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

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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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  • 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?

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  • You didnt tune it correctly

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  • I got better playing old, worn out and broken guitar.

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  • Could've swore the thumbnail for this was norm mcdonald.

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  • D'dario's are very nice strings

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  • Are they metal or nylon strings?

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  • 12:12 song?

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  • Can anyone tell me which song he plays in the end 17:00 ? ... or even the tuning?

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  • Get a set of yamaha strings and lower the action. It would become half decent.

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  • You better be playing Johnny cash Folsom prison blues

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  • 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

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • its good for smashing the speakers with after the show :3

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  • 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.

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  • Did you ever finish this series?

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  • what tune is he plating can someone reply me i would love to learn it

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  • So are you ever going to upload a video where you have made this guitar playable? Or attempted too?

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  • BIRINBAU DE 7500 US LOL

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  • 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

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  • What song is he playing at the very end 17:11 ?

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  • 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

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  • 3:40 is it youngblood by 5sos?

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  • Lol my guitar is 19$ and it has a brand in it hahah

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  • Sounds the same to me

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  • Series coming soon? I'm all interested now lol

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  • Perfect for punk n trash style.

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  • May i know what song did he played on 12:12

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  • 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.

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  • What inch is that

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  • I have yamaha fg junior is it ok??

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  • 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.

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  • 15:20 can you tell me the name of this song so I can try learning it please??

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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... :).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • That's the reason I don't play my acoustic guitar, it's so damn hard to play anything on it.

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  • Its not bad to be fair

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  • Very nice! Greetings from Switzerland with a traditional play from there! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na1HndTK9pE

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  • 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

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  • It sounds like a classical guitar with metal strings on

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  • For the love of God - never get a kid a cheap instrument unless you want them to hate music!

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  • 2:27 " It's really hard to get me a really nice clean C chord YOU KNOW WHAT I'- "

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  • he looks and kinda sounds like david gilmour

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  • A guitar made of thin Laminate( plywood) will always tend to be bright/brittle, but new strings would go a long way.

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  • I got a cheaper guitar off amazon for fun for about $13 and that thing is shit 😂😂

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  • So... link to "good" guitars in bracets 100-200, 200-300, 300-400, etc?

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  • That cheapo guitar is kinda pretty. Sounds poor, but hey, you get what you pay for.

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  • Thanks Norm McDonald! Didn't realize you played!

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  • WHat gns being play around 12 mins 😂

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  • If the bigginner learn to solo on this, he'll solo like machine gun on more expensive electric guitar.

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  • 9:05 " very pokey" I laughed so hard

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  • The more I Iook the bigger his eyebrows get.

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  • I have almost the same one except mine is blue

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  • lower gauge strings would do the trick for that guitar and its neck lol

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  • This totally reminds me of my first guitar. I gave up on it and didn't pick up a guitar again until 6 years later. Even then, I never realized that a lower action and thin strings were good for me, until a few years ago. And finally, a month ago, I switched totally over to electric. It's just so much easier to play. I don't know why I didn't to that sooner.

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  • You should modify the shit out of that guitar lol

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  • My first guitar. A cheap Aria semi acoustic with higher action than Nikki Sixx at an after gig party.. fingers bled and struggled for a year. Then got an epiphone les Paul and felt like I was floating through a sea of cream.... sometime not a bad way to start

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  • This brings back (mostly painful) memories of my first guitar - it was a hand-me-down Tanglewood* dreadnought and the neck and action was utterly horrendous. Even playing basic D-chords would be painful after less than a minute, but of course at that stage 15yrs ago I didn't realise you could set them up. It wasn't until later when I picked up a cheap Squier Telecaster that my playing started to get anywhere. It was cheap, but it was playable and I could make it sound good - I could suddenly play barre chords! I think the key is to find a guitar that feels good in your hands and gives you the feeling that it works with you rather than against you, because esp in your early days I think the main thing you need is confidence, and an easy-to-play guitar will give you just that. *Funny thing is Tanglewood are an oft reccomended guitar brand esp for beginners, and I've since borrowed mates' Tanglewoods that actually sound and play really nicely. I guess I was just unlucky with mine!

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  • I love the instrumental song at the end...do you have a lesson on the song?

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  • * * * * HOW ABOUT SOMETHING MORE REALISTIC ? ......THAT "CHEAP" GUITAR WITH A $600 GUITAR ?.....SEAGULL.....GUILD....RECORDING KING....ETC

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  • £30? Sounded all right to me. Poor guy or gal wants to learn guitar and they should wait to fork out a couple hundred extra that they can't afford? I don't think so. This guitar sounds good in this video. Unlike credit card debt, bruises heal on their own. If you really want it ... this is a steal.

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  • My parents bought me a $3000 professional model trumpet(a Bach strad 37)and I'm a music major and my little brother had a cheap beginner trumpet and I played it and I noticed such a huge difference. It was harder to play and control and it didn't sound as good either. I had to change the way I played to get comfortable with it. I'll stick to my bach strad. The price is worth it and really does make a difference.

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  • Still worth 31 bucks. You seem to kinda like the sound it produces, you also seem kinda cheesed, haha. Cool vid

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  • does anyone else think Justin looks a bit like Norm Macdonald? :)

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  • He even makes tuning sound amazing ...

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  • The cheapest acoustic guitar on amazon was £21.99 I know I have one and it's not actually that bad

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  • Tone wood.

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  • Thank you Mr. Justin...! I booked marked your videos.....

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  • starts at 14:58 new strings go out of tune instantly, they need a while to settle

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  • I totally understand why you'd suggest someone brand new to playing start with an electric. I am grateful I learned on acoustic though, because it made me learn and discover how to manipulate the instrument at an almost elemental level. When I did finally put an electric into the mix, all of the amplification and processing effects coupled with an increased ease of play made it like a cutting hot knife through butter. Acoustic is still my personal favorite though. I believe it takes more talent to perform advanced acoustic techniques and I also admire the percussive potential that it affords me! Cheers! ; ) - JCRockMystic

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  • Sounds god awful.

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  • The more you play it, the more it adjusts and starts to seem warmer...or does it? They say instruments "mature" with playing. True or false?

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  • I think that guitar has a very cool sound, almost a tinney banjo like punch.

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  • Once the new strings are installed stretch out the strings. Pull up on each string a few times. That's why they are going out of tune. Plus they have to be strung correctly. See the video installing guitar strings by CF Martin. That's the correct way.

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  • Hell ya

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  • Can someone direct me to the improvement series that he mentioned? That'll be very helpful. Thanks

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  • Sounds like a banjo

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  • Is it bad that I’m using a 50 dollar one?

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  • Send it to me I will take anything plss

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  • I always advise people starting off or buying for a child to get the help of someone who can play and to look for a good second hand guitar, but NEVER buy online - unless you get the chance to try first. Many who are upgrading from their first entry level guitar are often looking to sell their old one - the shops they are buying from don't want to take them as a trade in. Don't judge or choose guitars by how pretty they look - Willie Nelson doesn't ☺☺☺

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  • Anyway here’s wonderwall 5:46

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  • DAY and night hmmmmm. But good job

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  • You forgot how a decent engineer can help _dramatically._

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  • My first guitar was 20 Euro on Ebay - a classic guitar with shitty nylon strings and the space between the strings an the frets, you could limbo under there :)

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  • Why teach people an A chord wrong? You literally fucking ruin everything and I have to come and teach them it right. Please republish your book with the correct fingering of A. It's literally getting out of hand. 6 students! 6 students lives potentially ruined by your dodgy fingering of an A chord because you can't be bothered to teach properly.

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  • Thanks Justin. Might be just the ticket for a kick around beat down back water blues man.

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  • Most outstanding guitar for the money ? A Vintage MH300 @£160. It's a keeper and if that were the only guitar in the world I'd be happy. (I bought one for my son and it's kept him inspired.)

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  • The cheapy sounds great and I expect it would be OK with a set up.

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  • Was actually thinking this might actually be a comparison video of the 2 guitars after a proper setup of the cheao one. Pretty misleading title.

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  • People are quick to judge the inexpensive guitar but I'd judge the more expensive one a lot more considering the investment it represents.

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  • It's curious, i don't think the cheap guitar sounds bad. It's like if it had a treble knob it would be at 8/10. But for some reason, it doesn't 'feel' pleasant to my ears

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  • I just realised this guitar is extremely similar to mine

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  • If you're willing to take a gamble don't forget second hand on eBay. I picked up a very nice entry level Fender acoustic very cheap, and in another purchase a Fender Squier Affinity Strat also at a low price. And if the seller is close enough that you can pick it up even better!

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  • The price doesn't really mean much. My Davidson electric acoustic is comparable to my 1300 dollar seagull trans gt

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  • You get fuck all with a new Taylor or the like. No free picks. Just a hole in your bank account.

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