A friend ask me to find a first guitar for her adult son. all she was looking for is and electric accustic with a cut out and all for $100 to $150. Thought to myself probably end up with a poor guitar if and for that money Went to a local Music Go Round Store. Found a mid range Washburn for $128. no electronic but a good playing and sounding guitar and an EPiphone entry level just OK no electronics $138. Off to Guitar Center picked up a Great Devide for $99 we all know what a $99 guitar sounds like WRONG. These guitars had a nice feel and appearence and the sound was warm and nice. Played three different models and they all sound pretty good. Anyone ever heard of this brand
Post by 469roadking on Aug 13, 2011 14:52:10 GMT -5
Haven't heard of it but if you consider the state of "beginner" instruments now compared to 35 years ago when I started playing, it's not surprising. IMO there are better instruments at lower prices now that ever.
I must admit that this is the first time I have tried out a $99 guitar in quite some time. The last one was the Jasmin and it was built OK but the tone was thin and the fit and finish was just fair. These little Great Divides really surprised me. So if any body wants a first guitar is was soooooo much nicer than the one I started with. If I had started out with a good guitar like this instead of the junk I had , Just imagine what My playing would be like. I can DREAM can't I guys.
My Sonic guitar wasn't bad for $169 + is an acoustic electric. A good set of strings brought it out nicely. The intonation wasn't spot on, but good enough for a starter instrument. I've since passed it on to someone who was learning, who'd bought a very cheap and nasty guitar that was hard for me to play, let alone her! Fretboard was wide and the neck very unshapley, huge spaces between frets. You'd need Andre the Giants hands to play Hey hey HEY I'm talking about the guitar here.
My first 2 guitars, sounded very nice for their size. My very musically picky brother chose them for me when I was young. Both are weird brands I don't remember. The machine heads now on both are totally naffed.
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