This is one of the nicer hundred-dollar made in china guitars. Pros: good looking, decent sound, wide/flat neck, large frets and very low action with zero fret buzz.
These sawtooth best electric guitars are an overall good value, but it really is based on expectations, if your starting out, maybe rocksmith, etc. they’re a good deal at let’s say 1-130$… If your thinking this is the treasure it looks like…and you are experienced…well, here’s my take.
Sycamore is very light (good and bad) it’s hard like alder but not as dense so all your threading screws are subjective to getting loose or stripping the wood after repeated adjusting. Yeah I know what your thinking but it’s also an interesting tone wood, you just need to know this stuff…it’s a tele so not a lot moving parts here, but for anybody thinking roadworthy here’s the deal, expect to level and crown, replace tuners, remove and thread lock screws (especially the bridge mounts, mine were double shot and only 1 of 3 screws actually had a good bite into body, so I filled with glued toothpicks and reshot)
The good is it’s nice looking, light, routes are good and shielding painted, great aged cream 1 ply plate, good polymer nut, good neck overall but no guitar at this $ will have appropriate fretwork for serious play. Baseline but functional electronics with good solders. Great feel and balance with comfortable lightness.
Good finish and paint. Nice top load bridge with six intonatable saddles, hardware is good, meaning durable not pro-grade. I got locking tuners here for 13$ have some higher grade pups from upgraded older tele, not changing pots and stuff as I mostly dime out anyway, but was able to flip my control plate 180 so my switch is at the rear (50’s hotrod style)
There was enough wiring slack to do; So after a few bucks and little work I’m pleased with…my expectation.
How to play guitar? Or, more specifically, ‘how to play acoustic guitar’?
People ask this question quite a bit and, surprisingly!, think there’s a short answer. And maybe there is: Play a lot, for a long time. : ) But, seriously, playing guitar (whether acoustic or electric or other) is a long-term process. Really talented people pursue being an excellent guitarist for a lifetime. Sure, there are basic techniques and insights that will get you up and running in a month. But the possibilities are so wide open that you’ll still be discovering new stuff decades later.
If you asked this question, but were really wondering, “How do I get started playing guitar?”, then I would recommend a) get an inexpensive guitar (don’t go expensive at first), and b) getting lessons. Lessons can be from a local teacher – this is really helpful for the psychological effect of being forced to show up and look someone in the eye every week and admit whether you practiced. Or video lessons, like the ones at JamPlay, are another great source.
What is fingerstyle guitar?
Fingerstyle guitar is a broad term for a style of playing characterized by using the flesh of the finger to pluck the strings (instead of a pick or plectrum). In the past, this term has referred to folks like Chet Atkins or Doc Watson.
This term is typically used right now to refer to a number of players like Tommy Emmanuel, Andy McKee, or even Ed Sheeran, who mix Country Travis picking, Flamenco percussion, Jazz tonality, Folk-ish alternate tunings, and Classical melodicism to create a very “modern” sort of fingerstyle guitar.
What is an acoustic guitar?
“An acoustic guitar is a guitar that produces sound acoustically—by transmitting the vibration of the strings to the air—as opposed to relying on electronic amplification (see electric guitar). The sound waves from the strings of an acoustic guitar resonate through the guitar’s body, creating sound. This typically involves the use of a sound board and a sound box to strengthen the vibrations of the strings.”
What is classical guitar vs a steel-string guitar?
This is the major divide in the types of acoustic guitars. The divide looks (roughly) like this:
Classical guitars are: nylon-stringed, played sitting with a raised leg, have wider string distance, and prize “projection” as a key quality. Classical guitarists, Flamenco, Bossa Nova, and sometimes Folk players prefer these.
Steel-string guitars are: strung with “wound” steel strings, played standing or sitting, have a tighter neck, and a have a wide variety of selling points (recording sound, playability, as well as projection). Pop, Rock, Country, and many other styles prefer these.