Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Acoustic Guitar For Dummies Product Review

The Acoustic Guitar Starter Pack For Dummies is the easiest and most convenient way to learn how to play the acoustic guitar. This pack provides everything you need to start playing guitar — all in one box! Included in the pack are a Kona acoustic guitar, gig bag, digital tuner, 3 picks and the Guitar Basics For Dummies book with CD. The Kona guitar features precision enclosed tuners, spruce top for rich sound, linden back and sides, steel strings, attached pick guard and a 10 year limited warranty. The digital tuner features an LED readout and a built-in microphone. (Source:

With Tazer and I both learning to play guitar, I opted to try out a variety of beginning guitar programs, including this one, which is an all-in-one deal. Purchasing this pack theoretically gives you everything you need to learn how to play guitar and it delivers, as far as I can tell.

The book is written by Mark Phillips and Jon Chappell and is both educational and extremely funny. Illustrated with black and with comics, it sets a relaxed tone, somewhat lightly sarcastic. As opposed to many other guitar instruction books I’ve seen, it is a very methodical approach, easing gently into playing the guitar.

The guitar itself was a really nice surprise. I’ve seen this starter pack advertised as low as $80, so I expected a pretty low-level guitar. Surprisingly, this parlor-sized Kona is pretty decent (not that I’m an expert). I play this Kona, my Fender acoustic, and my son’s Baby Taylor on nearly a daily basis, and this guitar is right in there with them. Is it equal to either of the others? No, but it has a surprisingly pretty tone, though pitched higher than I personally like.

This is a really great starter pack, especially for the price, recommended for anyone with an interest in learning guitar. A very serviceable guitar paired with a useful instructional book make this a winner, especially at the price.

(Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free to review on my blog - courtesy of John Wiley and Sons, Inc. I did not pay for the item, receive payment for this review, or agree to give it a positive review. Aside from information gleaned from the websites, the opinions are my own.)

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