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Welcome to the Macron Music Back-To-School Guide! It is that time of year when guitars are tuned, pianos are dusted off from the summer break and brass is polished in readiness for the school year ahead! Whether you are looking for your first instrument or wanting to upgrade, we have compiled a list of products that offer students the best opportunity to made a go of their musical studies for the year...

Students need reliable, affordable and robust instruments that will help harness their imagination. Picking the right instrument and accessories is important, like choosing the right football boots or computer, your student instrument is an investment that delivers access to a whole new language - the language of music! Of course, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out. Be quick, we have limited numbers of some of these products at these one-off prices and check out our simple guides below for some of the common questions we get asked at this time of year.

 

Do I Need A Case?

If you are purchasing your first guitar then its also important to look at how you are going to store and carry it. Traditionally if the guitar is only being used at home then a guitar stand is the best option so the guitar is out and ready to play. If you are going to and from school and gigs or guitar lessons then we need to look at case options

Classical Guitar

If you are purchasing a classical guitar or a beginners nylon string guitar than it probably isn't cost effective to purchase a hard case as it can often cost as much as the guitar. We normally suggest a padded bag. We sell 10mm padded nylon bags which are both cost effective and also last really well. They have back straps to carry the guitar on your back and have pockets for all your music and bits and pieces.

Acoustic Dreadnought 

If you are starting on a Steel String Guitar then chances are you are a little bit older as most steel string guitars are made for players aged 10 and above. In saying this a lot of companies are now making what they call ''travel' steel string guitars which are a reduced scale length and body shape. These can be good for a younger player who wants to pick up a steel string. On acoustic guitars that sell for between $2-$400 dollars we usually recommend a padded bag which like the classical bags mentioned above has 10mm thick padding and is made from Nylon. They also have back-straps and pockets for your music and accessories. Our Pick 

If the acoustic guitar you purchased is over $400 then chances are it has a solid timber top and therefore its always recommended to get a decent case for your guitar. Either a timber style or ABS plastic hard case is a good option or even a high quality padded rigid style bag can often be good for a more lightweight travelling experience.

Timber Cases

A timber case is always a solid way to transport a guitar and a lot of the worlds top guitar builders still opt for timber cases with their guitars including Martin, Maton and Taylor. The issue with a timber case is the weight so if you are a smaller person or a child then it can be uncomfortable to carry. Timber cases are often the best value for money and they are sure to keep your guitar safe for years to come. Our Pick

ABS Moulded Cases

ABS Moulded Plastic cases are more of a recent invention and are made from some really a-grade materials. SKB who make a huge amount of cases for instruments also construct cases for the US Millitary and make a case for any budget. They are so good that even Fender used to buy their cases off them until they started copying their design and making their own ;) Sizing is the main concern with ABS cases as they are fitted to each guitar shape. The most common guitar shapes are dreadnought, concert and parlor size guitars and  SKB make cases for each.

Padded Rigid Bags

A decent quality padded bag is the choice of a lot of uni students that spend time on public transport and can be a great lightweight option if you aren't chucking the guitars in the back of the car. We have a special clearance on some Ultimate Support style bags that unfortunately aren't being made anymore so we have some great savings to be had. These will protect you guitar as well as make it easier to carry. Just promise us you won't fly with them or chuck them in the back of the ute! Our Pick

Electric Guitars

If you have purchased and electric guitar then it makes it a lot easier to try and find a case for it providing that its a standard shape. The most common shapes are Stratocaster, Telecaster and Les Paul. We sell an array of cases that would fit these styles of guitars. When it comes to something a bit more weird and wonderful like an SG, Explorer, Firebird, Flying V then finding a case can be a little bit harder .  Most beginners will have a standard shaped guitar for their first instrument so finding a case is not too difficult. The same rules apply to electric as does with acoustics. You can select a timber style hard case, an ABS hard case or a padded rigid bag. 

Padded Rigid Bags

A decent quality padded bag is the choice of a lot of uni students that spend time on public transport and can be a great lightweight option if you aren't chucking the guitars in the back of the car. We have a special clearance on some Ultimate Support style bags that unfortunately aren't being made anymore so we have some great savings to be had. These will protect you guitar as well as make it easier to carry. Just promise us you won't fly with them or chuck them in the back of the ute! Our Pick

 

Macron Music Lesson

We have some of the best guitar teachers in our are and we are extremely lucky to have them. All of our teachers gig in their own bands and a lot even write a lot of their own tunes. We have hand picked our teachers from knowing our local area for over 40 years. They are all extremely patient and accept all levels of experience and all have up to date working with children's certificates and public liability insurance. 

We don't teach from a syllabus or a set book here at Macron so if you want to just come in and learn how to play some chords, try to perfect your para diddle, learn how to finally play that Metallica solo you've been struggling with or maybe you want to swing like Jobim then we have you covered.

There is no replacement for a good teacher and we guarantee you will protect your investment in an instrument if you choose to get lessons with one of our teachers. They will make you enjoy your playing more and also keep you on the straight and narrow technique wise so you are practising effectively. One of the biggest reasons people give up playing musical instruments is because they didn't have a good teacher

Along with lessons we also strongly believe that practice at home is of huge importance. 30 mins minimum each night of the week after your lesson will mean that you are putting into practice what your teacher last taught you and then you can go to the next lesson with something new to work on. Another reason people often don't progress with an instrument is because they don't practice. You can't expect to improve if you don't practice and you will waste your time and money if you don't. Music is fun and its not about tying someone down and forcing them but a good teacher and a good instrument will make you want to practice. Everyone spend their time on Youtube marvelling at all the amazing talent the world has to offer but not one of those people were born with that ability. They all practised and practised and practised until they got so good that they could film themselves and reach you in your lounge rooms on the other side of the earth.

The last common question we get asked about is how long do I have to learn for to play a song? Whilst this is an impossible question to answer usually the period of time that it takes to go from absolutely no knowledge to playing a song in time and correctly is around 6 months. However this is providing you are getting lessons AND practising every day. The first six months are the hardest and most people give up within that time. If you can get past the first six months then you are in the top 10 per cent of people in this country who can play a musical instrument. 

Returns

We understand that you aren't mind readers and sometimes the hard thought out gift just isn't what the recipient wanted or needed. We are happy to return or exchange any item that has the packaging in tact and that is returned to us in the exact same way it left.

Please note that guitars may by unboxed and played carefully but any removal of plastic covering pick guards, pickups or any other part of the guitar deems the guitar un-returnable. Boxed electronic items can be carefully unpacked but all packaging must be kept in tact to ensure safe transport back to us. We recommend insuring any shipment back to us in case of damage which you are liable for. Our limit on returns is 30 Days and all you have to do is email onlineorders@macronmusic.com.au to get an RMA number and return the items to PO Box 3112 Erina NSW for a full refund or replacement.

Any items that are DOA or have any issues within the warranty period will be returned at Macron's cost and either a replacement or refund will be issued depending on the case. We cannot process online returns from Christmas until after the 2nd of January so if there is an issue email us at onlineorders@macronmusic.com.au and we can start the process for you.

Delivery Options

Here at Macron Music, we have options to have your delivery sent to you via our network of logistics companies. To find out the delivery options we have available, please refer to our Delivery Information by clicking here.

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