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Date Created: 9/24/2010

Last Updated: 1/7/2010

Sebelum aku masuk part Acoustic Guitar, aku nak jelaskan sket advice aku sebelum ni. When I say you should be willing to spend a good amount of money on your equipment, I didn't mean you should overdo it. Toksah la baru start main guitar, dah beli professional quality punya equipment.

Kalo spend banyak sangat, takut nanti you'll be afraid to use it. And at the early stage, you'll have plenty to go through until you know what is it about a guitar that you like (fretboard, body, wood etc). Pilihan equipment yg patut dibeli pon dependant on muzik yg kau suka main. For instance, you probably shouldn't get an Ibanez RG kalo nak jadi jazz guitarist. So kalo spend terlalu banyak awal-awal, it's too big of a gamble.

 

Gitar Acoustic

Untuk beginners, maybe korang rasa electric guitar lagi bagus, sebab boleh buat sound ganas (distortion), and boleh main clean gak. Kalo boleh main clean, buat ape nak beli acoustic. I used to think like that way back. Maybe sebab time tu gitar acoustic keliling aku don’t sound very good. Maybe because aku belum develop the hearing that I have today.

Aku bukan nak cakap ko wajib ade gitar acoustic. Just know that you can’t get acoustic guitar sound with an electric guitar. Well, ade effect “Acoustic Simulator” untuk electric guitar, but I don’t believe that it’ll sound nearly as good as the real thing. You don’t get the same feel too obviously.

And beginners mungkin tak sedar yg generally ade dua jenis acoustic guitar. Nylon ngan Steel stringed acoustic.

Gambar kat atas ni yang belah kiri nylon, yang belah kanan steel.

Nylon ni biasanya buat main classical music or flamenco. Gitar classical and flamenco walaupon nampak macam sama tapi lain sebenarnya. Flamenco ni biasanya kayu dia lain sket, and it tends to have shorter sustain than classical. Flamenco punya gitar dia macam ade pick guard yang see through punya, sebab orang main flamenco ni dia tepuk gitar tu kasi percussive effect sket. Gitar nylon ni fretboard dia lebar berbanding steel guitar, and tak curve macam steel guitar. Gitar nylon biasanya takde fret marker macam steel guitar, yang dots kat fret 5th, 7th, 9th and 12th tu. Tapi marker dia kat belah atas fretboard tu, just small dots. Sound nylon ni mellow sket, tu kena kuku panjang kalau tak terlalu mellow. Tengok video ni for example. In rare cases, ade gak orang main nylon guitar untuk lagu rock. Contohnya Rodrigo Y Gabriella. They're very unique (and Gabriella is really awesome).

Steel guitar pulak is more common for modern pop/rock music la. You know how it sounds. Dia punya tone brighter than nylon. Fretboard dia narrow sket, curved, macam electric guitar la. Jarak antara tali-tali pon dekat sket. Actually, walaupon classical guitar ni acoustic (since bukan electric), orang biasa sebut acoustic guitar to refer to steel stringed acoustic guitar.

Bukan tali jek yg beza. The guitars are different. So kalo beli guitar acoustic, don't plan on switching the strings from nylon to steel or the other way around. Bukan buruk perangai jek, nylon guitars are not designed to take the tension of steel strings. Tali steel have much higer tension, you can damage your nylon guitars.

Lagi satu, kalo ade gitar acoustic, tolong jangan pakai electric guitar punya tali. Yes, I used to do that, sebab senang sket nak main. But it's not a good idea. Acoustic punya tali memang lagi keras. But it's designed to bring the good acoustic guitar tone. In fact, it's a good way to build your finger strength. Honestly, sekarang aku spend lagi banyak kat tali acoustic aku. Aku pakai Elaxir, each set costs 3 times more than Ernie Ball strings yang aku pakai untuk electric guitar aku. Strings are very important when it comes to acoustic guitar, since you can't really do anything else to get the best tone.

Sesetengah acoustic guitar ade pickup & preamp. Gitar camni di panggil acoustic/electric. Gitar camni usually mahal sket, for obvious reason. Kenapa beli gitar camni? So that you can perform on stage and connect the guitar to the PA system. That way you don't have to mic the guitar. Aku plak pakai acoustic/electric sebab aku nak cucuk kat computer, to record. I won't be able to record the best characteristics of the sound of my acoustic guitar, but at least I won't have to worry about noise kalau aku pakai mic. And since aku selalu buat transcription, it's good for me to hear my guitar and the music I'm transcribing using my headphones. You don't buy this kind of guitar to put distortion and pretend you're playing an electric guitar. It sounds pretty bad, and you don't get the same playability. (Well, concert Nirvana unplugged lagu The Man Who Sold the World ade distortion, but it's a really simple solo).

Well, since aku dah lama tak dok Malaysia, aku punya idea of how much Ringgit is worth kurang sket. But for beginners, I'd say avoid anything lower than RM200. No, make it RM300. And kalo beginner, maybe avoid spending more than RM800. But kalo dah lame main, and you just want a good acoustic guitar, consider spending more than RM1000.

Brand plak, aku tak familiar sangat dengan nylon. But I love my Cordoba classical guitar. In fact, I've been spending so much time with it. And it's a good value for money too. Mase aku beli tu, aku sebenarnya prepared to spend up to USD600 on a classical guitar. But I really fell in love with my USD400 Cordoba. They make cheaper ones of course.

Steel pulak I'd recommend maybe Yamaha atau Takamine. Brand sederhana mahal yg lain cam Jasmine by Takamine, Fender (yes, Fender acoustic takde reputation cam electric dia), Applause by Ovation, Ibanez, Parkwood, Epiphone pon ok gak. In fact, consider a Baby Taylor too. It sounds really good for something small.

If you're looking for a high-end stuff, consider Martin & Co, Breedlove, Taylor, high-end models Takamine, Ovation, etc (not Gibson, because if you have the money for it, you probably won't be reading this :P). But, even if brand-brand ni luar budget ko, maybe if you have the chance, try them. See what you like about them. And find something cheaper that has the characteristics of what you like.

In any case, unless ko memang perlu built-in pickup system, avoid it. Buat ape buang duit kat situ. Yeah it looks fancier, but if you don't need it, might as well get something that plays and built better. Penting beli gitar acoustic yang bagus. Sebab gitar acoustic ni bukan cam electric. Electric, kalo intonation ko off sket, senang nak adjust. And again, on an acoustic guitar, you can't really change the sound other than getting good strings and change your picking techniques. Aku punya guitar acoustic pon dua kali lagi mahal dari gitar electric aku, only until recently.

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