Hey UG.

In the not too distant future i intend to get an electric guitar (i play bass) but the problem is i don't know what to get cause i don't have much experience with playing electrics just acoustics and there are guitarists out there whose sound i like but i don't know if its possible to get one guitar to play all the styles i want.

So i was wondering what guitar would best suit my needs!

I've done some research into it now and on one hand i like the jazzy sound of Eric Schenkman from the Spin Doctors heard here:


and the sound of Thor Eisentrager from The Cows heard here:


Now i know that Eric plays some sort of customed guitar possibly a customised strat.

seen at bottom there.

I don't know what Thor plays cause information on the Cows is hard to find out.

So i like that sort of style but at the same time i want to play metal and hard rock aka Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and then Metal aka Helmet and The Melvins.


I'm pretty sure Buzz played a Les Paul Custom on that on the album version.

So what i am getting at is what guitar can i get that i reproduce both of those sort of different sounds on?!?

I originally though at Epiphone Les Paul but i heard it wasn't good for suiting that Spin Doctors sort of sound but now i am thinking a Stratocaster but when i heard the Stratocaster it didn't sound like it could be able to play metal all that well cause it was a bit too bluesy.

Any advice appreciated.

Get a Fender Standard HSS Strat. That sounds about right. You can get a good metal sound on the bridge pickup or a lighter sound using either of the others.
No i don't have an amp yet i need to get one.

I don't want to fork out loads on it either.

I guess i could spend about £500+

It's however much i earn at work which is about £300 a month.


Yeah that Fender Standard HSS Strat sounds good. I'm going to the US tomorrow so i may try one out over there and if cheap enough get it delivered or just buy it here.

What amp would you recommend as well?
Last edited by str84ever at Jun 29, 2009,