thaya wrote:i picked up the guitar today after a long break and i just wanted to say how chuffed i am with myself i've learnt bob marley's redemption song. obviously it's very rusty and i don't in any way do it justice, but the important thing is you can actually tell what song i'm trying to play!!!! i'm just really pleased with myself. unfortunately it's taken me 3 hrs and 2 of my fingers are bleeding again grrrrrrrr. i'm gonna keep practising though till i get lots better!
really recommend joining a band... know it sounds like early days for such a thing... but it never really is too early... they dont have to be virtuosos or anything. just a bit better than yourself is a good place to start. nothing will get you there faster.
the thing is.... it just doesn't sound that great and i don't know why. i know i'm getting the chords right and finding a rhythm but i don't like the noise my guitar makes! i dunno whether it's a crap guitar or whether it's me ( more likely!). what do you think i'm doing wrong? why does it sound a bit tinny?
garbarrage wrote:cheap beginner guitars are often laminated - that is they are made from plywood with a veneer on them or a woody laminate... when you get to about £250-£300 or so you are getting into what is known as a solid top... ie true wood guitar.
the problem with cheaper guitars is that the bass doesnt' resonate in plywood so the guitar seems to swallow the bass tones causing a tinny sound... a true wood guitar resonates the bass in the wood.
the next price range up will get you a quarter cut guitar which is a less efficient use of timber from a log but resonates bass better again... this is where the log is cut across the centre, giving two pieces that have identical mirrored grain patterns... as oppossed to a solid top that is just cut from planked timber. these usually start at about £500 and go as high as you like.
keeping new strings on a cheap guitar can compensate somewhat but really you cant make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.. the guitar you have should do you for a while either way... but if you can swing getting a solid top you won't regret it...
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