#2
Save up enough to buy a decent tube amp. Best investment for any "beginner going intermediate" guitarist(I don't mean that as an insult).
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#3
Tube amp if you can handle the playability of your guitar, new guitar that feels better for you if you can't.
A new amp will give you better tone
A new guitar will give you better playability
New pups will just help perfect your tone, don't switch them out yet. Especially not on a starter guitar, the woods/construction probably aren't worth investing too much on.

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#4
Most people around here would say amp. Some would say guitar. In your situation i'd say get a decent cheap starter amp and a decent new guitar. For instance, a Peavey Vypyr 15 runs about $99 and I got an Ibanez GAX70 they run about $200
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#5
Get a better amp, the guitar in the starter pack is much better than the amp, starter pack amps are usually very bad. So get a decent tube amp.
#6
A good amp can make a mediocre guitar sound good. A crappy amp will make a good guitar sound like crap. I vote for a good amp first then save for the guitar.
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#7
Save ..... All I can say is there are some beastly Tube amps coming at NAMM in January, and for beastly prices
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#8
Quote by Calvero
Save up enough to buy a decent tube amp. Best investment for any "beginner going intermediate" guitarist(I don't mean that as an insult).


+1

Dont buy a gibson sg and run it through a 10 w ibanez amp ... it will sound terrible.

Save up for a decent tube amp that will last through a couple of guitars...
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#9
Quote by Tatsumaru
+1

Dont buy a gibson sg and run it through a 10 w ibanez amp ... it will sound terrible.

Save up for a decent tube amp that will last through a couple of guitars...


Just for the record, I have the amp pack with the 15 w amp...if that makes much of a difference (though i doubt it does.....)
#10
It doesn't I guess the guys here are right, go tube amp. Blackstar HT-5 Is mentioned alot around here
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#11
If your mostly concerned with your sound then a new amp would probably be the best investment.

However if the playability of the guitar is the main issue then a new guitar is in order
(although i've found that for that cheap price range Ibanez tend to be the best of the bunch in terms of playability.
#12
+1

A lot of this is based on wants not needs. Do whatever is appropriate for your NEEDS. Boomjosh put the theory quite succinctly.
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#13
Both. A good tube amp is not going to get much out of that starter guitar, while a great guitar will sound like hairy ass through a rubbish amp. You basically need to be upgrading both sides of your equipment.

It would probably be worth (saving up more money, then) buying a good, small wattage amp (there have been good recommendations here like the Blackstar HT5 and Vyprs) and then a decent mid-range guitar.

The better guitar will help your playability and enjoyment, and putting it through a good amp will bring the best out of it.

I know that's essentially a cop out but i really think that would be best for you.
#14
with what you have now, you could really go either way. i started with a squier and a behringer gmx210 and got a new guitar before new amp. had the guitar for years before i got a new amp. but i dont think a beginner should really go from an ibanez starter pack to a gibson sg. an epi g-400 would play pretty good. and for the price of a gibosn sg you could get a g-400 and a decent tube amp.
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#15
u actually wont benefit from buying a tube unless u play gigs, id look at solid state amps if i were u, but if u feel like u absolutely need a tube buy a blackheart half stack
#16
Quote by flanders_91
with what you have now, you could really go either way. i started with a squier and a behringer gmx210 and got a new guitar before new amp. had the guitar for years before i got a new amp. but i dont think a beginner should really go from an ibanez starter pack to a gibson sg. an epi g-400 would play pretty good. and for the price of a gibosn sg you could get a g-400 and a decent tube amp.


Thing is if im going to upgrade guitars i want one that i can "grow into" in terms of skill. Not one that fits me now that i have to upgrade soon.
#19
Definitely new guitar first.

My reason is-

Having a crap Ibanez WILL turn you off playing guitar. I think a better investment right now for you would be to get something that you ENJOY playing. Sure an amp will make you sound better, but i can tell you right now that a guitar will satisfy you more. Its not like you have a good enough ear to tell the difference in sound anyways (no offence).

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#20
Quote by jc349
Definitely new guitar first.

My reason is-

Having a crap Ibanez WILL turn you off playing guitar. I think a better investment right now for you would be to get something that you ENJOY playing. Sure an amp will make you sound better, but i can tell you right now that a guitar will satisfy you more. Its not like you have a good enough ear to tell the difference in sound anyways (no offence).

He makes a good point, though I reccomend the forementioned Epiphone G-400 as a Gibson SG through a starter amp would be a crime. After settling on a nice new guitar though, satrt saving for a nice tube amp around $400 - $600.


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#21
ive started looking @ vox amps:

either the valvetronic vt15 or 30.

Do you think i need the 30 or just the 15?
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#23
Quote by IronMaiden76
Just out of curiosity, do you like the Ibanez?


I really like the thin neck. I have played a friend's strat and i much prefer the ibanez neck. but, i do like it, plays fairly well in comp to the fender. (obviously not as good but @ least it doesnt suck in comp )
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#24
well, if you like it.... a metaphor i once heard used describing guitars is "just because the person down the table is eating filet mignon, and it might be excellent, doesnt mean i dont want spaghetti and meatballs"
dont worry about the price, play what you can play well on
#26
^^^ I just noticed that. I wonder what he ended up getting...
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