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Old 11-21-2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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Ok, can you guys please recommend me any brands/models of electric guitars that meet the following criteria.

Budget? - < £300

Favorite Artists? The National, My Bloody Valentine, Johnny Greenwood (Radiohead). Genre wise, Indie-rock dipping into a bit of shoegaze.

Preferences? 22 frets. Vintage, obscure, a one-off. Most importantly, a Whammy Bar/Tremelo Unit/Bigsby

Pickups? Humbuckers

New or Used? Don't really mind.

Location? - Sheffield, UK.

Current Gear? Fender Telecaster 1962 Reissue Japanese. This is what the thread stems from. I'm basically trying to branch out what I can do with my gear, I want a guitar that is quite different to this. Humbuckers, whammy bar, 22 frets, maybe even hollow body.

Ones I have seen that match the criteria so far is an Epiphone Riviera, Squier Jazzmaster. However, I would be content with a cheap guitar that does the job. Even if its a project guitar in which I want to modify down the line.

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Old 11-21-2012, 07:44 PM   #2
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FYI The jazzmaster pickups are not humbuckers, but the Squier VM Jaguar or Jazzmaster would sound great for shoegaze/indie stuff.
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:45 PM   #3
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:23 PM   #5
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Fender Blacktop Strat
Fender Standard Strat (Floyd Rose variant)

You can find some decent used Ibanez RGs or Jackson Dinky's for around that price too.

If you can, I would suggest maybe saying up a bit to around $400 or so. That will widen your options quite a bit. Most of the stuff for under $300 just isn't really worth spending the money on unless you find a killer deal on something used.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:29 PM   #6
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Fender Blacktop Strat
Fender Standard Strat (Floyd Rose variant)

You can find some decent used Ibanez RGs or Jackson Dinky's for around that price too.

You think a floyd rose and a rg or dinky would be a good shoegaze/indie guitar? WTF are you smoking? He said he wants more of a bigsby type trem. Anyway, those blacktop strats sound great but will need a good setup for stable wavering, jazzmaster/bigsby vibrato.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:38 PM   #7
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You think a floyd rose and a rg or dinky would be a good shoegaze/indie guitar? WTF are you smoking? He said he wants more of a bigsby type trem


You're right. I need to read posts better. All I saw was "My bloody Valentine" "humbuckers" and "tremolo" so I just though of metal guitar.

I still think a strat with humbuckers might be a good idea, and there are a few Tele's and LPs with bigsbys on them but they might be a bit out of his price range. Ibanez makes some cool Articore hollow bodies with bigsbys and super 58 humbuckers.

My "save up" comment still stands though. You aren't going to find much for under $300 that is really worth the money you'll spend.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:45 PM   #8
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Dean Vendetta XMT has a non-locking vintage tremolo and is $150-ish new.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:47 PM   #9
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You're right. I need to read posts better. All I saw was "My bloody Valentine" "humbuckers" and "tremolo" so I just though of metal guitar.

I still think a strat with humbuckers might be a good idea, and there are a few Tele's and LPs with bigsbys on them but they might be a bit out of his price range. Ibanez makes some cool Articore hollow bodies with bigsbys and super 58 humbuckers.

My "save up" comment still stands though. You aren't going to find much for under $300 that is really worth the money you'll spend.

Sorry if it sounded a bit harsh, I didn't intend to make it sound that way. Your suggestion for a blacktop strat is actually a pretty good one, I've tried a few and they sound awesome and would work great for ts with a good setup to make the trem more useable without tuning problems. Could probably be found used for under $300.
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:40 AM   #10
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See if you can find a used Godin Session- new ones are running just under £400 on Thomann UK. They're HSS with a tremolo.

You might have similar luck with tracking down a used Godin Velocity. They're similar, but with a slightly better set of pickups, and high quality used ones over here in the USA are going for $399-499. They we discontinued in 2011, but there are still dwindling supplies of new ones sitting in stores for nearly $900.
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:52 AM   #11
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Try Aria Guitars, its quite sexy company and their guitars are cheap too... Or if you want american make instead of korean then try fernandes....
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Dean Vendetta XMT has a non-locking vintage tremolo and is $150-ish new.

Once i went to a guitar thug and that idiot was like, you cant get any electric guitar below $300 and then i asked for dean vendetta and he was like no model is below $300!!!! I live in india btw...
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Old 11-22-2012, 10:59 AM   #14
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Once i went to a guitar thug and that idiot was like, you cant get any electric guitar below $300 and then i asked for dean vendetta and he was like no model is below $300!!!! I live in india btw...


There's a reason this guitar is so cheap, you know...
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There's a reason this guitar is so cheap, you know...


The reviews seem to like it, even though it is dirt cheap.

Edit: look at the user votes. They're higher than the review.
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The reviews seem to like it, even though it is dirt cheap.

Reviews on cheap guitars tend to be mostly beginners who think their cheap guitar is the best thing in the world and don't know the things more experienced players know. That being said, there are some truly great cheap guitars, the squier bronco bass is amazing in sound and feel for the price, for example.
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The reviews seem to like it, even though it is dirt cheap.

Edit: look at the user votes. They're higher than the review.


I owned one of these for a while, got it really cheap on Craig's List. I thought it sounded fine through a practice amp, it looked cool and it was comfortable to play. However the tuners were practically stripped when I got it and the whole thing felt really cheap...thought it might fall apart in my hands. If you read reviews from people who've owned it awhile you'll see that the hardware starts to FALL OFF. It's also made of a super-lightweight wood and it felt like the center of gravity was in the neck somewhere...I ended up selling it, figured it wasn't the best place to invest my money.

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Old 11-23-2012, 09:06 AM   #18
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Squier Vintage Modified Strat. They only sell for $250.00 brand new and will put Fender's MIM Standard Strats to shame IMO. I've tried a couple of them out already at Guitar Center and they're really bad ass guitars. They have Duncan Designed pickups along with Vintage styled tuners and a 70's style headstock.
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