#1
Hey all - Newbie here from Kobe, Japan. Looking into buying my first electric guitar because I've had to leave my acoustic back in the states.

Hoping to keep it under about 500 bucks (guitar and amp) and playing rock - I'm crap so probably bit of a brit punk sound. If that makes any sense to anyone, I feel rewarded. I've heard that Gibsons are nice, anything other than that, I know that electric guitars have six strings and they get chicks

Any help appreciated.
#2
Hmm. At a budget that low, I'd go with Agile guitars. You can get them from Rondomusic.com.
And for the amp, A Peavey or Blackstar. But $500 for a guitar and amp is really limiting.
And over all, avoid the Fender Frontman and Marshall MG amps. They suck.
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well i personally yould look into any local pawn shops. they usually have pretty good guitars and if your lucky like me youll find a rare one for a good price. i found a clear guitar for $200! but when your looking i would lean towards gibson or fender if you play brit punk...for an amp, just get a small peavey, fender...i cant think of any other small amp brands. but you dont need a huge amp for your first electric.
#5
well for u i would say a epiphone les paul special 2 i got one and trust me they play like a gibson i would actually prefer it over a gibson cuz its cheaper and its about the same for the amp i think they now make a beginners pack for it now so it should come with a decent amp i think its the same one i bought the amp will last u but its not gonna be amazing but for the guitar trust me that's all u can do for ur price range and for the quality of it its a very nice guitar u cant go wrong
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well for u i would say a epiphone les paul special 2 i got one and trust me they play like a gibson i would actually prefer it over a gibson cuz its cheaper and its about the same for the amp i think they now make a beginners pack for it now so it should come with a decent amp i think its the same one i bought the amp will last u but its not gonna be amazing but for the guitar trust me that's all u can do for ur price range and for the quality of it its a very nice guitar u cant go wrong

LOL

Epi can't touch Gibson. That's like comparing a Squier to a PRS.

They may be made by the same company, but Epi's build quality is utter crap. And electronics. Which pretty much makes Epiphone crap. Especially the Special line.
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if you're in japan take a look at all your local shops. you could very likely find something japanese-made from the likes of tokai and all the other quality japanese makers for around your budget, especially if you're willing to go second-hand.
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#12
Well, You should brush up on your guitar knowledge. Find out how to set up your guitar, What all of the parts on a guitar do, What the differences are between differently made parts, Etc. For example, Find out the differences between tall and low frets and the differences between wide and thin frets. You'll want to know this and more when buying a guitar to avoid getting a junk guitar.

If you're looking for guitar brands though, I wouldn't recommend Gibson right now because their quality control is questionable. Fender is generally better. Oh and you should also look into Mosrite. Although not popular outside of Japan they generally are known as guitars played by The Ventures and The Ramones.

Here's a demonstration video of a Mark I.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxyys98-ZVI
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