Best Guitars for Under $700?


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05-05-2006, 11:19 PM
I'm looking to buy a new guitar and my limit is around $700. My question is what the best guitar in this price range is. I play a lot of punk-ish and alternative stuff if that helps. I also don't use any type of whammy bar.

Please post your suggestions-I'm open to all of them.


05-05-2006, 11:26 PM
I bought my epiphone les paul standard for about 300 on musician's friend. It's really good for rock, but also for other genres. It doesn't have a whammy bar, it that's important to you. The clean tone is incredible, but the distorted sound is really good too. For that price, you can buy a good amp with the 400 left over.

05-05-2006, 11:29 PM
id recommend a nice les paul.

05-05-2006, 11:29 PM
Schecter C-1 Plus. It's sex. I'm gonna mod the stuffing out of it cause thats the way I am but with all it's stock harware it's dam good.

05-05-2006, 11:31 PM
Yeah I'd go with a schecter of some sorts. Go out and play some stuff. Play everything in your price range and get what you like best.

05-05-2006, 11:35 PM
That's my problem...There isn't a really good guitar store near me-besides one great one that carries mainly Washburns and Jacksons. I have a Washburn WI14 now (got it as a beginner guitar) and now I'm ready to step it up a notch and get a good guitar that'll last me a long time.

I've been looking at the higher end Washburns in the Idol series. A lot of them seem to have really high grade components (Mahogany body, carved maple top, Seymore Duncan pick-ups, etc.) Are they as great as they seem?

05-05-2006, 11:35 PM
I'd also look at a Sheratom II. I had the opportunity to play one and I loved it. Or an Schecter E/A. Dunno anything about Washburns.

05-05-2006, 11:36 PM
punk never did anything for guitarists just endless powerchords

05-05-2006, 11:37 PM

Thank you for being of assistance.

05-05-2006, 11:41 PM
And sadly AznInvazn666, you can't even play those, so you need to mindlessly bash current "punk" music to make yourself feel like a big man.

That's just sad.

Now please, can we stick to the topic?

05-05-2006, 11:49 PM
punk-ish maybe a les paul would do the trick for you

05-05-2006, 11:55 PM
Unless you could get an Elitist Epi or something get an Agile. Well that's if you go the LP route.

05-06-2006, 12:01 AM
How is the stock hardware with Agile's? I don't really want to have to replace anything if possible. Also, what model would you suggest?

05-06-2006, 12:55 AM
Anyone Else have any suggestions?

05-06-2006, 01:44 AM
I would recommend a fender Tele.
not the typical ones, but go for one with a strat style bridge and 2 humbuckers.
I see them around alot, typically come with seymour duncan humbuckers.
IMO that would give you an awesome punk sound if you do some crap with your amp settings and a really alternative look for punk.
definatly look into them

05-06-2006, 10:58 AM
An Agile 3000 or 3500 is in your price range. Stock hardware is ok. You might one a pup change down the line but that depends on your taste. Since they are both under $700 you can still upgrade parts with the money left over if you change your mind about that.

05-06-2006, 11:14 AM
get a damn guitar with three strings that will be good for punk

Cal UK
05-06-2006, 12:04 PM
Have a look at a Tele a standard would prob be OK if you spent a bit of money on a distortion pedal it should be great.

05-06-2006, 12:14 PM
yeah, get a high-end agile for about 400, than a dist pedal, pickups or some other gizmos.

or get a mid-class agile for about 280, (i made a thread about one, i believe thats the right price) and get a decent tube amp (look to Peavey for the price) and if you can, a dist. pedal.

what gear you have now?

EDIT-get a new amp. ive used the MG you have, it was only meh. i good guitar through a meh amp will sound only slightly better then meh. a meh guitar through a good amp will sound good.
of course, if you like the amp, then indulge on the guitar. i cant really stop you, butim just trying to be helpful.

05-06-2006, 12:28 PM
Schecter C-1 Classic or some type of Epiphone hollowbody or semihollow.

05-06-2006, 01:03 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions!

Gopher, I already have a distortion pedal. As for the amp, I just bought it a few days ago. I tried it out and was really impressed. I'm guessing I got one that came out a little better from the factory.

Does anyone have any knowledge about the higher-end Washburns? I'm looking at the WI66PRO and PI70 (I know the PI70 is a bit more...)
If anyone knows anything about either of the two, please post on them!

I'll look into Agiles more-Everyone seems to love the things.

Again, thanks for the suggestions and keep them coming!

05-06-2006, 09:49 PM
so you got 700 for a guitar? nice.
assuming youd change the pickups, well say those cost about 150. so were down to 550, which aint bad.

im not much of a punk guy, but as far as i know, a Les Paul would be good for the sound. i personally dont find em very comfortable to play, but meh. everyone is different.

05-06-2006, 09:55 PM
I'm leaning away from changing the pickups. I'm looking at some nice higher end Washburns that come with Seymore Duncans. They're still in my price range and really nice. I'm mainly looking at the WI66PRO.

Do you have any suggestions for an actual Les Paul? The Washburns I'm looking at look like a cross between a Les Paul and an SG, which is pretty cool. The only Les Pauls I have access to try out are Epiphones.

05-06-2006, 10:00 PM
which epiphones?
cuz from what ive read, agiles are better then many epi models, but for 700 i wouldnt worry about it.
i think 700 can get you an elitist, or even a lower-end gibson, if you want. (i reccoment the former)

again though, ive never played them. this is going entirely from what ive learned on UG.

05-06-2006, 10:05 PM
The cheapest I could find an Elitist near me was $990. For that I can get a REALLY high end Washburn that would have better everything...

With the Agiles, I really prefer to try guitars before I buy them. Especially if I'm spending a lot on one. I don't have anything against Agile, I'd just really, really prefer to try one first.

05-06-2006, 10:08 PM
well then its beyond me at this point.
look around at the washburns.

05-06-2006, 10:11 PM
Thanks for the advice. :D

05-06-2006, 10:12 PM
schecter c-1 classic or a fat strat shoudl suit u i think