1 Private Messages Ignace

Re: Advice for a decent starter amp:

catecholamine wrote:
... For casual playing, I'd recommend the Roland Micro Cube. They're approximately $130 new.



This.

lotusstp


quality posts: 4 Private Messages lotusstp

The PylePro PGEKT35 is an incredibly good guitar for the money. Bought one for a friend of mine who was a bit down on his luck. After a proper set-up, he was blown away by the quality. He's a lo-fi YouTube micro-star and uses it in all of his recordings. Unfortunately, that guitar was stolen along with the rest of his gear this past fall. So what did he do? Logged on to Amazon and bought another for $95. This one, after shipping & tax, is even less.

Here's a link to one of his songs, recorded with the aforementioned guitar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iInNsmAEDA





dannlank


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barry1214 wrote:I want to know how they get a 6 foot speaker into that little amp! (features tab)


Maybe it was designed by David St. Hubbins.

bcthomas


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While I can wait for my product to arrive, when it says it ships in 3 to 8 days and it takes WOOT 6 days to actually ship it...that is 9 to 14 days. Your order to ship time is sad in this day of modern computing. I can understand 2 to 3 days to process an order, but 6???