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guitarrock26

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I have a 6-string Lyon by Washburn. I was wondering if this is a guitar is just for beginners and can I start getting serious on it. I was also wondering about some simple ways I can clean the body of my guitar, there are fingerprints and dust all over it.

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I have a 6-string Lyon by Washburn. I was wondering if this is a guitar is just for beginners and can I start getting serious on it. I was also wondering about some simple ways I can clean the body of my guitar, there are fingerprints and dust all over it.

Andrew Sa

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The Lyon series, to the best of my knowledge is one of the lower range guitars, an entry level axe, that can be used for more serious purposes as well...you'll find this for yourself tho, dont get a new guitar unless you really want one, simple as that.

Get a soft cloth, and wipe your guitar down after use...that too is not a complicated solution. If you really want your axe to shine, try a polish or guitar care kit. I use Rosignolo guitar polish and care kit, its really expensive (about 15 pounds a time) but very good...not sure where to get it tho, unless you live in London, in which case go to Holliday music in Leytonstone, east london, on the central line.
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The Lyon series, to the best of my knowledge is one of the lower range guitars, an entry level axe, that can be used for more serious purposes as well...you'll find this for yourself tho, dont get a new guitar unless you really want one, simple as that.

Get a soft cloth, and wipe your guitar down after use...that too is not a complicated solution. If you really want your axe to shine, try a polish or guitar care kit. I use Rosignolo guitar polish and care kit, its really expensive (about 15 pounds a time) but very good...not sure where to get it tho, unless you live in London, in which case go to Holliday music in Leytonstone, east london, on the central line.
Hope is when we feel the pain that makes us try again

hunter60

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Originally Posted by: guitarrock26
I have a 6-string Lyon by Washburn. I was wondering if this is a guitar is just for beginners and can I start getting serious on it. I was also wondering about some simple ways I can clean the body of my guitar, there are fingerprints and dust all over it.



I have a mid-level Washburn acoustic and it's a pretty decent guitar. I have to agree though; don't buy a new one until you really want one. It's funny, I have a nice enough electric but I actually catch myself playing on that old Washburn more often than not. Good tone and just a fun guitar to play. The Lyon is one of their entry-level guitars but if it sounds good to you, then it's a good guitar, right?
"All I can do is be me ... whoever that is". Bob Dylan

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Originally Posted by: guitarrock26
I have a 6-string Lyon by Washburn. I was wondering if this is a guitar is just for beginners and can I start getting serious on it. I was also wondering about some simple ways I can clean the body of my guitar, there are fingerprints and dust all over it.



I have a mid-level Washburn acoustic and it's a pretty decent guitar. I have to agree though; don't buy a new one until you really want one. It's funny, I have a nice enough electric but I actually catch myself playing on that old Washburn more often than not. Good tone and just a fun guitar to play. The Lyon is one of their entry-level guitars but if it sounds good to you, then it's a good guitar, right?
"All I can do is be me ... whoever that is". Bob Dylan

halo71

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Originally Posted by: hunter60
The Lyon is one of their entry-level guitars but if it sounds good to you, then it's a good guitar, right?


I fully agree with you! If you like the way it plays/sounds/feels....that is all that matters. Besides didnt Jake E Lee use to play the 'el chepos that Sears once sold as his main axe?!? Maybe it was someone else I am thinking of, its been years ago now.

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Originally Posted by: hunter60
The Lyon is one of their entry-level guitars but if it sounds good to you, then it's a good guitar, right?


I fully agree with you! If you like the way it plays/sounds/feels....that is all that matters. Besides didnt Jake E Lee use to play the 'el chepos that Sears once sold as his main axe?!? Maybe it was someone else I am thinking of, its been years ago now.

aschleman

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A gutiar doesn't define you as a guitar player... in any way shape or form. A guitar isn't going to instantly make you a better guitar player... It may allow you to feel more comfortable... or make things seem easier... But it's not going to make you a better guitar player... I know a guy that plays a 3,000 USD Paul Reed Smith Custom Ten Top and he can't do much more than play barre chords.........

Like everyone else has said. It's about what you think. I, personally, think it's important to grow on lesser quality instruments before moving onto higher quality instruments... 1. because sometimes people make an investment on a nice guitar early on in the guitar playing career then get bored with it and either let the guitar sit or sell it off for less than they bought it for... 2. because lower quality instruments will actually make you a better guitar player than most quality instruments... You'll find that with lower quality instruments you may have to try extra hard to get all the tone out of a certain lick that you're playing... adding more vibrato or bending a string extra hard to get it to pitch.... With high quality instruments these things are generally taken for granted because they're made so much easier....

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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A gutiar doesn't define you as a guitar player... in any way shape or form. A guitar isn't going to instantly make you a better guitar player... It may allow you to feel more comfortable... or make things seem easier... But it's not going to make you a better guitar player... I know a guy that plays a 3,000 USD Paul Reed Smith Custom Ten Top and he can't do much more than play barre chords.........

Like everyone else has said. It's about what you think. I, personally, think it's important to grow on lesser quality instruments before moving onto higher quality instruments... 1. because sometimes people make an investment on a nice guitar early on in the guitar playing career then get bored with it and either let the guitar sit or sell it off for less than they bought it for... 2. because lower quality instruments will actually make you a better guitar player than most quality instruments... You'll find that with lower quality instruments you may have to try extra hard to get all the tone out of a certain lick that you're playing... adding more vibrato or bending a string extra hard to get it to pitch.... With high quality instruments these things are generally taken for granted because they're made so much easier....

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Scotttaylor72

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I bought my daughter a Lyon acoustic guitar from Target for Christmas a year ago. It's not bad at all. The action isn't ridiculously low or high, but I'd say fairly average. The tone sounds pretty good and not too tinny or boomy and it's got a built in tuner too!

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I bought my daughter a Lyon acoustic guitar from Target for Christmas a year ago. It's not bad at all. The action isn't ridiculously low or high, but I'd say fairly average. The tone sounds pretty good and not too tinny or boomy and it's got a built in tuner too!

halo71

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Exactly what aschleman said!! I remember getting laughed at while playing my old Fender Katana when the other guys had Les Pauls and Rhoads Jacksons! But they could not play more than the intro to any song!! (That was 20 years ago!)

And my first guitar was a sunburst Les Paul copy that was sooo crappy. The action was like 2 inches and it sounded like crap. But I played it for 3 years before buying something better. I do think it made me a better player though as well. But then again I think back sometimes and imagine just how much better I would be or faster I would have progressed with the guitar if I HAD started out with a quality instrument! So I think there are 2 sides to the debate about it better to start off with a cheap guitar. I can see advantages to both sides myself! ;)

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Exactly what aschleman said!! I remember getting laughed at while playing my old Fender Katana when the other guys had Les Pauls and Rhoads Jacksons! But they could not play more than the intro to any song!! (That was 20 years ago!)

And my first guitar was a sunburst Les Paul copy that was sooo crappy. The action was like 2 inches and it sounded like crap. But I played it for 3 years before buying something better. I do think it made me a better player though as well. But then again I think back sometimes and imagine just how much better I would be or faster I would have progressed with the guitar if I HAD started out with a quality instrument! So I think there are 2 sides to the debate about it better to start off with a cheap guitar. I can see advantages to both sides myself! ;)

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Yea, that guitar is great for beginners. If your considering an upgrade, I'd go with a better amp first (assuming you have one of those little 5 watters with a 4" speaker, and your guitar is an electric.)
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Yea, that guitar is great for beginners. If your considering an upgrade, I'd go with a better amp first (assuming you have one of those little 5 watters with a 4" speaker, and your guitar is an electric.)
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guitarrock26

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I've had my guitar for about a year now. It's pretty beat up, but it still sands pretty good. i just changed the strings recenlty, but i still have a little problem. When i bang on the 6th string pretty hard, it doesnt sound to clean. what should i do

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I've had my guitar for about a year now. It's pretty beat up, but it still sands pretty good. i just changed the strings recenlty, but i still have a little problem. When i bang on the 6th string pretty hard, it doesnt sound to clean. what should i do

hunter60

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Originally Posted by: guitarrock26
I've had my guitar for about a year now. It's pretty beat up, but it still sands pretty good. i just changed the strings recenlty, but i still have a little problem. When i bang on the 6th string pretty hard, it doesnt sound to clean. what should i do


Don't bang on it. :D

Seriously, I am sure that the gear-heads here at GT will have some good insight for you. This is an acoustic, right? If it's electric, you might have to adjust your bridge height a little on that string. Have no idea on an acoustic. Sorry. (Had to make the joke though...can't help myself....it's an illness....)
"All I can do is be me ... whoever that is". Bob Dylan

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Originally Posted by: guitarrock26
I've had my guitar for about a year now. It's pretty beat up, but it still sands pretty good. i just changed the strings recenlty, but i still have a little problem. When i bang on the 6th string pretty hard, it doesnt sound to clean. what should i do


Don't bang on it. :D

Seriously, I am sure that the gear-heads here at GT will have some good insight for you. This is an acoustic, right? If it's electric, you might have to adjust your bridge height a little on that string. Have no idea on an acoustic. Sorry. (Had to make the joke though...can't help myself....it's an illness....)
"All I can do is be me ... whoever that is". Bob Dylan