mrm2007 wrote:andreas777 wrote:Thanks for the info. It was not my intention to say you should buy a used guitar, I only wanted to say that this might be an option, and I was curious about online sites in Iran. Last year I almost booked a trip to Iran but finally switched to Indonesia. But I plan to visit Iran in the next 24 months, so I can bring a guitar if someone is interested.
In my opinion someone who has a good knowledge of guitars should look for used guitars because he will gets much better guitars for the same price. For someone who has no knowledge and no experience the risk is quite high that a used guitar has deficiencies, especially guitars offered online without the chance to inspect them locally.
Are you sure that the person needs a full-size guitar? And is the person a beginner, and will she learn to play guitar on her own? If you are not sure about this, then you might give her a good guitar book together with a coupon for a guitar.
Actually she is a beginner and i don't think she wants to learn it on her own. She'll have a teacher for learning.
March 21st will be new Persian Year, and this guitar will be her new year's gift. If she doesn't like it (which i doubt it) we can easily goto the store and return it or exchange it.
BTW,If you decide to finally come to iran, please inform me , I will be very happy if there is anything i can doLaudiesdad69 wrote:Who are you buying the guitar for? A beginner? How old? Any musical experience at all?
The only reason I ask these questions is because it may make a difference on the size of the guitar. And, if indeed your only two choices are Yamaha and Stagg. Pick a Yamaha. If I were picking for someone else I would pick one with a gloss finish because where you contact the guitar on a matte finish, it's just going to get buffed up to gloss by playing it in those areas.
She is 33 years old. She is a beginner (i'm almost sure she will have a teacher for learning). She had a little music experience around 18 years ago with keyboard.
Seeing as she is an adult, and I don't know how big or small her hands are, I would say definitely don't do like I did and buy her a 3/4 size like I did for my 30 year old daughter. It turns out that even though her hands are quite a bit smaller than mine, and she felt more comfortable on the 3/4 size instrument, that only lasted a couple of months. Though she liked the shorter scale, she didn't like the narrower nut. She is better able to play with proper hand position on a 52mm nut. So I wound up giving her one of my full-size guitars and she is really taking off now.
As far as new or used, I would say go with new, especially if there is a chance that it might have to be exchanged. Yamaha has been making great guitars, decent at all price points,for a long time. Try at least to get one with a solid top, as it will sound better. There are all sorts of inexpensive options for humidifiers if you need them.