Narwhal_mafia
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So two years ago I got a cheap little electric guitar for my birthday, once I started getting good, I would borrow one of my friends so I could play on a better guitar... So now that I'm ready to purchase my own, there are so many choices I can't even begin to choose, so I'm hoping you guys could lead me in the right direction

What I usually cover: Goliath+Giants, All American rejects, RHCP, and Greenday.

I play some lead along with some rhythm.

I want a good all around guitar, and one that fits the style if the bands that I cover.

Budget: Up to $800 but the lower the better.
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Do you have an amp? If not is the amp included in the budget? Do you think you even need an amp?
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Curious, after 2 years and playing your friend's guitars, what do you like about them? Give us the models you've been playing and what you liked about them. Virtually any guitar can work with the bands you've mentioned. But if you prefer the necks of Strats, or you like humbuckers better than single coil, or you prefer 22 frets over 24, then those things will help in giving recommendations.

If you tell us, "I like humbuckers, a mid-to-beefy neck, no tremolo, 22 frets and a single cut body", then that will lead us very easily to some guitar recommendations.

On the other hand if you said, "I prefer a mix of single coil and/or humbuckers, I like a thin neck with 24 frets, a double cut body and a Floyd Rose style bridge" then that will lead us in a completely different direction.

Luckily you're not a complete noob and you've been playing yours and your friend's guitars for a couple years. And with a guitar budget of $800 (assuming you've got your amp covered), you can get some really great guitars.

One final question, are you okay with buying used? I ask that because you can find some otherwise out-of-your-price-range guitars for your price if you're willing to look at the used market...
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From what I know of those bands, something like the Godin Velocity might work.

They're Canadian made with good QC, have a HSS configuration, have a tremolo, and feel good in the hands. The singlecoils are made by Godin, and the humbucker is a SH-5 Duncan Custom. They were discontinued in 2011, but they're still available new in some places, and really good used ones can be had for @$500.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Search/Default.aspx?internal=1&browser=&fsrc=Godin+velocity&src=Godin+velocity

If you don't want a tremolo, the Godin Richmond Belmont might work. Again, a well made guitar, appointed with Seymour Duncan lipstick singlecoils and a '59 HB in the bridge.

http://www.richmondguitarscanada.com/belmont.html

Another contender would be the Reverend Double Agent, which mixes a humbucker and a P90 in a trem-equipped all korina body:

http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/double-agent-iii/
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No Danny!

We want Fenders and Gibson and Ibanezesezezezes.
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Narwhal_mafia
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Thanks Richard.

Of the guitars I have played I like having 22 frets, a medium sized neck, and I like the sound of single coils better.

And yes, the amp is already covered, and I tend to shy away from used.
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Telecaster. So many choices - play as many as you can and pick your favourite. Can't go wrong with a Tele if you like single coils.
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i'd maybe consider a fat strat or superstrat (either by fender or by someone else). rationale being that you still have the middle and neck single coils for the lighter stuff like RHCP, but have the extra power there when you need it for green day and AAR.

Caveat: I have no clue who goliath+giants are, they probably play bagpipes or something like that which will make my suggestion look silly.
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Rubber soul: I've never played a telecaster before, but I know someone that has one, so I'll try playing hers.

Dave: I've played on a strat before and really liked it! Goliath+Giants are an indie rock band from Sweden, by the way :p
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Quote by Narwhal_mafia
Thanks Richard.

Of the guitars I have played I like having 22 frets, a medium sized neck, and I like the sound of single coils better.

And yes, the amp is already covered, and I tend to shy away from used.

Excellent info! Do you prefer a double cut or single cut? Tremolo or hard tail? And if tremolo, do you prefer a standard type or Floyd Rose type?

Off the top of my head I'd say check out G&L. Founded by Leo Fender and George Fullerton -- yeah, THOSE guys. Really great guitars but at non-crazy prices.

Check this one out: http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/TributeSeries/guitars/Legacy_new/index.asp




Or this one (I know you said you preferred single-coil, but this does have a coil tap on each humbucker -- not a perfect substitute for single-coils, but you might find you love it): http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/TributeSeries/guitars/Ascari/index.asp

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G&Ls are great guitars. If you can find a used one you like in your price range, that would be a nice score.
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I'd say a Tele, i got my first Tele a while back and they are a machine, they're very reliable, amazing tones,
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I like double cut guitars. I prefer tremolo over hard tails, and the type of tremolo doesn't really matter to me too much. I will definitely check out the GL legacy that you posted!
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You can't go wrong with a Tele. Very versatile guitar. I've got a humbucker on the bridge on mine along with the traditional Tele single coils on the mid and neck.
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I'd recommend a G&L Legacy, Jaguar, or even a Jazzmaster (I'm pretty sure that the guitarist from RHCP played one of the two)

Surf guitars are awesome and the best IMO
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that coupon doesn't work for Fenders for whatever reason online...
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A little trick: tell MF that you are having trouble using it on a different product, they'll give you a master override code, use that on the Fender. 15% off whatever, really.
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Thank you! It's kind of sketchy I suppose, but given the size of the company and the markup, it's hard to feel too guilty. Plus, their customer support is non-commissioned, and the online sales don't go to any lower salesperson, so I'm not screwing anyone out of commission.
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Quote by SteveHOC
Thank you! It's kind of sketchy I suppose, but given the size of the company and the markup, it's hard to feel too guilty. Plus, their customer support is non-commissioned, and the online sales don't go to any lower salesperson, so I'm not screwing anyone out of commission.

MF an GC are the same company, aren't they? GC typically honors any sale in-store, regardless of the exceptions. Can't be sketchy if even they break the rule, right?!
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MF an GC are the same company, aren't they? GC typically honors any sale in-store, regardless of the exceptions. Can't be sketchy if even they break the rule, right?!


True! MF, GC, and Music and Arts are all of the same parent company. Usually they exclude Fenders and Gibsons with the sales though. This is pretty much a sure-fire way around the fine print (though I haven't friend it on Gibson yet, someone should give that a shot!)
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