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Old 12-17-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Buying an Electric Guitar (NOOB QUESTION.HELP.)

Need a starting point for buying a new electric guitar.

Am a noob on all technical aspects, so please excuse...

Budget: 200-250 (preferably less) Style of Music: Rock (Strokes.Arctic Monkeys.Killers)

Can be new or used not bothered. Not bothered about style either.

What i'm looking for: a guitar for someone who is only just past beginner status, must be suitable to learn on, not too difficult to get to used to... (Noob alert) - action & 'quality of fretboard' would be the most important thing to me, if i knew how to actually describe this in 'technical terms'.

Currently own an 'Oldfield' beginners guitar, so i'm looking for a step-up, only playing at around grade 3-4 standard so not looking for a be-all and end-all guitar, also looking for something more suitable as a rhythm rather than a lead guitar...

Thanks for any help..
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:44 PM   #2
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I have no idea what the Oldfield guitar is, looked it up and could not find any info.

Have you looked at anything locally and liked it?

What kind of amp do you have?
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:54 PM   #3
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There's not really any such thing as rhythm or lead guitars...there's just "guitars".

Is your current guitar electric or acoustic, and following on from that do you have an amp, and if so is it any good?

Because 250 is a very tight budget for both, and if you want to improve your sound it may well be that replacing the amp is going to give you better results.
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Old 12-17-2012, 05:09 PM   #4
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It's an Oldfield electric guitar, i'm pretty sure they are out of business now it's your basic starter package really. The guitar itself has an issue, not sure of the technical side again, but the bottom string is repeatedly snapping, many things have been attempted to fix this and non of them have worked, besides that the guitar is pretty cheap and has lots of other wear and damage so i'd be looking for a new guitar anyway.

At the moment i don't have an electric guitar amp, but i'm living at University halls, so my plan is to buy the Vox Pathfinder 10, just because of it's cheap price, small size, and suitability for my University room. I have a separate budget for this.

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Old 12-17-2012, 05:16 PM   #5
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ah ok. yeah on a tight budget the pathfinder's actually not too bad for those type of tones.

i haven't tried them, but maybe a squier classic vibe? if they're under budget, that is. they used to be.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:33 PM   #6
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It's an Oldfield electric guitar, i'm pretty sure they are out of business now it's your basic starter package really. The guitar itself has an issue, not sure of the technical side again, but the bottom string is repeatedly snapping, many things have been attempted to fix this and non of them have worked, besides that the guitar is pretty cheap and has lots of other wear and damage so i'd be looking for a new guitar anyway.

At the moment i don't have an electric guitar amp, but i'm living at University halls, so my plan is to buy the Vox Pathfinder 10, just because of it's cheap price, small size, and suitability for my University room. I have a separate budget for this.

Thanks


I meant more like, does it have single coils? Humbuckers? Are you happy with this or want something different?
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Old 12-18-2012, 06:17 AM   #7
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I meant more like, does it have single coils? Humbuckers? Are you happy with this or want something different?


It has humbuckers, it's pretty much an SG copy.

I'm looking more along the lines of a tele or a strat as well.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:21 AM   #8
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Check out the Squier Classic Vibe series' telecasters and stratocasters, dude! You could also look for an used MIM Hss strat.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:49 AM   #9
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Check out the Squier Classic Vibe series' telecasters and stratocasters, dude! You could also look for an used MIM Hss strat.


I'd suggest the MIM strat, too.
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Old 12-18-2012, 01:31 PM   #10
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If you can't find a Classic Vibe in that price range (it appears Fender/Squier capitalized on the hype and doubled the price), the Vintage Modified ones are nice too and considerably more economical.
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