#1
Ok, I've soon to be going to buying my first electric guitar after playing acoustic for a few years, my price limit is £300-£350, possible can be stretched further if theres something i really want. Im looking for quite a versitle guitar. so far ive narrowed it down to these i like but have a few doubts.

Epiphone les paul standard, concerned i might struggle with the weight.
Ibanez ART120.
ESP ltd ec 256, which i really like but not sure about XJ frets.

help please...
#3
For versatility, I usually reccommend some form of HSS Strat.
I've heard good things about Squier Vintage Modern strats - maybe check them out?

If you're dead-set on a Les Paul shape, as you seem to be, the Epiphone Les Paul Standard is a good bet. The weight is only a minor issue, you'll get used to it really quickly.

EDIT: Figures that the first person to respond reccommends Ibanez.
An Ibanez such as the one posted is quite versatile, I agree. However, reccommending them if the original poster has narrowed it down between 3 Les Paul-shaped guitars is a bit of a long shot since they're pretty much opposites of each other.
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#4
Quote by Woffelz
I think you'll like this RG more...
http://www.gak.co.uk/en/ibanez-rga32-mahogany-oil-finish/32287

Ibanez RGA32 - £330

- LoZ N and B pickups
- Thin Wizard II neck
- Gibralter standard bridge
- Mahogany body


Owning this guitar myself, i may have to say it isn't the most versatile in the price range, maybe an ibanez s or sa series, + you'll never worry about weight with them
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#5
the reason im more set on a les paul shape is because im quite small. From other strat style guitars ive played i seemed to be reaching further to play lower frets which I found alot more awquard. I would love a SG but for this reason I'm not going to get one.
#6
Quote by Addy!
the reason im more set on a les paul shape is because im quite small. From other strat style guitars ive played i seemed to be reaching further to play lower frets which I found alot more awquard. I would love a SG but for this reason I'm not going to get one.



I'm not exactly big and strat style guitars are comfy for me...

However this may be due to scale length in which case all your choics should be dandy.

I'd personally choose the esp but i'm a touch biased ( i used to have an ec)
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#8
washburn x50pro?
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#10
Quote by Addy!
how did you find the xj frets?



Didn't bother me at all when i got used to them
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#11
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chapman ml-2

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Actually a good call :P
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if you were to smash a child around the head with a full bottle of no more tears shampoo...would it be ironic if they cried
#12
Quote by MM14
chapman ml-2

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I always hear good things about this guitar. I would go for a les paul standard I just got one and I thought the same thing about getting use to the weight and the neck but I love it and it's awesome to play. Very easy to get used too. Make sure you try before you buy
#13
Quote by MM14
chapman ml-2

*runs away*

Good call. You can order one and have it custom-fitted with certain hardware at delivery too.
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#14
found a store an hours drive away which stocks all three guitars, going to go try them out next week and see which i like best.
#15
Make sure you look up the ml 2 aswell
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#16
Alright fine.

Ibanez RGR321EX, if you don't mind a reverse headstock.
- Wizard III neck
- INF 1 and INF2 humbuckers [decent stock pickups IMO]
- Basswood body with a white binding
- Rosewood fretboard
- Gibralter Standard Bridge
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#19
Quote by Ian G Ibanez
I would go with an Ibanez RG370DX (£330) Or a RG350DX (£370-aprrox)

i wouldn't the rg350dx is notorious for being out of tune because of the edge III trem, not sure about the 370dx though i still wouldn't trust it