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Old 09-18-2013, 12:02 PM   #1
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Beginner: PRS SE245 vs Epiphone 339 Pro

I just started playing 2 months ago and have been playing on a Fender CD140SCE acoustic/electric and I'm getting to the point where I'm ready to buy my first electric. I know the two guitars I listed are pretty different (semi-hollow vs solid body), but since my ear isn't very developed yet, I figured this would be the best way to get help in choosing.

The type of music I would like to play covers a wide range. What I like most I would classify as alternative rock/indie rock. Favorites are The Whitest Boy Alive, Phoenix, Foo Fighters, Hoobastank, Velvet Revolver, Modest Mouse, Volbeat, and Avenged Sevenfold.

I'm leaning towards the Epi solely based on price point and aesthetics, but I have a guitarist friend that tells me I should spend the extra $250 and get the SE245. I didn't see myself spending $650 on my first guitar, but is it worth the difference?

Thanks in advance for opinions.
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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After a little more research I've decided on the Epiphone Les Paul Tribute Plus unless anybody has any better suggestions?
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:58 PM   #3
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You change your mind too quickly.

Within three hours (and change), you've picked an entirely different guitar -- based on what?
Exactly what kind of "little more research" did you do?


My suggestion -- flip a coin. Rock paper scissors. Eenie Meenie. Spin the bottle.

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Old 09-18-2013, 04:35 PM   #4
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I currently own 10+ guitars, and I will honestly say that the PRS SE245 is definitely one of my favorites. It's a beast of a guitar. It's got a massive sound, nice (thicker) neck. Independent tone and volume knobs. Really awesome guitar.

I've never used the epiphone though.
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:33 PM   #5
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Haha my first guitar was less than $200 because people told me that's what I should do. I didn't stick with it. When I really started to get into it and after an absurd amount of research I ended up with a $1300 SG Standard.

I couldn't be happier. I don't regret spending it at all.

I am not saying go nuts and blow a ton of money on your first but make sure you are happy even if it's a bit more than you intended to spend. If you are anything like me you just won't stick with it unless you are happy with your purchase anyway.
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Old 09-18-2013, 05:35 PM   #6
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The prs 245 is the safest bet for the money in almost every case. Go with it.

And, there's nothing wrong with a fast mind change. 1/2 the fun of playing guitar is buying/shopping/trying out guitars. Enjoy it!
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:17 PM   #7
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Haha my first guitar was less than $200 because people told me that's what I should do. I didn't stick with it. When I really started to get into it and after an absurd amount of research I ended up with a $1300 SG Standard.


By the time I bought my first guitar I'd been a professional musician (keyboards) several years, had been in my first rock group only a few months, worked at a music store, and bought the guitar partly because it was so cheap and partly because I thought it might make a great addition to the sound of the band (an ES-335-12 string). The second ES-335 had been sanded down to bare wood and it was cheap as well. It really wasn't until about a half dozen guitars (all Gibsons) were lying around that my girlfriend suggested I should probably learn to play one.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:54 AM   #8
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I don't like Epiphones. In general, I've found they feel kinda cheap.

Therefore, I say go for the PRS SE. They feel way more solid.
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Old 09-19-2013, 08:59 AM   #9
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You change your mind too quickly.

Within three hours (and change), you've picked an entirely different guitar -- based on what?
Exactly what kind of "little more research" did you do?


My suggestion -- flip a coin. Rock paper scissors. Eenie Meenie. Spin the bottle.


I'm a beginner, I know the sound I want, but I'm too new to know what guitars create it. I did some more reading on solid and semi-hollow bodies and found a couple more in the price range of the se245. My original plan was to get the ES-339 and put gibson 57s pups in it. The Tribute plus comes with 57 pups, costs less than se245 and I like the aesthetics better. I didn't know it existed before I made the post. It is flipping a coin for me which I why I came here for advice from people that are more informed than me.


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I currently own 10+ guitars, and I will honestly say that the PRS SE245 is definitely one of my favorites. It's a beast of a guitar. It's got a massive sound, nice (thicker) neck. Independent tone and volume knobs. Really awesome guitar.

I've never used the epiphone though.


I started with a classical and having big hands I miss the the thicker neck. I'm leaning toward the LP tribute, but I'm going to go play the SE245 before I pull the trigger. Thanks for the input.

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I am not saying go nuts and blow a ton of money on your first but make sure you are happy even if it's a bit more than you intended to spend. If you are anything like me you just won't stick with it unless you are happy with your purchase anyway.


It seems it's very easy to spend more than intended because you're always thinking "Is it worth it to spend just a little bit more to get a much better sounds?" Next thing you know, you've increased your budget $400.

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