#1
...have a backup guitar?

im looking at a complete setup for $2500 dollars US and i am wondering whether to get a single high end guitar, or 2 lower priced guitars?

pros and cons?
personal opinions?

all help is much appreciated!!
#3
Depends if you're gigging or not.

If not, no you don't need a backup guitar (unless you change tunings alot and want guitars with floyds on).

If you do gig, I would ALWAYS have a backup incase a string breaks. Especialy, again, if you want guitars with floyds on.
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#4
to be honest two moderate priced ones can have great tones and at a fraction of the cost, but the high ends are more likely to and look better
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#5
Well as said it depends how much you gig. I have my Les Paul, but I use my Epiphone tuned in Open G, but if a string was to break on my Gibson, I have a backup. However I've never once broken a string during a gig and didn't start using a backup until recently, wehn I started gigging qutie a bit.
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#6
Also, for 2x $1250 you won't exactly get a low-end guitar, they'll still be high end... Haha...
#7
i do gig, once to twice a week,

so if i do go with 2 guitars and an amp...
what kind of combination would you suggest, with my budget in mind?

covering any style from jazzy blues to hard rock
#8
just get one guitar! quality over quantity. how often do you break a string on stage? just make sure your don't use old strings
#10
Well if you play with moderate aggression or just softly, you probably wont depend on having a backup. But if you're like me and abuse your strings you will.
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#11
If you gig, then having a backup guitar is very very important. If you break a string or something comes lose in the jack etc, then it's important. I've even broken a string a few times during soundcheck.
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#12
Buy one guitar to start with. If you actually gig twice per week, you should be able to afford a backup guitar pretty quickly.
#14
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just get one guitar! quality over quantity. how often do you break a string on stage? just make sure your don't use old strings


If you have a floyd rose and need to change tunings for some songs wouldn't it just be easier too have a spare 'cheap' backup guitar. Anyway ts I reckon you should split up your budget so we know how much you are prepared to spend on each item.
#15
You could just say put aside $500 for like an Epi Les Paul, which'll do all those styles, and you can mod later on, and use $2000 for your main guitar.
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#16
It is completely a necessity to have a backup. There are other things that can happen other then a string breaking, you could pull a stupid stage move and your guitar could break, your input jack could go haywire, and while these things are not likely, if you are gigging that much it is bound to happen. So what do you mean by full setup, guitar, guitar, amp, and PA, just two guitars, or two guitars and a amp, if so I can help you out.
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#18
I find a backup guitar only necessary if you gig often, regarless of floyd rose or not. seriously, how often do you actually break strings while playing?
#19
For Blues and Hard Rock (no metal) I would go with

Amp:
Fender Hot Rod Deluxe = 700
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Hot-Rod-Deluxe-Amp?sku=480510

Main Guitar:
Fender American Standard Strat = 1200
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-American-Standard-Stratocaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=515748

Backup Guitar (not just for backup, but for variety of tone).
Epiphone Les Paul = 400-500 ?? Not sure specific model..
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Standard-Plain-Top?sku=517413

Optional Pedal:
Ibanez TS808 Vintage Tube Screamer = 180
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You could even get the Made In Mexico Strat (not much drop off in quality from the American) and save $600, for some more pedals like Delay, Phase, Compressor, etc...

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#20
I'd replace the amp with [url="http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Traynor-YCV40-Custom-Valve-Combo-Amp?sku=480959[/url"], but other than that a good setup!
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