#1
I was originally planning on getting an Epiphone Les Paul Standard in about a months time, but my guitar teacher told me to get a Mexican made fender stratocaster (I can't remember why but I'll ask him next time I see him).
I think he said that I'm not really experiences enough to know what sound I want
I play Slash, Boston, Jimi hendrix (Mostly just rock).

So which guitar do you think would be better suited for the kinds of things I play?
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well you'd probably want a humbucker in the made in mexico if you did get one. Personally for what you play I'd go for the LP
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#3
They're such different guitars, play them side by side for a while and hopefully you'll get a pretty good idea of which you want
#4
something but at least 1 humbucker

and for slash style you definitly want that les paul right?
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something but at least 1 humbucker

and for slash style you definitly want that les paul right?


Hell yes
And I was thinking of getting the fender classic player 60 strat but then found out it has no humbucker.
I think really think I would prefer the les paul but my guitar teacher is much more experienced than me which makes me think he is right...
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#8
Get what you want. Definitely try out a lot of guitars and see what you like. Or buy a Les Paul type and later on get a Strat type? Careful with teachers, some try to pass on their preferences on their students. Your mileage may vary.
#9
get an Agile guitar. They make several les paul and telecaster shaped guitars that a lot of players think they are better than the original. and at that, they are less than 300 bucks.

http://www.rondomusic.com/
search "Agile" in the search box and just thumb through the pages of what they ahve
Ibanez S7521qm 7 string
Ibanez S771pb
Fender Jaguar HH Special
PRS SE Custom 24 7 string
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
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get an Agile! An AL-3000, if not a Dauntless or a AL-2000! Better guitar for a lesser price:

http://www.rondomusic.com/

beat me to the punch
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so what did u get? and are u happy with it???

I haven't bought anything yet

I live in UK and I don't think they sell Agile's over here. None in my guitar store and none on uk ebay or amazon
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I'll probably go and try the strat and les paul out at some point. I went to try out the les paul before but:
-It was really cold that day and my fingers were still frozen so I wasnt playing very well.
-I didnt want to play too loudly because everyone could hear and there was someone else playing really well near me.
-The strings were extremely dirty! My fingers went black (It was like graphite from pencils)

So I couldn't really tell how good it was
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What guitar does your teacher play? it really seems like he's a bit of a Fender fanboy, and pushes the matter on others. but its really what you like more.
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have a look at some Vintage or Tanglewood guitars, they are LP styles though Vintage also do Strats too,

personally i would say strats are perfect starter guitars as they are very comfy and i would say have better fret access than most LPs,

strats have less personality IMO which makes them ideal starter guitars, which as you are just starting would be handy.

I think your Gt is actually giving you good advice.

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#17
I had a strat and then bought a LP recently. I'm in love :-] haha her name is Alexis. I have to side side by side, you an tell a major tone difference. I feel like the Les Paul has a richer tone to it. Good luck dude and don't buy a guitar on just us. Try the guitars out. I waited about 3 months looking for mine.
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Yea thats what i thought.
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What guitar does your teacher play? it really seems like he's a bit of a Fender fanboy, and pushes the matter on others. but its really what you like more.

Fender strat

I really do prefer the sound of les pauls and they suit the music I play better. I've been playing for over a year now and this guitar WILL be my only guitar for a very long time so I need something I really like.
But strats are better for beginners so...
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If you've been playing over a year I wouldn't consider you a beginner anymore. A Les Paul will be pretty much perfect for you. +1 to Agile, my little sister's getting one and if it's as good as I've heard I might play it more than she does.
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If you've been playing over a year I wouldn't consider you a beginner anymore. A Les Paul will be pretty much perfect for you. +1 to Agile, my little sister's getting one and if it's as good as I've heard I might play it more than she does.

I can't get an agile though as I don't think they are available in the UK.
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#21
Look into these then mate

http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/buy/Vintage-Guitars.html/m/427

http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/products/5964-tanglewood_tsb58_signature_58_les_paul_type_electric_guitar_metallic_gold_

the vintage are ok for the money,

the tanglewood costs more but played better than any epi that i have tried for similar money.

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Look into these then mate

http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/buy/Vintage-Guitars.html/m/427

http://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/products/5964-tanglewood_tsb58_signature_58_les_paul_type_electric_guitar_metallic_gold_

the vintage are ok for the money,

the tanglewood costs more but played better than any epi that i have tried for similar money.

Thanks,
The money isn't really a problem. My mum says I can get a £400 guitar for my birthday and I just want to get the best possible les paul in that price range.
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look into possibly second hand stuff then,


are you dead set on an LP shape then?

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Quote by Tom 1.0
look into possibly second hand stuff then,


are you dead set on an LP shape then?

Yeah
I'll probably just get the epi les paul standard from the store because then I will actually be able to play the guitar and know what it sounds like.
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well there must be a few stores near you?

I would actually suggest you try every guitar with a HH config in your budget as you may find something that catches you buy surprise,

i remeber with my first eelctric guitar, my explorer, i set out looking for a strat, tried the explorer and fell in love,

you may find the same thing happens to you.

if you can try or find one, the PRS SE SC series are also very nice LP inspired guitars, you just have to find a nice one, but thats the case with all guitars IMO


EDIT;

some quality alternatives to a traditional LP, and better than an epi IMO

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/se-singlecut/69440 PRS SE SC - nice guitar, higher spec than current epi's and built in Korea, if that sort of thing matters to you

http://www.guitar.co.uk/guitars/electric/1808-art320_electric_guitar - Ibanez ART320 - nice guitar, slimmer neck, bit more modern than a trad LP

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/76727 this LTD has some clever coil splitting so you could get those igle coil tines, or close to at least. - My personal favourite purely based on tonal variety and the one i played is the only LP i have ever really enjoed.

http://www.guitarandampshop.co.uk/acatalog/Tanglewood_Signature__Les_Paul_Replica__TSB_58_Honeyburst_Electric_Guitar.html - more traditional in appearance but has a slightly slimmer neck, great sounding and a very very good replica of the LP, i would change the tuners though, other wise a great guitar and was very nice to play.

http://www.andertons.co.uk/electric-guitars/pid9481/cid556/epiphone-les-paul-standard-ebony-ch-with-free-ritter-gig-bag.asp?utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=pricecomp&utm_campaign=googleshopping the epi standard is the same as the custom, but it is cheaper as it doessnt come with all the cheap gold bling. Plays nicely, though they can be hit and miss, the neck was a bit too thick for my taste.

http://www.guitarandampshop.co.uk/acatalog/Fender_Standard_HSS_Mexican_Stratocaster_Electric_Guitar__Upgraded_Nov_2008_.html i know it is a start but it does have a humbucker....


please look at that list it took a while to think about for you

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#26
Quote by IIjakeH
Fender strat

I really do prefer the sound of les pauls and they suit the music I play better. I've been playing for over a year now and this guitar WILL be my only guitar for a very long time so I need something I really like.
But strats are better for beginners so...


dude who told you this piece of fiction? in many ways a regular strat is harder to play and get what you want out of it. the ones with a humbucker are somewhat easier. if you want a les paul then get one. a good teacher will have an open mind and steer the student towards what they will like (and keep them from buying junk).
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Quote by Tom 1.0
well there must be a few stores near you?

I would actually suggest you try every guitar with a HH config in your budget as you may find something that catches you buy surprise,

i remeber with my first eelctric guitar, my explorer, i set out looking for a strat, tried the explorer and fell in love,

you may find the same thing happens to you.

if you can try or find one, the PRS SE SC series are also very nice LP inspired guitars, you just have to find a nice one, but thats the case with all guitars IMO


EDIT;

some quality alternatives to a traditional LP, and better than an epi IMO

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/se-singlecut/69440 PRS SE SC - nice guitar, higher spec than current epi's and built in Korea, if that sort of thing matters to you

http://www.guitar.co.uk/guitars/electric/1808-art320_electric_guitar - Ibanez ART320 - nice guitar, slimmer neck, bit more modern than a trad LP

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/76727 this LTD has some clever coil splitting so you could get those igle coil tines, or close to at least. - My personal favourite purely based on tonal variety and the one i played is the only LP i have ever really enjoed.

http://www.guitarandampshop.co.uk/acatalog/Tanglewood_Signature__Les_Paul_Replica__TSB_58_Honeyburst_Electric_Guitar.html - more traditional in appearance but has a slightly slimmer neck, great sounding and a very very good replica of the LP, i would change the tuners though, other wise a great guitar and was very nice to play.

http://www.andertons.co.uk/electric-guitars/pid9481/cid556/epiphone-les-paul-standard-ebony-ch-with-free-ritter-gig-bag.asp?utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=pricecomp&utm_campaign=googleshopping the epi standard is the same as the custom, but it is cheaper as it doessnt come with all the cheap gold bling. Plays nicely, though they can be hit and miss, the neck was a bit too thick for my taste.

http://www.guitarandampshop.co.uk/acatalog/Fender_Standard_HSS_Mexican_Stratocaster_Electric_Guitar__Upgraded_Nov_2008_.html i know it is a start but it does have a humbucker....


please look at that list it took a while to think about for you

Thank you very much
I'm not sure where any other guitar stores are to be honest
The only prs My guitar store sells are over £600
The only videos I could find for the Ibanez art320 are of metal songs and I dislike metal.
I like that ESP LTD though! Does it have a thick neck because that was something I didn't really like about the epi les paul standard.
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I think the LTD has the thin U contour,

i have the same neck on my LTD MH401, it is a very comfortable neck, but worth trying first obviously,

dont forget if yo buy online all stores have a return period so if you buy online and you find you hate the guitar you can just return it,

that store you linked is in Walsaw yeah? cant you get into birmingham and get to PMT? they have a great range of stock and a brilliant price match system too.....

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I think the LTD has the thin U contour,

i have the same neck on my LTD MH401, it is a very comfortable neck, but worth trying first obviously,

dont forget if yo buy online all stores have a return period so if you buy online and you find you hate the guitar you can just return it,

that store you linked is in Walsaw yeah? cant you get into birmingham and get to PMT? they have a great range of stock and a brilliant price match system too.....

What store did I link?
The store I use is in Guildford and Birmingham is quite far away.
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#30
Wrong thread lol sorry.


well if you google map guitar stores in guidford there are loads you may find it worth travelling to,

especially andertons

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#31
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Wrong thread lol sorry.


well if you google map guitar stores in guidford there are loads you may find it worth travelling to,

especially andertons

Yeah, Andertons is where I go
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#32
well them to stock lots of ESP and LTD so they may be able to get you a 251 in for you?

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well them to stock lots of ESP and LTD so they may be able to get you a 251 in for you?

Can you correct that so I understand what you mean
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lol my bad,

they seem to stock alot of ESP's and LTD guitars, it is worth asking to see if they could get the LTD EC 256 in for you and if they would price match it to £259 at GAK.


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lol my bad,

they seem to stock alot of ESP's and LTD guitars, it is worth asking to see if they could get the LTD EC 256 in for you and if they would price match it to £259 at GAK.


Ah, okay thanks
I'll do that next time I go in
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