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jonf

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My daughter is planning to start guitar classes at school and needs a 3/4 size Spanish/classical nylon strung guitar. What I know about guitars could be written on the back of a postage stamp using a marker pen. Can anyone out there enlighten me about what to look out for, brands for the beginner, etc? The teaching franchise say that the cost should be £60-£80, which feels a bit low for me.
 

RedBottom

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I'm not a guitar expert by any means, but I know when I used to have lessons my teacher said that he often recommended the Argos kits - then around £30 - to kids' parents. He reckoned they were perfectly suitable for the beginner and not an expensive mistake if the child didn't continue. If the child did continue then the instrument was, by the same token, cheap enough to put aside early on for a more suitable, longer-lasting instrument.

There is, of course, the argument that money spent on a high-quality instrument of any kind is never money wasted because you will always be able to resell at a good price, and it's an argument that holds true. As does the argument for the better quality instrument being 'easier' to play and to learn on. I daresay someone with a little more knowledge and expertise than little old me will be along by and by to put you right.
 

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I think that the price is OK. When I bought one for my sons to start on it had a full size fingerboard and they had no problems changing over to full size guitars when the time came. They were in primary school when they started. They changed to electric guitars as the grew up. My youngest is still music mad and is a very good bass guitarist. I've forgotten the brand, but getting tipped off about the full sized fretboard on a child sized instrument was great advice for us.

Jim.
 

Clivey

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I recommend that you visit your local music shop and ask them for expert advice. They will probably offer you a variety of choice and my bet is they really need the business just now.


You Know what they say "If you don`t use it you`ll lose it".


If you decide to buy online. I can defo endorse Gear4 Music.
 

TomMapfumo

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Hi There!

I share a house with female guitarists aged 9, 18 & 48! One of the makes I would really recommend is Luna guitars - look up online - excellent sound and do really attractive designs at very good prices. My youngest has the "Imagine" 3/4 size guitar which is Black and comes with pens so that you can create your own designs, which can be wiped off as required. They are available on eBay shops at £65 or less and come with a gig bag. Dean are another excellent make at small sizes (Playmate). Stagebeat is a good online retailer as well. It is fair to say that there is a lot of poor quality stuff out there, but Dean and Luna are well worth investigating.

Kind regards
Tom:cool:
 
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kevgermany

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Check that the neck is straight and flat,not twisted or bowed. Also that it's not too wide. It's not going to be as narrow as an electric, but some of the classical guitars are a little wide for smaller hands. My wife has this problem, even now. I don't suppose that you'll see any that are built differently, but make sure the tuners are reasonable quality, with worm gears and that they turn smoothly. It's probably also worth getting a tuner with a clip on pick up/mike (e.g. Roland). Pitch pipes are useless for beginners.
 

stefank

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The 3/4 size cheapie we bought our son over ten years ago (when he was less than 3/4 size) was perfectly adequate - then he grew and just used mine instead! Cheap guitars seem to be far better than they were fifteen or twenty years ago, but it always a good idea to "try before you buy", as the one thing you can't be sure of with the cheapies is the quality control.
 
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Thanks to everyone. There's a music shop in East Grinstead which seems to specialise in guitars, so armed with my newly increased knowledge I'll pay them a visit later today.

Jon
 

MandyH

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I'm not a guitar expert by any means, but I know when I used to have lessons my teacher said that he often recommended the Argos kits - then around £30 - to kids' parents. He reckoned they were perfectly suitable for the beginner and not an expensive mistake if the child didn't continue.
My son started with an Argos 3/4 guitar. His teacher recommended them for little beginners, and it seemed to serve him well.
Also, it wasn't too much of a wrench when he dropped the first one while getting out of the car and it split all along the bottom edge - so a second trip to Argos was needed.

He no longer has lessons (he wants to learn to play the drums, but I'm struggling with that :) ) but the 2nd guitar survives in tact and gets strummed occasionally.
 
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