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Old 01-30-2013, 06:54 AM   #1
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Should I get a fender

Hey guys my current guitar that I use is the vintage v6 reissued series and I was wondering should I try saving up for a fender stratocaster or should I just stick to what I have
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:33 AM   #2
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The guitar you have is very much a starter guitar. I would definitely suggest an upgrade but is that the right upgrade?

Let me ask you some questions so we can give you the best advice.

What music do you want to play?

Who do you listen to, what artists, guitarists do you like?

What's your budget?

Location?

What amp do you have?

Does your budget included the cost of an amp or can you go a little higher for a better amp?

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Old 01-30-2013, 07:39 AM   #3
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I thought Vintage guitars were made in Japan and quite good.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:43 AM   #4
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Some other models yea, but this one I'd compare to a Squier, I played one a couple of years ago and it didn't feel great to me, plus they're pretty cheap.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:41 AM   #5
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The guitar you have is very much a starter guitar. I would definitely suggest an upgrade but is that the right upgrade?

Let me ask you some questions so we can give you the best advice.

What music do you want to play?

Who do you listen to, what artists, guitarists do you like?

What's your budget?

Location?

What amp do you have?

Does your budget included the cost of an amp or can you go a little higher for a better amp?


I was looking to play along the lines of bands like the offspring mainly alternative and pop/punk bands

Im only 17 so I dont exactly have much of a budget I get 30 a week from college though

Im from Glasgow (Scotland)

The best ive got for an amp is a stagg ga 10 watt practice amp
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:48 AM   #6
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i'd suggest a MIM fender strat, they're relatively cheap price-wise (350 mark) but are good quality, and have massive head=space for upgrading at a later date.

depending on what amp you also play through, what other gear you have, what your budget is and what genre of music you primarily play, you may also want to look at an amp upgrade to something better than what you have.


just looked at your profile, seen what stuff you like, while a fender strat is very versatile, for what you like, perhaps a low-end Ibanez or even a fender MIM telecaster might also be worth a look???

you're definately gonna need to upgrade your amp though, maybe look at the peavey vypr or Vox VT+ series (VT20+ perhaps if you're gonna be bedroom-playing for now)
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:49 AM   #7
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So what's your budget? When you buy the guitar how much will you have to spend?

That amp is not worthy of a guitar. If you have a crap amp any guitar will sound shit through it, if you have a decent amp then you'll make a shitty guitar sound better and a good guitar sound great.

A good starting point for you will be a Fender Mustang 2. http://www.gak.co.uk/en/fender-mustang-ii-amp/40979

This is the bare minimum but it's also a good little amp with some cool features and it's a massive upgrade for you.

So, what's your budget?
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:50 AM   #8
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Pop-punky kinda stuff a strat or tele would work well, but you probably could do with a new amp as well :/ However, not necessarily key unless you are planning on doing some serious gigging.

Glasgow should have a few good music shops, so what I would say is try and work out realistically how much you could possibly spend, then go in and get their opinion.

Edit; the mustangs are great amps for their price
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:57 AM   #9
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Ill take a look up on getting the mustang amp Ive only been playing around 5 months so i'm guessing the guitar I have is ok for my level for now so ill have plenty of time before getting a more serious guitar. Thanks guys
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:00 AM   #10
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yeh usual advice is amp upgrade first, then guitar. so i'd say to take a look at amps, as i said, the Vox and peavey but also the mustang and others. Marshall and line6 do some decent amps too, just not the MG and spider....

edit: http://www.gak.co.uk/en/vox-vt20plus/40304

VT20+ is vox's version/competition of the mustang2, i have it's predecessor series and i love it!

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Old 01-30-2013, 09:08 AM   #11
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Dude, if you give us a budget then we can help you a lot more.

If you tell me I'll go on ebay, gumtree whatever and find you something suitable, don't sweat it, give us the number!
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:11 AM   #12
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Dude, if you give us a budget then we can help you a lot more.

If you tell me I'll go on ebay, gumtree whatever and find you something suitable, don't sweat it, give us the number!


Thats the thing im not on a budget just now. Im hopeing to just put most of my money away so i could put something like 30 away every two weeks or so
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:59 AM   #13
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Well lol, how long are you willing to save? It's very vague. If you're willing to save for a year you can get a used American Strat and a Deluxe Reverb. Which is around 1500.

If you're willing to save for 3 months or so you could get a MiM Strat for around 300 and the Mustang 2 used for 100. So you'd need a budget of about 450.

If you want a darker sound then maybe a Epiphone Les Paul Standard for around 250.

I think you should save some money and come back, because now we're guessing and you won't give us a figure. You might be shit at saving and in a year you've got 100.

So yea, come back when you actually have a figure.

But in response to your original question. I would say definitely upgrade the guitar. Although you have some other things you need to get, like the amp.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:29 AM   #14
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Alright That looks like some good options anyway thanks
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:28 AM   #15
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Well lol, how long are you willing to save? It's very vague. If you're willing to save for a year you can get a used American Strat and a Deluxe Reverb. Which is around 1500.

If you're willing to save for 3 months or so you could get a MiM Strat for around 300 and the Mustang 2 used for 100. So you'd need a budget of about 450.

If you want a darker sound then maybe a Epiphone Les Paul Standard for around 250.

I think you should save some money and come back, because now we're guessing and you won't give us a figure. You might be shit at saving and in a year you've got 100.

So yea, come back when you actually have a figure.

But in response to your original question. I would say definitely upgrade the guitar. Although you have some other things you need to get, like the amp.

amen to everything this guy said
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:40 AM   #16
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I have had great luck buying and fixing up used made in Mexico stratocasters. They can be had cheap, and often in perfect condition for about $300 or maybe 200 pounds. They're not bad as is, and with a pickup and tuner swap can be great. I also like to get them PLEK'd, but that is fairly spendy.
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:46 AM   #17
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Just stick with your vintage v6, and upgrade it with some parts. On ebay you can buy loads of good upgrades for a scratch.
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Old 01-31-2013, 05:55 AM   #18
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I disagree.

The hardware becomes more valuable than the guitar, you might as well just spend the money on a guitar that already sounds good. Good pickups in a crappy guitar won't make it sound that much better. The issue is the poor electronics, build quality, wood and the poor amp he has.
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