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The Cheapest Acoustic Guitar On Amazon vs $7500 Froggy Bottom!

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Subscribe: ► http://geni.us/subs ♥ Your Support Appreciated! What is the cheapest guitar on Amazon (£31.99) really like? is it playable? How does it compare with a Froggy Bottom that costs 250 times more? In the coming months I'll be exploring what we can do to improve it, adjusting the action, nut and bridge heights, new strings and a setup with luthier legend Charlie Chandler! http://www.justinguitar.com See my web site for hundreds more free lessons, loads of songs and detailed courses for beginners and intermediate players getting into blues, jazz, fingerstyle and many lessons on technique, aural training and loads more... And it is all totally free, no bull. No sample lessons, no memberships, no hard sell and spammy emails, no free ebook. Just hundreds and hundreds of great lessons :) To get help with this lesson and get additional notes and tips, use the Lesson ID in the search box at the top of the web site! Hope you enjoy it - if you do please subscribe to my YouTube Channel and come find me on my socials below. Much appreciate the support! • YouTube Lessons https://www.youtube.com/user/JustinSandercoe • YouTube Songs https://www.youtube.com/user/JustinSandercoeSongs • Facebook https://www.facebook.com/justinguitarofficial • Twitter https://twitter.com/justinsandercoe • JustinGuitar Community (forum) https://www.justinguitarcommunity.com
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Toad Moto (1 day ago)
This guy reminds me of a younger Norm McDonald.
kollinaresh naresh (2 days ago)
Sir why are Xnot played on A Open chord?sir please tell me
krispyJDubyall1 (2 days ago)
The sound quality on the video isn't good enough to distinguish between the two. I know you'll be able to feel the difference but the tonality is barely any different.
flamencoprof (3 days ago)
Actual playability and intonation are better qualities than tonality. I have had guitars handed to me at parties that were just untunable and couldn't be used to make nice sounds. But I learned on a couple of not very bright nylon acoustics that were at least playable up to the seventh fret and it never did me any harm. However, eventually got sick of making the best of a series of not-very-good guitars and bought a new Tele and a Blues Jr, amp last year (Old Man Syndrome) and it is frightening how good it makes my old skills sound.
kalan terry (3 days ago)
Cheap one sounds like a taylor so bright
wjsnyderjr (4 days ago)
He really played wonderwall at 5:46
Adolf Hitler rules (5 days ago)
Play some Johnny cash
Jadyn Rojas (5 days ago)
why do you recommend playing electric first
Rev Samson (6 days ago)
I have a $15 guitar... Not suprised😂i struggled playing bar chords when i was a beginner... Ive been using my cheap guitar for almost 3 years now.... Wish i have money to buy a new one😢
HillBilly Chase Vlogs (6 days ago)
One time my pappaw gave me a guitar that johnny cash used and signed I was so happy to get it but my cousin smashed it because I accedently dropped his phone and broke it
HillBilly Chase Vlogs (6 days ago)
One time my pappaw gave me a guitar that johnny cash used and signed I was so happy to get it but my cousin smashed it because I accedently dropped his phone and broke it
Butch Cunningham (9 days ago)
I guess justin never made followed up videos on the amazon $75 dolar guitar
Christopher Daly (10 days ago)
Jasmine's start at $97, and play great and sound fine right out of the box,.....why buy some piece of garbage that you have to invest time and money to have it playing well, beginners are better of with like a 7/8 size Yamaha classical then an electric,....when I was 12 within a couple weeks I could practice like 7 hours a day without my hands hurting,......after a year I went to playing an electric for hours at a time without any problem.
Prabhant Singh (13 days ago)
Now i know why it's feeling so hard for me to learn a guitar(it's a 50 EURO guitar)
Tomitus Prime (14 days ago)
You seen the fender play ads No I don’t care if your name is greyden you little shit
Lollipop Nobody (15 days ago)
I still remember my first guitar. It was similar to this one, and when I look back at it, it was really horrible. I play the classic guitar for 8 years now and have a guitar that cost about 2500$ and I can play on it whole day and my fingers don't hurt. Guitars under 300$ really makes you feel like playing guitar actually hurts...
James Evans (15 days ago)
Sounds more like a banjo lol
Mike Camacho (16 days ago)
When I closed my eyes and listened to the comparison...I could barely notice a difference lol.
lee turton (17 days ago)
First guitar?...not got a lot of money?...epiphone dr100 without a doubt...epiphone don't make bad guitars at all in my opinion...whatever the price wether its acoustic or electric they look good and more importantly sound good
Vicentiu Busuioc (21 days ago)
I've just turned 30 and I always wanted to learn guitar. 5 months ago I bought this very same cheapest guitar (looks identical with what Justin's presenting here). Never played guitar before so I thought, I just want to learn, so I don't really need more than the cheapest one. :) Frankly, a more expensive guitar would have been more easier to learn on but, I regret nothing since my desire and passion were and still are HUGE. Hard and painful?! No doubt! Even with new strings, after the first weekend of playing it, I was literally almost unable to play it anymore due to the fresh corns on my fingertips. But the grit was skyrocketing. Ignored the pain and went on and on and on, playing it every single day. Now I'm learning my second cover, Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", first one being "Through glass" of Stone Sour. When I think of my passion on this guitar and the sacrifice I made with it, I can only metaphorically think of love: it can be painful and sometimes it will be very, but in the end it worths the effort. (please keep in mind that I'm a grown man and I would never recommend such thing to a child xD). Now I'm ready to move on to a better guitar and I think it will make me shine much more after learning on this motherfucker. :)) Keep the fire burning! \m/ Bless and love from Bucharest, Romania!
#countryboycansurvive (21 days ago)
The cheap guitar has a nice twang to it. Very folky. But would be horrible for e beginner. I bought a decent beginner guitar (Luna) but am replacing the strings, and now considering having it checked/ adjusted, to make sure strings are the right height, nut is right, and everything is at it's best for a beginner. Any beginner guitar is going to be made in China. From Luna, to Fender Squire, to a beginner Gibson. All made in China. All will be loosly strung and zero adjustments made is a great assumption. I have 3 frets that are a tad too high at the bottom. Not playing those high notes yet so not too worried about it. But will have to be corrected also. I didn't get the lowest at $179, or even $199. I got the full Mahagony grand concert Gypsy $259. Designed in USA and assembled in China. I am sure they just put it together, and it would be up to a music shop to make any necessary adjustments. ALso, this Luna has a defective finish. From day 1 it flakes off if your finger nail hit it. Other then that I am happy with the quality of materials. Nut could have been better. Strings a more friendly gauge. I suggest going up to $600 range. Look at the prices of a decent Chello, Flute, Violin, Saxophone and get a guitar is the same price range. Playing guitar don't mean you get to cheap out over the other instruments. Quality cost $. Teach the kid to care for things too. I kinda wish I had gone to a $600-$900 range. I guess that wil be for my 2nd guitar later.
MrLovaLova (22 days ago)
12:12 Can someone tell me what kind of music is that? Or which song is he playing? Im gonna buy a guitar soon and I wanna learn that soo bad.
BixelWeekly (23 days ago)
I have a cheap-o acoustic and I thought it was my fault for the buzzing I experienced... I'm sure I can till improve but the action on that thing is soooo high.
CookieBiscuit (23 days ago)
How to know that guitar is in poor quality:- 1. Hard to press even a C or D chords. 2. Your fingers and entire hand hurts. 3. Basically difficult to play it even if you are professional / intermediate. 4. The sound is suck (lol obviously). So, if u wanna learn guitar seriously, buy at least around $250 and above, OR a known branded one that prefer a cheaper guitar with good quality.
iRx Destiny (24 days ago)
I have a Yamaha c40 classical guitar and its one of the best that i have ever played and it cost 150$
Elijah cesspoole (25 days ago)
Justin. That cheap guitar sounds like shite.
mhia4 (26 days ago)
For a solid beginner look into Teton. Very good tone for around 3 bills.
Kieran Shilston (26 days ago)
I'm interested in this series but I can't find the other videos. Can someone link me please?
axel g (28 days ago)
Cheapest guitar on amazon *literally pulls out my hand me down * Hopefully I can upgrade soon /:
Y007 P (28 days ago)
Most people dont want to be messing about in order to make their acoustic playable for their kid. I say whatever you can afford. Do you need a Froggy Bottom? No. I recommend Tanglewood. Anyway you have to apply some standards.
Dark Repulser (29 days ago)
the first guitar makes me want to compare it to a banjo
Tien Le (29 days ago)
I grew up with this kind of cheap guitars and always thought pressing a guitar's fret is hard/painful, especially when I need to bar the whole fret. Now I can afford the high end guitars ($3000 - $5000 or so), playing guitars is much easier and enjoyable. It was hard but it didn't kill my love for guitars. Anyways, I won't buy cheap guitars for my kids. If my kids love guitars, I will give them the high-end guitars to start with.
Rick Bullock (1 month ago)
I was surprised to hear how good that “no name” guitar sounded but I know you made it sound that good because of your talent and expertise. Not something to buy a kid if you expect them to carry on and love to play.👍👍
Carlos Angel (1 month ago)
I personally think you should learn on a harder to play guitar. It prepares you for much easier guitars. By the time you get a better guitar, you've already callused your fingers enough that playing any guitar will be easy.
Michael Cook (1 month ago)
funklegend (1 month ago)
my first guitar was a $50 rogue guitar off musicians friend over 10 years ago. i’ve gotten a lot of compliments on how good it sounds from people who are actually good and have nice guitars lol
George Shaw (1 month ago)
Open tuning and a slide. Or a stunt guitar that you burn in a Hendrix tribute.
NiKo (1 month ago)
Song at 5:46?
Donald Miller (1 month ago)
Oh, I came across this. Pretty miraculous what manufacturers can do these days. I recommend people have one of these at-hand. No excuse not to play it. I always have mine beside me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yf15ChzkMKA I don't have that particular one. Mine are outragiously expensive $118 and $150. lol
Donald Miller (1 month ago)
I'm looking forward to seeing how this guitar fares during your refurbishing. || One thing I learned in this lesson is that I don't think I'm going to try barre chords on the $200 Ibanez I bought through Amazon. The action is too high and I'm sure I came close to breaking the truss rod more than a couple of times. It got rave reviews (people mentioned, "for the price."). With the action 'too high,' it sounds excellent - sounds awful if it isn't. (I told the retailer I'd keep it if they knocked $50 off the price - I'm pretty certain it's a second-hand. Anyway, they did. So what I think I might have is a good guitar for fingerpicking? Anyone have any thoughts on that?
Drasmodias (1 month ago)
Oh, when you said you hate being given a guitar like that at a gathering, I completely relate!! That is the worst!!
Amuzaa Jr (1 month ago)
What's at the head of the Guitar
Standard nnn (1 month ago)
Nothing beats interest, effort and talent. Getting a "decent" guitar is a 1st world problem. Go to a 3rd world country, u can see kids make incredible music with their really cheap guitars. They know how to adjust and modify them as well.
John Hendrick (1 month ago)
If that guitar had a decent setup and better strings it might be easier to play and sound better.
QWERTY (1 month ago)
I have an extremely cheap guitar. It sounds terrible. I'm so close to getting a better guitar. 😁
mic jam (1 month ago)
I bought the cheapest guitar I could find...in about a month I was carving the nut up like a holiday turkey!
Marie K (1 month ago)
This guitar would sound good with this kind of music. https://youtu.be/Yd60nI4sa9A
Marie K (1 month ago)
You could also buy a used higher quality guitar assuming it's been checked out first for any defects. That would give you a higher priced one for less money!
R Oliver (1 month ago)
Love that first song, what is that and is there a tab for it? Great channel.
THUNDERBIRD!! (1 month ago)
It's fine for an intermediate player but a noob would throw it down and probably not want to keep trying, just give up because the action is a damn high, 1/4 inch!! Who would want that? Why do the the makers do that to beginners?
Diego Ureta (1 month ago)
You didnt tune it correctly
Pinoy keyboard warrior (1 month ago)
I got better playing old, worn out and broken guitar.
Gennady Golovkin (1 month ago)
Could've swore the thumbnail for this was norm mcdonald.
Matthew Taylor (1 month ago)
D'dario's are very nice strings
Ian Trotman (1 month ago)
Are they metal or nylon strings?
Lewis Poore (1 month ago)
12:12 song?
Markus Herbertz (1 month ago)
Can anyone tell me which song he plays in the end 17:00 ? ... or even the tuning?
Markus Herbertz (23 days ago)
Still surching für an answer
Salman Habib (1 month ago)
Get a set of yamaha strings and lower the action. It would become half decent.
You better be playing Johnny cash Folsom prison blues
Jeff Jacobs (1 month ago)
the moment about the neck is near to nothing. the reason why it takes a while to get the strings adjusted is because the metal is new and is stretching for the first time
Thymester (1 month ago)
I never played Guitar, I have only played Baritone, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute and Percussion Drums, but I just ordered a FG800 and I cant wait to start Guitar!! I just hope that all goes well and my experience in music help with my beginner stages on the Guitar!! I am more excited for the Guitar than anything I have ever played before, and I have done multiple concerts and activities for grade schools and universities so that's a promising thing!
GrenadeGreg A (8 days ago)
Nice choice. I've had an FG700 for a few years now and I love it.
MyTwoCents (1 month ago)
My first guitar was worse. The action was 1/3"; ridiculous, and it was made out of pressed cardboard. It took forever to be able to play an F chord. No one but someone dedicated to learning guitar would spend more than a minute on the thing. I was too young to know there was anything better out there at the time. I became adapted to playing cheap cardboard guitars until they warped. Then I'd smash them on the floor to pieces. Then I'd go out and get another. Went through 5 or 6 like that.
jake Stevens (1 month ago)
It's great to see a 'cheap vs expensive' video were the playability is talked about and not just the sound, and what's more it's a genuinely cheap guitar. Well done Justin.
danthor45 (1 month ago)
its good for smashing the speakers with after the show :3
EV3 Dale (2 months ago)
Sounds like a freeking banjo. Sheesh. However, I got a $40.99 Glarry 41" dred cutaway that knocked my socks off after I tamped one fret down, adjusted the truss rod and filed the saddle. Sounds absolutely amazing and plays like hot butter. I had to clean the stain overspill off of the binding though. After doing that, it actually looks good.
peter mcdonna (2 months ago)
Did you ever finish this series?
Karan Purja (2 months ago)
what tune is he plating can someone reply me i would love to learn it
SirEpicNugget (2 months ago)
So are you ever going to upload a video where you have made this guitar playable? Or attempted too?
Jorge Savelli (2 months ago)
The List (2 months ago)
I bought a 90 dollar guitar and put a bone nut and bridge on it and it sounds better than my buddy's 300 fender
Torque (2 months ago)
What song is he playing at the very end 17:11 ?
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SilentMott (2 months ago)
Law of diminishing returns, the leap in value and quality from 30 dollar guitar to 300 dollar guitar is probably vastly more than the value and quality you're getting when going from 300 to 3000. Nothing wrong with getting a kid a starter guitar but if you're willing to pay for the quality and playability then you're probably doing a better service by shelling out a couple hundred bucks or getting a quality used guitar for 150
Lian Styles (2 months ago)
3:40 is it youngblood by 5sos?
Shan Cabantugan (2 months ago)
Lol my guitar is 19$ and it has a brand in it hahah
wlcsp (2 months ago)
Sounds the same to me
pierrotgodot (2 months ago)
Series coming soon? I'm all interested now lol
Gent30 X (2 months ago)
Perfect for punk n trash style.
ARTG 17 (2 months ago)
May i know what song did he played on 12:12
Ray (2 months ago)
6 months and still anxiously awaiting the follow-up to this video. Every time I see you uploaded I get excited but so far no luck.
DeshawnLive (2 months ago)
What inch is that
vnz md (2 months ago)
I have yamaha fg junior is it ok??
Harrison (2 months ago)
I had a mistake like this early when I was a kid as well. Got a really hard to play guitar with a horrific action and it made me not want to learn. Took about 4 years later and I got a better guitar and THEN I actually ENJOYED playing, have been now for years.
Hayden Ames (2 months ago)
15:20 can you tell me the name of this song so I can try learning it please??
MetalDad (2 months ago)
Hayden Ames (2 months ago)
MetalDad what is his website?
MetalDad (2 months ago)
From Katie's Window, it's his own song. There are video lessons on his site if you want to learn it.
kaitlyn (2 months ago)
sometimes it might be better to start with a shitty guitar (maybe not this bad though) and have lots of grit. it helps build up the strength of your hand+fingers and it's easier to transition into harder skills later on
Eric Hwang (3 months ago)
Used intermediate guitar is the way to go. $300 guitars are usually pretty well made and you can get them around $150-200 used. Imo that's a fantastic deal as they will have great playability that is still pretty affordable.
guily6669 (3 months ago)
I'm not into guitars I'm still learning and I only have a very bad electric guitar BUT: 1- If you really wanted to test the guitar wouldn't you also have to change strings to good ones. 2- tuning is always up and not down at least on electric, isn't it the same for acoustic; 3- don't you have to stretch strings a lot and keep tuning until they get to a more stable tune like on electric. From what I heard at least on electric guitars some are not even bad but just don't also work any good with the stock strings and need a good set unless it's something expensive which comes all good from factory. Ps: if all are true, then you never shown how real good\bad that crap guitar is entirely before doing any mod like leveling frets by sanding... :).
John Phillip (3 months ago)
Be interesting to see how this progresses. Mainly as currently I can't afford better than what I have, already made a decent improvement by swapping the supplied strings for some Adagio ones (no idea how they rate in the grand scheme of things), much less buzzy and a lot cleaner sounding. I'd love to be able to splash the cash on something high end, but at the end of the day its what you can afford and what you can justify spending vs your other committments in life - i.e. kids, mortgage, pets, replacing worn out appliances, fixing the car (either yourself or paying someone to) and sometimes you want to dip your toe into a hobby and kinda feel around to see if its something that you have a passion and time for. I spend more time wrenching than playing guitar, so my mechanics tools are quite extensive and despite not doing it for a living, I have some quite expensive choice pieces that I can rely on when I'm in the muck and needing push things beyond what your meant to - i.e. a Facom ratchet, about 12 times what a Silverline would cost, but I can rely on not to strip teeth etc. Next guitar will prob be an Epiphone or a Yamaha. Would I buy the one I have again? No, however would I have splashed £120-£150 to see if I had an interest? no, so despite spending £35, which some might say "wasted", its gotten me into playing guitar and wanting to get better at it and now considering paying the money for an Epiphone or a Yamaha next. Thats something I otherwise wouldn't have done and wouldn't be doing. For the moment though I'm happy to keep teaching myself muscle memory as to where chords are on what I have and making noise of some sort with it.
EV3 Dale (2 months ago)
For $20 more, I recommend the Rogue RA-90 dred. Shaved the saddle. The action is low and easy. Big, bold, balanced sound.. It's a dreadnought, so it has a nice full sound and great bass response. It's on sale at Musician's Friend for $49 as I type. Expecting a cheaper guitar out of the box to be playable is like expecting to win the lottery the first time you play. Expect to either do a complete set-up or have someone do a complete set up on anything less than $200.
Hunter's Moon (3 months ago)
That's the reason I don't play my acoustic guitar, it's so damn hard to play anything on it.
rikster 111110 (3 months ago)
Its not bad to be fair
1965Ueli (3 months ago)
Very nice! Greetings from Switzerland with a traditional play from there! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na1HndTK9pE
Jeriel B (3 months ago)
i bought a 60 dollar guitar, tried to tune my high E string to E and it snapped.. this happens 20 minutes after i opened the case
Reuven Abramovich (3 months ago)
It sounds like a classical guitar with metal strings on
Erik Granqvist (3 months ago)
For the love of God - never get a kid a cheap instrument unless you want them to hate music!
marckypie O_o (3 months ago)
2:27 " It's really hard to get me a really nice clean C chord YOU KNOW WHAT I'- "
Tony Hazama (3 months ago)
he looks and kinda sounds like david gilmour
steby123 (3 months ago)
A guitar made of thin Laminate( plywood) will always tend to be bright/brittle, but new strings would go a long way.
Brandon Juarez (3 months ago)
I got a cheaper guitar off amazon for fun for about $13 and that thing is shit 😂😂
Ted Wagner (3 months ago)
So... link to "good" guitars in bracets 100-200, 200-300, 300-400, etc?

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