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DS2(9) would like a guitar for Christmas - I am clueless

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PacificDogwood Sun 01-Dec-13 15:06:20

What kind of outlay for an instrument that he'll enjoy?
He does not really play yet, but has had opportunity to fool around with a guitar at school, no lessons.

So, I have no idea whether this is going to be a flash-in-the-pan kind of idea, or whether he might stick with it.

What's a good starting point? What should I look for?
Can I get on on Amazon Prime wink?

PacificDogwood Sun 01-Dec-13 15:08:04

This one?

Or this cheaper one?

What are the likely differences?
Like I said - clueless blush

PacificDogwood Sun 01-Dec-13 15:11:06

Ooooh, comes with bag

Shallishanti Sun 01-Dec-13 15:15:36

you need to find someone who plays to take you to a music shop (and be prepared to hang around for hours while they try them out)
you can always sell an unused guitar, so I would it's worth getting the best you can afford.

We bought dd2 a junior one from Argos, some years ago. It was about £50 and she taught herself to play on it. Last year she bought herself a Fender with her Christmas money.

PD's last one looks v similar to the junior one dd had.

PacificDogwood Sun 01-Dec-13 23:16:20

Oh! Replies!
Thanks all.

My DB got a guitar when is was a similar age, I am sure it was quite expensive at the time. It got played with a little and then set aside, as you'd expect wink.
I may go for a cheapy starter one although they all seem to detune fairly quickly? What do you actually buy for more money?

BackforGood Sun 01-Dec-13 23:24:56

It would be worth looking 2nd hand, as plenty of people like the idea but then don't play, or, they take to it really well and move on to a more expensive one.

PacificDogwood Mon 02-Dec-13 09:00:41

I think I may have left it a bit late to look for a used one blush

PacificDogwood Mon 02-Dec-13 21:21:51

Any other ideas or recommendations please?

kennypowers Wed 04-Dec-13 14:45:07

'Traditionally' most people are encouraged to learn on an acoustic guitar and then move on to electric once they've mastered the basics. However, acoustic guitars are physically harder to play (the fretboard is wider and the 'action' i.e. distance between strings and fretboard is usually higher) so I'd recommend starting with electric.
You'll be looking at around £100 to start with for something new and I'd recommend a 3/4 size guitar for a 9 year old. Something like this is a good bet:
Since it comes with an amp, I'd recommend buying some headphones as well.
I'd also recommend booking some lessons as well. You can find some good 'Idiot Guides' to guitar playing on Amazon, but it's always useful to have somebody show you the basic chords and some simple bits of technique.

Ferguson Thu 05-Dec-13 21:34:15

Does it HAVE to be a guitar? Keyboard is much easier to learn at first, and plenty come with 400 or 500 sounds these days, including a dozen or so guitar 'sounds'!

(See the previous several 'posts' about keyboards.)

PacificDogwood Thu 05-Dec-13 21:41:07

Oh, thank you both.

We have a key board (and a piano hmm), so don't need any more of that kind of thing, I thought.

The e-guitar suggestion is interesting - he's never shown an interest and I am not sure I could cope grin.

I think I am going to go for one of the 'starter' guitars (some of them get quite good right ups by people who sound like they know what they are talking about or at least know the lingo). The main issue seems to be that they detune rather easily... We'll see.
Should my brother be able to uncover his old guitar, we might be in possession of a rather nice instrument at some point numpty

OldBeanbagz Wed 18-Dec-13 17:29:58

DD had this Ashton guitar to start with as it was recommended by her guitar teacher. She played it up to Grade 3.

It comes with a DVD to learn how to play though we never used it.

OldBeanbagz Wed 18-Dec-13 17:32:16

Forgot to add that once it's settled in, if your DS is playing it daily it won't 'detune' too much (until you change the strings).

We bought a digital tuner for DD's guitar since neither DH or I play.

AphraBane Wed 18-Dec-13 17:55:49

DD2 has been learning guitar for nearly 5 years now. She started with a rented half size and then we bought a 3/4 size when she turned 8 (and she's relatively small so it was still massive on her). We got it from a specialist guitar shop and DD tried out 4 or 5 to see which she felt most comfy with. Apparently some of them have longer or shorter necks and resonate in different ways. The one we got was 100 euros including bag (about 85 quid?)

Now she's 11 her teacher has told us that in order to make further progress she needs a bigger guitar (7/8), but also one of better quality. Something to do with the quality of wood, I think, and the sound it produces. I suspect this new one is going to be closer to 200 euros, but at this point it's worth it because she's proved her commitment.

So to answer your question, I think the first one you linked to would come closest to DD's first guitar, suitable for beginner. Your DS would probably get 2 years out of it before needing a new one.

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