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Old 04-02-2008, 09:26 PM #1
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Say I wanted to buy an electric guitar...

What would be a good price range for starting out?

I don't want complete ****, like the easily breakable $200 crap suggested in the sticky.

I've been playing acoustic for about a year now, and since it's all my dad really plays, it's all he knows (despite sinking thousands of dollars into his wonderfully expensive and prized Ovation collection). So, I come to you guys, since I've always been more of a rocker than an acoustic guy. I would like to move up into electrics.

I know what I'm doing, and I know what sounds good and what doesn't, but I don't want to just go for the gold and sink a ton of money into a high-end guitar.

I guess I'm looking for like the intermediate range? What would that be money-wise? What guitars should I be looking for (just simple rock, prog rock, alt, nothing too heavy or any shredding ****)? Amps aren't a problem. God knows I'm sitting on like 4 or 5 right now.

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Old 04-02-2008, 09:33 PM #2
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Well, what is your price range? I would say a Squire.
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:37 PM #3
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That's what I'm asking...what should my price range be? My dad will pay it, since he has a membership to pretty much anything music related, and he doesn't hesitate when it comes to plopping down like $500 at a time on music equipment. He's a little obsessed.

And I was thinking more along the lines of a cheaper Strat or Les Paul, without dipping into the "utter crap solely for beginners" category, and without breaking the $1000 range.

For the sake of just putting a price up, I'll say around $400-$600, if that helps at all.
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:52 PM #4
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Old 04-02-2008, 09:55 PM #5
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no this one tbh

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Old 04-02-2008, 09:57 PM #6
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:10 PM #7
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i think a higher end Epiphone is always a good choice, like a LP Custom.

maybe a lower end Gibson, the faded SG something like that.


then again, you could always go with a used guitar and try to find some really good quality axe.
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:13 PM #8
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Yea, that one's better. I just wasn't sure of his price range.
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Old 04-02-2008, 10:39 PM #9
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idk he said >$1000 so yea
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:03 PM #10
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I'd get this:http://www.musiciansfriend.com/produ...tar?sku=510477

It's a Strat so you know it's good, and it'll be much more versitile than a Strat with the standard S-S-S pickup configuration.
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Yeah, strats are good, but for some beginers......the look is an aquired taste. I'd go with an epiphone Les Paul standard. Solid guitars.
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Old 04-02-2008, 11:33 PM #12
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That's what I'm asking...what should my price range be? My dad will pay it, since he has a membership to pretty much anything music related, and he doesn't hesitate when it comes to plopping down like $500 at a time on music equipment. He's a little obsessed.

And I was thinking more along the lines of a cheaper Strat or Les Paul, without dipping into the "utter crap solely for beginners" category, and without breaking the $1000 range.

For the sake of just putting a price up, I'll say around $400-$600, if that helps at all.
Squire isn't really crappy...it's the only elec. I have (for now ), and it's nice...just had to put some Grovers on it. And if you're in that price range, you could go with an Epi LP Standard Plus, an ESP Viper, or even, maybe, a used higher-end guitar...

EDIT - if you go with a strat, get a fat strat...the HSS setup is pretty versatile...
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:10 AM #13
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:14 AM #14
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:30 AM #15
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here's a pretty decent starter electric.

no seriously, MIM strats are really good, most of the ibanez lines are good, PRS SEs are nice too. go to Guitar Center and ask someone there to try out a bunch of guitars and see for yourself which one you gravitate to.
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Old 04-03-2008, 12:52 PM #16
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Old 04-03-2008, 05:08 PM #17
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here's a pretty decent starter electric.

no seriously, MIM strats are really good, most of the ibanez lines are good, PRS SEs are nice too. go to Guitar Center and ask someone there to try out a bunch of guitars and see for yourself which one you gravitate to.
I've done that before. I tend to always enjoy Gibsons, and find myself looking at them more than I do most Fenders.

The only reason I'd even really have a Strat in my lineup is cause my ex-guitarist had a Blackie edition Strat, and I quite enjoyed hearing it, and playing on it (poorly) occasionally.

I've always loved the look of a Gibson though. However, if I were to get one, I'd just stick with an LP, since if I'm going to get an SG, I want to go all out and get a really good SG.
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I know it says they're discontinued but if you can find one they are the best $200 guitar you will ever see. I own one and I have no complaints about it at all. It plays like a high end at the price of a low end. Seriously, they're great guitars.
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Old 04-03-2008, 06:22 PM #19
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I am going to suggest a Made in Japan Strat or Tele. You can find them for decent prices on ebay. Look around from wherever your dad gets discounts for one. The quality is definitely superior to mexican guitars, typically the fret work is great. MIJ strat/tele is the way to go in that price range. Best possible quality for the lowest price.
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i would say an epiphone sg. there pretty good for the price. i have one i love it, its not a gibson sg but it does the job. the only thing is the epi sg is neck heavy but all you would need is a leather strap.
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:49 PM #21
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HIgh end Epiphone, MIM strat, ESPs the 400 series and up, maybe some ibanez.
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