Where to buy…
November 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm #14703
I have to write a grant that is due in 15 days. I would love to spent the money on a classroom set of guitars, but I don’t know where to start looking to price things out. Any advice?November 2, 2012 at 10:50 am #14735
Are there any music stores in your area? Contact them and tell them what you need. They will want to make a sale. Have an instrument make and model in mind. A Yamaha C-40 is an example of a good student guitar. http://usa.yamaha.com/products/musical-instruments/guitars-basses/cl-guitars/c/c40/?mode=model There are a number of on-line places to purchase guitars but please support your local “brick and mortar” store.
The on-line sites are good examples of where you can get prices but remember “shipping and handling”, servicing of the instruments, these are things that your local store can address.November 3, 2012 at 10:43 am #14761
I have several Alvarez RC-16 guitars in my Atlanta classroom. They are solid and have a pretty good tone. About $150 a piece. I had them special ordered from a Sam Ash music store. I would definitely recommend them.November 5, 2012 at 9:14 am #14769
Thanks for the advice. Another question… this grant is roughly $1,000. I have classes of 20-30. If I get 10 guitars (which I think might be tough for the amount of money I have to spend) that would be 1 per 3 kids. Is that okay, or would I be better off going another direction with this grant?November 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm #14776
I think that 10 guitars for a class of 30 would be very difficult….November 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm #14793November 6, 2012 at 11:16 pm #15048
Don’t settle for quantity over quality. It will cause you more headaches then it’s worth.
Also try reaching out to your community. There may be many musicians/families that would be willing to donate instruments for the tax write off.December 15, 2012 at 2:05 am #16897
There are many people who have an old guitar in a closet somewhere that would be thrilled to know it was getting better use by a young person wanting to play. Perhaps contact your local paper and let them know what you’re trying to do – many will be happy to represent your cause in their pages.December 15, 2012 at 2:12 am #16898
Besides the obvious reasons for supporting stores in your community, there are some very practical reasons that you may not know about. Most music stores ”set up” your guitar before they send it home with you. That is to say that they adjust the tension rod, check the action, fix any potentially buzzing frets, etc. If it’s a lemon, they send it back. While this is easy for them, it is generally a pain for you and I. Most internet stores don’t offer these types of services. You will receive your guitar as it came from the factory and it may or may not be ready to play.December 15, 2012 at 2:14 am #16899
The Yamaha c40 is a great student guitar.
Most everything by Cordoba is worth a look as well. C5 and C7 guitars sound very good for the money and generally hold up quite well.
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