#1
I have about £500 to spend on a new guitar, opinions on what would be the best?

I was looking at a standard fender strat (Sunburst, Maple fretboard).
Try and back up what you say, don't just say guitars and not say why (I'd like to know why it's good -sound, playability etc).
Saying what it's not the best at would help aswell

I play a little bit of anything. Really anything so versatility is a big point for me.

I appreciate any help guys
#2
I would say the best thing to do is go down to your local music store, and play a whole bunch of guitars in your price range and pick the one you like the best. You can develop a good relationship with your local shop, and find the guitar you like the best, instead of dicks on the internet telling you what is "best".
#3
holybajeezus is right...it's gonna be biased everything on the internet, what you like can be completely different from what somebody else likes...
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#4
Fender FMT Custom HH Telecaster - 22 frets, easy to reach them, coil tap, Seymore Duncan's. very Versitle.

Jackson DK2 - yes thats right a Jackson, it's really versitle. My friend plays Metal to ska to jazz on that guitar. Also the neck is comfortable.
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#5
personally i'd get a japanese-made tokai (if you're looking at strats, that is). you can get a gs100 for £350 if you shop around, it's MIJ, has a gotoh wilkinson trem (badass, in other words), gotoh tuners, etc. etc. I haven't tried that exact model, but the MIJ tokai strats I have tried have annihilated the MIM standards I've tried.

if it has to look exactly like a strat (the gs100 has a modified pickguard), the ast50 is just over £500...

some of the fretkings might be worth a look, too (I haven't tried them, but on paper the spec is pretty good).
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#6
But then again you may want to try something second hand as it will probably cheaper, and guitars are pretty hard to **** up unless you're reasonably retarded. And if you do go to a local shop, ask around your guitar playing friends who the good dudes are, as not all music shops are friendly or helpful. But all I can suggest doing is playing all the guitars you're interested in and make the decision on your feelings on each guitar. P.S.; buy an Ibanez you fag
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#7
If you're looking at a Strat for £500 I'd be looking at this as my first choice:

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/options.php?id=66856

I played one of these a while ago and I was really impressed. Firstly, the build quality was excellent but I also liked the versatility of 7 pickup configurations and I prefer the 12" radius neck to the older 9.5" version. It's far more playable. Another alternative might be:

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/options.php?id=10964

I know it's not the most obvious choice but honestly, they're surprisingly versatile and this is a hell of a lot of guitar for the money. The neck is very comfortable and playable while the spec is certainly impressive. Mine cost a hell of a lot more, largely for the thru-neck! If you could push the budget just a bit further a tremendous guitar would be this:

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/options.php?id=86852

Very well built indeed and beautiful to play. These are also highly versatile guitars. Another one similar would be the Paul Allender model:

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/options.php?id=73832

Any of these guitars are excellent value at the price.
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#8
You Want to look at epiphone there part of the gibson family just abit cheaper, Quality, Exquisit Guitars arpund the £500 region i have an epiphone es 335 beautifull built guitar shes lovely... give them a look www.gibson.co.uk/epiphone.php ....
#9
Thanks for this guys, I'll be trying guitars in music stores and i'll keep my eye out for second hand guitars.
I won't be judging just on what people say, but having a rough idea of what's good to try out helps alot.

Anymore guitars people?