#1
Hello all (n00b here),

I'm mainly a keyboard player, but I really want to start playing the guitar to broaden my horizons a bit. Apart from messing around on an acoustic now and then I have no experience whatsoever. I'm not really looking for *a particular sound*, more versatility. Favourite bands Nine Inch Nails and 65daysofstatic, to give you an idea. Price range €300-500.

I was considering an Ibanez SA260FM-AMB, for it's HSS configuration, tremolo (although I don't need it it would be nice) and plain cool looks. However there don't seem to be any Ibanez dealers anywhere, not that I don't mind buying online, but I'd rather hear it you know. At the local shop however there's tons of Squires, and in particular a really nice sounding Yamaha Pacifica - however that's selling for under €300 I think. And it doesn't look as nice. And no tremolo.

So I'm wondering, would any of the Yamahas or Squires match the Ibanez for versatility? As I said I'm not looking for warm LP-through-tube-amp sounds or anything, more something that can hold it's own against the keyboards for different sounds while still be playable.

Cheers,

Uni.
#3
The Yamaha Pacificas are great guitars. The fact that it has no trem is a good thing - any guitar with a trem you find at that price range (especially if it's not a Strat trem) tends to throw your guitar out of tune easily.

However, Ibanez S series guitars are very nice too, and I think the bridge on the one you're looking at has a more stable trem than their usual fare (Edge III...) so by all means, if you like how it feels and sounds, go for it.
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#5
Thanks guys - I'm currently negotiating with a guitar shop near where I work to see what they can order in.
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Thanks guys - I'm currently negotiating with a guitar shop near where I work to see what they can order in.

Best of luck - my first axe was a Pacifica and it still feels and sounds great. That Ibanez is probably the best beginner/intermediate guitar on the market though, I reckon that should be the first choice