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I suggest beginners learn on an electric guitar because the neck is slimmer and the strings are closer to the fretboard. Holding chord positions and learning scales is much easier because it doesn't require as much arm/wrist strength that the new player hasn't developed yet.
And a beginner lacks the calluses on their fingertips so they'll have to press harder making an acoustic more like an instrument of torture compared to an electric.
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I'm thinking about buying to start learning how to play. Does "acoustic electric" mean I can play this with or without a electric amp/speaker? Thanks
Yes - you can even play an electric without an amp. As a matter of fact, I learned on an electric without an amp because it was quieter than an acoustic
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And a beginner lacks the calluses on their fingertips so they'll have to press harder making an acoustic more like an instrument of torture compared to an electric.
How so? Acoustic makes more sound without plugging in, you just strum and it makes a beautiful sound, while electric requires amp or harder strums to make a sound. I get the narrow neck is a lot more helpful, and with an amplifier and some distort you can make a lot of sound on electric, but these electric acoustics should be good with a small amp too, right?

Do these come with steel strings or plastic strings, can we just swap the strings and retain the functionality?
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This is a standard size guitar and the 140-SE is a parlor style. The latter is smaller in size.
Also remember the color, the other one had better colors, this one looks purplish to me, like eggplant color, or is it my monitor?
The other deal from last week had built in tuner as well, if I am not mistaken.

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I read through the other recent guitar rebate threads, no complaints and people have reported receiving the rebates without issue. I have not tried this yet, but might try this deal. Seems that other recent deals included a hard case, but the price was also $30 more.
Totally forgot about the hard case, did not realize this doesn't come with one, great pointing that out, hard case is definitely worth the price, although it does make the whole thing heavier, but protects it much better than a gig bag would.
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I suggest beginners learn on an electric guitar because the neck is slimmer and the strings are closer to the fretboard. Holding chord positions and learning scales is much easier because it doesn't require as much arm/wrist strength that the new player hasn't developed yet.
I am not an expert or anything, but I agree with this.comment. I initially tried to learn on an acoustic many years ago and gave up out of frustration because I have genetically big nails that get in the way when pressing the strings, so I could not get any chords right. A couple of years ago I tried to learn again on an electric guitar and the experience was much easier. I was able to progress much faster. I am not sure if I just used a bad acoustic guitar many years ago, or bad strings, or just bad attitude on my part, but starting over with an electric guitar helped me stay encouraged to continue practicing and learning.
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Is this good for 8 yr old boy ?
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I suggest beginners learn on an electric guitar because the neck is slimmer and the strings are closer to the fretboard. Holding chord positions and learning scales is much easier because it doesn't require as much arm/wrist strength that the new player hasn't developed yet.
I suggest the opposite, recommending beginners learn on an acoustic (ideally with a 1 3/4" nut). Arm/wrist strength (and calluses) develop super-quickly on an acoustic guitar, and a guitarist learning on an acoustic instrument with a wider nut can much more easily transition to an electric (having developed that strength) with a standard 1 11/16" nut than a guitarist learning on an electric then attempting to transition to an acoustic (or bigger nut) without having developed the requisite arm/wrist strength.

IMO the best instruments for learning guitar are Taylor 300+ series with the big nut. They're super easy to play, make beginners sound better than they are, and build all the core strength needed to play a ton of instruments rapidly. Breedlove also makes excellent 1 3/4" nut guitars that are a lot more pocketbook-friendly, sound every bit as good, and are outstanding for first-timers.
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Tried searching the threads from past deals. Couldn't find the answer. Anyone know what hard case this can fit into?
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Also remember the color, the other one had better colors, this one looks purplish to me, like eggplant color, or is it my monitor?
The other deal from last week had built in tuner as well, if I am not mistaken.
You are correct the color has a purple hue. Fender calls it "Lilac Burst".
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The best guitar for a beginner is whichever one they will want to pick up and practice most often.
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Is this good for 8 yr old boy ?
To me, 8 years old is still pretty small. As an adult I found full sized acoustic large. I'm sure its possible to learn at that age but there is the risk of discouragement from early obstacles. I would go smaller. I wouldn't even rule out a ukulele. A local girl (Grace VanderWaal) started on that and she played Madison Square Garden last summer
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For the guy looking for a good beginner guitar. Yamaha FG800 all the way. Guitar Center for $200. Probably on sale next week for Labor Day. Lots of reviews on it.

As far as this guitar, good grief, it is UGLY.

As far as the rebate. I sent mine in for the Fender Thinline a few weeks ago, and it has already been received and approved. I haven't actually gotten it back yet though. Seems legit though.
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How so? Acoustic makes more sound without plugging in, you just strum and it makes a beautiful sound, while electric requires amp or harder strums to make a sound. I get the narrow neck is a lot more helpful, and with an amplifier and some distort you can make a lot of sound on electric, but these electric acoustics should be good with a small amp too, right?

Do these come with steel strings or plastic strings, can we just swap the strings and retain the functionality?
My understanding, an acoustic built for plastic strings, might have an issue when strung with steel strings, which can place more strain on the instrument when tightening. I think you might mess up the action on the neck swapping from one style to the other.

Electric is easier on the hands and fingertips, because you generally don't have to press down as hard to get the sound. The strings are not cutting into your fingertips as much. Which by the way fingertip callouses definitely help, but that is not all that's going on. The player is abusing the fingertips and likely certain amount of nerve damage. Face it the tips of fingers were not designed to repeatedly press on a thin steel string that wants to cut into the skin. That is an unfortunate aspect of guitar playing.

Personally I love electric rocking out to The Ramones. To compete with really good acoustic guys, who have been playing for years and are very precise, that might not be in the cards. But you can have a great time and sound real good rocking out with an electric.

I would use an amp for electric though. And turn off the distortion until you can hear yourself making proper and good sounding chords.
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I suggest the opposite, recommending beginners learn on an acoustic (ideally with a 1 3/4" nut). Arm/wrist strength (and calluses) develop super-quickly on an acoustic guitar, and a guitarist learning on an acoustic instrument with a wider nut can much more easily transition to an electric (having developed that strength) with a standard 1 11/16" nut than a guitarist learning on an electric then attempting to transition to an acoustic (or bigger nut) without having developed the requisite arm/wrist strength.

IMO the best instruments for learning guitar are Taylor 300+ series with the big nut. They're super easy to play, make beginners sound better than they are, and build all the core strength needed to play a ton of instruments rapidly. Breedlove also makes excellent 1 3/4" nut guitars that are a lot more pocketbook-friendly, sound every bit as good, and are outstanding for first-timers.
totally agree.... that comment to learn on an electric sounds like good advice.... and im not saying its wrong, but i learned on an acoustic and i think it is the best way. callouses, muscle strength and finger strength are the foundation of being able to play guitar well.... if u have an interest in playing a steel string acoustic.. just start with an acoustic..... another thing... learning guitar is a challenge and there is no easy way to get around the nuts and bolts... use extra light strings (phosphor bronze preferably) and stay at it while prepared to be frustrated and humbled at some point after the initial excitement wears off....

one more thing, if u want to primarily play electric as u progress, while i think playing acoustic first has a lot of advantages, i think its not necessary to start with an acoustic
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Shouldn't this deal be dead already? The rebate already expired on the 27th.
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