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Need help buying guitar

BlocMayus

Joined: Sep 30 2008

I'm looking for an acoustic-electric I suppose, same ability as a normal acoustic with the added bonus of amplification right? I'm willing to spend $250 - $350, if anyone could post a link to a nice one musiciansfriend guitar center etc. I'd be grateful!

I recommend any of the Ibanez

Maikoi92

Linsey

Location: Belgium

Joined: Apr 21 2009

I recommend any of the Ibanez AE series guitars. I have an AEG10E (black) myself, and I'm still very much in love with it ^^

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-AEG10E-AcousticElectri...

I don't know how the other AE models sound thought, since I've never tried them.

Of course a guitar is a thing of personal preference though.. what I like, someone else might hate ^^;

I think Jasmine guitars are

ChelseaRare

Location: New York

Joined: Dec 01 2008

I think Jasmine guitars are pretty good. I'm guessing you're looking for a steel string, right?

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Takamine-Jasmine-Series-ES33C...

I don't own that particular model (the one I have is a classic nylon), but I've played around with my friends a couple times before. It's got a really nice feel to it and the tone of it really surprised me. It was much better and brighter than I expected. Really nice quality for the price in my opinion. I suggest going to the store to trying a few different ones out to compare and contrast.

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I'd like nylon strings I

BlocMayus

Joined: Sep 30 2008

I'd like nylon strings I suppose, whichever ones make the sound of playing pretty songs better. I'm going to my local music store soon to try some out.

Question: which strings do sound better on songs such as kabukibear's arrangement of eternity memory of lightwaves? I want the sound quality to be best on songs that sound like that.

Well the recordings he had up

ChelseaRare

Location: New York

Joined: Dec 01 2008

Well the recordings he had up for both of his arrangements of the song were done with a nylon string guitar. Strictly based on that, I'm going to say nylon.

In general, there is no wrong or right answer to your question though. As Linsey stated before, guitar is all about personal preference. Just because something was arranged for/on a classical guitar does not mean it has to be played on a classical guitar

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I'm thinking of buying the

BlocMayus

Joined: Sep 30 2008

I'm thinking of buying the Ibanez AEG10E with nylon strings, thanks for the help guys. Linsey, does that Ibanez on musiciansfriend already come with nylon strings or steel? And one more question: what's a good, cheap nylon string brand? Any links?

As said before, its really a

RexLeRouge

IMPACTO

Joined: Aug 15 2008

As said before, its really a matter of taste...
the Ibanez comes with steel strings
you should NOT put steel strings on a classical guitar or nylon strings on a folk guitar, you might break the bridge or the neck

I don't suggest doing that.

ChelseaRare

Location: New York

Joined: Dec 01 2008

I don't suggest doing that. The the guitars she and I recommended are meant for steel strings. Steel string necks are made to handle the tension of steel strings and nylon string tension does not even compare as it is much less in comparison. I suppose it could work if you were to adjust the truss rod, but eventually I believe your guitar would end up with some sort of neck damage (warping, bending, ect.)

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with your price range you can

Vic9mm

The Fingerstyle Mechanic

Location: Dallas Texas

Joined: Aug 27 2008

with your price range you can find some nice Cordoba classical's. What you really want is a classical with a solid top (were the sound hole is) preferably cedar top. Don't be afraid to buy used Guitar Center has really great prices on used classical's I found a Cordoba for 300$ not too bad it sounded beautiful. I bought my 2nd classical guitar a LaPatrie Etude used for 250$ it was really nice. I wouldn't rush anything tho take your time and look play a few then make your decision. Here are a few links

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Cordoba-C5-Classical-Guitar?s...
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rodriguez-Caballero-11-Cedar-...
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-?sku=512441

Out of these 3 I would choose the Cordoba because of the quality factor all there guitars are handcrafted in Spain. There craftsmanship is among the best in the business.

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"I'd like nylon strings I

Maikoi92

Linsey

Location: Belgium

Joined: Apr 21 2009

"I'd like nylon strings I suppose, whichever ones make the sound of playing pretty songs better."
There isn't really any that sounds "better", I personally like the sound of steel strings over classicals, but that's personal preference.

Imo you should go to a store and try some classicals/steel strings before deciding which one you want, unless you've already done that of course.

I also play Kabuki's arrangements and many songs like it, all on steel strings. (I HAVE A NEW GUITAR!!! will make a topic later XD) For me personally, classical guitars (thus nylon strings) don't fit me. I have kinda small hands, and since my first guitar was a steel string I'm used to its sound, and I love it. The strings on a classical are farther apart than on a steel, and the neck is wider. Of course the sound is different too.. I suck at describing so I'm gonna guess you know what classicals sound like :P Warmer than steel strings at least.

On the contrary steel strings have a less wide neck, that could be a problem if you have huge hands I suppose.. The strings being less far apart, and there's more tension on the strings compared to nylons, this also makes the strings harder to press down. If you choose a steel string, your fingertips WILL hurt in the beginning :P but it goes away after a while, it's something everyone goes through. Then there's the sound, again I'm not sure how to describe it.. but I personally love the sound of a steel string ^^ Classicals also sound very nice imo, but I don't really want to play one.

So if you're looking for classicals with a pre-amp (the thing that makes you able to amplify), the only ones I know of are the Ibanez classicals, they're about the same price category as the AEG steels I believe, maybe even cheaper. I've never played one though, so can't help you with that, but there're probably vids on youtube with sound samples.

http://www.ibanez.com/AcousticGuitars/model-AEG10NEBKF
http://www.ibanez.com/AcousticGuitars/model-AEG10NETNG

I do have to say, I don't know much about classical guitar brands etc, so you might want to take advice from the classical guitar players here. The only reason I found out about these Ibanez classicals is cause I have a steel string Ibanez :P

Hope you find a suitable guitar soon, and good luck with the search! I know how it feels looking for a guitar, just don't be hasty to buy ^^

P.S. do you play guitar? or are you looking for a first?

I've been playing for about a

BlocMayus

Joined: Sep 30 2008

I've been playing for about a year using elixer strings which are steel correct? I am going to my music store soon to try out some new guitars, appreciate the help everyone :)

yes elixer strings are steel.

Vic9mm

The Fingerstyle Mechanic

Location: Dallas Texas

Joined: Aug 27 2008

yes elixer strings are steel.

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how long have you been

SalemJeanette

Save Your Tears.

Location: Popular Land.

Joined: Jul 03 2009

for about a year? i recommend a $150-200 yamaha electroacoustic.
http://www.chamberlainmusic.com/ProductDetail.asp?ProductID=FX370C%2DNT
http://www.chamberlainmusic.com/ProductDetail.asp?ProductID=FX370C%2DTBS
try looking for some used guitars.

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I payed my nylon guitar

diralark

Joined: Dec 10 2009

I paied my nylon guitar (SANTOS Y MAYOR GSM9) 100 euros in France, it sounds good, very sweet & romantic. Sure I recommend this facturer coz high quality & low price. I dunno about acoustic guitars coz i dont like how its sound