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    Hello all.

    I fancy learning to play the guitar (acoustic to be precise). Seeing as I have absolutely no know-how when it comes to what I should look for when buying a guitar, I wondered if some people would be kind enough to offer some advice?

    I have a slight problem. I'm right-handed, however whenever I've picked up a guitar in the past (not to play, just to imagine being a rock star), or been playing air-guitar I've always found myself playing left-handed. Should I force myself to conform to my normal handedness? Perhaps it'll make life easier in the long run.

    If you’re feeling uber helpful you could even suggest some particular guitars I should consider. I’d be looking to pay £150 or under, so admittedly this isn’t a huge budget, but then I’m only after an entry-level sort of thing.

    Cheers.

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    Hey, i play the guitar im no expert but i can advise you. I recommend u play right handed honestly wait till u get to shredding!

    Nice budget, you could get a nice axe for that much, www.imuso.co.uk

    Try these http://www.imuso.co.uk/ProductDetail...ckCode=AG00003

    http://www.imuso.co.uk/ProductDetail...ckCode=AG00006 (im liking this)

    http://www.imuso.co.uk/ProductDetail...ckCode=AG00060

    http://www.imuso.co.uk/ProductDetail...ckCode=AG00199

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    http://www.imuso.co.uk/ProductDetail...ckCode=AG00205 (perfect for u)

    http://www.imuso.co.uk/ProductDetail...ckCode=AG00217 (Awesome guitar)
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    I wouldnt suggest something 'No-name' like Collins etc. I'd go with these

    http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/options.php?id=67242

    If you're going for a left handed definitely this http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/options.php?id=11431

    Plus, if you're into music which you can air-guitar to (Preferably metal) I'd suggest this very good guitar for it's price tag and quality (Actually cheaper than the acoustics quoted above) I'd say this ELECTRIC would be great.

    http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/options.php?id=869

    You'll just need to buy a practice amp for about 40-60£ to get going.
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    If you are learning, I would suggest you have a look in the local classified for someone selling their guitar. You will get the same guitar cheaper, and it will probably come with a few accessories (strap/case). Another bonus is that a second-hand one will already be strung....as stringing a guitar may be difficult if you have never done it before. I would also advise buying an electronic tuner
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    I'd say you'd probably not go far wrong with a Yamaha as your first. Your best bet is to find a good instrument shop and have a play. Yeah, you don't know how to play, but you can get a feel of the thing and hear what it sounds like, as well as test for buzzing frets, whether you like nylon/gut over steel or not.... And have a feel of something expensive, it'll help you figure out what to feel for in a cheaper one. If it's a decent shop the staff should be able to guide you to the right thing, and also help you find second hand shops. Don't do any sort of mail ordering, you really really want to get your hands on the actual one you're going to buy in advance.
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    Get a nylon strung guitar, it's much easier on the fingers for a beginner.
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    go for nylon. the best guitarists start at the bottom then work their way up to electric (or stick to acoustic!) that way, youll learn a lot. Most guitarists these days throw themselves at electric guitars and try to play some song a band played then give up after trying to learn 1 chord!! annoying. with nylon/spanish guitars you wont go wrong.
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    I started off on a battered old nylon strung learning classical guitar, and 13 years later I still play classical, but now play electric, acoustic, and whatever else. Classical is fantastic for learning left-hand technique (it will get you into good habits early on), and once you've done that, the transition to more popular styles is a lot easier. Also, the nylon strings are a lot easier on your fingers. Buy a magazine like "What Guitar?" and see what they recommend for whatever type of guitar you want.
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    Playing a steel string dreadnought is a nightmare when you've been playing a skinny neck electric with light strings for ages.
 
 
 
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