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kalanz808
07-25-2012, 03:37 PM
My landlord recently offered me a guitar, knowing that i play the 'ukulele quite often. I've never played guitar before, but have always wanted to someday learn. After messing around with it the past couple days, I've realized that it's going to take me a REALLY long time to grasp this instrument. So i'm debating if i should keep it or not. The guitar is an Aria Concert Guitar, Model AC 50. Anyone know anything about it? It's been sitting in it's hard case under a house for the last couple years. Seems to still be in great condition. Any help is appreciated. Mahalo!

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Mandarb
07-26-2012, 02:46 AM
Sure - keep it. Why not? It was free. If you have the room - hold onto it and see how you feel in six months or a year.

coolkayaker1
07-26-2012, 03:20 AM
You come on a ukulele forum, where a guitar is as welcome as an ex-wife at a bachelor party, and ask if you should keep it? :smileybounce:

luluwrites
07-26-2012, 03:29 AM
Why not?
Unless it is in the way or you know someone who would love it, keep it around and see what comes of it.

RichM
07-26-2012, 03:48 AM
If you'll play it, absolutely. Aria is respected student brand, and while I don't know this particular model, some of their guitars are quite good. If you're interested in guitar, you'll find the transition from the uke to a nylon-strong guitar quite natural. The only reason not to keep it is if it will gather dust unused, as it sounds like it has for quite some time. In that case, pay it forward and give someone else a chance to discover the joys of music.

Skitzic
07-26-2012, 04:19 AM
I say keep it. Even if you only noodle around once in awhile. If you need another reason, it will be handy when guitar-playing friends come over and want to jam.

vanflynn
07-26-2012, 04:25 AM
I say keep it. Even if you only noodle around once in awhile. If you need another reason, it will be handy when guitar-playing friends come over and want to jam.

I totally agree. And if by chance the right person in need comes along you can give it to them. If you have the room hang on to is until it tells you it's time to go.

MisterRios
07-26-2012, 04:28 AM
I totally agree. And if by chance the right person in need comes along you can give it to them. If you have the room hang on to is until it tells you it's time to go.

Until you bring them to the uke-dark-side. I agree as well. I have a few friends that only play guitar, and it would be great to play with them without them having to lug a piece of furniture around town. I laugh to myself when I carry my soprano uke case, and someone is dragging a guitar case around.

PoiDog
07-26-2012, 05:12 AM
Of course you should keep it! The uke and the guitar are almost kissing cousins, and being able to play both is great! In fact, from what I can tell, quite a few of us here on UU also pick up the six stringer now and then and appreciate it for what it is.

The more instruments, the more bettah!

emmaemme
07-26-2012, 07:45 AM
Take 2 strings off it, put a capo at the 5th fret and you'll have a new Spanish ukulele!! :cool:

Pueo
07-26-2012, 08:00 AM
I have an Aria guitar (an electric - Pro II RS - It's like a Strat copy) that I have had for over 25 years. I say hang onto it, either for goofing around on it or to have if people come over to jam. I have a few guitar-playing friends and when I am playing ukulele sometimes they say, "Man, I wish I had my guitar..."
BAM! Instant jam session!

kalanz808
07-26-2012, 08:38 AM
You come on a ukulele forum, where a guitar is as welcome as an ex-wife at a bachelor party, and ask if you should keep it? :smileybounce:

Is this not the guitar section of the `ukulele forum? C'mon brah. If you have no useful advice stay outta my thread. Aloha.

Mahalo Nui Loa to everyone else's serious replies. I'll keep practicing and see where I'm at in a couple months.

ukulelelearner
07-26-2012, 08:39 AM
Why not? It looks decent. You might want a change of pace once in a while! Keep!

Steedy
07-26-2012, 08:52 AM
That's a nice guitar!

Clicky linky and scroll down to mid-page: http://portlandclassicguitar.com/aria_ac_classics.html

You should keep it if you want to learn guitar, or sell it and use the money to buy a nice ukulele.

It's win-win either way! :)

peewee
07-26-2012, 09:10 AM
Definitely a nice one. Who knows?, you might end up on a Brazilian jazz (http://youtu.be/f6hwdWkauyg) kick.

coolkayaker1
07-26-2012, 12:51 PM
Is this not the guitar section of the `ukulele forum? C'mon brah. If you have no useful advice stay outta my thread. Aloha.
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You ask a silly question with no genuine answers and then you bitch when someone tells you such. You need a beer, bruddah.

Paul December
07-26-2012, 01:05 PM
Old Lithuanian saying, "If they are giving, take... If they are hitting, run."

kalanz808
07-26-2012, 02:05 PM
You ask a silly question with no genuine answers and then you bitch when someone tells you such. You need a beer, bruddah.


Don't see how my question is as silly as your sarcasm, but whatever. You still have yet to post any useful information and like I said, stay out of my thread unless you have something to contribute. Not bitch about. Brah.

mikelz777
07-26-2012, 04:53 PM
40772

It only encourages them to spew more of their negative stupidity.

Regarding your original post, it's a nice looking guitar and I'd advise keeping it if you think you'd get around to playing it. It sounds like the giver gifted it thinking it was more likely to be played in your hands rather than theirs so if that's the case, you may want to honor that. It would be a tough call for me. There are two guitars in my household but since I got my uke, I've pretty much lost all interest in the guitars. I'm thinking of selling one but keeping the other around in the event I get the urge to try guitar again even though I don't see much of a chance of that happening anytime soon.

itsme
07-26-2012, 05:24 PM
That's a nice guitar!

Clicky linky and scroll down to mid-page: http://portlandclassicguitar.com/aria_ac_classics.html

You should keep it if you want to learn guitar, or sell it and use the money to buy a nice ukulele.

It's win-win either way! :)
Yes, it's a nice guitar. But I would say that to take it just to sell it isn't really fair. The landlord offered it because he thought it might be used and enjoyed by the recipient. He/she could have sold it themself if all they wanted was the cash.

I'd say try it, and having a guitar around for guests is always a good idea. :)

Teek
07-26-2012, 09:04 PM
I just sold an Aria about the same size, Spanish built, with all solid woods (mahogany and a cedar top) and a very nice tone. Mine was a 530mm scale which IIRC is around concert scale. Mine tuned higher than standard guitar tuning with Requinto strings so was more sparkly. I just don't have any reach, a tenor uke is about it and I have two 19 inch scale guitars left (plus a guitalele to sell) or I would have kept it. All the uke chords I know transfer, they just are different names, plus I picked up some basic guitar chords, so I would sure guess you can have fun with it. I haven't yet given up on trying to learn both, I just turn my hat around backwards for the guitar. Sometimes I miss the bass tones.

The Big Kahuna
07-26-2012, 09:15 PM
Seriously, why do people get bent out of shape over obviously harmless posts. Irony and Sarcasm are humour, not offensive. coolkayaker was just having a bit of harmless fun, it's not like he tried to sell you a set of Pegheds*


























* Irony, Sarcasm and Harmless Fun

fuey
07-26-2012, 11:40 PM
With any new instrument, there is a learning curve and some people do give up before getting acquainted enough and skilled enough to really enjoy the instrument. I think, ask yourself, do you enjoy listening to acoustic guitar, classical guitar. Would you like to play the guitar? If your willing to put the time in the instrument, it will reward you. I think, keep it for now, see how often you pick it up. With learning anything, you need to be having fun. Are you finding it more painful than fun?. If your feeling guilty about taking the guitar and then not playing it, when it comes time to move and you found that you never really learned how to play the guitar, you can hand it back to the landlord and thank him/her for the very kind loan of a beautiful instrument. Don't take it and sell it. If anything, you can teach the landlord what you learned and see if the landlord can enjoy the instrument. Maybe you two can jam together eventually. Give it a chance but I guess you will know when the point is where you think that guitar is not for you, that's when you can give it back. I personally think guitars sound better than ukulele but ukulele are easier and more fun to play. Your decision you make will let you and your landlord know something about your character. Asking a forum about your decision tells me your already halfway on giving the guitar back to the landlord. AS with any stringed instrument, the guitar probably needs new strings and to be tuned properly before you can decide if you like it or not. Changing strings on a guitar can make a huge difference to the sound of it.

Raygf
07-27-2012, 12:50 AM
Wow, what a kind and generous landlord. If it were me, I would graciously accept, explain how wonderful I thought it was and offer to return it to them if I ever decided not to keep it. If they say that's not necessary, then great. If you have already accepted it you can still make that offer or at least mention it to them before you do anything else with it. Give some time to learning to play. Get recommendations to find a good teacher and take a few lessons. You have a very nice instrument to start on. I've seen them listed from $800-$1200.

The Big Kahuna
07-27-2012, 01:16 AM
I've seen them listed from $800-$1200.

I've seen a few of that model listed from $ 1700 to $ 2300

eek!

Raygf
07-27-2012, 01:24 AM
I've seen a few of that model listed from $ 1700 to $ 2300

eek!

Holy smokes!

Freeda
07-27-2012, 01:29 AM
I have an Aria guitar (an electric - Pro II RS - It's like a Strat copy) that I have had for over 25 years. I say hang onto it, either for goofing around on it or to have if people come over to jam. I have a few guitar-playing friends and when I am playing ukulele sometimes they say, "Man, I wish I had my guitar..."
BAM! Instant jam session!


What he said. :)

kalanz808
07-27-2012, 08:15 AM
Seriously, why do people get bent out of shape over obviously harmless posts. Irony and Sarcasm are humour, not offensive. coolkayaker was just having a bit of harmless fun, it's not like he tried to sell you a set of Pegheds*

Lol. Auwe.

kalanz808
07-27-2012, 08:29 AM
With any new instrument, there is a learning curve and some people do give up before getting acquainted enough and skilled enough to really enjoy the instrument. I think, ask yourself, do you enjoy listening to acoustic guitar, classical guitar. Would you like to play the guitar? If your willing to put the time in the instrument, it will reward you. I think, keep it for now, see how often you pick it up. With learning anything, you need to be having fun. Are you finding it more painful than fun?. If your feeling guilty about taking the guitar and then not playing it, when it comes time to move and you found that you never really learned how to play the guitar, you can hand it back to the landlord and thank him/her for the very kind loan of a beautiful instrument. Don't take it and sell it. If anything, you can teach the landlord what you learned and see if the landlord can enjoy the instrument. Maybe you two can jam together eventually. Give it a chance but I guess you will know when the point is where you think that guitar is not for you, that's when you can give it back. I personally think guitars sound better than ukulele but ukulele are easier and more fun to play. Your decision you make will let you and your landlord know something about your character. Asking a forum about your decision tells me your already halfway on giving the guitar back to the landlord. AS with any stringed instrument, the guitar probably needs new strings and to be tuned properly before you can decide if you like it or not. Changing strings on a guitar can make a huge difference to the sound of it.

I actually really enjoy the sound of guitar, always have. I'm just finding it a bit tough to learn, but with anything progressing comes with practice and patience. I declined at first when he offered it to me, I've never been one to persuade another to give me something. I even told him that he should give it to his son who just graduated high school, but said the son isn't a very "musical" type of person.

Mahalo Nui everyone for your replies and Hau'oli Aloha Po'alima! (Happy Aloha Friday)

The Big Kahuna
07-27-2012, 08:33 AM
Auwe.

I had to look that up. Have pity on a poor, pasty white, English, haole :old:

1931jim
07-28-2012, 03:32 AM
A very nice landlord. A very nice gift. A very nice guitar. Three times lucky. Open up your musical horizons. Learn to play the classical guitar and your ukulele playing will improve by leaps and bounds. Try the Lute to Uke book for ideas for material.
PS: I liked your pictures also.