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Post by Petrucci's Long Lost Son on Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:06 pm

I have a small amount of money available right now and I am thinking about buying maybe a cheap amp(probably crappiest possible) or some new strings a strap and a tuner which should I buy?

I was thinking maybe an amp and if possible some strings or else just an amp because well most of the things I have tried to play haven't required the string that I broke(>.<)

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Post by spearlymatt on Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:13 pm

In order of most important:

1. Tuner
2. Strings
3. Amp
4 Strap.

Also, get a small amp (but not too small). Don't go all extravagant, because when you become a more advanced player and realize "Shit, I spent $300 on this crappy amp, when I could've spend $300 on this smaller, but much better amp."

Just go big enough that you'll be able to hear yourself, and maybe play with a few people. I hate to say it, but size / cost is probably the most important thing here.
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Re: Which to buy

Post by Petrucci's Long Lost Son on Wed Aug 19, 2009 10:51 pm

Thanks a lot matt =)

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Post by tele92 on Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:03 pm

what matt said about playing guitar with other people is a great idea, just try out amps and get a feel of what you like, i sarted out with a crappie 20 dollar amp and i still have it, i just use matts amp now
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Post by M on Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:27 pm

I think tuner is least important. I tune by ear with a piano, or just compare it to online tuners like Gieson's... You shouldn't waste money on that.
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Post by tele92 on Thu Aug 20, 2009 12:59 am

once you have your guitar tuned it aint hard to keep in tune, i only use my tuner once a month or less, i just tune be ear
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Post by spearlymatt on Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:29 am

M wrote:I think tuner is least important. I tune by ear with a piano, or just compare it to online tuners like Gieson's... You shouldn't waste money on that.

Mind you Chris is a beginner, and his ear probably isn't developed yet. Online tuners are OK, but it's worth the $10-$20 to get a tuner that you can take anywhere, and be exactly in tune.
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Post by M on Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:12 am

True, I'll give you the portability. But again, if he's a beginner, where's he going to be taking it... not to any gigs or anything. Guitars aren't particularly portable.
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Post by spearlymatt on Thu Aug 20, 2009 10:16 am

Yeah, but it's easier than plugging his guitar into his computer every time he wants to tune.
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Re: Which to buy

Post by M on Thu Aug 20, 2009 6:39 pm

Don't plug it in, do it by ear with Gieson's....
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Post by spearlymatt on Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:41 pm

That goes back to the whole thing of the developing ear...

Trust me Chris, get a tuner. You'll have it forever, it's a handy thing to have. Yes you can use a computer, yes you can use a piano, but a tuner will be more convenient and help to develop your ear more.
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Re: Which to buy

Post by M on Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:05 pm

I'd say get it last though if you've a few bucks to spare. Not first. What can you do with a tuner if you haven't an instrument to tune?
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Post by spearlymatt on Thu Aug 20, 2009 9:48 pm

He has a guitar?

Get strings and a tuner in one trip, at least here in the U.S. it'll be like $20 for two packs of strings and an OK tuner, or around $30 for an OK tuner and two packs of strings.
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Post by M on Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:35 pm

Oh, sorry lol. Amp first I'd say!
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