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Guitar buying advice please

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FaintlyBaffled Tue 07-Nov-17 18:08:46

As DS has managed to lose his angry
He has form for being ditzy and knows that he needs to replace things when the loss is his fault (this rule was implemented after the third set of trainers in a year episode)
So now he needs a guitar by Friday and realistically Amazon will be our best bet hmm
His last one was a 3/4 size and I think that’s still the most suitable (he’s 13) and he’s recently passed his RGT grade 2 so wants something he can actually use (rather than a cheap toy IYSWIM)
Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated flowers

blacksax Tue 07-Nov-17 18:17:18

Might it be a good idea to ask his guitar teacher for a recommendation of a make and model to go for?

FaintlyBaffled Tue 07-Nov-17 18:29:35

He’s not met his teacher yet as he’s only resumed lessons this half term. Normally as a totally non musical mother I rely heavily on his teachers for advice grin

Mistigri Wed 08-Nov-17 10:33:36

I assume we are talking classical guitars? At 13 unless he is really very small for his age I think a full size would make more sense.

A Yamaha student guitar? I have bought guitars on-line from Woodbrass - quick delivery and reasonable prices. I wouldn't be keen on buying guitars from amazon as you don't know that they are stored correctly (i.e. correct temp and humidity).

Justbookedasummmerholiday Wed 08-Nov-17 10:34:22

Ask your neighbour. They may suggest one without strings!! grin

FaintlyBaffled Wed 08-Nov-17 13:45:49

I think we need to pop to the local music shop TBH, an experience I try and avoid if I can possibly help it hmm
just we live in a stone cottage, one of its few advantages is that I could play the bagpipes and our neighbours would be clueless grin

GraciesMansion Wed 08-Nov-17 13:52:33

Gear4music are excellent and have loads of options. I seem to remember delivery was pretty quick too.

BikeRunSki Wed 08-Nov-17 13:54:15

I also don’t know much about guitars, but DS is 9 - very tall wears age 12 clothes, 145 cm - and plays a full size classical guitar.

Badbilly Wed 08-Nov-17 14:01:30

A previous poster (Mistigri) mentioned Yamaha, and I was coming on here to say that, but saw her post. I have 7 guitars (a mixture of guitars and basses) and I have had my trusty old Yamaha acoustic since about 1976. They tick all the boxes in that they are cheap, known build quality, and sound good.

As the poster also says though, don't buy from Amazon, but from a proper guitar shop/website, as storage is critical with guitars, and if a non specialist import/export company have got hold of a load of guitars they won't be too fussed about how they store them.

Badbilly Wed 08-Nov-17 14:13:38

I forgot to ask your budget- the cheapest Yamaha's start at about £120, but don't be put off by the cheap price- they are good quality guitars, but, as always, go for the best you can afford, as the £150 ones will obviously be a little better.

If your budget stretches to around the £200 mark, then also have a look at Takamine ( pronounced " Tak-ka-mee-nay), who also do top quality budget guitars.

Cakescakescakes Wed 08-Nov-17 14:50:42

Takamine are excellent guitars and I also say get a full size one. I’m pretty petite and was playing a full size from the age of 12. Just look for something with a narrower neck if you feel his hands are on the small side etc.

FaintlyBaffled Wed 08-Nov-17 17:08:14

He’s most miffed at the cost- perhaps this will inspire a new found fascination with looking after his own belongings grin

Justbookedasummmerholiday Wed 08-Nov-17 17:25:40

Our ndn gave my ds a guitar, was quite surprised he didn't think enough noise emitted from our address!!

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