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
Thank you. Lots of good advice there.
I'm honestly not sure if this guitar has ever been played. I suspect, actually, that it has not.
And, if it's shot, well, then it's shot. It can still look pretty on the wall, I suppose.
I'll call a shop and ask if I can bring it in tomorrow.