#1
Hey guys i'm new to this forum.
I've been playing my acoustic guitar/semi-electric for some months now and i was thinking of switch to electric now.

I already have a Roland 20Watts AMP & Zoom G1xn sound processor.

I have a tight budget of 200$.
And i've narrowed down my search & options to 2 guitars.
1. Fender Squier Bullet Strat HSS - 200$ or Affinity Strat HSS - 230$
2. Epiphone Les Paul Special II - 230$

Music which i like to play is basically Nirvana, Guns & Roses, Led Zeppelin & Metallica.
I've read LP special II is versatile & Strat with Humbucker is also kinda same.
I'm not much into Metal... I've played my friend's Ibanez GRG170DX but i didn't like it that much. Also tried Cort X5 which sounded ok.
Although i know in the 200$ i won't be getting a decent sounding guitar.
But based on the music i would like to play which guitar would you recommend?

Thanks in Advance.
#3
Quote by randomguy2000
can u buy used?
can you try the guitars?


Hey, Yes i can try the guitars but i don't wanna buy used.
And i've been watching some reviews on You tube too.
#4
Whydon't you want to buy used? You'd get a better guitar for the same money that way. But out of those I'd go with the Affinity Strat.
#5
Quote by Jyrgen
Whydon't you want to buy used? You'd get a better guitar for the same money that way. But out of those I'd go with the Affinity Strat.


Lets Say i just can't.
How is Affinity better than Bullet & LP Special
#6
Quote by hunk143
Lets Say i just can't.
How is Affinity better than Bullet & LP Special

Better body wood and hardware I think.
#8
Don't get the Bullet. It is one of the lowest of low end. Google "Squier Bullet sucks" and you will see what I mean.
#9
The epiphone special ii was my first guitar. Ever since I first had it I've always had electronic problems with my pickups.

Probably not a common thing just bad luck but the sunburst is brutally ugly fake too. Also the tuners are the worst that guitar can not stay in tune to save its life and the tone is terrible.

If it had to be those 3 I would go affinity it's made of alder which is relatively light and what higher end fenders are made of as well although I think the front and back has some sort of crap wood to cut down on cost.

If I was you I'd probably go for this squire here

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/squier-vintage-modified-stratocaster-hss-electric-guitar/h78850

Pick ups are probably gonna be a lot better in this one.
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#10
Yep I had a Special II for a while and it was a POS. Go Affinity.
#12
Don't buy a cheap fender. I have a starcaster (even more of a budget guitar than a bullet strat) and it's junk. It feels cheap, can't handle any gain/overdrive at all, sounds mediocre and doesn't stay in tune.

If you think there's any chance at all you'll stick with guitar, you should spend just a bit more and get a MIM fender if you like fender, or look at other value options, like Agile, LTD etc. If you must buy new, I recommend Agile to you, if only because they seem to have a good record with customer service and they have a lot of guitars with high-quality features at a low price.
#13
I had a good experience with my Special II. I mean it was bought from the Gibson shop in Nashville, but that means nothing. It was a good guitar. I have it today. I dont play it at all anymore. But it got the job done
#14
I would strongly advise against the LP special II.

It was my first electric and I felt the need to upgrade only 3 months after I got it. Playability was awfull (though that might have been due to the set up), the bridge was sharp which means strings would break there, and the pick ups were awfully muddy.

Not to mention that this guitar looks worst in real life than on photo because it is so flat, and really obvious that there's a veneer...

I don't have experience with the two others. However, I would recommend for that budget, if you have a friend or know somebody who plays guitar, you go buy a second hand guitar with him to a guitar shop. That's seems your best option for the money.
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#15
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Consider Jay Tursers.


I'll try them.


Quote by Huge Guy
Don't get the Bullet. It is one of the lowest of low end. Google "Squier Bullet sucks" and you will see what I mean.


I've already excluded Bullet from the list.


Quote by lbc_sublime
....If I was you I'd probably go for this squire here

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/squier-vintage-modified-stratocaster-hss-electric-guitar/h78850

Pick ups are probably gonna be a lot better in this one.


Hey, I'm considering a Les Paul 100 now... Its for 300$ here and Vintage Squire is for 470$.


Quote by Huge Guy
Yep I had a Special II for a while and it was a POS. Go Affinity.


Affinity or Les Paul 100?

Quote by samuraigoomba
.... If you must buy new, I recommend Agile to you, if only because they seem to have a good record with customer service and they have a lot of guitars with high-quality features at a low price.


Which LTD do you recommend?
#16
Quote by nickdohle
I had a good experience with my Special II. I mean it was bought from the Gibson shop in Nashville, but that means nothing. It was a good guitar. I have it today. I dont play it at all anymore. But it got the job done



Quote by Doogy-Style
I would strongly advise against the LP special II.

It was my first electric and I felt the need to upgrade only 3 months after I got it. Playability was awfull (though that might have been due to the set up), the bridge was sharp which means strings would break there, and the pick ups were awfully muddy.

Not to mention that this guitar looks worst in real life than on photo because it is so flat, and really obvious that there's a veneer...

I don't have experience with the two others. However, I would recommend for that budget, if you have a friend or know somebody who plays guitar, you go buy a second hand guitar with him to a guitar shop. That's seems your best option for the money.


I'm thinking of buying Les Paul LP 100.
#17
If you're thinking LTD, then I recommend as high-quality an LTD as your budget will allow, with the features that you want in a guitar. Check out the LTD reviews section on UG for a list of models. If you were able to shop used, I'd suggest a deluxe model. The general consensus is you should go above the 200 series to get a nice guitar. If $200 is your budget and you can't buy used, you may not be able to buy an LTD that's really worth the cash, but you could try some models within that range and see if you like them.
#18
Stay away from the cheaper Epis including the LP100, the tuners are crap and will drive you @*&#$! crazy. If your still thinking around $200 check out a yamaha pacifica.
#19
The LP100 is just as bad as the Special. If anything it's worse because it costs more.

Definitely go for the Affinity HSS out of what you've presented.

If you can buy online, get one of these. http://www.rondomusic.com/al2000black.html They come in a ton of other finishes too, just look around.

An AL-2000 will absolutely blow away anything else you can buy new for $250 or less.
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Last edited by Offworld92 at Nov 19, 2012,
#20
Quote by ghobby
Stay away from the cheaper Epis including the LP100, the tuners are crap and will drive you @*&#$! crazy. If your still thinking around $200 check out a yamaha pacifica.


+1 for the pacifica
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#22
The Affinity, but if you want an HSS check out a yamaha pacifica, they are very solid. If you have a chance go and try a bunch of guitars, you might find something totally different you like
Last edited by ghobby at Nov 20, 2012,
#23
+1 to the Yamaha recommendations.

Specifically one of these: http://www.furtadosonline.com/viewproduct.php?productid=123198&ref=search&skey=yamaha%20pacifica

Far better than anything Squire makes in that price range.
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#24
I've been playing a squire bullet strat since i was seven and it's never failed me yet and i enjoy playing much of the same music.
#25
I highly recommend an Ibanez Gio series. Amazing for a budget guitar. Not sure what PUP options they offer as I bought mine used years ago and It is HH
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#26
You can pick up and ESP Ltd EC256 for around that money and it will be a sight better than the 2 you are looking at. Also check out used DBZ Bolero's as they are great guitars. MIM fenders would be a good option as well. Happy new gear shopping day!!!
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#27
Quote by ghobby
If you're still thinking around $200 check out a yamaha pacifica.

Quote by Doogy-Style
+1 for the pacifica

Quote by Offworld92
+1 to the Yamaha recommendations.


Pacifica all day long mang
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#28
Take fender, I don't think Epiphone is worth the money. But if you can spend more on gibson les paul, that is best choice.