#1
hello.

i'm thinking about buying a guitar and i know very little about different kinds. i want to get something that is affordable but sounds decent. i'm also interested in playing stuff that involves finger tapping and math rock type techniques.

any suggestions on what kind of guitar i should get?

thx
#2
you need an electric one of coarse
i think any cheap one fill do (squiers, epiphones) until you know how you wanna sound like unless you already do
#3
While, this depends on your intentions, let me chart this out a bit for you.
If your looking to play:

Heavy Metal
Rock
Blues

Style music, your going to want to lean towards an Electric. In which case, head down to your local guitar store and they usually have starter packs that come with an amp, guitar, tuner, etc. By specific brand, I heavily reccomend the Squire Affinity Series. It has a good sound [after you dedicate an hour or so to tuning it, they can be a bit tricky] and later down the road, they are relatively easy to mod.

Country
Folk
Flamenco

Style music, you'll lean towards either a Classical or an Acoustic. [there is indeed a difference, do some research.] However be wary, you don't need an amp or much
else besides a tuner to get started on these, but some of the cheaper ones [such as a Squier SP-1 Parlor style] are crafted for starters. But the draw back is occasionally these cheaper ones will have less frets and lower quality. [which is to be expected, the more you pay, the better the end result.] I've had little experience with Acoustics, but I know they are good for on the go playing, trips to the beach and hotels, etc. [since the need for an amp is gone.]

All in all, it's in the eye of the beholder, but I hope I've helped and if you need any more help down the road [even on playing, not just buying] friend me and I'll IM with you.

EDIT: Mistake fixed!
So I don't get it, why doesn't anyone like Squiers?

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Last edited by Tsuwibble at Dec 27, 2009,
#5
First up budget, budget, and more budget. Also I guess what your current gear is might be helpful.
#6
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Country
Folk
Flamingo


I think you mean Flamenco
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#7
The Yamaha Pacific 112V is a great starter guitar. It is a HSS so u can get various sounds and then decide what u like more.
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#8
my current gear is no gear, haha. and yes, i would like an electric guitar.

i was just looking for advice on which kind i should get. brand / model's helps. do i need to get something that has better pick ups for finger tapping and stuff?

so yeah, a moderately priced guitar that sounds good
#10
Quote by sstony
WTF is math rock ??????

Math rock is music that involves quirky time signatures and such.

What's your budget?
Most influencial band?


EDIT:
Quote by Wiintruder
The Yamaha Pacific 112V is a great starter guitar. It is a HSS so u can get various sounds and then decide what u like more.


This will cover pretty much all bases unless you're wanting full on metal. Better quality than squire, great begginer guitar.
Last edited by joeymaxx at Dec 27, 2009,
#11
Quote by Sampy
I think you mean Flamenco

Haha, indeed I did, thanks for correcting me. I guess that's what happens when I try to make a long post at 2 am.
So I don't get it, why doesn't anyone like Squiers?

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#12
Hi seedlings

Since it's Math Rock you want to play, I guess you want to sound a bit like Tool or something that way (I love Tool ^^). I'd say you should definitely have a humbucking bridge pickup, any other pickups depend on how much you want distorted sound from the other pickups.
As far as the guitar is concerned... get one with relatively flat fretboard for that style of music, since you can play faster on those guitars. A rounder fretboard is easier to play chords with, since barrés are easier to fret.
As for the gear I use almost ever since I play electrics: B.C. Rich Virgo guitar and Line6 Spider amps. And for sure I won't change that setup soon. And I play Math Metal. =) I can just say that the noise gates in the Spider3 amps are perfect for creating a sound that imitates the real Djent-type of sound found in songs from Periphery (screaming distortion and really silent when muted well).
But, go to a rather big music or guitar store and try out different guitars and ask their opinions on different guitars too. And go for something not too cheap (my first was a guitar for 150$ including amp... and that wasn't really an investment that paid off in the long run), I'd say somewhere from 250$ and up for the guitar and another ~100$ for the amp.

If you want, just add me to MSN or something, since I think we share musical styles to quite some extent. =)

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#13
influential bands i'd say bands like Hella, Tera Melos, Don Cab, etc.

And thanks, ill check out that guitar that you guys recommended
#14
Quote by seedlings
my current gear is no gear, haha. and yes, i would like an electric guitar.

i was just looking for advice on which kind i should get. brand / model's helps. do i need to get something that has better pick ups for finger tapping and stuff?

so yeah, a moderately priced guitar that sounds good


Eh post up a general budget. No point in recommending Custom Shop equipment if you can barely afford a Squier that's just a waste at this moment.
#16
Epiphone Les Paul Specials are great guitars for the price. The necks are pretty fast and the pickups have good tone and output.
#17
Quote by seedlings
my current gear is no gear, haha. and yes, i would like an electric guitar.

i was just looking for advice on which kind i should get. brand / model's helps. do i need to get something that has better pick ups for finger tapping and stuff?

so yeah, a moderately priced guitar that sounds good

There's no point getting too far ahead of yourself, stuff like math rock is a long, long way off in the future, as is tapping.

Your first guitar should be just that, a FIRST guitar - something to get you into playing and allow you to get the hang of the basics, despite your best intentions there is a chance that you won't stick with it so you don't want to risk wasting money. That's not to say it needs to be crap, but there's no point worrying too much about what you may or may not want to play a year or two down the line. Don't get into a major flap about crap like pickups and floating bridges - you just need an affordable, decent guitar and a decent sounding starter amp.

Learning to play the guitar is the same for everyone at the start, basics are basics...it's going to be a year or so before you really start to develop your own style and when you've got a better idea of the kind of player you're becoming, that's when you can start to pick stuff that 's more specialised. You can't really second-guess your progress, learnng to play is a long, complicated journey - you may have a goal in mind but there's dozens of milestones and crossroads to be negotiated on the way, any one of those could ultimately end up leading you down a slightly different path.

From what's on the market now I'd say Yamaha Pacifica 112 or Squier Classic Vibe HSS strat and a Roland Microcube.
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#19
Quote by zillafan74
I'd go with an epiphone les paul and a roland microcube amp

I tried some old micro cubes at school and they had a really crappy sound in my opinion. They were quite old though, but at least here in Switzerland the Line6 Spider 15W was priced exactly the same and has much more bang for the buck and a really decent sound. But well, that depends on budget and on useage. The Microcube can run on batteries, as can the Micro Spider.

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#20
Quote by 3-R4Z0R
I tried some old micro cubes at school and they had a really crappy sound in my opinion. They were quite old though, but at least here in Switzerland the Line6 Spider 15W was priced exactly the same and has much more bang for the buck and a really decent sound. But well, that depends on budget and on useage. The Microcube can run on batteries, as can the Micro Spider.

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The roland cube series of amps are much better than line6 amps, more reliable, better sound quality, your going to open yourself up to flaming with all your BC Rich/Line 6 praising
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#21
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The roland cube series of amps are much better than line6 amps, more reliable, better sound quality, your going to open yourself up to flaming with all your BC Rich/Line 6 praising


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#22
Quote by Talentless
The roland cube series of amps are much better than line6 amps, more reliable, better sound quality, your going to open yourself up to flaming with all your BC Rich/Line 6 praising

Why not? A bit of flaming is fun. =)
Anyways I thought the Roland Microcube at school (we have two of them there) to be mediocre in sound quality. Such tinny sound and too weak for the basses. They're from mid 90ies sometime. How bigger cubes are, I can't say, so I told what I knew about the Microcubes. ;P

And B.C. Rich... I'm happy with it, I'm not overly praising it, since I have in fact said that Schecter makes good guitars too (and so does Dean) (other brands like Ibanez were already mentioned in that thread). I keep my own view open to new stuff, so don't accuse me of overly praising something. ;P
My next guitar will probably be a Hellfire from Halo Guitars with Kahler trem.... once I have the money for another guitar. =)

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#23
First, Im just going to say that i'm assuming your new to guitar, are we talking $400 for just a guitar or $400 for guitar and amplifier?

Either way whatever guitar you decide on should not only sound good to you but you need like how it plays and it also has to "make you want to play it" as in look good to you. I would recommend going to your friendly neighborhood Guitar Center, walking up to the nicest looking sales person and telling them your budget and what your trying to get. Now play every single guitar in your price range and get the one that you think is easiest for you to play ect.. You can pretty much tap and sweep and riff on any guitar the best guitar for you is the most comfortable guitar to you.

Also I friggin' love microcubes for their size they sound phenominal and you can totally hook your ipod up to them for party music on saturday nights!

Hope this helped
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