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What guitar should I buy?

Guts

Joined: Nov 28 2015

Hey guys,

I've been playing guitar for about a month and a half, with a really crappy 60 dollar guitar. Anyway after playing an actual proper guitar I realized how lacking my guitar was (at first I thought it was me)

So now I've decided to go and buy one, but I don't know what to get or what to look for. I want to play songs mostly from video games/anime/movies etc but I don't really know what category that music falls in so I don't know whether to go for steel or nylon strings.

TL;DR Newbie buying his first proper guitar, what do I look for in a guitar if I want to play game/anime music covers?

Well, first some questions:

Clanver

Pixelfingers cant play

Location: Germany, Kiel

Joined: Jan 03 2009

Well, first some questions:

  • How much money do you want to spend?
  • In which region do you live? Here in Germany for example, i really like tha Hanika nylon guitars. . . they are not cheap though.
  • Nylon or steel string: so it means you are going for an acoustic guitar?
  • If you dont know the style, show us some videos, so that we get the basic idea

Now on to answer some of yours:

  • Newbie buying his first proper guitar, what do I look for in a guitar if I want to play game/anime music covers?
  • The sound of course is important, but it is difficult to compare. A guitar with new strings will just sound better than most with old strings. That, you must keep in mind. I for one care a lot about the general playability of the guitar. That means, spacing, action, the feel of the neck .. basically everything a newbie will have no idea of ;D. For you, it should be a guitar with a solid top at least and make sure it has no problems (noise when picking specific strings or one note way to loud for example)

Well, cant answer much without getting your answers,

cheers~

Yamaha C40 has been

jit

Joined: Mar 04 2009

Yamaha C40 has been continually praised as one of the best classical and reliable guitar at its price point at about $140 American(maybe even cheaper on the holidays).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVF15y0tsqY

Again, if you look for steel string, I don't think you can go wrong with a Yamaha or perhaps a Fender at the $200 below price range.

Good luck Guts!

Thank you for the replies!

Guts

Joined: Nov 28 2015

Thank you for the replies! Sorry for not being more specific.

• $500 to %800 AUD (Australian dollars)

• I'm from Australia, nothing is cheap here. Hanika nylon guitars are probably even more expensive here haha.

• Definitely an acoustic guitar, yes.

• I'd like to play a good majority of lonlonjp style songs, at our parting - sword art online for example is a song I've learned.

Anymore clarity you guys can provide would be appreciated :)

I'll look into it jit, thank you!

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GRIFFITH!

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a.christie.w

Location: United Kingdom

Joined: May 17 2014

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/faith-naked-series-neptune-baby-jumbo-electro-ac...

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/yamaha-cg122mc/36694

these are both the guitars i use, the classical is great for its price, yamaha nylons tend to be like that though, you should go to a local music shop, try out both classicals and standard acoustics, see which suit your playstyle/comfortable.

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Re: Thank you for the replies!

quinndangle2

Joined: Nov 19 2014

I'm from Australia too (Perth)! Just picked up an Almansa 424 ziricote, think i ended up paying ~$850 and it's perfect for my needs. I much prefer the nylon to steel string guitars for fingerstyle, i think another decent nylon that goes for around $500 in Australia is the Alhambra 1c - take a look at that I'd say. If you're set on a steel string acoustic, I've found a lot of LAG guitars play really nicely at that price point. For ~$800 you might be able to find a second hand Maton on gumtree if you're really lucky, but besides that I'm not enamoured with many steel strings at that price point. I much prefer the Maton, Taylor & Martin guitars in terms of steel strings available in Australia but they're a bit over your price limit i think. Basically, see if you can find a local LAG stockist as I've had good experiences with their guitars,but at the end of the day just try a bunch out and see what you like!

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Alright I've made a note of

Guts

Joined: Nov 28 2015

Alright I've made a note of the guitars suggested, I'll look at all of them.

Generally though, would it be preferable to use a steel string acoustic or nylon acoustic for game/anime tabs? Or is it a matter of preference?

If I can narrow it down to whether I want a steel string or nylon string guitar I think I'll have an easier time choosing one.

Thanks again for all the comments so far guys.

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GRIFFITH!

I personally find it easier

quinndangle2

Joined: Nov 19 2014

I personally find it easier to play on a nylon string, and most of the tabs I've written are fingerstyle (plucking individual string with different fingers). If you play mostly one string at a time (or chords) with a pick, you may find that a steel string will better suit your needs.

As you said you're going for anime songs, I'd lean towards recommending a classical nylon string, as there are a lot of very good anime songs on the site which are fingerstyle arrangements, so you will most certainly get mileage out of a classical. At the end of the day, it all depends on what you prefer

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Yeah I also fingerpick, a

Guts

Joined: Nov 28 2015

Yeah I also fingerpick, a pick isn't for me to be honest. So if that's the case I'll look into guitar a classical nylon guitar.

I'll make sure I mention all this when I head into a few guitar stores. Thanks for the prompt reply quinndangle2!

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GRIFFITH!

No stress mate, hope you find

quinndangle2

Joined: Nov 19 2014

No stress mate, hope you find a bargain!

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gudz

Location: Italy

Joined: Nov 14 2012

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-aeg10nii-nylon-string-cuta...
I would suggest an hybrid acoustic: scale of an acoustic, possibility to amplificate as an acoustic but nylon string to sound like a classical.
This way, you'll have more possible options

I would be always careful

Clanver

Pixelfingers cant play

Location: Germany, Kiel

Joined: Jan 03 2009

I would be always careful with hybrids as a first guitar.
Normal nylon guitars will always naturally sound better without ampflification since the chamber of hybrids is smaller or even nonexistent for some.

Go for a normal nylon first. Maybe try to get one with a cutaway since a lot of anime songs like to go overboard with the higher notes, but only if the sound is still fine.

If you have some experience you can start to collect. . get some hybrid guitar to play some ridiculous songs which are easier to be played on thinner fretboards etc. . .

I made the mistake to get a steel string as my first guitar . . and i wanted to play mainly fingerstyle anime/game songs as well.

I later got my 3 main nylon guitars (Hanika, Godin Hybrid, Duke Cut Away). I pretty much use all 3 of them the whole time, while my steel string is gathering dust.

While I agree that I think

jit

Joined: Mar 04 2009

While I agree that I think nylon is probably what you're looking for, don't let it deter you from steel strings either.

Steel String Anime Cover
Since you were learning SAO:
Crossing Field - SAO Steel String

Steel: Shorter gap between strings(affects fingerpicking), harder tension than nylon, smaller neck, generally a brighter sound than nylon

Nylon: Wide neck w/ wider gap between strings, and you can choose a lower tension, warmer sound

I play a lot of fingerstyle

MechaKrauser

Joined: Sep 04 2014

I play a lot of fingerstyle and anime songs and the main guitar I use is a (cheapish) Dean steel-string Acoustic-Electric with cutaway. Currently retails at ~220USD, but I picked mine up at a secondhand store for a bargain.

All 4 of my acoustics are steel string. 2 of those are Dreadnought bodies and I like the sound of them the most, but I get more use out of my Dean because of the cutaway. I've never played a nylon guitar personally, but they do sound nice from the videos I've seen.

Whatever you decide, definitely try and get something with a cutaway and pick up a capo ;)

What do you guys think about

Guts

Joined: Nov 28 2015

What do you guys think about the Yamaha CG182S Classical Nylon String Guitar?

http://www.allansbillyhyde.com.au/prod/CG182S/Yamaha_CG182S_Classical_Ny...

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GRIFFITH!

I played on of these at

quinndangle2

Joined: Nov 19 2014

I played on of these at Kosmic in perth recently, really like the bright tone on them and the one i played projected the sound nicely compared to others in the price bracket. I wasn't a huge fan of the feel of the neck, it was thinner than i was used to on a classical but that was the only thing that stopped me from purchasing it. Good guitar i say

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I bought the Yamaha CG182S in

Guts

Joined: Nov 28 2015

I bought the Yamaha CG182S in the end.

Thanks again everyone! Currently learning lights theme :)

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GRIFFITH!