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23. Re: Ships Ahoy - Rocksmith 2014 Edition Oct 25, 2013, 15:04 TorchMaster
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Oct 25, 2013, 14:06:
So this is the guitar I decided on after several hours of reading and watching Youtube demo vids. Liked the sound, and most people that have one seem to like it s lot. It's not too exprnsive either, which is nice.

Squier Affinity Strat HSS

The Squier Affinity is a fine choice.

I think a new guitarist should spend enough to get a quality instrument, but should not go high end. Squiers and Epiphones are good options. A $60 guitar is likely going to be harder to play and may have some frustrating defects.

It was my impression of Rocksmith 1 that it would not be a good teaching tool for the complete beginner. They glossed over many basics that a neophyte is going to have trouble figuring out on their own. I expect this has been improved in Rocksmith 2. I would recommend that a brand new guitarist supplement Rocksmith with some online lessons. I'm sure there are good free video lessons available online.

Rocksmith is excellent for an intermediate-level player that already has the foundations. I consider myself to be at the intermediate level and Rocksmith did improve my ability. It helped me for playing in-time with a band, introduced me to some interesting guitar and bass riffs, and made practice fun.

For the advanced guitarist, Rocksmith 1 is also limited as a practice tool. The clunky interface made it such that it was difficult to learn portions of songs as the songs were composed. It sounds like this has been improved with the enhancements to the Riff Repeater feature. Rocksmith also doesn't help the advanced guitarist in that you are just mimicking someone else's parts -- creativity and uniqueness of style are not rewarded. I'm hoping that the Session Mode helps with this weakness.

FYI, I have had good experiences buying equipment online from both and MusiciansFriend tends to have the best prices around. Sweetwater makes an extra effort in terms of customer service. I've only bought a guitar online once -- it was from MusiciansFriend and arrived with a significant ding on the body, but they exchanged it for another at no cost. Buying online means that a guitar might arrive that isn't setup particularly well, but most local dealers can take care of that pretty well.

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