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    Hello all, I have finally decided to follow one of my dreams - music. I had done some mixing and songs some time back, but only electronically so I have decided to buy guitar.
    After some research I found Acoustic-Electric guitar to be one for me, I do have audio interface where I can plug in and bunch of various cables (What may and may not work) like XLS also condenser mic setup. Also I am more into rock music so I dont think classical is way to go foe me and with electronics maybe I can do some distortion or future proof a bit.

    Guess for now I will mainly play without plugging it in.

    I am not looking to spend much, but I want through some local shops and have found some variations to check out and maybe someone can give some suggestions for what to go.

    Sx Guirars - SX SD204CE-TRD ~ 100 euros

    Grimshaw Nashville GSD-60-CEBK (Various colors) ~ 100 euros

    Cort AD810E OP (Most expensive) ~ 140 euros

    Stagg SA20A BLK VT ~ 100 euros

    Stagg SA20D SNB EQ ~ 100 Euros

    Yosemite DNCE-BLS ~ 100 euros

    Take in mind I dont know how to play and I mainly plan to learn by myself, there are some people I know who used to play also (about 10-20 years back) so guitar is partially for them also.

    I have heard about Cort and Stagg brands, but I am currently thinking about Grimshaw Nashville GSD-60

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    Cort
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    • #3
      Cort only because I've played a few and can speak only to that. The others I have not heard of.
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      • #4
        None of the above. If you're a beginner, you don't need an acoustic/electric. Get a straight acoustic and learn to play first. Of those specific brands, Cort. They're the second largest maker of guitars in the world, they make guitars under a number of brand names, and their own brand is as good as most of what's out there. It's possible to get an amazing guitar in an unknown brand. My old Sakura 12-string is proof of that. But you're more likely to get quality by buying a brand name.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by European667 View Post
          Hello all, I have finally decided to follow one of my dreams - music. I had done some mixing and songs some time back, but only electronically so I have decided to buy guitar.
          After some research I found Acoustic-Electric guitar to be one for me, I do have audio interface where I can plug in and bunch of various cables (What may and may not work) like XLS also condenser mic setup. Also I am more into rock music so I dont think classical is way to go foe me and with electronics maybe I can do some distortion or future proof a bit.

          Guess for now I will mainly play without plugging it in.

          I am not looking to spend much, but I want through some local shops and have found some variations to check out and maybe someone can give some suggestions for what to go.

          Sx Guirars - SX SD204CE-TRD ~ 100 euros

          Grimshaw Nashville GSD-60-CEBK (Various colors) ~ 100 euros

          Cort AD810E OP (Most expensive) ~ 140 euros

          Stagg SA20A BLK VT ~ 100 euros

          Stagg SA20D SNB EQ ~ 100 Euros

          Yosemite DNCE-BLS ~ 100 euros

          Take in mind I dont know how to play and I mainly plan to learn by myself, there are some people I know who used to play also (about 10-20 years back) so guitar is partially for them also.

          I have heard about Cort and Stagg brands, but I am currently thinking about Grimshaw Nashville GSD-60
          This is a very difficult budget to work with. Forget about the pick up right now.

          Try looking at used stuff, take along someone that plays.

          Yamaha has nice reviews.

          None of this stuff comes with a case, you'll want an electronic tuner too and maybe a capo.

          He's my picks for a decent starter.



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          • #6
            With a budget preference in the 100€ range, you are likely going to get a dog with a bad piezo, chunky neck, indiscriminate action and flat tone. I [and others here] generally advise beginners to take a knowledgeable guitarist friend along to help clarify the plus/minus on first guitars, all part of the learning process.

            If you are serious, then I will echo what others have said: start hitting the pawn shops. Find a better quality used instrument.

            Why? Well you may ask...I will venture to say that tens of millions of these 'inexpensive starter' guitars are sitting idly in closets, garages, under beds all over the civilized world because the buyer found them hard to play, uninspiring, crappy sounding...because for the most part they are; but let's add to that that many beginners are not up to the demands of daily practice, callus building and learning the language of music.

            I also saw where you 'rejected' classical guitars, but I will admonish you that nylon string guitars are easier to work with as a beginner, and there are better choices in your price range in the classical guitar pantheon for beginners than with steel string acoustics. Like most beginners you want to see yourself competing in the Olympics before you even try on a pair of athletic shoes. Patience and dedication are the primary qualities of all musicians because it takes a lot of time and practice to develop even the basic proficiency.

            Lets go to the next step as well: do you have a teacher lined up? A book? An instructional website? Because learning guitar by osmosis or trial and error is not going to work.

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            • #7
              I like Cort guitars. Always good bang for the buck.

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              • #8
                At end I went for different Cort - Cort GA-MEDX OP
                Kind of liked it bit more, hope I did the right choice

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                • #9
                  Nice. Congratulations - I'm sure you've done OK.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by European667 View Post
                    At end I went for different Cort - Cort GA-MEDX OP
                    Kind of liked it bit more, hope I did the right choice
                    I'm sure you'll like it. Cort makes a nice guitar. Congratulations and Happy New Guitar Day.
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                    • #11
                      https://www.cortguitars.com/product/...id=1267&page=1

                      Looks like an excellent choice. I'd like a crack at that guitar.

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