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Old 04-05-2003   #1
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Electic Guitar...

Thinking of buying an electric guitar. Been playing acoustic for about a year now, and would like to hear some suggestions within the price range of $400. Let me hear from ya!
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Dude, Trust RedWizard. He knows his shit when it comes to guitars.
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Old 04-06-2003   #5
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I have bought about four guitars over the years and I think that the bets way to buy a guitar is to just find out which one suits you better e.g. sound,shape,stuff like that.Best bet is to buy a decent amp though
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i agree with whitejaw...your best bet really is to buy a decent quality amp as this is really more important than the guitar...in some cases a cheap guitar can sound good through a decent amp but a decent guitar may sound shit through a cheap amp, don't hold me to this though as i have found some exceptions.
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Pretty good advice so far.
Ok. this whole thing boils down to .. if you are serious.. and if you are in a band or plan to start one soon.
If you are really serious and want to be a good guitar player, but are not in a band yet. I would reccomend for you to get a quality guitar and a cheap amp. If you are planning on being in a band, you should invest in an amp that could cut it and then spend the rest on the guitar. The amp matters more about the sound than the guitar will. It is easier to learn on an instrument that doesnt suck though.

I have found out that its pointless however to buy crappy equipment in the first place. If you buy a 200 dollar guitar, sell it for 50, buy a better one for 500, sell it for 200, buy a decent one for 800, sell it for 400, and then buy the one you want for a grand, you lost a whole load of money. I have about 9 guitars and six amps in my collection right now. I have saved a lot of money by buying decent things in the first place even if you have to buy things one by one. If it were me, I would buy a good guitar, and then save up for a good amp. But, since you are just starting out, any of those guitars I listed would be good enough.

If you plan on being in a band soon though, let me know and ill find both a guitar and amp for you that can fit within 400 dollars.
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heres some stuff for a package deal:


http://www.rondomusic.bigstep.com/it...8&PRID=1238269
Les paul sparkle finish - some say its better than epi. $199

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/.../base_id/46030
Randall twin $199

OR

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/.../base_id/76162
Behringer twin w/jensen speakers

decent package retail for 400 - you can do a lot better with the amps if you buy used. However, this is more than enough if your just starting out.

There are also sovtek (all tube) mig heads on ebay that you can get for under 250. granted you still need speakers.... but they copy - and do a damn well job - a marshall plexi w/master volume (mig 60) and the fender bassman(mig 50)

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I really have had good luck when it comes to Yamaha used guitars!
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Yah i've got a yamaha pacifica and an average 15 watt amp and this does me fine and it didn't cost that much
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dude, spend all you money on an ESP and hook it up with 2 EMG 81 pickups (The Zakk Wilde set-up). Trust me, its the best investment you'll ever make. And get a Crate amp. Any one is good really. If you can afford it, get the 130 watt. Its cheap, its loud, its powerful...
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I highly recommend either the Ibanez AX220QMB or the Epiphone Les Paul Custom. Both are excellent and affordable instruments in that price range.
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i've found from experiance that epihones are reasonably okay
and you can pick them up quite cheap, but the main alteration you have to do is change the pick-ups, quite often (especially on the cheaper models) they are shipped with cheaply made single or humbucking pick-ups............
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Quote:
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i've found from experiance that epihones are reasonably okay
and you can pick them up quite cheap, but the main alteration you have to do is change the pick-ups, quite often (especially on the cheaper models) they are shipped with cheaply made single or humbucking pick-ups............
Very true. But I believe that the best active pickups (powered ny 9 volt battery) are the EMG 64, 81, or 81 series. I hooked them up on a Schecter, very nice.
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Wellllllllllllllllll it seems you have a very humungous amount of replies so I think I will add mine as well hehe.
I have an Ibanez RG 170 and it is a fantastic guitar and it wasn't very expensive at all. Some of my favorite bands use Ibanez guitar as well, they ruuuuuuuuuule. My guitar cost me about 500 Australian dollars which would be about 300 bucks if you are in America (are you??)
Anyways GET AN IBANEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
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Re: Electic Guitar...

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Pretty good advice so far.
Ok. this whole thing boils down to .. if you are serious.. and if you are in a band or plan to start one soon.
If you are really serious and want to be a good guitar player, but are not in a band yet. I would reccomend for you to get a quality guitar and a cheap amp. If you are planning on being in a band, you should invest in an amp that could cut it and then spend the rest on the guitar. The amp matters more about the sound than the guitar will. It is easier to learn on an instrument that doesnt suck though.

I have found out that its pointless however to buy crappy equipment in the first place. If you buy a 200 dollar guitar, sell it for 50, buy a better one for 500, sell it for 200, buy a decent one for 800, sell it for 400, and then buy the one you want for a grand, you lost a whole load of money. I have about 9 guitars and six amps in my collection right now. I have saved a lot of money by buying decent things in the first place even if you have to buy things one by one. If it were me, I would buy a good guitar, and then save up for a good amp. But, since you are just starting out, any of those guitars I listed would be good enough.

If you plan on being in a band soon though, let me know and ill find both a guitar and amp for you that can fit within 400 dollars.

Sorry about dragging a dormant thread up after so long, but I had to comment on redwizard's post. When I first started playing drums (back in the Jurassic age ) I rented to buy a real piece of shit CB700 5 piece kit. The snare was made out of thin tin, the drum shells were 2 ply wood, the pedals and stands were all wobbly and rickety but for a beginner, it was sufficient.

It didn't take me long to realize just how shitty that CB set was, and even less time to experience "sticker shock" while pricing better instruments. I did just what red did; started by buying better cymbal stands, hihat pedal, bass pedal (Slingerland 944 Yellowjacket was the SHIT in 1978!!! It was the only bass pedal I could roll quadruplets off a single bass drum... and this with a solid wooden beater. Also the only pedal I couldn't break. I wrecked a Ludwig Speed King, A Rogers, a Tama...pretty much any pedal I bought I returned in a few days in pieces except for the Slingerland)...anyway the short version is that I replaced my CB kit with Slingerland pieces starting with a gunmetal snare. In about 18 months I had a KICK-ASS drum set just like I liked it.* Instead of dropping 6 grand all at once, I did it one piece at a time and it was definately worth the wait.

As an afterthought: I'm pleased and a little surprised that CB700 has turned into a damn fine brand. They make some sturdy, good sounding and dependable instruments now. Slick-looking stuff, too.
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All the above were A. Zildjian...
And one Paiste 22" china type (loud, Loud, LOUD!!!)

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All drums (including the snare) were fitted with REMO Black Dot hydraulic heads. All in all, a kit which didn't need any micing to keep up with the amping the rest of us used in Beyond Reach.
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Re: Electic Guitar...

hehe, i can't say i took that same road... i started off with just a guitar and a shitty little amp

i still haven't bought a proper amp through my 4 years of playing, it's just been, more guitars, and more effects, to get my perfect sound out of a decent amp... though, i want to save up for a seriously great amp, a 'Peavy XXX' hehe

those things are gorgeous!
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Re: Electic Guitar...

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Wellllllllllllllllll it seems you have a very humungous amount of replies so I think I will add mine as well hehe.
I have an Ibanez RG 170 and it is a fantastic guitar and it wasn't very expensive at all. Some of my favorite bands use Ibanez guitar as well, they ruuuuuuuuuule. My guitar cost me about 500 Australian dollars which would be about 300 bucks if you are in America (are you??)
Anyways GET AN IBANEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
Stay metal \m/ \m/
Ibanez is sweet. They make a great bass guitar as well.

I've seen and played some really nice sphectors too
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