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Guitars are a massive part of music obviously, and I thought I'd join the craze and get one myself. So, I've started a guitar thread for guitar players and lovers to come. And to spark the conversation I'm going to say that firstly there's a few guitars I've had my eye on. There's a telecaster, a stratocaster and a les paul style... which do yuo think might be best, from a starter's perspective?

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From my limited expirence, I would say that you'd have the most success with a Fender Strat (from those you list). They are very comfortable and the action is very good for the price.

However, I would suggest you get an acoustic instead of an electric. While it may not seem as fun to play, it would probably be more convient to learn the basics. Definately more portable. And, a lot cheaper. If you stick with it, then buy something better.

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As BoltBait said, acoustic guitars are better if you're starting out. In my theory, acoustic guitars can develop strength in your arms for strumming (not even sure if it realy matters) unlike electric guitars where a slight disturbance to the strings would send your cat away to the window in supersonic speed.

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i agree with boltbait

an acustic is better, even though the body may be bigger and the fretboard may be slightly wider, they are better to learn becuase when u progress to an electric guitar it will be easier to play and you wont be putting as much stress on your fingers.

Also an acustic is cheaper so if you dont enjoy it then you wont lose as much money.

But if you really want an electric it all depends on what brand you get. You can get good quality guitars from Gibson but they are VERY pricey. As dallon suggested you can get one from epiphone but that would still set you back a few hundred or so. Stratocasters are the go for many beginnners due to there all-round style. Telecatsers i havnt had that much expierence with so i cant really comments on them and Les Pauls are a great guitar but have a slightly bigger body.

If you choose to buy a Les Paul make sure to get one with a cutaway near the bottom of the body as it makes reaching the higher frets a lot easier than trying to reach over the body.

Many Les Pauls come with humbucker pickups that breate a much deeper tone than a single coil although they have much better sustaine. Single Coil guitars like your Stratocaster and Telecaster have less sustain but have a much crisper sound. Im sure that in the future you could customise your guitar to have both single coil and humbucker pickups on it.

I hope this helps (this is the most i've ever written on a post before :D )

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I actually started with an electric guitar, but I really, really want to get a nice acoustic.

And actually, I still only have the same entry-level electric guitar I started with six years ago. I should do something about that too...

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its not easier to start out with an acutic guitar but in the long run it would benifit you greatly if you chose to buy an electric guitar in the future.

The only troubles i can thinnk of would be the feaaling of the guitar being unfamiliar. other than i can tthink of anymore at the moment if i think of anymore ill post them :D

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My first two guitars were home made. Me and my dad made the body and grabbed the neck off a broken acoustic, then got some old pickups and wired the whole thing up. My first was a gold flying V type shape, second was a black mini strat type shape. Now i have a red SG look alike from ALDI (i dont know if they have those in america, there like....wall mart but cheaper. I think thats right.) It's used be good, but now its super bloody potato. I use my dads ancient Strat from the 1980's which sounds great. The original sunburst colour aswell.

All in all, i started off with an electric, and i have trouble playing an acoustic for extended periods of time (45mins -1 hour). I dont know whether you should start with an acoustic or an electric. For an electric, you need way more control when its plugged in. On an acoustic, you still need control but not as much, so maing the switch to electric might takes some getting used to. I wot tell you what you should do i'm just throwing some advice out :D

P.S. If your planning to play guitar in a family room, get an electric and DONT plug it in. The best time to practice is during an ad break.

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Wow, thats a real sweat guitar... so, if my intention was to play electric in the end would it maybe be best to learn with a cheap electric first? I've seen a telecaster-style for £45, wich is pretty damn good.

Also there's this guitar was looking at, which it looks beautiful. But it says it's 3/4 size, what exactly does that mean, is it a mini guitar or what?

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I dunno, is a 3/4 guitar still a decent size?

Unless you are 10yrs old (or less) or have super tiny hands, I wouldn't waste your time with a 3/4 sized guitar.

Beginning guitar is all about muscle memory and building up finger strength & callouses by learning chords and strumming then picking single notes. You can do that on any guitar, so you might as well learn it on a full-sized guitar.

BTW, I don't think there will be any trouble moving from an acoustic to an electric. Many advanced techniques (hammer ons / pull offs / bending / etc.) are MUCH easier on an electric. But, you won't have to worry about that stuff for a while. ;)

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You cant realy start with an accoustic if you want to play bass though... :?

You can buy acoustic bass guitars

I concur! ABG's (Acoustic Bass Gui... you get the point) are fairly common. They provide a wonderful acoustic tone, and can definitely hold their own volume–wise.

Depending on which model you get, they can be had for a fair price as well... (Certainly much less expensive than a nice electric, at least.)

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I dunno, is a 3/4 guitar still a decent size?

Unless you are 10yrs old (or less) or have super tiny hands, I wouldn't waste your time with a 3/4 sized guitar.

Beginning guitar is all about muscle memory and building up finger strength & callouses by learning chords and strumming then picking single notes. You can do that on any guitar, so you might as well learn it on a full-sized guitar.

BTW, I don't think there will be any trouble moving from an acoustic to an electric. Many advanced techniques (hammer ons / pull offs / bending / etc.) are MUCH easier on an electric. But, you won't have to worry about that stuff for a while. ;)

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Well, seeing I'm aiming to play electric I'm going to start with an electric. The only problem is which one to get.

There's a few real beautiful guitars I'm looking at at the moment.

A Stagg Stratocaster with Natural Finish

A Telecaster with blue "sunburt" style gloss

Black Les Paul by Encore

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Glad to see this thread. I've been playing guitar for over 50 years.

Started out on a fender stratocaster, I threw my pick away decades ago when I learned how to fingerpick. Now I use all the fingers of my right hand and never use a pick anymore. Today I play an Ovation eclectric acoustic round back and I love it. No I'm not bragging, how would you know my background if I didn't tell you? The point is, I have never been satisfied with my playing until I learned to fingerpick. Throw the picks away and use your fingers. You can make one guitar sound like three. My favorite guitarist is Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac. Listen to his leads. He does not use a pick.

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