#1
Hi, everyone,

I'm looking to buy a new electric guitar for recording covers and songs I write in my bedroom studio (i.e. all my gear is in close quarters) and the occasional gigging. My taste leans toward Coldplay, John Mayer, The Killers, Muse, Train, Secondhand Serenade, and AAR; I've also been known to try to incorporate rock band elements into orchestral pieces I write and sample at home...

I'm currently looking at a Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro (HB with coil tapping), Fender Stratocaster HSS (Single, Single, Humbucker, HB with no tone control), Fender Telecaster Deluxe (with humbuckers), Epiphone Dot (humbuckers), and Epiphone Wildkat (P90). Which of these would be the best for me? Or does anyone have any other suggestions? The cheaper the better, I'm on a relatively low budget...

Thanks!

EDIT: I've also started looking at the Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro, which has coil-tapping. I figure it'd let me get the best of both (singlecoil/humbucker) worlds. Does anyone have any thoughts on that?
Last edited by Lencias at Jun 30, 2010,
#2
i would think a telecaster deluxe would suit most of those alright
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#3
I would second the Tele Deluxe. It is pretty much 'the' all-round Mr. Average, tonally balanced guitar, which is what you seem to be after.
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#5
strat or tele for sure. those two are the most versatile.
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#6
Go for the Strat. Mayer obviously uses one, and I find they are better for lead than Teles, I play Muse quite a bit and it works well for that, though the Mexican ones are a bit hit and miss so maybe look for an American or Asian one that's cheap.
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#7
Quote by Lencias
Hi, everyone,

I'm looking to buy a new electric guitar for recording covers and songs I write in my bedroom studio (i.e. all my gear is in close quarters) and the occasional gigging. My taste leans toward Coldplay, John Mayer, The Killers, Muse, Train, Secondhand Serenade, and AAR; I've also been known to try to incorporate rock band elements into orchestral pieces I write and sample at home...

I'm currently looking at a Fender Stratocaster Standard (single coils), Fender Telecaster Deluxe (with humbuckers), Epiphone Dot (humbuckers), and Epiphone Wildkat (P90). Which of these would be the best for me? Or does anyone have any other suggestions? The cheaper the better, I'm on a relatively low budget...

Thanks!



to answer, i'd have to know what amp you're using.
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I second the tele deluxe, though, fi you're willing to try it our first, give this a whirl, I think you may quite like it;

http://www.sweetwater.com/guitargallery/electric/all/sICF09001509/
To add to that, Fender do make a (non-signature) Tele Deluxe with P-90 pickups, as do Squier. They also make a Tele Deluxe with a Strat-style vibrato and they've started making a Thinline Deluxe which is semi-hollow.
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#10
I've heard the Dot is also rather versatile? Does anyone have any experience with that?

And the FEnder Telecaster THinline... I haven't heard much about it... and really only the Squier one is in my budget range....

In terms of amp, I'm ampless for now, just going to DI into my interface and use Guitar Rig...
#11
the dot is quite versitile, but the strat and tele are better all around guitars

im gonna suggest that you look into G&L tribute ASAT's (tele's) or Legacy (strat). the ASAT has some really cool tones on tap and it cuts through a mix really well (also, that crap people say about tele's being thin? try one of these... its not thin at all), that being said, its a tele and it wont appeal to every body.

i think your best bet will be a G&L tribute legacy. they start pretty cheap, like $500 ish, and have some pretty awesome touches; G&L's pickups (think really good fender pickups), massive bridge unit for sustain, PTB independant passive bass/treble cut control, good quality wood and a nice finish. i've also found G&L's playability to be vastly superior to fenders (even though the tributes are made by cort in Korea, they are made to a very high standard). i simply think that the G&L's are superior to fenders in every possible way and they are also more versitile than the dot or the wildcat
#12
i think my MIA tele deluxe does those types of bands quite well but i rarely ever use it for that. either a strat or tele will work fine. the SS or SSS styles of the tele and strat (respectfully) will work fine. Pickup a classic series if you're a little strapped for cash, or a true blue MIA if you've got 800-1000 dollars.
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#13
the reason i asked about the amp was because if your amp is a one note, then it doesn't really matter what type of guitar you put in front of it.

i guess if you don't really have an amp right now, then let me ask, what guitar are you using?

what specific budget? and are you planning on buying an amp in the future?
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#14
I've got a Wildkat. It's a great guitar but, like the Dot, not really suitable for the stuff you're doing. Either of the Fenders would be perfect.

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I've got a Wildkat. It's a great guitar but, like the Dot, not really suitable for the stuff you're doing. Either of the Fenders would be perfect.

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#16
I would say the Strat and a stacked humbucker at the bridge, or even better a Tele Deluxe. I would suggest a bridge pickup swap for something a with a little more output for Muse and such, but I wouldn't go with a Nailbomber or anything. You can always roll down the volume for better cleans with it, too.

edit: I should also mention there's a Tele Deluxe with a tremolo. That sounds perfect for you.
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#17
I was considering the Strat HSS but noticed that it doesn't allow for any sort of tone control on the bridge humbucker. Does this matter/should this discourage me?
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I was considering the Strat HSS but noticed that it doesn't allow for any sort of tone control on the bridge humbucker. Does this matter/should this discourage me?


No you shouldn't. IMO, the the control is pretty useless. The volume control is much more useful.
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#19
Quote by Lencias
I was considering the Strat HSS but noticed that it doesn't allow for any sort of tone control on the bridge humbucker. Does this matter/should this discourage me?

this is the way i would go.
when playing mayer, i very very very very very rarely use the bridge pickup; always neck or middle or both. ocassionally ill go for middle and bridge, but never bridge on its own.

having a humbucker in bridge allow you to tackle the heavier muse, aar, and secondhand serenade (i assume - i dont listen to aar or ss but i imagine they have SOME amount of 'heavy') without your sound coming out overly thin or twangy.
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#20
I've also started looking at the Epiphone Les Paul Traditional Pro, which has coil-tapping. I figure it'd let me get the best of both (singlecoil/humbucker) worlds. Does anyone have any thoughts on that?
#21
itll be alright for stuff you want humbuckers for, but in my experience, coil tapping still doesnt quite give you the same tone as just a straight single coil. however, ive only used coil tapping in mahogany bodied guitars that were medium to thick (in body width).

regardless, i would advise heading for something with an alder (or something similar) body based on the artists you listed - as i suggested/concurred with before, the hss strat

what is your current setup though? it might be redundant for you to get a new guitar
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#22
Oops. Haven't visited in a while...

I currently don't have an electric... so I'm looking for the most versatile option possible to cover my needs.
#23
yeah, either thin line tele or strat with a humbucker in the bridge.
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#24
I say from experience that the Tele Deluxe is quite versatile. You MIGHT want to change out the pots from 250k to 500k to brighten and open up the tone a bit. I've been very happy with mine stock so far, but I'm probably going to look into getting this done to open up the tone a bit. However, stock it is very, very smooth, very nice. Gets a nice clean on the neck as well.
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