So, I've been playing for less than two months and my birthday is coming up on the 10th of October. My sister is kinda pushing me to ask for a guitar for my birthday (Confusing, I know) and I keep telling her that I'd have no idea what to get.

I already have a 20th anniversary Squier Strat and a Champ 15 Fender amp from some starter package that I've been practicing on and I'm wondering what I could possibly get to replace it. I'm not even sure what I want my guitar to do exactly so it's difficult to choose. Some bands that I like if it helps (Somewhat in order):

Incubus, Muse, Placebo, Mars Volta, MSI.

I really like acoustics too and I've currently been playing around with my step dads one that he bought and put away in storage for years (Without exactly getting permission >.> so it'd seem a little silly to buy my own when I'm still able to use his. It's a Yamaha F-335 by the way.

So could anybody help me out with what to do? We're going to Guitar Center tomorrow and I'm not sure how comfy I'll be testing out a ton of guitars

I think the price range is around 150$

Thanks for answers
Last edited by BananaMartyr at Sep 26, 2010,
For $150 you won't get a much better guitar.Just ask for money and save up for something considerably better.
I know you said you want a guitar, but what about a new amp? From what I recall the cheap Fender amps have okay cleans, but the distortion is pretty terrible. A Peavey Vypyr would be within your price range.

And, you won't be able to find a guitar that's a whole lot better than your current one for that price range.
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For $150 you won't get a much better guitar.Just ask for money and save up for something considerably better.

Kinda what I wanted to do but my sister is trying to get something special for me because it's my 21st birthday x.x
i completely agree with kacper, save up and either buy a brand new guitar. or check out what used guitars they offer not to sound cheap. but. last time i was in GC i saw some awesome guitars for 3/4 of the price :/
I'm not even sure that's how much she plans to spend but she used that as an example a few times. At least now I can say: "Forum people say I can't get much better of a guitar without spending a buttload of monies."

Also, I wouldn't mind getting a used if it meant getting a better guitar in the end. They had quite a few there and they seem to have just stocked a bunch of new guitars in since we've last been there. I just need my search narrowed a bit. Going in there and testing 20 guitars my first time might be a bit much for me but if I had an idea of what I wanted and only needed to test a few, that'd be better.
When I first started out I found that it's hard to have fun with some hard rocking with a starter amp, so I spend a little money on pedals. You need to have fun to motivate yourself, so maybe go pedal shopping instead?
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When I first started out I found that it's hard to have fun with some hard rocking with a starter amp, so I spend a little money on pedals. You need to have fun to motivate yourself, so maybe go pedal shopping instead?

After I bought my Big Muff, and then my DD-6, I enjoyed playing so much more. I was able to play the music i liked, which made me go out and learn the songs. I dont really know what any of those bands use for effects. I listen to Muse as well, but theres a crazy amount of effects, at least it sounds like there is.
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pedals are a good idea,but heres what i would do. i would get rid of the amp and pitch in whatever amount is needed and get a more solid amp. you at your budget can get great amps. if you change amps it will make your guitar sound great.
GimmeRock has a solid point man like everybodies already told you you're not gunna get a much better guitar for that but the right amp can make all the difference. I usually go to Russos guitar center cause its the coolest and closest thing to me and you can pick up some nice stuff like single 10 " Oranges brand new for around $100, and if you set yourself up with some nice pedals you wont even have to worry about what kind of guitar you've got
Get a Roland Micro Cube amp. It's got plenty of onboard effects, and you can play anything from country to metal on it.

You, good sir, have not gone over to your friends house after a hard night of drinking to find 2 dudes passed out in the same room both holding their own flaccid cocks in hand, passed out, with porn on the tv.
For that kind of money as many people said, I think you'd better buy some pedals. It can really change the sound you're getting so much that you'll have a lot more fun playing, and for the price you paid, there's nothing else as cool.

I'm not a big fan of modelisation amps with tones of onboard effects, because while they do a lot of things, I think they don't sound as good as the real deal. But on the other hand you definitely have more to mess with, so it's up to you.

A new guitar for 150$ is really not an option, you'd need to go to low/midrange, I don't think you can get anything noticeably better than what you have below ~300 bucks.
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Amps and petals...sounds good. Now I have to figure which ones for the type of music I play XD Thanks again for all the answers so far.

Roland Micro Cube looks like a good idea, I'll try it out there today. Saw it demo'd on Youtube and it was sexy <3
Last edited by BananaMartyr at Sep 27, 2010,
For $150.00 I doubt your going to upgrade especially at GC. I have found great guitars on Craig's List for even less than $150.00. Some guitar Guitars worth three and even four times what I paid. Never rule out used your best deals will be buying used especially in this economy. Remember if GC is selling a guitar for $150.00 used they paid less than $100.00 for it usually about half what the price it at. On a rare occasion you might find a decent guitar cheap if they are running a managers special or some other discount because of age or small dent or ding.

i think you could get some used schecter for that price.. may be diamond 006 or something... still might need a nice research in craigslist or ebay
tho may be better get a tube amp.. like a small 5 watter or not a tube but still a nice amp Vypyr as others suggested already??