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  1. Dad3353


    First guess would be for an acoustic guitar. Yamaha are a pretty safe bet, in quality terms, both for the build and sonority, as are ibanez and Cort, but there are many more fine guitars to be had. In general, one gets better for spending more, but even the 'budget' ranges are worth playing. An option worth considering, although not indispensable, is an electro-acoustic. Plays as an acoustic, but can be plugged in; especially useful for recording directly into a computer interface without an amp. Here's a link to the Thomann German site; they are a highly reputed mail-order giant, based in Germany, so no delivery worries if that's where it's to go. This is their 'lefty' acoustic guitar section... Thomann Lefty Acoustic Guitars ... ... from which you might find inspiration. Filtered by 'In stock', then 'Five Stars' , with 'Pick-up system', and sorted by price, rising, I see a Harley Benson at £195, a Cort at £266 and an Ovation at £430. Without the Pick-up, I see two Fenders, at £155, a Takamine at £222, an Ibanez at £348 and a Taylor at £535. Any of these would suit an absolute beginner, and will give years of enjoyment. The higher end of the price range brings a more 'concert-ready' quality of sound, but none of these are 'duds'. There are others, of course; these are just a few. Any use to you..?
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    Lisa... If there's a decent, guitar-oriented music shop nearby (t'would be useful to know what region that may be...), how about asking them for a 'gift card' or similar, and arrange for your brother to come along and choose one, up to the value you've set with the shop..? T'would be nice if they knew, beforehand, that he's 'lefty', so as to have something to propose. Another big factor would be his tastes in music, and experience level. Does he already play guitar..? Would an acoustic be suitable, or an electric (which implies having an amp...), or even (sacrilege..!) a bass..? There are very many splendid guitars, or all shapes and styles, for £100 or so, and ten times more to choose from up to £500. Does the brother have an 'guitar heroes' that he may like to emulate..? When is 'soon'..? Time enough to order something on t'web and have it delivered..? Stuff from Europe may take a few days longer, but they have a wide range in their catalogues; there are several reputable on-line sellers in the UK, too (some with 'real shops' as well, such as Andertons; there are others still...). Hmm... More questions than answers, I'm afraid, but I know my brothers better than I know yours, so it's not easy. Fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge and we'll try to be more helpful still.
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    A gig bag for an acoustic guitar would do the job. I haven't any particular reference in mind, but there are nice semi-rigid foam cases, too, for acoustics. Thomann are very good at giving exact internal dimensions through their 'chat' system, I've found in the past. Hope this helps.
  4. Santana, Carlos - Samba Pa Ti.pdf
  5. Good evening, BB, and ... Plenty to read and amuse you here, and lots to learn and share.
  6. Good evening, Mat, and ... Plenty to read and amuse you here, and lots to learn and share.
  7. Any of these three guitars will give satisfaction 'on the beach', or at home on the sofa. I doubt that it would be useful spending much time doing one-on-one comparison in a shop, especially if you're 'tuned' to hearing Marin or Taylor stuff. My 'go-to' guitar is a Takamine G220 (discontinued, bought second-hand but inexpensive when new...) and it does a fine job. I'd go for the Takamine with no hesitation, unheard, as I don't think that they make duff guitars, at any price point. Just my tuppence-worth.
  8. I have a Daisy Rock Retro 12-string, and a fine guitar it is, too. Just sayin'.
  9. Is there a comfortable 'man's guitar' (except, maybe, the Ovation Breadwinner...)..?
  10. Wot 'e sed ^^. I'm 'righty', but play drums 'lefty'. I've a 'totally lefty' brother who plays guitar, very well indeed, 'righty'. There are no rules, really. Try both, and do whatever gives most satisfaction. Hendrix, apparently, was no slouch with a 'righty' guitar, played 'righty'.
  11. I'd take the view that there are multiple answers to this question. One important (maybe the most important..?) factor in learning stuff, any stuff, at any age, is motivation, that's to say: wanting to. How many children were sat at a piano, or handed a recorder or violin, even having expensive lessons thrust upon them, but didn't take it on board, or even rejected the whole thing..? If the itch that needs scratching is for an electric guitar, then start off on an electric guitar. If the motivation is more towards classical music, a classical guitar would be the way to go. To get one's hand in by the (relatively..) easier route, an acoustic guitar can bring more rapid satisfaction (as long as the effort is put in, naturally...). For starting out, a decent acoustic guitar gives very rapid, almost instant, gratification, and will be held onto, even if other guitars are acquired over time. To get the best out of a classical guitar, there is, in my view, no substitute for a good classical guitar teacher, and will certainly involves reading music from the outset. The road is harder, but the rewards are commensurate. If it's a question of idolatry, and wanting to join in with the modern rock idiom, then an electric has its appeal, and can be enjoyed, at least for starting out, with only a practise amp, or even a jack-plug amp and headset. Complete beginner..? Find out why and what their interest is in the instrument, and get 'em started on that. Whatever the choice, a good tutor is a great asset, with the proviso that the pupil is willing to cooperate. If not, 'laisser faire' has produced legions of virtuoso players over the years, although the path is longer and more strewn with rocks. Better that, though, than being forced to learn in a way that doesn't fit the motivation. Have I answered the question..? Probably not; sorry.
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