#1
Hi all, new to the forum here I have ~$500 (less is always better though) to spend on a guitar and amp. I've been playing acoustic on and off for a couple of years and am starting to take music more seriously. I play a lot of punk and some metal but really enjoy softer rock like minus the bear and tokyo police club as well. With that in mind, these are the guitars I have been looking at:

Squier Jagmaster
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Jagmaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=519635

ESP-EC100qm
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-EC100QM-Electric-Guitar?sku=516637

Epiphone LP 100
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-100-Electric-Guitar?sku=518661

I don't know much about amps but these caught my eye:
Rocktron V50d
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rocktron-V50D-Velocity-Combo-Amp?sku=480982

Roland Cube30x
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-Cube-30X-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=487032#used

Any advice is welcome. I'm leaning towards the ESP or epiphone and the rocktron amp but i'll buy whatever is best for my dollar.
#2
try to find a used fender hss strat for like $250-300 its twice as good as the ones ur looking at
#3
Either the ESP or Epiphone. I know that Epiphone make some really good low end guitars. Squiers are usually just terrible. As for ESP, I personally don't like the Agathis they use but this one seems to have basswood, which is better. They have really slim necks and feel great, more suited towards metal.

As for the amp I don't know about the Rocktron but the Cube is amazing and a great beginner amp.
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Ibanez RGR321ex
Peavey Vypyr 30
#4
for the amp, if you want something of quality and affordable, a line 6 amp might do for you. it got a lot of sounds presets on it and effects ( reverb, tape echo ...) ,you won't need pedals or anything . 15 watts worth about 130 bucks and 230 for 30 watts. if you dont like, roland cubes are also a great bet!

an epiphone would be a good choice
#5
Quote by atdi
I have ~$500 (less is always better though)


Not really. Spend as much as you can (but remember; Price =/= Quality)


I'd say the Epiphone is your best bet. With the Roland, which is a great amp.
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#6
Do you live in the states? If so, look into an Agile guitar. And you might also consider a Peavey Vypyr...but the Cube is a good suggestion too.
Last edited by eyebanez333 at Nov 4, 2009,
#7
of those I'd say the Epi LP and the Roland Cube

also the Peavey vypyr is worth looking into for an amp and a used HSS strat is also wort looking for, hopefully you have a good shop near by so you can try before you buy
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#8
Quote by Vauxite
Not really. Spend as much as you can (but remember; Price =/= Quality)


I'd say the Epiphone is your best bet. With the Roland, which is a great amp.


Lol I definitely know that more $$ will get me a better product but I'm specifically trying to spend less in this situation because I'm not going to be the one footing the bill! I appreciate all of the quick replies. I take it the epiphone will probably be my best bet? I really like the look and shape of the ESP in cherry sunburst; whats the downside to that guitar?

EDIT: I am in the United States and really like some of these Agile guitars. What's the consensus with these two thrown into the mix?
http://www.rondomusic.com/product1672.html

http://www.rondomusic.com/dauntlesssbdwhite.html
Last edited by atdi at Nov 4, 2009,
#9
Quote by atdi
Lol I definitely know that more $$ will get me a better product but I'm specifically trying to spend less in this situation because I'm not going to be the one footing the bill! I appreciate all of the quick replies. I take it the epiphone will probably be my best bet? I really like the look and shape of the ESP in cherry sunburst; whats the downside to that guitar?

EDIT: I am in the United States and really like some of these Agile guitars. What's the consensus with these two thrown into the mix?
http://www.rondomusic.com/product1672.html

http://www.rondomusic.com/dauntlesssbdwhite.html


don't know about the quality of theses, but i better like 1st! i also bought a guitar of rondomusic, a lowhand epiphone copy, the douglas, and it plays good for the price
#11
Quote by 14houghton91
a friend of mine has an epi lp 100 and i really dislike it.


could you elaborate? why dont you like it?
#12
It really depends on wat u need the amp for, if u need an amp to play in small venues with a band then I wud go for the rocktron cuz its a 50 watts/ louder/ crunchier sound. But if u lookin for versatility then I must say the cube 30 has never let me down, the lead channel has 8 amp models. I use the metal option for heavy riffs and the classic stack wit high gain wen playin SUM41, blink and The Used songs.

Here's a recording of a mate's punk rock band wit the lead guitarist playin a Ibanez Rg series: Cube 30 combo and the rhytm usin a Les Paul:Crate combo

http://mallsuicide.com/media/

Both guitars and amps are in your budget.
#13
Ibanez RG321 + roland cube 30. Slightly over budget but honestly this can last you for 3-5 years if you know what you're doing.
#14
Go for a nice epiphone, and try to get enough $ for a Fender Vibrochamp XD. Great little amps with awesome amp models. The high gain model is great for a Cheap amp.

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