All you need to get started
Starting a new hobby is exciting. It can also be, particularly with something like the guitar, a tad overwhelming. Where to begin? What should I learn first? What kind of guitar will suit my needs?
You see, hobbies are like that – learn one thing and three new things appear. You learn those, and five new things appear in their place. The trick is in knowing what to learn first.
What to go for?
We know that, for the most part, guitars are actually pretty simple. They usually comprise a contraption made of wood, with various bits of metal and/or plastic over its body. The confusion can come in the sheer amount of variation.
A solid place to start is to look at the bare essentials. Don’t worry about effects pedals, or pickup combinations, or anything like that just yet. Consider instead what we’ll call the basics. The instrument, and a method to amplify its sounds. But what are guitar packs? You can think of guitar packs as a starter kit. In it, you’ll find all the gear you’ll need to begin making a racket. That is, a guitar (obviously), an amplifier, and often some other smaller peripherals like a strap, plectrums, a lead, and maybe even a tuner or guitar stand. Guitar packs offer a great way to get up and running.
Guitar Packs for all
Let’s take a look at some great guitar packs, which offer everything you need to get your musical journey underway.
1. Redwood RS2 G10 Beginners Pack
At the absolute entry-level, is the Redwood RS2 G10 pack. There’s nowt wrong with entry-level, particularly if the person who will own the gear isn’t 100% sure how committed they’ll be to the hours of practice and dedication required to become a decent player. There’s also, it must be said, nowt wrong with this particular bundle.
It is made up of a Strat-style guitar – arguably the most famous (and easiest to play) body shape in guitar land. On top of that, there’s a 10w practice amp, which has both clean and overdriven channels, for a greater variety of sounds. You’ll also find a lead to connect the two, a guitar carry-bag, a few plectrums and a tuner. Literally everything you need at the start. Well worth a look for, perhaps, a younger player who has shown an interest.
2. Epiphone Slash AFD Pack
If your ideal playing style is perhaps looking to be slightly harder edged, then the Epiphone Slash AFD Pack is the one for you. Endorsed by the legendary Guns N’ Roses man, this pack comprises a superb quality Epiphone Les Paul Special guitar, which is modelled on the iconic Les Pauls played by Slash himself.
The pack also comes complete with a strap, lead, plectrums and a guitar carry case featuring Slash’s pretty badass logo across the front. One for the rockers here.
3. Epiphone PR-4E
It’s not just electric guitars that come in bundles/packs. The fantastic Epiphone PR-4E Pack has all the trappings of a great starter kit yet is focused on providing that all-in-one benefit specifically for acoustic players.
In the pack you’ll get the gorgeous Epiphone PR-4E electro-acoustic, along with a specialist acoustic amplifier to play it through. This pack is ideal for any solo players, or singer-songwriters, looking to take their first steps onto the live stage. And, coming from Epiphone – part of the Gibson guitar group – you know the quality and craftsmanship can be relied on.
4. Redwood B100 Beginners Bass Guitar Pack
Finally, one for the budding bass players. The Redwood B100 Beginners Bass Guitar Pack combines a standard scale-length Redwood B100 bass guitar with a small, 10w practice amplifier. This perfectly proportioned duo offers a great way for players to get started on the instrument.
The deep double cutaway body profile affords ready access to the highest frets for increased playing comfort. Built using ash, the body is lightweight and is delightfully nimble. Joined to the neck is a sleek maple neck with composite fingerboard to flex your skills on. Boasting a split single-coil picking in the middle position, the B100 offers a smooth yet highly versatile output that makes it fantastic for laying down grooves across any and every musical style.
At this price you’d struggle to find a better pack to kick start you bass career with.
Get in touch
Check out our complete range of Guitars over at the Dawsons website and find the perfect one to meet your needs. From acoustic to electric as well as bass guitars, we’ve got something for everyone.
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