Would you recommend that kind of a guitar to a beginner? Why and why not?
OnTheRock- I wouldn’t have a problem with all the extra electronics I would have to get and such, my dad is a guitarist and he has everything he would need, and he knows everything I would need.
I’d suggest you start off with an acoustic guitar. An acoustic electric guitar is just an acoustic guitar that has had a pickup installed under the saddle and has a built in preamp. The problem with that is you pay about 0 extra to get that and then you would need an amplifier and cables and stuff to take advantage of that, otherwise you’ve basically got an acoustic guitar anyway. Save your money and buy a bit better acoustic guitar that has a solid spruce top and plays nice (good action and no buzz). You’ll enjoy learning on it much better than if you bought a cheaper guitar and paid the extra for the electronics. A good acoustic guitar will be plenty loud for a beginner, even if you sing along while playing, so you won’t need the electronics until you’re good enough to play in public. If you then want to you could trade up for a better guitar or just get a good soundhole pickup that can be easily installed in the soundhole of the guitar (Fishman NeoD is a good one). Again, don’t waste money or put yourself through the hassle of dealing with the electronics as a beginner, just get a good acoustic and learn to play first.
EDIT: OK. I still think buying a better plain acoustic guitar for the money is a good idea for a beginner, but if you really want to amplify your practicing there are a lot of nice acoustic electric guitars out there that you and your dad should go try out together (could be fun). Check out Takamine, Yamaha, Seagull, Breedlove, and maybe Taylor and Martin if money isn’t a concern. You asked if an acoustic electric is a good buy for a beginner and I still stand by my original statement though, but it’s your money and if you want to pay the extra you can play it just like any other acoustic guitar so it really doesn’t matter.
on: 14th October 10