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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. . .
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Turnabout", -JB

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From:suicidekttn
Date:July 25th, 2007 03:55 pm (UTC)
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I just pulled my Classical guitar out after years and had no clue. I just walked into Guitar Center (Like lentine's, a generic music shop...but specific to guitars.) I walked up to the guy went "I need guitar strings for a Classical guitar. I haven't played in years and don't remember what strings I liked." He grabbed me a set and said most people liked them and it was about $7 with tax. I'd suggest just doing that.

And bagpipes rock, I don't know what you're talking about ;)

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