I'm wanting to start learning the guitar as my job is pretty much two weeks working away two weeks off so I get lots of free time whilst my friends are at work. It's going to become a serious hobby so I don't mind investing money in good quality gear.

I won't be playing on any stages or anything like that so will only need a practice amp.

I've been playing drums for 8 years but I'm a complete novice when it comes to guitar so I'd just like some advice on some versatile guitars.

Budget? - Guitar + Amp = £800 to £1200 ($1250 - $1900) (figure spending more will stop me giving up at the more frustrating parts of learning)

Favorite Artists? -I love and would like to learn all genres of music, but my top 10 artists would be: Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Hollywood Undead, Slipknot, Blink 182, Sum 41, Volbeat, Muse, Velvet Revolver, Oasis.

Preferences? - From my little trip to the local music shop I found that Telecasters/SG bodies felt most comfortable for me, but I didn't have any issues with any bodies except for the more 'metal' type guitars like the ones Kerry King/Dave Mustaine use (I don't know what those body types are called sorry).

There were three guitars I really liked but two of them were signature models so I'd probably be paying over the top just for a name I guess. These were:

Schecter Zacky Vengeance ZV Blade

Fender John 5 Tele HHH

Gibson SG Classic Faded

Pickups? - I'd like to be able to play a wide range of music so whatever the most versatile pickup set-up is

New or Used? - As long as it's in good working condition I really don't mind.

Location? - Aberdeen, Scotland, UK

Current Gear? - Don't have anything just looking for an amp and guitar for now, not interested in effects pedals and those extras for now.

Split your budget 55% amp, 35% guitar, 10% pedals. You'll be wanting a decent tube amp, because that will mean more to your sound than anything else.

While this means you may not be able to afford one of the guitars you listed, you should be able to find a number of Tele, Strat and Superstrat type guitars, new or used, from a variety of makers.

Besides Fender, look for guitars from G&L and Godin. Both offer SSS, HSS, and HSH guitars comperable to or better than Fenders in the same price range.*

And with the list of artists you gave us, I'm thinking a HSS or HSH guitar is really what you want for maximal flexibility.

(Downside: many guitars like that will have a tremolo, which can be a headache, especially for a new guitarist.)

Godin has a subsidiary called Richmond that offers a nice hardtail HSS guitar that should deliver that flexibility without the hassle of a trem: http://www.richmondguitarscanada.com/belmont.html

You might also want to give Stevens guitars a call: http://www.stevenscustomguitars.co.uk/index.html

He's a UK luthier who seems to specialize in Teles, and his prices Str at £1000. Not only might he be able to get you EXACTLY what you want in a custom, you might be able find a used one.

Wish i could help you more, but I can't really speak to much to the SGs. I have only become interested in SG type axes in the past few months, and most of the Gibsons just leave me cold. Saw a nice one in metallic blue sparkle, but that was it. The only other "SGs" on my radar are the Malden Bulldozer and the U.S. Masters Hornet...and the Hornet is on the high end of your budget.

* Personal note- I actually prefer the feel of G&L and Godins to Fender. That is not a knock on fender, just that those makers' guitars feel better in my hands than do Fenders. You might not agree.
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Oct 28, 2012,
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!