Can Rockstars Play a $120 Beginner Guitar Live? Herman Li DragonForce Guitar Review

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Twitch chat asked me to try a beginner guitar on livestream. Here is my review of a $120 beginner guitar package by Donner Guitar and how to set it up for shred. How does it compare to Fender, Squier Stratocaster or my $20k PRS private stock guitar?
Let me know what other guitars you would like to see me review. - Herman Li
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joey bonecrusher
joey bonecrusher 3 ժամ առաջ
Comes with an amp? Comes with....waaaaaht???? Comes with pickups what?? Wasn't aware a guitar has pickups. :/
hoah 5 ժամ առաջ
It’s running through such a processed signal chain that OF COURSE the tone of the guitar itself doesn’t matter. More important is the fit, finish, and setup
yatsenkoanton 6 ժամ առաջ
FU Herman, now I have no excuses left and all I have left to do is just practice. Grr.
ada asdfas
ada asdfas 6 ժամ առաջ
You know it's getting serious when he put a fan in front of him 2:50
jwerner2 8 ժամ առաջ
The amp looks like one of those Dollar General speakers found in the impulse isles. 🤣
Johnathan Andrus
Johnathan Andrus 19 ժամ առաջ
My first of the 4 electric guitars I ever owned was Yamaha Eterna. Most of my progress was on that guitar. The nostalgia is real. So many memories come rushing back thinking about that cheap axe. Someone wants $114 for one on internets. Ill pass lol. Though from what I remember it was a solid beginner guitar.
Ismad 109
Ismad 109 20 ժամ առաջ
Did you know alipbata playing with 70$ guitar and it still sounds good.
The Pumpkin King
The Pumpkin King 22 ժամ առաջ
is the Dragonforce channel just Herman Li's stream highlights channel?
Kohei Kashiwagi
Kohei Kashiwagi Օր առաջ
I thought he was an American lmao
Nasakenai Itami
Nasakenai Itami Օր առաջ
his hair is majestic like an eagle
WizardDoom Օր առաջ
Through His home rig a frying Pan would Sound godlike
roy jaber
roy jaber Օր առաջ
It's great for concerts when u want to smash the guitar at the end of the concert
Neo Օր առաջ
I think it's the Amp which actually matters....
Tri Setiyadi
Tri Setiyadi Օր առաջ
Nak main gitar e jago. Nggo gitar opo wae yo tetep apik. Haha
Doug Arnold
Doug Arnold 2 օր առաջ
Awesome! 😁👍
nimrod escojedo
nimrod escojedo 2 օր առաջ
Great performance and great adjustment you made on that guitar, Herman! You rock and roll! 😊🤘
P PoAnk
P PoAnk 2 օր առաջ
Sure that guitar company just bumped up its sales stats.
Skye 3 օր առաջ
This is exactly why I prefer a higher quality amp, as the guitar is less important for sound than the amp
Blaine Mathis
Blaine Mathis 3 օր առաջ
I started with squire strat and it wasn’t a bad beginner guitar but I did have to tweak the bridge a lot tho bc could bend the low e without it canceling out
Lithium IRL
Lithium IRL 3 օր առաջ
imagine everytime u play a solo you hair starts waving in the air like theres a storm comming right up.
Mr Morningstar
Mr Morningstar 3 օր առաջ
Like I love how he's showing that you don't need a balls to the walls expensive guitar but are we not gunna talk about the amp cost ....
jimthar17 3 օր առաջ
Record a song on the new album with that guitar.
Carlitox b
Carlitox b 3 օր առաջ
What we learned kids? Yes, Buy a cheap guitar and an expensive amp
Kristian Nowak
Kristian Nowak 3 օր առաջ
Metal Raccoon
Metal Raccoon 4 օր առաջ
A badass tube amp can make basically any guitar sound good as long as the guitar can hold the tuning for the duration of the set
aydrian indigo
aydrian indigo 5 օր առաջ
Always the G string lol
tabby jamil
tabby jamil 5 օր առաջ
This guy is good nice chap too.
Dalton LeGrand
Dalton LeGrand 5 օր առաջ
There's no such thing as a "beginner guitar" lol
Frederick Lott
Frederick Lott 5 օր առաջ
Being a begginer has never been more awesome
Stavros K
Stavros K 5 օր առաջ
Strings are yes cheap...
Dominic Spaghetti
Dominic Spaghetti 6 օր առաջ
Super missleading...when you play it throug an amp with a certin setup...then you don't hear all the imperfections, buzzing frets etc...if it would be a clean no fx comparisment things would be different...
Dominic Spaghetti
Dominic Spaghetti 5 օր առաջ
I don't see a beginner either with a high level guitar or sound need that grind, that struggle...learn articulation etc I'ts also a good sieve to separate wannabes from the really motivated ones...and that comes from a wannabe :P I understand the point though, I just approached it as a guitar contest...
Adam Glory
Adam Glory 5 օր առաջ
That’s the point. Buy a good set up and not an overly expensive guitar at first. The expensive ones do have even better composition, but what you’re getting for the price is basically just its “sex appeal”.
Pc Hero
Pc Hero 6 օր առաջ
"Which is obviously ten grand." I think he was flexing on us
mikeglazierisntfunny 5 օր առաջ
Lol, like he needs to flex on the price of his guitar. Dude, flexed all over everyone with his fingers
Stacey Sullivan
Stacey Sullivan 6 օր առաջ
Did you keep it??? 🤔
YagMan YT
YagMan YT 6 օր առաջ
He's good, but can he play smoke on the water?
FierceMotorworks 7 օր առաջ
What's a good height for string above the pickups?
Cameran Bittick
Cameran Bittick 7 օր առաջ
He's amazing!! The wind started to blow when he played.."wind whisperer"
Cryptonic 7 օր առաջ
How can you kickflip a guitar
Benn Joan
Benn Joan 7 օր առաջ
Why not??
B-FliP 7 օր առաջ
Indeed sorting out strings and the fretboard is important, on some of the really cheap guitars I found the frets can be sharp (in ways that may cut your skin). It'd would be a production error and returnable if you're not up for some crafts, but quality control and finishing is generally part of the price.
Mang Gwite
Mang Gwite 7 օր առաջ
Hello kitty guitar suit's you Herman
Ken Kelly
Ken Kelly 8 օր առաջ
Proof that it’s all in the fingers! People that say that you must have high dollar equipment are simply making excuses. If you have talent, you should be able to play through anything!
Akshay Dagade
Akshay Dagade 8 օր առաջ
All this time I thought my cheap guitar was the problem. Apparently, I have been using the wrong person to play the guitar!
Jason Sine
Jason Sine 8 օր առաջ
Of course you can make music with $120 guitars I've been doing it my whole life. It's not the instrument it's the person playing it. 😉 Now don't just buy a complete junk to try and play but if you stick with brand names like fender or Peavey or washburn or ibanez B.C.Rich...etc.
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朱熹戰略研究室 : LEETUMBRA 8 օր առաջ
Many expensive ones just good for looking. I have some ideas about that. May I ask if someone still has a playboy(R) one? One of lookings is inferno themed.
Chuck Lee
Chuck Lee 8 օր առաջ
I have to be the master at cheap guitars, but I have decent amps and I shall not be I shall not be moved a pos Geetar can sound pretty good through a nice amp, 🤔😁
cheesman. exe
cheesman. exe 8 օր առաջ
$120 is a beginner's guitar??? my first guitar was like 20 bucks and the string action was so low it made a noise when I breathed on it
G G 10 օր առաջ
sign it and send it to me
Star Pillars
Star Pillars 10 օր առաջ
I don’t think you’re going to see a rockstar playing a 100bucks guitar?
Elliot Vilen
Elliot Vilen 10 օր առաջ
Now you guys can stop using the guitar as an excuse and GO PRACTICE!
James Taylor
James Taylor 10 օր առաջ
That is a good starter set up, you get everything, back in n my day we just got the guitar.
Rhyno D
Rhyno D 10 օր առաջ
A true guitarist can make any guitar sound like magic!
180MPH In The Wrong Lane
180MPH In The Wrong Lane 10 օր առաջ
That 120$ guitar just become 250$ by Herman endorsing
MixteL lml
MixteL lml 11 օր առաջ
Twelve Eighteen Official
Twelve Eighteen Official 11 օր առաջ
Bottom line, for a beginner, buy the cheap guitar, but spend 25-35 bucks to have the guitar shop set it up properly, so it intonates and stays in tune. That way the beginner doesn't get frustrated because he's doing the correct things like playing chords and it sounds like shit because the guitar isn't set up right.
Twelve Eighteen Official
Twelve Eighteen Official 11 օր առաջ
BTW - don't buy a beginner a cheap guitar with a Floyd on it, because that 35 bucks suddenly becomes 100.
Galahad 11 օր առաջ
Where is the hello kitty quitar
Myghe R
Myghe R 12 օր առաջ
This man is not human, this man is one god
Dr. Vybe
Dr. Vybe 12 օր առաջ
I got a guitar from my uncle that weights like 25 pounds, it plays ok but damn its heavy
Twentyseven 12 օր առաջ
This guitar now costs $170 on Amazon lol
shah ariffin sha'ari
shah ariffin sha'ari 12 օր առաջ
Guitar doesn't make a rockstar. A rockstar makes a guitar
ashzole 13 օր առաջ
what’s that thing someone can easily do to lower the action? remove the neck and pocket where the neck goes , you put like a 5” wood block or anything to lift the the neck from body , like use a sock or chewing gum, oh i remember your making a shim, to get better action,
boats 13 օր առաջ
"im not gonna test this thing" i just came here from the video where he tests it lmao
Giant Dad
Giant Dad 13 օր առաջ
That Fender sounds nice holy shit
1 MILLION VIEWS 13 օր առաջ
Can I have one of your guitar my poor and cannot afford any guitar please.
Kevin Mencer
Kevin Mencer 13 օր առաջ
I think that so many people forget that with these musicians, very few start with top of the line instruments. Many start with cheap instruments, or instruments in poor condition.
DeadSkinMask32 14 օր առաջ
Hilarious, I got that same Lego Porsche for Xmas this year. Lol
Ryan Daley
Ryan Daley 14 օր առաջ
Guitar pkg has gone up $50 on Amazon. @Donner I'll buy if/when you return to the pre-vid pricing (2 months ago).
Fernando Murillo
Fernando Murillo 14 օր առաջ
I hope one day Herman play a mariachi guitar xd
Light Yagami
Light Yagami 16 օր առաջ
Is the fan necessary when doing solo
DragonForce 16 օր առաջ
Worthem Kashung
Worthem Kashung 16 օր առաջ
Herman li is my fav mtl
USAF Brick
USAF Brick 16 օր առաջ
Can I hear instantaneously the difference between a $120 and a $750 guitar? Yep. The sound is so much cleaner and I can hear that plainly with Herman playing. Let's get real though. Is the $120 guitar plenty good enough to subject friends and relatives to your best efforts at Mary had a Little Lamb and Hot Cross Buns? Yeah, and then some. It's going to be 2 to 3 years into some serious practice time before anyone is going to feel held back by that $120 Guitar.
Clem McGuinness
Clem McGuinness 17 օր առաջ
All this and you pronounce Capo correctly. Nice review
Sam Lee
Sam Lee 18 օր առաջ
When Jimi hendrix and 60's musicians used to constantly tune up their guitars on stage it because old expensive guitars are in many ways like new cheap ones..!
ƤᎪƖИfull GLORY WR 18 օր առաջ
Damn. That’s still better than what i got when i started. 😨
Star Tribute Singapore Musician
Star Tribute Singapore Musician 18 օր առաջ
I agree with u bro. I play $100.00 buck guitar ever. The fact is how to make it sounds like expensive guitar is your finger and passion soul touch. Guitar is just only wood some metal and steel string.How to sounds is our touch. Happy New Year bro. Take care Thanks for sharing :)
Azan Four
Azan Four 19 օր առաջ
Guy at 9:00 gEt a gIbSoN CuStoM lEs pAuL nExT. No dude, nobody wants an overpriced piece of shit like that.
G V 19 օր առաջ
Really awesome thanks mr. Lee
AMStorm 19 օր առաջ
so to answer the questions my friends you are bad not your guitar :D
MikeyBGaming307 20 օր առաջ
That’s pretty amazing
Pussy Destroyer
Pussy Destroyer 21 օր առաջ
Can you give me a guitar tho?
its_topguN twitchtv
its_topguN twitchtv 22 օր առաջ
Good job taking the guitars virginity!
C. Noah Baoas
C. Noah Baoas 22 օր առաջ
Herman Li is cool
Nick Arnold
Nick Arnold 22 օր առաջ
If you can't play a 5 piece standard drum set then you don't need a 12 piece with 13 cymbals. It only gives you more things to contend with before you've even mastered basics.
고소마스터 22 օր առաջ
Holy s*** 브베다
SmolWavingSnail 23 օր առաջ
you should take up thedoo on his offer and play the hello kitty guitar live XD
abdul rauf
abdul rauf 24 օր առաջ
it’s not about the guitar it's about the players..
Furiouspizza 24 օր առաջ
Gent X
Gent X 24 օր առաջ
t -
t - 24 օր առաջ
Change action to fit better to your liking and redo your intonation to match. that thing will shred. its your skill that makes this guitar awesome, not the cost of it. Price becomes more relative when you want very specific sound and quality in the build.
Complexphenom 25 օր առաջ
Listen to Joscho Stephan.
Muhammad Falqan Samwil
Muhammad Falqan Samwil 26 օր առաջ
any tabs for the hair?
Peter Popov
Peter Popov 27 օր առաջ
I still my first guitar that I bought 20 years ago. It's a Squier Stagemaster HSH, China-made (I think.) I figured it would be a long time before I outgrow it, with its 24 frets, HSH pickups, Floyd Rose clone and even a cool reversed headstock. I was right, that $250 toy can still do lots more than I can ever get out of it! Over the years I've swapped out the pickups for DiMarzio, put in a real Floyd Rose, original Fender knobs and a 7-position switch, replaced a few frets, and (not least of all) even scalloped the neck myself. It's still my old guitar, though, and I love it. Even more so after I've had it signed by Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore, Al di Meola and Vlatko Stefanovski. And if Dragonforce even make it to my part of the world, I'm packing that thing and sneaking backstage :)
Clive Silk
Clive Silk 27 օր առաջ
you need a rack of vintage guitars' mate !!! try a 1979 bc rich guitar you'll be shocked has fast shred you can do
David G
David G 27 օր առաջ
Gotta love the fan in the room to blow his hair around.
David G
David G 27 օր առաջ
Hell yes. Crank that little guy. Lol
FIZZY VIEW 28 օր առաջ
please play "I don't belong here" by cromok
Federico Lucchi
Federico Lucchi 28 օր առաջ
As long as he's doing a studio album, he can play anything.
Christopher Scott
Christopher Scott 29 օր առաջ
I had an old late 80's Harmony Strat knockoff for a long time that I did a lot of work on using spare parts. Had an old EMG Humbucker and a pick guard for a Fender Strat and swapped all that out. I found a bridge from trading around for a strat and even though it was a knockoff, it was better than the original that came on it. After working with the truss rod and getting decent tone along with getting the action to go down to my liking, it was actually a damn good sounding Sear's Catalog guitar. It really wasn't half bad out of the box for the $125 it cost back then.
Jon-Paul du Pont
Jon-Paul du Pont 29 օր առաջ
Well done. My first guitar was cheap and I still have it after 35 years
Martin Sch.
Martin Sch. 29 օր առաջ
What are you playing at 10:29 ? That sound great!
Ben Rajan
Ben Rajan 29 օր առաջ
My guitar should really watch this so it learns how it's actually supposed to sound.
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