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I'd start with a Made in Mexico Fender strat or telecaster. You can also search here for the PRS zebrawood deal, that would also be a great guitar to start with.

These are, honestly, pro level instruments and would be wonderful to start on, but a heavy investment if she chooses not to continue. (there's always resale blah blah blah)
Gretsch is a great company, been around forever. As far as is this good for a first time guitar or a learner guitar? I think this is kinda overkill. This guitar is a pretty mid to top of the line guitar, and would be great for anyone, new or experienced, but that being said depending on your financial situation, this kinda coin in my opinion for a new player is overkill. Even though Gretsch is a great company and has the longevity of Fender and Gibson, the 2nd hand market isn't so hot. Harder to sell the guitar, and doesn't retain value as well. So if you are worried about the new player not committing to the instrument, and you'd eventually like to recoup some of your losses, I don't think Gretsch is the way to go. If you don't care about resale value, then by all means, this guitar is going to work Smilie . I wish I learned on a guitar of this caliber. That being said, looks means a lot to a player, even a new player, i'd make sure she digs the look of it too.
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I'm going to go against the grain here. Guitar player and teacher for over 30 years. This isn't what I would buy my kid as a first guitar. On the other hand, the instruments I have bought my kids seem ridiculous to many people. probably half way in between this model and what people are recommending. Does your kid need this to learn? Absolutely not. Is there any harm in buying a high end instrument? Absolutely not. Not that I would even consider this a high end instrument. Saying you need to start on a sub $500 guitar is like saying you need to start on a sub $1,500 car. Did I? Absolutely. Will my kids? Definitely not (Go ahead and add in 25 years of inflation). It sounds like this guy can afford a nice instrument. This seems like a decent deal. Buy it.

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Looking to get a Guitar for my daughter's 13th birthday and somebody recommended this company as a possible lead for a first time Guitar, would either of these be suitable for somebody who's never played before?
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Looking to get a Guitar for my daughter's 13th birthday and somebody recommended this company as a possible lead for a first time Guitar, would either of these be suitable for somebody who's never played before?
I'd start with a Made in Mexico Fender strat or telecaster. You can also search here for the PRS zebrawood deal, that would also be a great guitar to start with.

These are, honestly, pro level instruments and would be wonderful to start on, but a heavy investment if she chooses not to continue. (there's always resale blah blah blah)
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Looking to get a Guitar for my daughter's 13th birthday and somebody recommended this company as a possible lead for a first time Guitar, would either of these be suitable for somebody who's never played before?
These are great guitars, but Gretsch has plenty of options that would make more sense for a first-time guitar. There are hundreds of other options from other, well-known brands as well. Maybe I'm just cheap, but paying more than a few hundred dollars for a first-time guitar seems excessive.
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If it's your daughter first guitar that's a really nice guitar. I think at this price range a more suitable guitar would be a fender Stratocaster due to the variety of tones you can get out of it. Don't forget to set your budget for an amp as well. Whatever you spend on a decent guitar you will not lose if you end up selling it. I'm excited for your daughter!
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Looking to get a Guitar for my daughter's 13th birthday and somebody recommended this company as a possible lead for a first time Guitar, would either of these be suitable for somebody who's never played before?
Gretsch is a great company, been around forever. As far as is this good for a first time guitar or a learner guitar? I think this is kinda overkill. This guitar is a pretty mid to top of the line guitar, and would be great for anyone, new or experienced, but that being said depending on your financial situation, this kinda coin in my opinion for a new player is overkill. Even though Gretsch is a great company and has the longevity of Fender and Gibson, the 2nd hand market isn't so hot. Harder to sell the guitar, and doesn't retain value as well. So if you are worried about the new player not committing to the instrument, and you'd eventually like to recoup some of your losses, I don't think Gretsch is the way to go. If you don't care about resale value, then by all means, this guitar is going to work Smilie . I wish I learned on a guitar of this caliber. That being said, looks means a lot to a player, even a new player, i'd make sure she digs the look of it too.
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Looking to get a Guitar for my daughter's 13th birthday and somebody recommended this company as a possible lead for a first time Guitar, would either of these be suitable for somebody who's never played before?
There are two sides to this story, in reality it would be way Overkill, this is a professional level instrument. so spending that much money on a first guitar may not be wise unless price is not an issue? If that statement is true than this is absolutely a great sounding easy playing guitar! What style of music do you think she'll like to play? If she envisions herself being a single person strumming a guitar and singing, an acoustic may be a better first option than an electric. If she is like most young girls today, into death metal then a 8 or 9 string maybe a better first guitar. if you get her an acoustic, they make a thin line 3/4 Yamaha acoustic electric that I bought for my daughter when she was 15. the thinner profile makes it sit on her lap a little easier than a big standard size acoustic guitar, and she really had no interest in an electric. Models change but this is the equivalent: https://www.guitarcenter.com/Yama...px&index=3
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Looking to get a Guitar for my daughter's 13th birthday and somebody recommended this company as a possible lead for a first time Guitar, would either of these be suitable for somebody who's never played before?
This is a ridiculously nice for for a new player, who might end up preferring a completely different style of guitar, or even an acoustic! Get a "starter" guitar, I recommend a new Yamaha (whether electric or acoustic), they are very well made, look great, and are a small fraction of the price.
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This is not really an appropriate guitar for a beginner. I would get her something like a Squire Affinity series Strat for $225 or an Epiphone SG Special for $179 (which has a shorter scale length and is easier to play with smaller hands) to see if it's something she sticks with before buying more expensive instruments in the $400+ range.
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Looking to get a Guitar for my daughter's 13th birthday and somebody recommended this company as a possible lead for a first time Guitar, would either of these be suitable for somebody who's never played before?
While this Gretsch deal is a great price. I'd throw my opinion in with the others, it's a lot of guitar for a beginner. If you aren't choking on that $1000 plus price I'd look at standard Fender. They have decent resell if she doesn't like it or wants to upgrade down the line. Or a Squier, which is an overseas made Fender at a really affordable price.

For a 13 year old new guitarist I'd second the Fender Stratocaster recommendation. It's arguably the most versatile guitar allowing for many different sounds and a good physical size and comfortable for most people.

Here's a link to the Fender Stratocasters at Sweetwater, a great place to order. Pick your color and she's on her way.
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/...ingerboard

If your daughter is on the smaller side or has small hands or prefers the somewhat funky vibe of the Mustang, it's another great offering from Fender. The body of the guitar is a little smaller while still being "adult" size.
https://www.sweetwater.com/store/...ed-natural
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Looking to get a Guitar for my daughter's 13th birthday and somebody recommended this company as a possible lead for a first time Guitar, would either of these be suitable for somebody who's never played before?
I wouldn't spend $1400 on a first guitar. Sub $500 should be a good sweet spot for not overly nice but also not frustratingly bad
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Keep watching. If you want a Gretsch, Adorama often has lower line import models for under $500 that would be virtually indistinguishable from this one.

To argue some above, A Gretsch, any model, would be one of the best starter guitars for a younger person. I'm a semi pro, and frankly, a Gretsch neck is a bit small for me. Otoh, the female singer in my band LOVES the smaller Gretsch neck.
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I'd start with a Made in Mexico Fender strat or telecaster. You can also search here for the PRS zebrawood deal, that would also be a great guitar to start with.

These are, honestly, pro level instruments and would be wonderful to start on, but a heavy investment if she chooses not to continue. (there's always resale blah blah blah)


Thanks, I'll check that out, seems to be a lot of people here that agree with that point of view.
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These are great guitars, but Gretsch has plenty of options that would make more sense for a first-time guitar. There are hundreds of other options from other, well-known brands as well. Maybe I'm just cheap, but paying more than a few hundred dollars for a first-time guitar seems excessive.


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