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    First guitar

    Finally making the plunge to learn guitar. Based on air guitaring seems im more comfortable playing left handed. These would be the 2 lefty's im looking at for a beginner. I do plan on going to the local music store Monday and seeing which hand feels comfortable.
    https://roxymusic.com/product/squier...aster-special/
    https://roxymusic.com/product/squier...aster-hh-left/

    If anyone has any experience with these 2 whether as a righty or lefty let me know your thoughts. Been watching reviews on youtube now for the last 4 hrs on beginner lessons and those guitars.
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    Of the 2 I would go with the telecaster. I have bought one of the cheap squire stratocasters about 12 years ago when my wife volunteered me to play on the church warship group. It was made in Indonesian under Fenders quality control and I was very impressed with how well it played almost as good as the US models. If these are made to the same specs you should be fine with either one. You can also spend about $100 to have fret dress done and that will bring the strings as low to the fretboard as possible but that should not be necessary most guitars even low cost ones that I have played around with at guitar stores seem to be pretty well made. I that done to a $700 US made guitar back in the 90s that played very well off the shelf but I wanted it to go to 11 so I could play lightning fast Heavy Metal leads on

    But the most important thing you need to look at is how well it plays. You can always improve on the sound and everything else later but if its hard to play you will lose interest. Nothing frustrates me more that hearing a parent say we want to get out kid something cheap in case they don't like it well that is a good way to make sure your kid does not grow up to want to be a rock star (btw that's good advice too in case you happen to be a parent reading this).

    It's going to be hard enough to press strings on a good guitar as a beginner so having one with poor action is no good.

    Being a lefty in the 80s there were not many options for lefts back then as there are now. I could walk into a guitar store and there would be walls of guitars most did not even have a left handed guitar and the ones that did only had 1 or 2 and they were over $700 and being a teenager with only $150 saved up I had to learn right handed ( I regret that as i think It would have felt more natural playing left handed).

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    Find a guitar you like. It's like picking an EDC, you have to find something that fits your hand, aims naturally, and you can fire well. Try it out right handed first, statistically that's how you'll probably go, but if you want it left handed and don't mind the upside down Hendrix guitar, all you have to do is flip the nut and reverse the strings, maybe intone the bridge. Et voila, left handed guitar. If that's what you find you like, sell it as right handed and go back and find a good real lefty.

    Fender has a wide range of different "quality" levels at different price points. Mexican Fenders can be great, but I'd probably swap out the pickups, Japanese aren't even a bargain anymore, the Indonesian ones have a good reputation. The Chinese ones can be hit or miss, and particularly look out for the "Affinity" ones, those are firewood. You can get a good Indonesian Squier pretty cheap and with a little work you're not going to have a custom shop guitar, but the equal of a US Fender. Pickups, frets, and the electronic parts like switches and potentiometers can be improved dramatically without spending too much money. You can get the files and things to do the frets yourself, and there are volumes of youtube videos demonstrating what to do.

    If you're more into a Les Paul, there are a good few people that absolutely despise the Chinese ones, so I think you're stuck with US. Epiphone is owned by Gibson, and are known to make some winners. I'm not as familiar with the Gibsons, so don't listen to me.
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    I'm not a musician, but I hang around them doing sound board stuff at church. Dont overlook weight. Several guys have opined that while they may love playing a certain guitar, it gets uncomfortable after a while because its just so heavy.
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    Grandmaster 1775usmarine's Avatar

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    Im right handed, but am left eye dominant so I shoot left handed as it feels im hugging my rifles instead of pushing them away if I shoot right handed. I get the same feeling just doing the air guitar pose. Ill go in tomorrow and see what fits. Gotta wait till my items sell before making a move on a guitar though.
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    A tele is a great guitar and probably a little more versatile than a strat...especially if you are just starting out.

    If I was looking for a strat, might I suggest a Yamaha Pacifica612VIIFM? About $650 and packed with features you don't find on superstrats for less than double that price. Really the best guitar I've played in the strat category for less than $1000. Seymour Duncan pickups, Grover locking tuners, 5 way push pull electronics and a sweet Humbucker. Various colors.

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    Eye dominance doesn't matter. If you're right handed, get a right handed guitar.
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    I went through all the research to buy my first guitar. I knew I wanted electric and I went from there. A friend of mine loaned me his strat to see if I really wanted to learn how to play.

    As I was fiddling around with his doing my research I came across a lot of people who said; "go to store and play several models, see what you like." It seems folks missed the part where I said I wanted to "learn how to play!" The next thing was about the pick-ups, the country it was made in, the wood, blah, blah.

    Stevie Ray Vaughn could pick up a $200 strat and play it way better than we could ever play the most expensive guitar made.

    Rant over.

    I would seriously look inside yourself and honestly decide what kind of music you are going to play. Then look at artists that you like. See what they are playing. Tele? Strat? Les Paul? SC? Once you have decided on type of guitar, try to get out of the forums that are full of experienced players and look at what's out there in your budget. Experienced players are going to tell you that spending $1000 on a guitar is not much. And they are probably the same people that wouldn't buy a Glock because they can get a High Point for less. Let's keep in mind, how much we are willing to invest is tied to how passionate about the pursuit. I would never buy a $600 pool cue and my pool shark buddy would never buy a $600 pistol.

    I would buy something though that is good enough that it won't limit you in a few years when you start getting better.

    Fender, Yamaha, PRS, Epiphone all have models that will suit a beginner well. They have some models at the real low end( Fender Affinity) that even as a beginner, I would stay away from, but you don't have to buy a Made in USA Fender to start.

    I don't know where you live, but if you could get up to Sweetwater in Fort Wayne, it would be a worthwhile trip. Most of those guys up there are pretty helpful and the selection is second to none around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpo View Post
    Eye dominance doesn't matter. If you're right handed, get a right handed guitar.
    I know that was making the connection how it feels more natural. Will check out both models and hopefully since they are more a mom and pop shop instead of a guitar center I'll get better service and assistance on which I should pick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregkl View Post
    I went through all the research to buy my first guitar. I knew I wanted electric and I went from there. A friend of mine loaned me his strat to see if I really wanted to learn how to play.

    As I was fiddling around with his doing my research I came across a lot of people who said; "go to store and play several models, see what you like." It seems folks missed the part where I said I wanted to "learn how to play!" The next thing was about the pick-ups, the country it was made in, the wood, blah, blah.

    Stevie Ray Vaughn could pick up a $200 strat and play it way better than we could ever play the most expensive guitar made.

    Rant over.

    I would seriously look inside yourself and honestly decide what kind of music you are going to play. Then look at artists that you like. See what they are playing. Tele? Strat? Les Paul? SC? Once you have decided on type of guitar, try to get out of the forums that are full of experienced players and look at what's out there in your budget.

    Experienced players are always going to tell you that spending $1000 on a guitar is not much. And they are probably the same people that wouldn't buy a Glock because they can get a High Point for less. Let's keep in mind, that we all spend on our passion.

    I would buy something though that is good enough that it won't limit you in a few years when you start getting better.

    Fender, Yamaha, PRS, Epiphone all have models that will suit a beginner well. They have some models at the real low end( Fender Affinity) that even as a beginner, I would stay away from, but you don't have to buy a Made in USA Fender to start.

    Most of the good youtube instructors said the same about whats inside you. I would like to advance to playing Dio, Iron Maiden, and so on. I've noticed buying a guitar is like buying a gun. The opinions are noted and used for research, but its all about how it feels and what you like as you said.

    “Son, when the Marine Corps wants you to have a wife, you will be issued one.” -Chesty Puller


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