Would This Guitar Be A Good One To Start With?

I’m a 15 year old girl, with hands measuring, 6 1/2 inches, top of middle finger to bottom of hand, I played guitar for 1 year when I was 9 years old but am looking to get back into it.
This is the guitar
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lindo-Apprentice-Series-Acoustic-Cutaway/dp/B005LUUPQS/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1369915704&sr=1-1&keywords=lindo+acoustic+guitar
I am just wondering, is it a good size? (is it too big/too small?) does it play good? (does it sound good?) is it a reasonable price to start off with? and what other accessories would you reccommend getting to help me play the guitar because I don’t remember anything. 🙂

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2 Responses to “Would This Guitar Be A Good One To Start With?”

  1. Sir Bearington says:

    Hi Caitlin,
    The guitar you have linked is good for a beginner however don’t expect the sounds to be on par with that of say, spruce or mahogany wood made guitars (as this is plywood body).
    I’m not saying it would sound good, but it wont sound as good as mahogany, maplewood spruce etc 🙂
    I would also suggest, that before purchasing this, talk to your local music store and ask them to order one in so you can try it. You are not obligated to buy it, and this way you can hold it, give it a pluck etc and see if it’s right for you. It’s important getting the right instrument for you, as opposed to getting the best recommended instrument! If you care to read on, you will read some basic things to look for when purchasing an Acoustic guitar. (I don’t take credit for this, link included)
    Regards, SB.
    Body Style
    Acoustic guitars come in a variety of sizes and shapes, from small travel size to classic to jumbo to dreadnought. The body style of an acoustic guitar determines its sound projection and tonal emphasis. Things to consider are tonal quality vs. playing comfort. Some acoustic guitar bodies come in a single cutaway design or even a double cutaway design. This gives easier access to the upper frets.
    Neck
    When it comes to choosing a neck, the size of your hand is key. Generally the thickness and width of the neck is based on the size of the body of the instrument as well as how many frets the neck has. Usually, acoustic necks are listed as 12-fret or 14-fret. This refers to the number of frets clear of the body, not how many overall.
    Tonewood
    The choice of wood determines the sound of an acoustic guitar. Different types of wood produce different tones, but most guitar makers believe that the top is the most important for determining tonal quality. Spruce is the standard material for tops with Sitka spruce being the most common. The cost of an acoustic guitar increases dramatically based on the rarity of the tonewoods, such as rosewood, but due to decreasing supplies of certain tonewoods, guitar makers are successfully finding alternative materials to make great sounding instruments.

  2. jcr says:

    Hi Caitlin,
    1) That’s a dreadnought. It’s the commonest body size, but it’s rather large. Some women and smaller guys find it uncomfortable to hold onto. It has a loud bassy tone that is more suited to playing backup, although they are sometimes used for solo/lead playing too. I would suggest you try a dreadnought out to see whether it’s a good fit for you.
    2) It has a full size scale length, which is appropriate for most people your age.
    3) It is not a name brand and the price is a little low, although not quite low enough that I could definitely conclude it was a piece of junk. However, I’m suspicious that the quality will be variable and there is a good chance of ending up with one that is difficult to play. It probably won’t sound great, although for a beginner that’s a secondary consideration.
    Decent entry level guitars cost about US$150-300 and should be purchased in person from a real music store after trying them out. In the USA, some good name brands in that price range are Yamaha, Jasmine, and Epiphone. Avoid buying online, from discount stores, or from big box stores.
    PS. I have to give those guys points for honesty. I have never seen anyone actually use the word “plywood” in a guitar ad. Usually you have to read between the lines.
    Oh, and accessories. An inexpensive electronic tuner is a must. Spare strings and a combination string crank/bridge pin puller. And a few picks, and some instructional materials if you plan to teach yourself. That should do you to start with. Later you might want things like a stand, a strap, or a capo.

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