#1
I've been playing acoustic guitar for about 6 months and I am looking to buy a cheap electric + amp. I was thinking about getting an Epiphone Les Paul 100 ($290) and a Roland Micro Cube amp ($170). I figured the Micro Cube would be a good choice because I just play at home and don't need a powerful amp, and I heard the LP 100 was a good beginners choice. Any suggestions for a budget around $500?

Edit: I live in Australia, and a good all round guitar would be nice, but I would lean more towards a clean or bluesy sound as opposed to heavy metal.
Last edited by Ash7778 at May 21, 2011,
#2
First, I wouldn't go with a Micro Cube unless space is an issue. I bought one for my dorm because... well, space was an issue. And it's got a decent 2 cleans, and the Rec model is good for high gain, but the two Brit models are pretty trashy. Also, you shouldn't be paying $170. I got mine brand new for $80 shipped.

I'd recommend a used Peavey Vypyr 30 hesitantly- it'll be ~$150 used, but much much better than the Micro Cube.

Where are you and what are some artists whose tone you really like? That'll help a lot with the guitar and amp suggestions, and let us look at your Craigslist and such for used stuff.
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I've been playing acoustic guitar for about 6 months and I am looking to buy a cheap electric + amp. I was thinking about getting an Epiphone Les Paul 100 ($290) and a Roland Micro Cube amp ($170). I figured the Micro Cube would be a good choice because I just play at home and don't need a powerful amp, and I heard the LP 100 was a good beginners choice. Any suggestions for a budget around $500?



Hey there, I would go with an Aria STG series....you may not have heard of this make before but they are american made and sound a lot better than squier models...I would run it through a Marshall MDx 10 Practice...All together you are looking at less then the Roland and the Epiphone. epiphones are a waste (in my opinion) too heavy, and the tone just isn't there....this Aria guitar sounds beautifully like a strat, a lot better then the mexcian and chinese fenders....and the marshall with the one gain know can get you distortion and crunch equal to a pedal, with the right setting it sounds like a tube.....I would honestly play a show with this little inexpensive set up. It sounds that good. Unless your willing to buy a mini tube amp go with marshall....
#4
Im not too sure about this. I havn't bought it yet, but i am going to in a month.

I found a store which sold me a VOX DA5 for $169 AUD (about the same as USD)

Here are the reviews on UG
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/guitar_amplifiers/vox/da5/index.html

Its basically a small 5W with battery and stuff...its also got effects, reverb, delay, tremolo etc.

I wouldnt use it for performance though.
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#6
I got the epiphone les paul 100 as my first guitar, it was just great. Very versatile and well made for its price. I was considering a Squire strat, but it just felt so much cheaper. If you go to any guitar store and play guitars in that price range, youll definitely notice that the epiphone has a much more solid feeling to it. Personally, its my number one recommendation for that price range. Even with higher end guitars in my collection I still find myself riffing away on the Epi LP100 every now and then. As for the amp, I never noticed too huge a difference in beginner amps. My recommendation though would be to get a nice little combo amp, nothing too extensive, just an amp where you can really get a feel for all the different effects. My first amp was a Line 6 Spider IV 75, and although the effects were obviously digital, I really developed a good feel for them and was able to experiment a lot more. If $190 is your price range though, that particular Line 6 would be much more expensive, but I'm sure they have many mini amp models with a good set of effects for around $190. The thing that definitely turns off a lot of beginner electric guitar players is the lack of knowledge on effects. Hope that helps!
#7
TS, tell us what music you like playing, your budget and if you like new or used stuff.

Micro Cube is a good buy if space is an issue. Personally, I would go with the Roland Cube 15X, because of the 3 band EQ and 4 types of distortion [but only 1 clean]. It's also louder.
Also, they have released a Cube 15XL, which is pretty much the same as the 15X, but with different distortion models.

Considering you looked at a Les Paul, take a look at the Stagg L350.
It's a Les Paul style guitar, comes in different sexy finishes and has the
similar features as a Epi LP. Differences are in CAPS
- Hardtail bridge
- Two humbuckers
- MADE OF ALDER
- HAS A SET NECK
- 4 knobs and a 3 way pickup selector switch
etc
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#8
Fender Squier affinity + Roland cube 20x !

http://www.musicstore.de/pt_PT/PTE/Fender-Squier-Affinity-Strat-RW-BK-Black/art-GIT0000001-003

http://www.musicstore.de/pt_PT/PTE/Roland-Cube-20-XL-Combo-/art-GIT0020118-000


It's a wonderful and cheap starter pack! I've been playing for 2 years with a second hand squier and a roland cube, and I've played and praticed every style of music without problems, with a good decent sound! You got all the sounds and essential effects for everything.
#9
I know Squire's have a bit of a bad reputation, but they made some newer ones called Classic Vibe 40's or 50's. and they play pretty good for their price; not a bad starter electric at all
#10
For a first guitar I'd always go to the Yamaha Paciffica 112 first. They're really good guitars, readily available second hand and take upgrades really well. I bought mine on Ebay for just £80, spent £40 on a setup and fret dress and installed a Seymour Duncan JB and Hotrails that I'd taken out of my Jackson and I swear it plays at least as well as any MiM Fender I've ever played.
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I got the epiphone les paul 100 as my first guitar, it was just great. Very versatile and well made for its price. I was considering a Squire strat, but it just felt so much cheaper. If you go to any guitar store and play guitars in that price range, youll definitely notice that the epiphone has a much more solid feeling to it. Personally, its my number one recommendation for that price range. Even with higher end guitars in my collection I still find myself riffing away on the Epi LP100 every now and then. As for the amp, I never noticed too huge a difference in beginner amps. My recommendation though would be to get a nice little combo amp, nothing too extensive, just an amp where you can really get a feel for all the different effects. My first amp was a Line 6 Spider IV 75, and although the effects were obviously digital, I really developed a good feel for them and was able to experiment a lot more. If $190 is your price range though, that particular Line 6 would be much more expensive, but I'm sure they have many mini amp models with a good set of effects for around $190. The thing that definitely turns off a lot of beginner electric guitar players is the lack of knowledge on effects. Hope that helps!


Did you encounter any problems with the lp?
#12
Yamaha pacifica 112 FTW! And get yourself a nice 30w combo I think a Peavy Vyper was mentioned somewhere so either that or a Line 6 Spider (flameshield on). Would be a good beginner set up
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#13
Get the roland micro cube - 130$ Good for portability and gets some good sounds.
And then look for a used fender mim strat can be anywhere between 200$ to 300$. Great for blues and rock .
If you have to buy new then get an epiphone sg 350$ or an epiphone les paul for about the same price.
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#14
Tell us your budget and all that Jazz.

I would go for a roland Cube 15xl and a good cheap Ibanez if it were me, but your standards may be different.