#1
So I got 625$ for christmas from various people (100 of it is going tword some kine bud though), and I'm debating what to do with it. Should I get a basic recording setup for my macbook? IF so, what? OR should I get a niceish guitar that I can take with me on trips? Or is there a way to do both fairly well.
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#2
Acoustic

'08 Ibanez S5470 Prestige
Gibson SG Special - discontinued teal finish
Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier
4x12 Mesa Oversized Slanted Cab
BOSS TU-2
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#3
I have an absolutely wonderful acoustic (a vintage guild that's older then I am), aswell as I 1977 Les Paul deluxe.
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#4
porn.
Gear

93 Jackson Dinky Professional Reverse
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Peavey Bandit 112
Custom 2x10 cab w/Bugeras
#5
both, but idk any recording software but a really nice underpriced guitar is the Schecter Omen 6. $300. I say under priced because it plays amazingly... (atleast mine does)
#6
I'm actually very tempted to buy a sevenstring and try to scrape togeather the cash for some good pickups. (my amp is a fender bassman reissue, and I have a nice distortion pedal)
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#7
Drive around to various shops and see if you find anything unique that speaks to you or is a great deal.
#8
I agree, a Stealth Plug-in (allows you to record directly into your computer with your guitar) with Amplitube would do just fine and its just 100 so that frees up at least 375 or so for a guitar.
#9
Quote by Wakisazhi
I agree, a Stealth Plug-in (allows you to record directly into your computer with your guitar) with Amplitube would do just fine and its just 100 so that frees up at least 375 or so for a guitar.


Any recommendations? I play anything but most of the music I write is akin to things like King Crimson and Porcupine tree
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#10
When faced with a dichotomy like this, I feel you're better off going with one purchase or the other, not trying to compromise and do both at the same time. You'll get more use out of buying one and then coming back to buy the other at a later date.

If you drop the $$$ on a nice-ish axe, it will serve you longer than any particular piece of software. In a couple of years, the software may be obsolete, but the guitar will still be playable. In the meantime, you can use less expensive gear to record yourself. I've been using an old cassette walkman and a mic- it works just fine for keeping a record of what I'm playing. (I wouldn't use it to record a demo, though.)

And the truth is, there are all kinds of nice guitars in the $500 range. I own a Dean EVO Special Select (and several other guitars besides) and have had nothing but fun with it.

OTOH, you already have a Guild and a Les Paul.

Perhaps you should do what I did when I got my first electric: get a little modeling gizmo to hook on your belt and listen to with headphones for when you travel. I have a couple of Korg Px4s, but the current standard is the Line 6 POD, as I recall. They're like a carnival for guitarists!

Line 6 Pod 2.0
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Line-6-Pod-2.0-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor?sku=150448

Korg Px4
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Toneworks-Pandora-PX4D-Personal-MultiEffect-Processor?sku=152176

Buy one of those (and batteries), find or buy some over ear headphones, and if you don't want to lug your LP77 around, find an inexpensive (@$300) guitar and you'll have a way to practice anywhere in any style.

(P.S. I'm a huge KC/Fripp fan- do you play in his New Standard Tuning?)
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Dec 27, 2008,
#11
Quote by dannyalcatraz
When faced with a dichotomy like this, I feel you're better off going with one purchase or the other, not trying to compromise and do both at the same time. You'll get more use out of buying one and then coming back to buy the other at a later date.

If you drop the $$$ on a nice-ish axe, it will serve you longer than any particular piece of software. In a couple of years, the software may be obsolete, but the guitar will still be playable. In the meantime, you can use less expensive gear to record yourself. I've been using an old cassette walkman and a mic- it works just fine for keeping a record of what I'm playing. (I wouldn't use it to record a demo, though.)

And the truth is, there are all kinds of nice guitars in the $500 range. I own a Dean EVO Special Select (and several other guitars besides) and have had nothing but fun with it.

OTOH, you already have a Guild and a Les Paul.

Perhaps you should do what I did when I got my first electric: get a little modeling gizmo to hook on your belt and listen to with headphones for when you travel. I have a couple of Korg Px4s, but the current standard is the Line 6 POD, as I recall. They're like a carnival for guitarists!

Line 6 Pod 2.0
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Line-6-Pod-2.0-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor?sku=150448

Korg Px4
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Toneworks-Pandora-PX4D-Personal-MultiEffect-Processor?sku=152176

Buy one of those (and batteries), find or buy some over ear headphones, and if you don't want to lug your LP77 around, find an inexpensive (@$300) guitar and you'll have a way to practice anywhere in any style.

(P.S. I'm a huge KC/Fripp fan- do you play in his New Standard Tuning?)


Yeah, thats one of the reasons I'm looking at new guitars, because I really don't want to put the guild or les paul through any unneeded risk, they're both atleast twice as old as i am. I actually have some pretty nice over ear headphones (skull candy mesh's), but I was thinking more along the lines of a stealth plug, since I've actually already got guitarrig2.

(ps, no, sadly, I dont. I plan in alot of off times and tunings, but I've never gotten around to experimenting with that one)
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#12
Well, for an update. Today I went to a pawn shop a town or two over and they had a brand new Epi. 1958 gothic explorer. Played it, fell in love. Got it for 420$ clean, with tax knocked off. Better then the asking price around here. Susprisingly nice and versitile guitar, pickups sound better then I expected.

It still leaves for with 125$ for posibilities, including a pickup swap. I'm not sure yet though, it's in no immediate need.
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#14
If you want to hear what you play when you practice, POD POCKET! Any headphones work on tis. I even hook them to my friends computer speakers when i don't want to carry my amp lol. So there the skull candy mesh can go in ^_^
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#15
Thank you both. I'll look into the pod, but I might just get a usb in and use amplitube or guitarrig. The guitar itself is actally incredibly nice for the price, and while I wont say it sounds better then my les paul, it does pack quite a different punch. The les paul is smoother, more sofisticated, in a way more grown up. The explorer however has more of a low end, mid range punch, its more agressive, more in your face. And I find myself using the bridge pickup more then I do on my les (on which I almost never use the bridge, maybe once a month)
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#16
It looks like you have a guitar that will allow you to expand your sonic experimentations, and that's a good thing.

I saw an interview being done at a Ferrari Owner's club. The interviewee owned both a Ferrari AND a Lamborghini. When asked to compare them, he said, "The Ferrari is like the beautiful woman you court and marry and make the mother of your children. The Lamborghini is the slut you take out on the weekends."

You already had your Ferrari...

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