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Started by dreams99 on Oct 11, 2016 10:04:43 AM
Buying a guitar

I'm looking to buy a guitar for my partner, as a xmas present. She mentioned, when I started to learn the piano, that she might like to learn the guitar.

I don't play, although I may like to learn myself. I've been seeking recommendations from friends who play and own guitars.

I work 2 minutes from Denmark St, and the guitar shops there, and there's a decent shop in Catford that I've visited.

Looking for recommendations for entry level guitars, £200-£300.

dreams99 - 11 Oct 2016 10:06:25 (#1 of 234)

A friend recommended Arts and Lutherie, a Canadian company that uses cedar and spruce. The Catford shop is a distributor and I had a look there, very good looking guitar, and a nice sound, for £300.

Tripos - 11 Oct 2016 10:06:56 (#2 of 234)

Great thread!

dreams99 - 11 Oct 2016 10:08:40 (#3 of 234)

The A&L Ami is steel stringed, which the salesman said would be good for contemporary playing, but not for classical which would need nylon strings.. I don't know what my partner's intentions are (maybe she's forgotten about it completely), and if I ask her then it'll spoil the surprise.

Peacock - 11 Oct 2016 10:10:31 (#4 of 234)

if you want a steel string then the best guitar by miles for entry / intermediate is the: Yamaha FS800

A cheaper alternative is the: Vintage V300

Both the above are good enough for intermediate players as well.

If you want a classical guitar, Yamaha is also your friend

dreams99 - 11 Oct 2016 10:24:00 (#5 of 234)

Thanks for that, I'll check them out. What makes the Yamaha better than the rest?

Peacock - 11 Oct 2016 10:30:30 (#6 of 234)

the yamaha has just been redesigned (previously FS700) and has scalloped bracing (features on higher end guitars) which gives greater tonal balance meaning it sounds better than equivalent guitars in its price range. if you want a fancier looking yamaha but the same features then look at the FS820 and FS730

the vintage is also very good and cheaper.

dreams99 - 11 Oct 2016 10:32:14 (#7 of 234)

The Yamaha shop is a couple of streets away, I'll go and have a look at their range.

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dreams99 - 11 Oct 2016 10:34:33 (#9 of 234)

I wouldn't know how to judge a secondhand guitar.

Another mate has recommended Tanglewoods.

I'm attracted to the Arts and Lutherie one just for the look of it, which my partner would appreciate.

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Peacock - 11 Oct 2016 10:36:51 (#11 of 234)

tanglewoods are v good but not as good as the yamahas at the bottom end in my view unless you want to buy a parlour size

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Peacock - 11 Oct 2016 10:38:27 (#13 of 234)

I recommended a folk size yamaha FS 800 and not the much larger dreadnought FG 800.

Please have a look at both but the folk size is way more comfy

Peacock - 11 Oct 2016 10:52:46 (#14 of 234)

That A&L is a 12 fret parlour guitar, it looks lovely but I wouldn't buy that as a starter guitar, its more a go to guitar if you're lazing around on the sofa. IMHO

LomaxFairchild - 11 Oct 2016 11:02:05 (#15 of 234)

Another vote for Yamaha. I have an old seventies dreadnought that belonged to my dad, still going strong.

dreams99 - 11 Oct 2016 11:13:47 (#16 of 234)

ok, 'parlour guitar' means nothing to me.

Just popped over to the Yamaha shop and looked at the Yamaha you recommended. Of course I can't play it and don't know what to ask, but it looked ok. Also tried a classical guitar. FS800 is £255 from them, £240 online.

dreams99 - 11 Oct 2016 11:19:56 (#17 of 234)

The thing is it's so unsexy. It might be cheaper and have a good sound (the A&L one is also of solid wood, and was highly rated for its sound), but there is the present factor too.

Peacock - 11 Oct 2016 11:20:54 (#18 of 234)

you posted a pic of an A&L parlour which is a smaller guitar than a folk. if you think its sexy then go for it.

its all about budget, if you have 255 to spend then the fs800 is the best. you can also sell it on easily and at a half decent price if you decide to give up.

dreams99 - 11 Oct 2016 11:24:40 (#19 of 234)

ok, so that's what I need to learn. There's parlour, folk and dreadnought sizes/shapes. Anything else?

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