July 24th, 2007
|10:40 am - 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. . .
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: "Turnabout", -JB
If I can fit it, yes. It also has no case, so that may pose a problem, too.
But like I said, it's a cheap guitar. It's just the "family guitar" because it's got a bit of family history (more than I do, technically, since it's older than me).
My Great Uncle Gus bought it for another (slightly more distant) relative, Dan, who never played it, so it went to my mother and now to me.
I have to disagree about the Ernie Ball, because the guitar strings tend to lose tuning too quickly. They're great for bass, but my experience with their guitar strings has been iffy.
yeah, but to be fair, all your guitars are in your house, which is out in the country, you also have AC on/eventual moisture, etc., perhaps more than others. I've used EB on the Fender and the Ovation and found them WAY more able than any set i've used. Sebastian's, who's guitar gets cased WAY too much, noticed them loosing but discovered it's because there was a moisture leak in his case.
My house is very moisture free, in fact due to the AC. We're instrument fanatics, so of course we wouldn't let them be exposed to excessive moisture. We also have them in very good cases most of the time.
Fender strings are preferable.