#1
Hey, I'm a beginner guitarist and I am looking for an electric guitar for anything up to about the $300 price range. I really do not know much about guitars, but I have done some research and found a few supposedly good guitars.
I've narrowed it down to the Les Paul Special II, Musicman Sterling Silo 20, and Ibanez RG120.
Which of these should I get, and why? Also, if these aren't the best I can get for the price range, then what other guitars are recommended?

Note: I'm aware that the Sterling is definitely above $300, but there's a sale on it at my local store bringing it to around this price, which is why I have it listed here.

Thanks for any help in advance.
#2
I'd say a Jackson Dinky:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/jackson-js32rt-dinky-electric-guitar

or an Ibanez rg2ex1:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/ibanez-rg2ex1-electric-guitar

Both are solid guitars for beginners or intermediate players.
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#3
what genre's are you going to be playing? and do you already have an amp?

i would go for the musicman out of those, but i wouldn't actually buy any of those for myself. i'm not a fan of ibanez or epiphone necks, and i'm overall just not a MM guy. but if you let us know your style, we'll be glad to help
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Quote by User_Name336
what genre's are you going to be playing? and do you already have an amp?

i would go for the musicman out of those, but i wouldn't actually buy any of those for myself. i'm not a fan of ibanez or epiphone necks, and i'm overall just not a MM guy. but if you let us know your style, we'll be glad to help


It's a little early to know yet what I might end up playing, but if I continue with the sort of roots I went along with my drumming (percussion is my first instrument), I would definitely say rock and metal. And no, I don't have an amp yet.
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It's a little early to know yet what I might end up playing, but if I continue with the sort of roots I went along with my drumming (percussion is my first instrument), I would definitely say rock and metal. And no, I don't have an amp yet.


Well firstly, decide what you wanna play.

Ibanez RG120s are great guitars. Just block off/hardtail the bridge and it's an amazing guitar for the price.
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#6
It seems like the Ibanez seems to be the big gun here, I think that might be what I end up going for. However, if anyone has any objections I'd love to hear them too.
#7
I'd say the Epiphone is more of a classic-modern rock sound and the RG is suited fora little higher gained stuff......try them out and see what's more comfy.
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#8
The singer in my band plays a Les Paul Special II, and it is surprisingly good for how cheap it is. When I first played it, I thought it was about a $600 guitar.
I highly recommend it, as, seeing as its a Les Paul, it can play practically any style. The neck feels fine to me, and I usually hate Epiphone necks. My singer's guitar is black with gold hardware, which looks amazing but I don't think is available any more. Still, black with nickel doesn't look too shabby
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#9
Just wanna double Ibanez recommendation here - those guitars are somewhat cheap yet could be a good investment for the future. I still prefer my old Ibanez even over ESP's to be honest but I guess that's just a personal preference.
#10
Thank god nobody's recommended the shitty ass Squires.

I also recommend Ibanez. Out of all guitar companies Ibanez in my opinion has the best low-end guitars. Even the cheapest models I've tried managed to play and feel decent plus it stayed in tune.
#11
I'd recommend a used MIM strat or tele. You can pick those up for ~300 USD and they are excellent, solid instruments that can be used for almost any genre.
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#12
Out of those guitars the MM is the best choice IMO. But have you looked at the Epi G-400?
The Vintage models are only $299 and are great for the price. All mahogany, set neck, Grover romantic tuners all stock. The pickups are not great, but I have deff heard worse on a $300 guitar. The finish is also a satin finish, which means a very smooth neck. The only guitar that you listed that would come close to the quality of the G-400 is the MM Sterling from your list. I have one and swaped the bridge p/u for a Seymoure Duncan SH-4 and now I have a grand total of $372 in my G-400 and it is a great guitar for practicly any stlye I want to do now. But it does Metal/Punk great now.
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Quote by Robbgnarly
Out of those guitars the MM is the best choice IMO. But have you looked at the Epi G-400?
The Vintage models are only $299 and are great for the price. All mahogany, set neck, Grover romantic tuners all stock. The pickups are not great, but I have deff heard worse on a $300 guitar. The finish is also a satin finish, which means a very smooth neck. The only guitar that you listed that would come close to the quality of the G-400 is the MM Sterling from your list. I have one and swaped the bridge p/u for a Seymoure Duncan SH-4 and now I have a grand total of $372 in my G-400 and it is a great guitar for practicly any stlye I want to do now. But it does Metal/Punk great now.


As shallow as it sounds, I heard that the Epiphone is great, but I just really dislike the look, and I'm not sure how much enjoyment I would get out of something I don't really want to see despite how good the quality.

Thanks for all the comments guys, it seems as if an Ibanez is the best course of action right now; I appreciate the help.
#14
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As shallow as it sounds, I heard that the Epiphone is great, but I just really dislike the look, and I'm not sure how much enjoyment I would get out of something I don't really want to see despite how good the quality.

Thanks for all the comments guys, it seems as if an Ibanez is the best course of action right now; I appreciate the help.

No worries not everyone likes SG's, for someting more traditional the LP studio is pretty diecent.
Have a look at ether RondoMusic or GuitarFettish they have some realy diecent guitars for realy cheap compared to Ibanez/Epiphone/Squire.
The Xavierre guitars from GF have realy good electronics way better than anything in there price range.
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Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate