#1
Hello Comrades,
I recently came into an amount of money in the region of £1000 ($1450), and I am having trouble deciding on the piece of equipment that I will spend it on. I currently have a Washburn X50PROQ (a more speed orientated guitar with humbuckers) and a Roland Microcube amp.

I have two things in mind:

A Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue - http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop/flypage/product_id/11413

or

An American Deluxe Stratocaster (3 Colour Sunburst, Rosewood Fretboard) - http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop/flypage/product_id/10996

Bearing in mind that I play blues and rock mostly, which of these items do you think I would benefit more from? I will probably be buying the other item later in the year anyway when I have access to the funds. Would that amp be loud enough for most gigs?

I will also probably be purchasing an Ibanez TS-808 Tubescreamer along with whichever item I buy first.

Thanks for the help. PS: If you have any suggestions of equipment I should get instead of those two items, please fire away.
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#4
Kind of a tough choice.

I'd get the Deluxe Reverb. Amps make a bigger impact on your sound than the actual guitar. But, Rolands are good. If you're not gonna' be gigging or anything and this is just a hobby, I'd lean towards the Fender.
#6
amp
the guitar can be more comfortable but the amp will make you sound like a 100 times better
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#8
Quote by Leon Trotsky
Hello Comrades,
I recently came into an amount of money in the region of £1000 ($1450), and I am having trouble deciding on the piece of equipment that I will spend it on. I currently have a Washburn X50PROQ (a more speed orientated guitar with humbuckers) and a Roland Microcube amp.

I have two things in mind:

A Fender 65 Deluxe Reverb Reissue - http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop/flypage/product_id/11413

or

An American Deluxe Stratocaster (3 Colour Sunburst, Rosewood Fretboard) - http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop/flypage/product_id/10996

Bearing in mind that I play blues and rock mostly, which of these items do you think I would benefit more from? I will probably be buying the other item later in the year anyway when I have access to the funds. Would that amp be loud enough for most gigs?

I will also probably be purchasing an Ibanez TS-808 Tubescreamer along with whichever item I buy first.

Thanks for the help. PS: If you have any suggestions of equipment I should get instead of those two items, please fire away.


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Get the amp.
#9
Everyone always says amp, because it effects your tone more and most people are after the epic tone.. but that strat will feel much nicer than your washburn, it'l be a real pleasure to play, feel comes above sounds for me
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#10
Quote by xander307
Everyone always says amp, because it effects your tone more and most people are after the epic tone.. but that strat will feel much nicer than your washburn, it'l be a real pleasure to play, feel comes above sounds for me


same i like comfort more but it does suck with bad tone get the amp
#11
Quote by xander307
Everyone always says amp, because it effects your tone more and most people are after the epic tone.. but that strat will feel much nicer than your washburn, it'l be a real pleasure to play, feel comes above sounds for me


I agree, my technique and ability to play a nice guitar is much more important to me then the tone end which can be fixed with money anytime.
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#12
Get a not bad amp, like the orange crush 15
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvDkADn2Y9I
thats a video showing how versale the amp is, it can also make tea!

the best thing? the things only 100ish US, so you can still get the fender after buying the amp.

you can do that or get the 30W version, its 200ish but you can stll probably get the fender after that too.

or drop the load on pedals.
#14
I'd go with the amp.
Sure feel is important, but it's not like he has a horrible guitar. As far as I know that washburn is a pretty solid guitar.
You'll notice a larger difference with the amp.
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#15
Greetings Comrades,
Thanks for the replies. The Washburn I currently have is a very good guitar and nicely playable, and of course I am very used to its feel - I just want something more suited to blues. The same goes for my Roland Microcube - its the perfect practise amp for bedroom volumes and I am happy with it, but I want an all-tube amp with those immaculate Fender cleans.

I will probably end up buying the amp first, along with a TS-808, as I already have 2 other electric guitars along with my Washburn, both cheap Strat copies.
The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.
#16
GET GUITAR.

Right now I'm in the exact same situation as Trotsky. I've got a Cube 30 and that same Washburn. Washburn's aren't bad, but these are the Wal-Mart Washburns. God, I want to get rid of this thing.

I wouldn't get a Strat, though. I'd get a Les Paul. But yeah, Cube tones are fine. Especially for blues and Rock. Trust me, you'd be much happier with a new guitar.
#17
I don't think we have the same model of Washburn. Your profile says you have a
"Lyon by Washburn: LX3PAK"
I googled this and it seems you do have a guitar pack or something from Walmart.

My Washburn is an "X50PROQ" - http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop/flypage/product_id/8580

It's a great guitar in my opinion, I was just looking for something a bit better for blues.
The end may justify the means as long as there is something that justifies the end.
#18
Washburns are great guitars I believe. If the playability on that Washburn is great, I would suggest getting the amp and changing the pickups on them. Or you could just save up for the Strat if you don't think changing the pickups on Washburn is worth it.

Good luck
#19
With that particular guitar, I'd have to give another vote for the amp.
#22
Definately go for the amp as already suggested.

Quote by wair138
Get a not bad amp, like the orange crush 15
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvDkADn2Y9I
thats a video showing how versale the amp is, it can also make tea!

the best thing? the things only 100ish US, so you can still get the fender after buying the amp.

you can do that or get the 30W version, its 200ish but you can stll probably get the fender after that too.

or drop the load on pedals.

Please don't give bad advice, for the sake of the poor soul that one day listens to it and takes it.
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#23
Amp --> Pedal --> Guitar

That'd be the order of choice, IMO.
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#24
The Washburn should be fine for rock/blues, get the amp this time around. As nice as the cube is, it's still a small cheap practice amp. The DRRI is a very nice amp that will work for practice and along side a drummer.
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