#1
Sparknotes: New guitar. New player. $300-400. Jazz.


I just started playing a month or two ago, and I'm looking to buy a new guitar to take with me when I leave for school at the end of August. I guess my situation is sort of odd in that I'm learning on my Dad's 1969 Guild SG-100 (I think), but it can't come to college with me (unfortunately), so I need to buy a cheaper one to bring.

Budget right now is up to $300-400, but at the end of the summer if I can justify spending a little more (say, $500), I think it'd be worth it. Guitar doesn't need to be purchased until the end of August at the latest, and I am just starting.

Music: Just started, so just scales now. But I like jazz/fusion, that kind of thing. Not really a rock or blues person.

Amp: 10w Peavey Blazer 158. Just practicing in my room.

Aesthetics: I like sunburst.

No gigging, but I'd like this to last me a couple of years. I don't want a piece of crap, although it would compliment my playing.

I tried out a Ibanez AS73, and it felt good. It's on the higher end of my price range right now. I'm sort of leaning towards that, but I'd like to know if there's anything cheaper/better. I'm not dead set on a semi-hollow. I like how the Les Paul's look, and they felt decent in the store. The cheaper ones seem to get good reviews online (except here ), so I'd like to know what you guys think, given what I'd like to play. Didn't really like the Fenders in my price range. What about Agile? And thanks in advance.
#2
get an esp ltd, great guitars, even the cheap ones (just dont get a 50 guitar) the necks are a little thicker than ibanez, but still relatively thin. try an EC-100QM, or if you could save a bit more, the EC-401VF (should last you a really long time, they're solid guitars). ESP is a rival company to Ibanez and i think that they are much better quality guitars
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Quote by SPBY
get an esp ltd, great guitars, even the cheap ones (just dont get a 50 guitar) the necks are a little thicker than ibanez, but still relatively thin. try an EC-100QM, or if you could save a bit more, the EC-401VF (should last you a really long time, they're solid guitars). ESP is a rival company to Ibanez and i think that they are much better quality guitars


for jazz?!
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Quote by cornmancer
Please daddy, just for one hour.
#5
DBZ Guitars

they have a lot of variety, in tone and price

for you, i recommend the Barchetta, the Imperial, or the Mondial

http://www.dbzguitars.com/web/infinity/mondial.html

http://www.dbzguitars.com/web/premier/barchetta-lt.html

http://www.dbzguitars.com/web/infinity/imperial.html
DBZ Barchetta Eminent FR
DBZ Bolero ST
DBZ Imperial FM
DBZ Venom Matte Black
Dean '79 V
Dean '79 ML
Fender Princeton Chorus
Behringer V-Tone 2/12
Asterope Cables
Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
Digitech Hardware Metal Distortion
#7
Quote by Gh057

x2 on the ES-175 in this ^^ link for that price range.

If you can spend a little bit more, you really can't go wrong with a Sheraton II (I've got one in my lineup): http://www.music123.com/Epiphone-Sheraton-II-Electric-Guitar-518240-015-i1149945.Music123?source=ZWFRWXX&mr:trackingCode=15BB7CEA-5319-DE11-B4E3-0019B9C043EB&mr:referralID=NA
Last edited by PSM at Jul 2, 2009,
#8
Quote by PSM
x2 on the ES-175 in this link for that price range.


Goes to show you, I'm good for something.
#9
Quote by SPBY
get an esp ltd, great guitars, even the cheap ones (just dont get a 50 guitar) the necks are a little thicker than ibanez, but still relatively thin. try an EC-100QM, or if you could save a bit more, the EC-401VF (should last you a really long time, they're solid guitars). ESP is a rival company to Ibanez and i think that they are much better quality guitars



I completely agree. I have an EC-500 myself and it's a wonderful guitar.
#10
Quote by Gh057
Which is why I said the Es-335.


indeed. good choice
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Quote by cornmancer
Please daddy, just for one hour.
#11
get a mexican strat, i beleive they are $400.

go to a store and find one you like, they seem to feel very different from one another at least in my experience.

nvm they are 500 i just looked. maybe a used one?

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#12
Quote by Hoodoo Child
for jazz?!


dude, esp's are great for metal (it's what i use em for) but they are versatile
#13
Quote by SPBY
dude, esp's are great for metal (it's what i use em for) but they are versatile


He'll end up needing either a nice tube amp or a good cleaner pedal to play jazz on an ESP and make it sound... Jazzy.
#14
Thanks for the help, people.

No opinions on those Les Pauls? Like:

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I know they're in a different price range, and probably a step down as well, but I may not have a $400-500 budget. If you think it's definitely worth it to spend that much, please, let me know.
#15
stay away from Epiphone les pauls. period.

they're ****ty. Take it from me, I have a les paul special II.

I thought it was beast until I actually played it.
#16
Sorry to keep bumping this. Any opinions on the AS73? That's looking a little more attractive at this point, at least because of the price.
#17
Quote by Hoodoo Child
for jazz?!




Ltd pb500

Nice, extremely versatile guitar
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#19
w/e you buy, buy used. an epiphone firebird or squire jag master if your budget is really hurting ?
Gear:
Aria lawsuit V
epiphone E-310 strat copy
peavey vypyr 15
boss blues driver II
Kramer striker 100st (invader pickup)
Randall RG50tc

EHX Metal Muff
#20
I think an epi firebird would suit. Very versatile and can handle lots of different music styles
#21
Quote by J@MI3
I think an epi firebird would suit. Very versatile and can handle lots of different music styles


Somehow I don't think the ts would still be interested.