#1
So i have been playing guitar for quite a while now and i am now in the process of buying a new guitar. All guitarrists know that this can be more stressful than ur wife giving birth, especially if you're on a budget. That being said... i'm a poor college student in desperate need of a good guitar and i need some advice. I live in a small town with no guitar shops anywhere near so i can't really go test guitars very often.

So THAT being said- i'm looking for a guitar for under 1000$ that i can comfortably play blues, jazz, and hard rock (i want something that can pack a punch but that also has some sexy clean tones). I don't want a strat cause everyone and their mothers have them (i know people are gonna recommend them to me). I also don't really like metal guitars- like all black and contours that can slice a person's head in half.

My style is mostly Blues, Jazz, and indie rock (i know wierd right?) i like to play smooth things as well as some rockin solos. I also need something that is made well and that i won't have to make 23 different trips to a luthier just to make it a nice guitar. Also i could buy a guitar and change the pickups if it's still under 1000$. please help me!!!
Last edited by matews at Nov 22, 2009,
#4
Schecter c-1 classic or Stiletto classic


Very versatile instruments that are fairly high quality for the $

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#5
Paul Reed Smith make excellent guitars that are very versatile. You might want to look into them.

Edit: What is your amp?
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Schecter c-1 classic or Stiletto classic


Very versatile instruments that are fairly high quality for the $


This. Don't let bandwagon elitists tell you otherwise. And it won't look too BR00TAL when you play blues or jazz on it.
#7
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Paul Reed Smith make excellent guitars that are very versatile. You might want to look into them.


For under a grand. If you've been playing a while, and if you're so picky—then you could not have possibly found a worse place to seek assistance.

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For under a grand. If you've been playing a while, and if you're so picky—then you could not have possibly found a worse place to seek assistance.


hahahah

that being said- look into buying a Jackson SL 3.

I was very surprised how many different types of music it could play when I was fiddling around with it while I tested out different amps. The soloist is not too over the top in terms of styling, nor is it "teh br00talz". The guitar is at the top of the Jackson japanese line, and the duncan pups are far more versatile than they let on. They are easily capable of handling blues and jazz, especially considering the H-S-S pickup config with the five way switch. To top it off the build quality is great for this price point.

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#9
I second the PRS SE idea fantastic guitars for rhe price, very well rounded as well.
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#10
Epiphone Sheraton.

Perfect. That'll give you lovely blues tones, great indie rock, crunchy tones for higher gain and a nice deep jazz tone.
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Epiphone Sheraton.

Perfect. That'll give you lovely blues tones, great indie rock, crunchy tones for higher gain and a nice deep jazz tone.


This guy has it right. Semi-hollow is where you should go -- I'd probably say Hagstrom over Sheraton but it's really just preference.
#12
moar in4mation

What type of bridge?
What type of neck joint?
What pickup layout?
Woods?
Anything else?
#13
get a fender you cannot go wrong
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get a fender you cannot go wrong

whatever you reckon. go with the prs se they are brlliant guitars and are very versatile
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moar in4mation

What type of bridge?
What type of neck joint?
What pickup layout?
Woods?
Anything else?


+1

For someone who is so picky you weren't very specific on what you are picky about ...
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+1

For someone who is so picky you weren't very specific on what you are picky about ...


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#18
I second the above suggestion of semi-hollow. Epiphone Sheratons / Rivieras. Look into Gretsches as-well.

PRS make great and genre-spanning guitars but for earthy blues tones go semi-hollow for sure.

It's worth asking who's tone you like. This will help guide your search.

I also concur with the above that you say you're picky but don't give any information about what you want.
#19
Fender Jazzmaster :P.
It's a JAZZmaster.

Also it's very well suite for indie rock, and it looks cool too
#20
A Tele is the answer! They can handle all the genres you've listed and you can get a range of Fenders that are in your price range.
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#22
Quote by Kurapica
Epiphone Sheraton.

Perfect. That'll give you lovely blues tones, great indie rock, crunchy tones for higher gain and a nice deep jazz tone.


good idea. IMO semi-hollowbody guitars are the only guitars that can do both jazz and hard rock with maximum quality. if you go with a solid body you will most likely be disappointed with the jazz tones.
#23
alright... since i said i'm picky and yall are demanding more- here it goes!

I don't mind a humbucker- i would actually prefer a humbucker over a single coil because it can be more ballsy. However, when it comes to blues, i love a twang and a punch. I want my bridge pickup to have twang and punch and my neck pickup to be smooth and jazzy. As for gain and distortion, i would mostly be using it on the bridge pickup.

Wood-wise, i could go with a mahogany body... it has a stronger sound, but if it's a telecaster, i would prefer swamp ash- for it's lightness and bright sound.

C shaped neck- medium jumbo frets. with medium action

look-wise.... anything (not metal-style dean or jacksons) that will make me look differend from all the other strat players out there. I like the telecaster, gibson, hollowbody jazz look.... anything that isn't just plain and boring.

neck joint- something that can be adjusted w/ truss rod.

Bridge- havn't played too many styles of bridge so can't say i'm picky about that-


... and by the way... keep up the suggestions- i've enjoyed studying all these guitars and comparing them. thank you for your opinions- i'm lookin at every single one of them
Last edited by matews at Nov 23, 2009,
#24
Quote by matews
alright... since i said i'm picky and yall are demanding more- here it goes!

I don't mind a humbucker- i would actually prefer a humbucker over a single coil because it can be more ballsy. However, when it comes to blues, i love a twang and a punch. I want my bridge pickup to have twang and punch and my neck pickup to be smooth and jazzy. As for gain and distortion, i would mostly be using it on the bridge pickup.

Wood-wise, i could go with a mahogany body... it has a stronger sound, but if it's a telecaster, i would prefer swamp ash- for it's lightness and bright sound.

C shaped neck- medium jumbo frets. with medium action

look-wise.... anything (not metal-style dean or jacksons) that will make me look differend from all the other strat players out there. I like the telecaster, gibson, hollowbody jazz look.... anything that isn't just plain and boring.

neck joint- something that can be adjusted w/ truss rod.

Bridge- havn't played too many styles of bridge so can't say i'm picky about that-


... and by the way... keep up the suggestions- i've enjoyed studying all these guitars and comparing them. thank you for your opinions- i'm lookin at every single one of them


You could probably talk this guy into selling this for $1000:

Fender USA 60th anniversary tele w/ Lindy Fralin pups

I honestly can't think of something that would fit what you described better than this.It has handmade USA pickups,a beautiful top,and it's in immaculate condition.

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#25
Quote by Pr0gNut
You could probably talk this guy into selling this for $1000:

Fender USA 60th anniversary tele w/ Lindy Fralin pups

I honestly can't think of something that would fit what you described better than this.It has handmade USA pickups,a beautiful top,and it's in immaculate condition.



stop sending me pornography Pr0gNut!!! :P that guitar is absoolutely beautiful... u'r right... it is what i'm needing- thanks for sending me the link! i will definately check it out.
#26
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stop sending me pornography Pr0gNut!!! :P that guitar is absoolutely beautiful... u'r right... it is what i'm needing- thanks for sending me the link! i will definately check it out.





IIRC those sold for $800-$1000 more than the american standard series back when they were released,so that added to the fact that it has a $250+ set of pups in it and that only 200 were made makes it a practical and gorgeous investment.That guitar makes me wish I played six strings more often .

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#27
Quote by matews
So i have been playing guitar for quite a while now and i am now in the process of buying a new guitar. All guitarrists know that this can be more stressful than ur wife giving birth, especially if you're on a budget. That being said... i'm a poor college student in desperate need of a good guitar and i need some advice. I live in a small town with no guitar shops anywhere near so i can't really go test guitars very often.

So THAT being said- i'm looking for a guitar for under 1000$ that i can comfortably play blues, jazz, and hard rock (i want something that can pack a punch but that also has some sexy clean tones). I don't want a strat cause everyone and their mothers have them (i know people are gonna recommend them to me). I also don't really like metal guitars- like all black and contours that can slice a person's head in half.

My style is mostly Blues, Jazz, and indie rock (i know wierd right?) i like to play smooth things as well as some rockin solos. I also need something that is made well and that i won't have to make 23 different trips to a luthier just to make it a nice guitar. Also i could buy a guitar and change the pickups if it's still under 1000$. please help me!!!



You sound like me. Ever tried a Gibson Les Paul Studio? Or what about an Epiphone Les Paul Custom? Take a look around YouTube, you will fall in love with these. I'm getting an Epiphone Les Paul 1956 Goldtop this weekend (Guitar Center is having a sale), and I play Guns N' Roses 99.999999% of the time, and Ozzy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hendrix, Led Zep, and the other good bands the other 00.00000001% of the time. Hardcore GN'R fan.

So yeah, try those. If you don't like it, don't criticize me
#28
Quote by matews
alright... since i said i'm picky and yall are demanding more- here it goes!

I don't mind a humbucker- i would actually prefer a humbucker over a single coil because it can be more ballsy. However, when it comes to blues, i love a twang and a punch. I want my bridge pickup to have twang and punch and my neck pickup to be smooth and jazzy. As for gain and distortion, i would mostly be using it on the bridge pickup.

Wood-wise, i could go with a mahogany body... it has a stronger sound, but if it's a telecaster, i would prefer swamp ash- for it's lightness and bright sound.

C shaped neck- medium jumbo frets. with medium action

look-wise.... anything (not metal-style dean or jacksons) that will make me look differend from all the other strat players out there. I like the telecaster, gibson, hollowbody jazz look.... anything that isn't just plain and boring.

neck joint- something that can be adjusted w/ truss rod.

Bridge- havn't played too many styles of bridge so can't say i'm picky about that-


... and by the way... keep up the suggestions- i've enjoyed studying all these guitars and comparing them. thank you for your opinions- i'm lookin at every single one of them


A guitar with an EMG 81/60 sounds right up your alley. The 81 has a very twangy sound, it reminds me of a Tele, and the 60 has a fantastic clean sound, great for blues.
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#29
I say any Gretsch. But if you're willing to spend up to $1000, get in your car and drive somwhere that you can play some guitars. Who cares what any of us say. It's your ear that has to pass the test.
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A guitar with an EMG 81/60 sounds right up your alley. The 81 has a very twangy sound, it reminds me of a Tele, and the 60 has a fantastic clean sound, great for blues.


EMGs for jazz?
#31
Quote by JayLacelle
EMGs for jazz?


EMG's are actually used by a lot of Jazz players because of their even frequency.

Just roll back the volume and tone on an EMG neck pup and it'll do Jazz just fine.

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EMGs for jazz?

EMGs were invented for cleans

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#35
If you can find a used Parker Nitefly SA (Swamp Ash body) with no piezo (the ones with the piezo are are a bundle more), then IMO that would be a very solid choice, a used one should go for under a grand. It would be hard to find, as the piezoless ones are more uncommon, but I can almost guarantee you will love it.

I love my Parker and I can't play anything else, the smoothest feeling neck I have ever laid my hands on. Also, judging from the wording of your post, it sounds as if you like the strat sound a bit, but don't want a strat. The parker has a bolt on neck so it will have a bit of that strat vibe.
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