#1
Heyall,

I'm planning to buy an electric guitar + amp soon ( ), but i dont know which one to buy. My budget is: 400$ max. for guitar + amp.
I want to play: Sum41, Blink but also rock songs etc.

Plz give serious advice.

RR939

edit: I play lefthanded btw.
Last edited by RoadRunner939 at Aug 2, 2010,
#2
if your just starting and you want to go for a budget like that, id say get a value pack and save like $200, then upgrade it later if you want to keep playing guitar

Maybe this for what you want to play
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-SE-Special-Strat-with-Squier-SP-10-Amp-Value-Pack-104486238-i1177837.gc
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#4
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if your just starting and you want to go for a budget like that, id say get a value pack and save like $200, then upgrade it later if you want to keep playing guitar

Maybe this for what you want to play
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Fender-SE-Special-Strat-with-Squier-SP-10-Amp-Value-Pack-104486238-i1177837.gc

If you are new, I second this. I learned to play on a strat pack like that and started out playing the same type of music you want to play. A strat would do nicely for what you want to play right now.
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If you are new, I second this. I learned to play on a strat pack like that and started out playing the same type of music you want to play. A strat would do nicely for what you want to play right now.


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#7
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Oh yeah, srry, i forgot to say that i play lefthanded.

(How can i have forgotten that? :bash

They make left handed squire strat packs. They are just little bit more expensive than the right handed version.
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#9
DO NOT GET A STARTER PACK!

To explain: the amps are absolutely terrible, they generally do one tone and do it badly anyway. I would advise that you get a decent budget amp and then spend all the rest of the money on the best guitar you can find.

Get one of these:

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-Vypyr-15-15W-1x8-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=482908
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-Cube-15X-Guitar-Amp?sku=487030

That leaves you $300 to get a decent guitar with which could get you something like this:

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RG321MH-Electric-Guitar?sku=620737
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Jagmaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=519635
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Deluxe-Hot-Rails-Strat-Electric-Guitar?sku=519754
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Tele-Custom-Electric-Guitar?sku=515113

For that kind of money there are a couple of things I will say:

DO NOT get a double-locking trem (floyd rose, edge III, anything like that)
DO NOT get either Dean, BC Rich or ESP (LTD), none of those brands are good value until you spend a lot of money on them, their lower end are overpriced.
DO NOT buy anything that has an artists name attached to it, again they are painfully overpriced for a beginner instrument.


If you feel comfortable with it then you might want to look for something that fits into your budget used but seeing as how you don't know what you're looking for you might want to steer clear for now.
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Last edited by Zaphod_Beeblebr at Aug 2, 2010,
#10
If you decide against the pack I would suggest one of the amps the guy above me suggested and this http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Standard-Stratocaster-LeftHanded-Electric-Guitar?sku=510468 seeing as you are a lefty.But you could string the right handed guitar for a lefty but seeing as you're a beginner that would be a bit confusing.
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#11
Quote by Zaphod_Beeblebr
DO NOT GET A STARTER PACK!

To explain: the amps are absolutely terrible, they generally do one tone and do it badly anyway. I would advise that you get a decent budget amp and then spend all the rest of the money on the best guitar you can find.

Get one of these:

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Peavey-Vypyr-15-15W-1x8-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=482908
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-Cube-15X-Guitar-Amp?sku=487030

That leaves you $300 to get a decent guitar with which could get you something like this:

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RG321MH-Electric-Guitar?sku=620737
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Jagmaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=519635
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Deluxe-Hot-Rails-Strat-Electric-Guitar?sku=519754
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Tele-Custom-Electric-Guitar?sku=515113

For that kind of money there are a couple of things I will say:

DO NOT get a double-locking trem (floyd rose, edge III, anything like that)
DO NOT get either Dean, BC Rich or ESP (LTD), none of those brands are good value until you spend a lot of money on them, their lower end are overpriced.
DO NOT buy anything that has an artists name attached to it, again they are painfully overpriced for a beginner instrument.


If you feel comfortable with it then you might want to look for something that fits into your budget used but seeing as how you don't know what you're looking for you might want to steer clear for now.

The only sensible advice given in this thread

starter packs are even worse than rubbish,those guitars are some saw dust and glue mixed together ..and the amps...ppfff
Last edited by archenemyfan at Aug 2, 2010,
#12
So basically I:

SHOULDN'T BUY A STARTERS PACK
I should spend around 100 for amp and 300 on guitar
I should buy a squier or an Ibanez. (Ibanez is what my teacher advised.)

I probobly wont buy any of the guitars listed above, cuz they dont ship to the Netherlands but i might just be able to find them there.

Thanks Guysn ,

RR939

(Of course more advice is welcome)
#14
Quote by RoadRunner939
I should spend around 100 for amp and 300 on guitar
I should buy a squier or an Ibanez. (Ibanez is what my teacher advised.)


You should buy either of those amps or a Vox Valvetronix; they are, in my humble opinion, the best practice sized amps available, if you get anything else you're likely to be either just getting something terrible, spending way too much money for what you get or buying something that's way bigger than what you need right now.

There are any number of brands that do good starter guitars really, as long as you stay away from the things I named above you shouldn't go too far wrong, basically get a good amp and then spend all the rest of your money on the guitar and you should be good.
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#15
Get a Fender Strat. They are easy to play, due to the wide frets and have gr8 sound due to both single and double coil pick ups.

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#16
I would add another vote for the Yamaha Pacifica, should be easy to get one in Holland. Super versatile guitar and a great player. I've owned 4!

I don't generally recommend Ibanez at the lower price brackets. Left handed options are slim, but if you go second hand you could get a nice one for your price range. Most lefty Ibanez come with a floating trem, which at this price range is going to suck balls.

Another thing to consider is if you actually need an amp at all. If you are going to be playing in the bedroom only, a half decent effects unit and some headphones could be all you need. Or something PC based like a Line6 Toneport. This way you can really crank the volume without annoying the neighbours.

I've never understood why amps are pushed so heavily in starter packs. When you first start out and are learning all they do is alert everyone in a 5 mile radius to the fact that you suck. Unless you plan on gigging of course, in which case a starter amp isn't going to be loud enough anyway...
#17
I would suggest you a Squier Hot Rails strat and a Vox Valvetronix VT15/30. It is awesome, i have both.