I look forward to hearing about your quest to find a guitar. If you're a contemplative shopper, identify the axes you like and somebody here will comment. If you just go in and buy, tell us what you bought.
1000x amen to that!
So, I walked out with a guitar, a crappy little mini amp, a gig bag, and a handful of guitar picks. My wife has been bugging me to collect things for my X-mas list, so I chose to leave an actual useful amp for that. This one is enough to hear the notes, and for the immediate future, that's good enough for me. I do need to pick up a stand...
The instrument - an Epiphone Les Paul 100. Black.
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So, gents, shall we turn the conversation to care and feeding of electric guitars?
You must play until your fingers bleed to appease the rock and roll gods.
One important step, as you just bought this and every grubby kid has played it is New Strings and do a Setup.
take it your Guitar Guy, and say "I need a setup done on this" It costs about $30 around here, which is not around there where you are.
Solid first guitar! No pun intended (rare for me, I know). A classic. LP-style guitars are one of the cornerstone designs of R&R.
Keep your dirty hands off the guitar! Clean hands only, followed by a quick, post-play wipedown with a handtowel will keep your fretboard looking good and maximize string longevity. Especially if you have sweaty hands.
Every once in a while, you may still need to clean the fretboard. How to do this depends on what kind of wood the fretboard is made of. Ask your salesman.
about.com said:What you'll need for these Guitar Lessons
- A guitar with six strings. Any type of guitar will work fine.
- A guitar pick. Medium gauged picks are recommended to start with, but any will work okay in a pinch.
- A chair without arms.
- A reasonable amount of patience.
Yesterday, was "hook it all together and make sure it really works" day. Plug in new cable, turn on mini amp, strum, finger a bit, play with knobs.
Between the volume and tone knobs, and the pickup-switch, there's a whole lot of different sounds the thing will make, even through my crappy practice amp (it has a belt-clip - I could, conceivably, go walkabout playing guitar). A person could get confused and lost in these alone. I'm going to find a base tone that I can deal with, and play with knobs later.
A little lemon or orange oil or a product like Fret Rx should keep that rosewood lookin' and feelin' good.The body and neck are mahogany. The fretboard is rosewood. The deep rich brown gives a lot of character next to the black body of the thing
The amp? No, nothing that good. It is a little under-$30 list price thing - a Danelectro Honeytone.
I figure on putting a better amp on my X-mas list.