July 24th, 2007

surya

Guitars, classical basses, chainsaws, and bonesaws

So, I'm now the proud owner of the family guitar. There's just one problem: it's in dire need of a re-string. After fighting with the thing for about two hours last night, I have come to the conclusion that the current strings simply cannot be tuned: they are not only older than me, but frayed in places, anyway, and the sound. . . well, bagpipes sound almost musical in comparison.

So, for those of you who play guitar, could you let me in on what brand I should seek out, and what I might expect to pay? I know a lot about classical stringed instruments, but next to nothing about guitars. I suspect that there's not much of a difference at the most basic level, but just because one knows a lot about chainsaw blades doesn't mean they know anything about bonesaw blades.

So, please do enlighten me: I need something fit for learning the instrument, and something that provides reasonably warm sound for a low cost (all strings need replacement). The guitar is an acoustic, and a fairly cheap one at that (we are not a very musical family, I'm afraid).

It would be nice if they also tuned easily, but I'm used to fighting with tuning.

Now, I just need to find my pitch pipe, which is around here somewhere. . .