I’ve started my guitar journey in January after a very good friend of mine gave me an acoustic guitar (Fender CD-60S) simply because she thought I might like it and she’s got two. Me, not being a very musical person (or so I thought) now went completely down the rabbit hole and after four months I’ve got to say: I’ve fallen in love with learning how to play. I’m currently on module 4 of grade 1 of Justin’s course. To be honest, I have no idea if it’s a fast or slow progress, as I’m a bit concerned to progress too quickly. (Two of my other hobbies are dancing and martial arts and from that experience I really know how important it is to get the basics drilled into my brain.)
Anyway: My progress, no matter if it’s slow or fast or something in between, doesn’t keep me from looking at other guitars. If (and that’s a big if at the moment with some big life changes in my future) I buy a second guitar, I’d love for it to be an electric guitar. And as I’m still mostly clueless about a lot of things (even after having watches Justin’s videos), I hope you might be able to help!
First off maybe some information about
**the things I like **
To be honest, at the moment I don’t even know if you could say that I have a preference regarding the music: I listen to tons of Coldplay and Pink Floyd (and other stuff, mostly rock or pop) and I’ve noticed that these bands often use Fender guitars.
From Justin’s videos I think a guitar with single coils and a humbucker sounds interesting (due to COVID I haven’t found the opportunity to go to a store and listen to the different guitars live). Especially as this “mix” of pickups seems like a good way to explore different directions.
When I looked online, this one caught my eye:
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In the description (sorry, German) they say that it’s good for beginners who don’t yet know what they like to play, but maybe you have different thoughts?
I live in a rented apartment with lots of people around and very little space, so my biggest concern is the amp. I read something about the possibility to have an amp for your headphones, which would be ideal for now, but lots of the explanations seem to include quite the difficult setup with lots of software and stuff I have no idea about. Is there a way to simplify this? Do I really need an amp and all these cables? Could I simply plug in some headphones (or something to make it wireless) to play so I can play at all hours? (At the moment, I try not to play after 8 p.m. or before 8 a.m. so as not to start a fight with my neighbors.)
At this moment in my guitar journey, I’m not playing for anyone but myself. I’ve recorded myself one or two times when I’ve played along to Justin’s app (took my phone and used the audio recording app - nothing fancy there ), but that was it. Maybe at a later stage I’d like to play for my family or friends, but not yet. So it’s not that important that anyone else but me can hear me playing.
If I do have to get an amp, can you recommend one that doesn’t take up too much space? I’m an avid book reader and most of my apartment consists of shelves or book stacks, so … yeah, space is a bit of an issue. As are allergies, so the amp needs some way or another to be covered when not in use so that it doesn’t get too dusty.
Is there anything else you’d recommend me having a look at as a complete noob when it comes to guitars that I absolutely need to know?
Thanks a lot in advance!
And maybe one more thing: I’m on a budget here, so please don’t recommend the high end stuff