#1
A few months ago I sold my electric setup to fund some college things, but I'm now starting to get some offers for sessions and I teach guitar lessons so I need a new electric guitar. I don't want to spend more than say $400, but I will be upgrading this guitar with probably locking tuners/new pickups eventually. I play mainly blues/jazz/rock, but as I said I teach lessons and generally end up playing all sorts of things.

I have a Peavy Valveking and a Fender Blues Junior. I was playing some things at Guitar Center earlier this week and really liked the Squier Classic Vibe 60's strat, and the Ibanez RG3EX1. Both needed a string change and some new pickups, but I liked the overall feel of both. Can anyone give any advice as to which would be more versatile? I know Squiers are generally lower quality guitars, but the Classic Vibes seem pretty solid. I'm just not sure that it will lend itself to playing jazz. Am I assuming correctly?

Thanks in advance
#2
I run My Jackson DKMG through my peavey Valveking212 and I can play very versatile with it.
I'd recommend buying a low-mid end Jackson or Michael Kelly, maybe Ibanez? I play Fusion/Classical/Rock/Jazz/some blues/Metal/reggae.. you name it, it sounds good on the Jackson or My Michael Kelly VEX Deluxe (EMG's)
#3
The Squire will be more versatile, just because it has 3 pickups rather than two. If you're going to put in new pickups, 3 pickups allows an endless combination of tones.

Have you considered going used?
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#4
I'm not after dead on jazz tone, but just something that's sort of close.

I'm fine with used, but I just need something very quickly. I don't have months and months to look. =/
#5
Quote by myownenemy
I don't think any solidbody other than a Fender Jazzmaster will handle Jazz well. Either guitar will handle blues and rock relatively the same, but have a different tone for each.

oh god not this again

there's nothing about a fender jazzmaster that makes it any more suitable for jazz than any other solidbody. sure, it says "jazzmaster" on the headstock, but that's just a decal.

i dunno if this is what you're looking for but have you considered getting a semi-hollowbody like an epiphone dot/casino/sheraton etc? they tend to be what springs to my mind when someone says they want a guitar for blues, rock and jazz
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#6
I used an Ibanez RG during Jazz Band all last year, and it sounded fine. All you have to do to get a decent jazz tone is switch it to either the midway position or only the neck pickup (looked up the guitar, don't know what EMGs will do different from my guitar). After that, roll back the tone nob most of the way. It should do fine, its no cheap piece of crap like most Squiers, and you wont be screwed if you want to play harder rock someday.
#7
Originally posted by Blompcube.
there's nothing about a fender jazzmaster that makes it any more suitable for jazz than any other solidbody. sure, it says "jazzmaster" on the headstock, but that's just a decal.


That's nice to know, actually. I had not played one, I just figured that there was a reason behind that name, I guess not.
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#8
Quote by myownenemy
I don't think any solidbody other than a Fender Jazzmaster will handle jazz well.

Joe Pass would like to disagree with that statement.

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#9
Quote by euphorictacos
I'm not after dead on jazz tone, but just something that's sort of close.

I'm fine with used, but I just need something very quickly. I don't have months and months to look. =/


You could get a MIM Strat pretty easily, they go all day every day on CL and Ebay, usually around $300 or so. Try to get an HSS if you can, but it really doesn't matter. You can get SC sized humbuckers later on whenever you're ready to swap out the pickups.

Though personally, I think the best you could do is probably a used Ibanez S of some sort.
Spin 'round carousel when your horse isn't screwed in.

My band:
Fractured Instinct
(For fans of Death/Groove/Prog Metal)

Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
#10
Quote by Don't Panic Ok?
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#11
Ah I'm still sort of torn haha. I haven't really checked out a semi-hollow. I may check one out though. I'm a huge John Mayer fan, so the Classic Vibe is really appealing to me, but I have always loved Paul Gilbert's style of play as well. The Ibanez had a 5 way selector so I was getting some pretty decent single coil tones with it. The humbuckers sounded much better for jazz too. I'll just go play them this weekend and decide. Thanks for the help everyone.