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I'm looking to take up guitar as a new venture, I've decided I am motivated to do some song writing and maybe even start a band, but I'm a little lost at where to start. I am putting my budget for this at about $250, and even that is going to leave a bitter taste in my mouth, but never know until you try right? Anyways I was wondering what would be a quality electric guitar and amp, as well as a tuner and start up accessories for a newbie. I've had the Gibson Les Paul Special II suggested to me, and obviously I don't want to pay $2000 dollars for any professional guitar, given the fact I'm new, I want something that doesn't inhibit my learning, and I plan to use it to well round my skills as a starting guitarist (I'll move my way up into better equipment as I get better, obviously.) So is there anything good and relatively cheap for me?

A little about me: I'm a former artist, gamer, and amateur drummer. I do a lot of lyrical writing, and have a passion for music (It's saved my life from deep depression many times) I generally enjoy listening to various forms of rock, hard rock, metal, alternative, hardcore, post-hardcore etc. So this is probably the type of music I'm going to feed back out. I believe my strongest point as a musician is my determination and the fact I have waaaay to much free time to invest (When I'm not at work)

Some of my favorite bands are (But not limited to): Rise Against, Dream Theater, Tool, In Flames, Underoath, Nightwish, Within Temptation, Linkin Park, Muse, Emery, Red, A Day to Remember, Saosin, Alexisonfire, Yellowcard, Mastodon, Lostprophets, Anberlin, Bullet For my Valentine, Foo Fighters, Iron Maiden, Rush, Nirvana, Sevendust, Silverstein, Sonata Artica, Thrice, and Chevelle.

So would anyone lead me in the right direction? I've been reading random articles on getting started and the basics around the site, but now I need to just get the instrument and start playing. Feel free to ask any questions if needed.

Thanks in advance!
#2
Where about's are you located?

Are you willing to go used?

Will you be taking lessons?
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Where about's are you located?

Are you willing to go used?

Will you be taking lessons?


Erie Pennsylvania, used is fine (As long as it works and functions ), lessons I actually am not quite sure yet, as self taught I am I want to see how I perform starting off, if I feel I need guidance, I will sure take lessons.
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What guitars do you like the looks of?

Maybe start here if you're looking for new: http://musiciansfriend.com/solid-body-electric-guitars
Let us know what you find and we can tell you if it's good (ie don't get a BC Rich in your price range.)

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Erie Pennsylvania, used is fine (As long as it works and functions ), lessons I actually am not quite sure yet, as self taught I am I want to see how I perform starting off, if I feel I need guidance, I will sure take lessons.

If you can go used you can certainly find awesome deals on guitars that will last you a lot longer.

I would look into Ibanez RG/RGA series without a Floyd. They can be a pain for a new guitarist.

ESP/LTD pretty much anything in your price range without a Floyd.

As far as amps go, Vypyr 15 or Fender Mustang would be great for a starter who's into metal.

Lessons will be so beneficial it's not funny. I used to think I could get by without lessons but after taking a couple, my guitar playing just sky rocketed. Get yourself a good teacher and practice, there's no better way to get good at guitar.
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Squier Affinity Strats and Epiphone Les Paul Special II are good starting points, due to their versatility and price.
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Find a used Epiphone G-400 or G-400 faded (same thing different finish) for your guitar, they're nice for the price. For Amps stay away from the Line 6 Spyder or Marshall MG lines.
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If you can go used you can certainly find awesome deals on guitars that will last you a lot longer.

I would look into Ibanez RG/RGA series without a Floyd. They can be a pain for a new guitarist.

ESP/LTD pretty much anything in your price range without a Floyd.

As far as amps go, Vypyr 15 or Fender Mustang would be great for a starter who's into metal.

Lessons will be so beneficial it's not funny. I used to think I could get by without lessons but after taking a couple, my guitar playing just sky rocketed. Get yourself a good teacher and practice, there's no better way to get good at guitar.


How exactly would I go about finding lessons?

Also where is a good place to look for used equipment?
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guitar with two humbuckers

Vox vt40 or Mustang for amp

youtube joe satriani guitar lessons for free advise, watch as many vids as necessary
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How exactly would I go about finding lessons?

Also where is a good place to look for used equipment?

eBay is a good one to go for, Craigslist is popular in US as well.

With finding lessons, do any of your mates take lessons? If so grab their teacher off them. Usually teachers will do a first lesson free deal so you can't really go wrong and if you don't like then don't go back.

Local classifieds have teachers seeking students as well so check them out there.

Also local music stores will have a bill board usually with teachers if you can find one.
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Here's some options from Craigslist.

http://erie.craigslist.org/msg/2570845495.html
http://erie.craigslist.org/msg/2549448031.html (I know I said no Floyd, but still an option)
http://erie.craigslist.org/msg/2538300746.html (Again another Floyd)
http://erie.craigslist.org/msg/2453208021.html

Just a few options, i'll leave you to have a look yourself.
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http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-les-paul-special-ii-electric-guitar

How does this one look? Relatively cheap and selectable color. Says great for starters.

Yeah, that's a good one for the money and is easy to maintain (no tremolo system) and has humbuckers (sounds like you like metal).

Check out your local craigslist too.

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These are pretty good deals

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Here's some options from Craigslist.

http://erie.craigslist.org/msg/2570845495.html
http://erie.craigslist.org/msg/2549448031.html (I know I said no Floyd, but still an option)
http://erie.craigslist.org/msg/2538300746.html (Again another Floyd)
http://erie.craigslist.org/msg/2453208021.html

Just a few options, i'll leave you to have a look yourself.

First and last ones look like the best options, considering the last one, second one killed my eyes with the yellow lolz. Those are both on consideration.

However I'm considering saving up a little more and investing in this sexy thing:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-epiphone-limited-edition-1966-g-400-electric-guitar-and-all-access-amp-pack
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Yeah that'd be a good option as well.

I really think the first link I posted would be your best option though.
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Yeah that'd be a good option as well.

I really think the first link I posted would be your best option though.



Given the prices I'm seeing for it new, I'd definitely say its most worth it for being marked off hundreds of dollars.
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Absolutely, it'll last you a lot longer than the Epiphone's will.

It's fantastic for everything you want. Just get a Vypyr along with it and you're set
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Vox 15 modeler. $70.
http://erie.craigslist.org/msg/2519451319.html


LTD. find out which model. May be a steal or a dud for $300. Low ball if it's good. Dude claims it's not been used because he doesn't know how to tune it LOL!
http://erie.craigslist.org/msg/2534318669.html


Oooh that's pretty. Gah so many choices, either way I'm probably going for that amp just cause of how ridiculously cheap it is (That is unless I end up buying a pack)
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Get that Vox and the Les Paul lookin' LTD bro
the worst part of those packs is the amp.

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id go with the ltd ex-50 for guitar. vox 15 for the amp choice. good luck finding gear!
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However I'm considering saving up a little more and investing in this sexy thing:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-epiphone-limited-edition-1966-g-400-electric-guitar-and-all-access-amp-pack

The problem with this is the amp. I like the guitar, it is really nice for the price. But I agree with going for either a Peavey Vypyr, Fender Mustang or Roland Cube amp wise.

That ltd EC-256 looks nice. You might be able to work the price down a tad if your lucky too.
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The problem with this is the amp


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the majority of tone comes from the amp. its better to have a better amp and a decent guitar than a bad amp and a better guitar. thats the problem with those starter packs
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