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Good for beginners and no one else


Playability, Build

Sound, Feedback, Dials

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Quality of sound


Value for money

Range of tonesaverage

Quality of intonationaverage

How easy is it to buy accessories?hard

Recommended forbeginners 

Amount paid£135 (set)

I brought itnew 

Quality of amplified soundterrible

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This was my first electric guitar, purchased as a kit from an Argos catalogue about 8 years ago for around £135. Needless to say I was impressed with it, a fairly cheap, well made guitar in a crisp black finish (minimal cracking over time), brown fretboard with 22 frets, the standard white dot markers. The Strat-style body rests easily against your body, (which reminds me, a strap wasn't included in my kit, but this may have changed) with HSH pikcups and 2 dials, one for volume and a second for tone. It also has a rather unnecessarily large range, 5 way selector which makes minimal difference to the sound, considering the amp. The guitar itself is super easy to use for a beginner, especially when using super slinky guitar strings. The sound, based on the amp included, is really nothing special, being quite hollow and scratchy as the amp can give a little bit of bad feedback. It can still reach a decent volume but you'll really have to mess around with the dials to get a preferred sound and even then its sub par.

I can say that on a good amp, the guitar can pack a much larger punch, so regardless of if you are a beginner or buying for one, I would strongly suggest getting the guitar on its own (it can be found new and second hand for between £50-100) and finding all the accessories yourself. However if the interest in the guitar is minimal and only a little hobby, then a kit is worth the money in the end

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Yamaha ERG121 Electric Guitar - H-S-H, vintage tremolo.

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Long Name ERG121BLACK
Type Electric Guitar
Manufacturer Yamaha


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