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July 24th, 2007

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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. . .
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Date:July 25th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC)
Lots of good advice above.

I play a classical guitar rather than acoustic. I prefer the warmer sound of nylon strings--that and they're much easier on the fingers. If you're gonna be on steel strings and wanna save your fingers some pain, I'd suggest a lighter gauge and having the shop set the action as close to the fretboard as they feel comfortable doing. But some of it is just building up the calluses on your fingers. There's not really a way around that part.

Good luck with the guitar.

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