What kind of guitar should I buy?
November 4, 2005 8:36 AM Subscribe
I want to treat myself to a guitar. It's for fun, to play for my own benefit and to do a bit of home recording on my iBook. I don't have any grand plans to play live or join a band. But I'm racked with indecision about what kind of guitar to buy - should I go for an acoustic, a semi-acoustic, or an electro-acoustic? [MI]
posted by reynir to Shopping (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've played before, in a band at university, but that was some time ago, the memories are rather cloudy, and I didn't even own the (cheap) electric guitar I played (badly). I'm not sure whether I'm best going for an acoustic, and miking it up when I want to record, or maybe an electro-acoustic, so I don't have to use a mic. Just to complicate matters I've always coveted semi-acoustics like the Gibson ES-355 too, simply because they look so shiny and lovely. I'll grudgingly admit thoughthat this might not be the best reason to choose that kind of guitar. I've forgotten almost everything I know about playing, so while I do intend to go to shops and try stuff out, I don't want to be fooled by my limitations, hence this question.
What do I like the sound of? Below are some songs that I am enjoying at the moment, with a guitar sound I really like. I'd like to be able to make my guitar make sounds a little like these. It would be nice though to also to be able to turn everything up now and again to make a fat, messed-up feedbacky noise.
Bonus points for advice also on amps and effects. Penalty points for any reference to a guitar with a pointy headstock. Total budget (to include anything other than the guitar too) about 1200 pounds, 2000 dollars. Less could be good. Thank you.
Gillian Welch - The Revelator
M. Ward - most of his stuff. Good examples are Carolina, HiFi, So Much Water
Decemberists - Oceanside, The Engine Driver, Red Right Ankle
Love - The whole of Forever Changes
The Shins - lots of things