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Read Last Few Posts In This Thread!!! Need Quick Advice!!!
Last edited by HookedOnHifonic at May 25, 2011,
#3
It's a decent starter guitar. You could have done much worse. The only thing is that at that price point, there are much better Les Paul copies...namely anything Agile Al-2000+ from Rondo Music.

http://rondomusic.com/

You could get an Agile Al-3000 for about the same price and the quality rivals that of Gibson Studios and some might even argue Gibson Les Paul Standards. In any case, they're much better than Epiphone.

Still, my first electric guitar was MUCH worse than that one. It'll work great for you while you learn on it.
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#4
considering my first guitar was an acurian strat buyed on radioshack, I think it's awesome, I don't think that you need sticker on your frets, sure it will be a little harder, but it won't do any damage to you to learn where to play without need of seeing the fret inlays.
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#6
Just noticed I have an hour to cancel my order. Should I take a look at a few other buying options? I was also looking at the Epiphone Nightfall, but nothing really beyond epiphone.

I would love a few suggestions. I have definitely decided on a black finish, and a LP. So if there are others out there that are better quality, are les pauls, and are black, I will look into it!
#7
I don't know what the nightfall is, but you have a couple decent guitars picked out, especially for a first guitar.

I tend to recommend people buy a used guitar, especially the older, made in Japan Ibanezes, but since it's your first guitar I don't expect you to spend hours on craigslist/ebay/guitar center looking for the best deal.
#8
that a good beginning guitar, mine was a epi SG 400. About the same level of guitar.

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#9
I think you did rather well for a first. Are there better out there? Hell Yeah there is! But that's not the point. As your just starting out you want to have an instrument that you like(if not love!) and while a nicer one would play better, whats the point of buying a $1000 guitar if you may not stay committed. Starting out is the hardest and most frustrating part. That guitar is way better than my first. I started out on a Epiphone Les Paul Special II. Had a hell of a run getting started on it too. Never really got committed until I got a fairly decent amp myself. Great pick for your first and hopefully not your last!
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#10
I personally would have gone with an Epiphone Goth Explorer or a Goth V(which I have an love) but LP's good too. If anything, I'd first change the tuners. Get some grovers in there. Other than that, I actually like the pickups that Goth series Epi's have. Also Ernie ball strings would be good replacements.
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#11
i started on an encore. bad times. the epi is a great guitar for a begginer. best thing really would have been to go to a store though and actually try a couple out to find your favourite sound and feel.
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#12
It's a great guitar! Don't worry about the lack of fret inlay, the number of frets is displayed on the side of the fretboard. I still have mine, few years old and still doing perfect. Great durability and sound ranging from jazzy riffs to deathcore breakdowns. DO take good care of the fretboard, it tends to get rough after playing for a few hours and could crack if you dont clean it. Be careful with the varnish, its mat and does scratch easily. I used to have a wristband with spikes and it scratched a bit. Hard to see from a distance, but when you look closely it looks a bit strange :P The humbuckers are excelent quality, no changes needed. Do note: The headstock is pretty big and has a chance not to fit in some bags.

The price seems to be good enough, overall excellent guitar (for every experience level). Epiphone is great quality, unlike what most people say. I don't know, maybe some models are sh*t, but this one isn't
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#17
My advice is dont get a first guitar with a floyd rose tremolo, it is only going to be a huge hassle.
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#18
Completly agree, also the fact that low end guitars have horrible tremolo's on them.
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Quote by x_trivium_x
That should be a pretty decent guitar

I agree.

On another note, this is a very difficult process lol

I ran across this PRS so its these 2 I will be choosing from.

Agile AL-3100 Black

OR

This PRS

http://backstage.musiciansfriend.com/productDetail/productDetail.jsp?src=3WFRWXX&entProductId=H70031


Which one would you buy???
Last edited by HookedOnHifonic at May 25, 2011,
#22
Stop increasing your budget, impulse buying is one of the worst things newbie can do
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#23
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Stop increasing your budget, impulse buying is one of the worst things newbie can do


Your probably right. There will always be a nicer guitar, and I need to stop looking for that nice"r" one lol
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Quote by HookedOnHifonic
I agree.

On another note, this is a very difficult process lol

I ran across this PRS so its these 2 I will be choosing from.

Agile AL-3100 Black

OR

This PRS

http://backstage.musiciansfriend.com/productDetail/productDetail.jsp?src=3WFRWXX&entProductId=H70031


Which one would you buy???


The PRS, though I'm a bit biased.
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#25
I'd go with agile. That will be MORE than good enough for your starter guitar. It'd be a bit silly to spend even that much on your first guitar, who knows if you'll keep playing?
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#26
Yeah don't spend 500 on your first guitar. You don't even know if your going to go through the hard work of learning to play.
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#28
Quote by HookedOnHifonic
The PRS will hold most of it's value if I sold, correct?



nope. as soon as a guitar is used, its worth between 2/3 and 1/2 of what it was new, regardless of condition.

guitars are kinda like a car. you buy them to use, not to sell at a later date for a profit (or to even get your money back)
#30
Neither holds their value.

Get the prs.
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#31
The PRS. On the record though, I think it's unwise to spend more than $200 on your very first guitar that you plan to learn on. Some people stick it out. A lot don't. Which is why there's a plethora of used starter pack guitar & amps littering craigslist.
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#32
Quote by gregs1020
Neither holds their value.

Get the prs.



This.

The PRS is the much nicer guitar and if its the one you wanted first time round, its the one you will want to play.

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#33
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someone here told me once:

Buying in a hurry is never a good idea. You'll regret it.

So, don't buy in a hurry man

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#34
canceled my order on the Agile, and went ahead and ordered the PRS Tremonti SE for 525 free ship no tax.


Now it's time to let it ship here, and start playing
#35
Shew....this floppage is pretty insane. I made an impulse buy once....*shudders* "MG100 HDFX" and now I am regretting it. I would seriously suggest taking your time.
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#37
Quote by HookedOnHifonic
What makes a singlecut more expensive???


And is it worth that extra 80-100 bucks they charge for it???
#38
Many guitars are singlecut, the PRS too. Its the cut on the bottom of the guitar to give you access to higher frets. Most electric guitars (especially les paul shaped ones) have it. You are probably paying a little bit extra for the PRS on the headstock......happens with many expensive brands: PRS, Gibson, Fender, Godin etc.

Anyway, I would get the PRS. The problem is that if you give up on playing guitar, then thats a $100 dollars you could have saved. Not that there's any reason not to play guitar
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#39
Quote by HookedOnHifonic
What makes a singlecut more expensive???

they aren't.

the tremonte is a sig guitar, and barely more than the custom 24. (about the same i believe) and it's cheaper than most PRS SE signature models.
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Quote by gregs1020
they aren't.

the tremonte is a sig guitar, and barely more than the custom 24. (about the same i believe) and it's cheaper than most PRS SE signature models.


So what does the tremonte have that a custom 24 doesn't?
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