#1
Hi guys,

I'm on a $300 dollar budget for the summer and was wanting to know which one of the guitars I should get. I'd prefer something HSS but I can go HH if I find something really good.

Here are the guitars:

(btw, some of the notes are to myself, for example Jon is my bandmate)

Ibanez GSA60 (Jon's) (HSS) $200
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-GSA60-Electric-Guitar-103122719-i1150636.gc

Laguna LE422 (HSS) $140
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Laguna-LE422-Electric-Guitar-104515390-i1375389.gc

ESP LTD M53 (HSS, reversed headstock, maple neck) $220
http://www.guitarcenter.com/ESP-LTD-M-53-Electric-Guitar-515729-i1384550.gc

Squier Jagmaster (HH, big 70's style headstock, sunburst, Nirvana) $280
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier-Jagmaster-Electric-Guitar-102809159-i1150688.gc

Ibanez RG2EX1 (HH, white binding, nice looking humbuckers, black) $300
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-RG2EX1-Electric-Guitar-103382115-i1167867.gc

ESP LTD M103 (HSS, reversed headstock, nice looking pickups, maple neck, Floyd Rose Tremmy bridge) $320
http://www.guitarcenter.com/ESP-LTD-M-103-Flame-Maple-Electric-Guitar-514871-i1372184.gc
Last edited by DisasterMatt at Jan 9, 2010,
#2
(btw, some of the notes are to myself, for example Jon is my bandmate)

what?
and how about saving up a bit more so you dont end up with another beginner's guitar as you already own 2.
#3
Quote by stephen_rettie
(btw, some of the notes are to myself, for example Jon is my bandmate)

what?
and how about saving up a bit more so you dont end up with another beginner's guitar as you already own 2.


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#4
I'd suggest maybe the Chapman Guitars ML1?

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#5
Quote by stephen_rettie
(btw, some of the notes are to myself, for example Jon is my bandmate)

what?
and how about saving up a bit more so you dont end up with another beginner's guitar as you already own 2.


kinda offensive but yeah i agree with you there

If i did get a really nice guitar, I'm thinking a Gibson SG Faded or a Fender Jaguar, but the thing is, I'm a kid who mows lawns for guitars. Honestly I can't get much money.

And my birthday is in November, so that one's kinda bad.

But of the guitars listed, would anybody tell me the best and why?

Thanks
#6
the ibanez rg2ex1 would be the best out of those. i suggest not getting a guitar with a trem since usually cheap guitars have cheap trems and they go out of tune easily.

also check out ibanez rg321.
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#7
Quote by holycow
the ibanez rg2ex1 would be the best out of those. i suggest not getting a guitar with a trem since usually cheap guitars have cheap trems and they go out of tune easily.

also check out ibanez rg321.


thanks man, yeah I don't use the trem a whole lot, but I'd like to learn one. I'm thinking of that ESP with the Floyd Rose (the last one on the list) because it's just frickin' nice and it has the Floyd Rose.
#9
Quote by DisasterMatt
thanks man, yeah I don't use the trem a whole lot, but I'd like to learn one. I'm thinking of that ESP with the Floyd Rose (the last one on the list) because it's just frickin' nice and it has the Floyd Rose.

Having a FR doesn't really mean that it's a better guitar.
1. Have you ever used a FR or tried tuning and setting one up?
2. Are you sure that you will use the FR alot?
3. Low end LFR's are generally crap.

Just save up to about $400-500. You can speed up that process by selling one of your guitars if you wanted. Once you get to the 400/500 dollar range you can get some really good instruments (and some great ones used)
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#10
Thanks for all the help guys. Could anyone reccomend something good that is preferably HHS, in the 300-500 price range, will hold tune, and isn't a knockoff?

thanks
#11
Quote by DisasterMatt
Thanks for all the help guys. Could anyone reccomend something good that is preferably HHS, in the 300-500 price range, will hold tune, and isn't a knockoff?

thanks


Pretty much any of the Ibanez RG's, most of the mid range ones are HSH. But, if you have no floating/locking bridge experience, I wouldn't unless you have another guitar to fall back on and play if you get stuck. I think you do though. Otherwise, like previously mentioned, an RG2EX1 or an RG321MH. Or the RG3EX1, it's the same as the RG2EX1 but with a more elaborate flamed maple finish.
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#13
i dont really want a fender... i already have a strat and i like other body styles better but thanks though
Last edited by DisasterMatt at Jan 14, 2010,
#14
Agiles. Rondomusic.com. Great bang for your buck.
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#15
I'd trade in a guitar you already own and get yourself a nice Hagstrom. They make a bunch of different guitars that are bound to fit your needs and are very quality.

I'll recommend these to get you started:

XL-5 (since you wanted a HSH): http://www.hagstromguitars.com/XL-5.html
I've played this one a good amount since my friend has it. Stays in tune very well and has a nice fulcrum style trem that's responsive and not a pain to set up. The classic Hagstrom neck is real thin and extremely fast and slick.
Ultra Swede (HH) http://www.hagstromguitars.com/Ultra_Swede.html
I owned this guitar for a year or so and it's awesome. It's an HH with coil tapping in both pups. Same neck as the previous recommendation. Only good things to say about it, just doesn't have a tremolo bar if that's your thing.

Other recommendations: Parker P-series and PM series, awesome guitars.
Browse around, good luck.
#16
If you absolutely have to choose from the list, I say the RG2EX1 or the Squier Jagmaster. The LTD M103 looks nice too, but remember Floyd Roses aren't so great for beginners.

Really take into consideration what music you play. If you play metal, get an Ibanez or LTD or a Jackson. Rock n' roll or punk? Get a strat copy.
#17
AAAACTUALLY I played a Squier Standard Fat Strat ($150 at Firehouse) and I like it a lot. But the finish is kinda underwhelming, the headstock is black (which I don't like.)

But the pickups sound frickin' amazing. I think I could probably get a strat like it, or, if I save up enough money...
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier-Vintage-Modified-Stratocaster-HSS-512573-i1172566.gc

Hmm... just a thought. But I'm almost completely set on HSS. The tone is so nice, and you have such variety.. amazing
#18
New sketch of what I want in a guitar:

Alpine White Stratocaster HSS Fender.

EDIT: Thanks to everyone especially shrugs1434 for your support.

ANOTHER EDIT: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-Standard-Stratocaster-HSS-Electric-Guitar-105156673-i1431994.gc is the closest thing I can find to this

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Last edited by DisasterMatt at Jan 19, 2010,
#19
ONE MORE THING

I'm thinking between the Ibanez GSA60 and the Fender HSS Standard Strat (the one above..)

Which one do you think I should get?

With the Ibanez GSA360, I wouldn't be very original because my friend has it, and it's not as good as the Strat. But it's 300 bucks cheaper...

With the Strat, I wouldn't be very original also because everyone has a strat. But the pickups are clean, and I like the arctic white finish, and the whole stratness of it. Its 500 bucks, which is the only problem.

Or could someone suggest another guitar?
#20
Hmm...look at used Schecters on the Guitar Center website. Considering you want a strat-like body, go for a Schecter, they have HH config. and they sound excellent.
EDIT: new or used Schecters. For instance, the Schecter C1 Elite. That'll be the next guitar I'm getting after the Hellraiser
Last edited by EvilAngel93 at Jan 19, 2010,
#21
Quote by EvilAngel93
Hmm...look at used Schecters on the Guitar Center website. Considering you want a strat-like body, go for a Schecter, they have HH config. and they sound excellent.
EDIT: new or used Schecters. For instance, the Schecter C1 Elite. That'll be the next guitar I'm getting after the Hellraiser


Scheters are nice but I'm convinced on HSS. I like the variety of the singles and the humbucker. Thanks though.