#1
Hey there everyone...

I have been playing acoustic guitar for about 1- 1/2 years and love my 2 acoustics but really would like to get an electric. My guitar teacher has a beautiful, awesome sounding hollow body electric guitar that I have played occasionally and I was thinking I would love a guitar like that. My guitar teacher was saying he was thinking I should get a solid body though because they come in sets with an amp, for a reasonable price compared to some hollow bodies which are more expensive?? I called Guitar Center and it sounds like he is right, that the solid body sets are a little cheaper than hollow. I still want to get the right guitar for me, even if I have to spend a little more. I don't want to go above $500 for a guitar, may sound cheap I know, maybe a little more, but I think that is about what I am willing to spend.

Any suggestions???
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#2
Is $500 for both your guitar and amp budget? Btw, where are you located also.
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#3
Well, what style are you looking to play? Most people play solids, and yes they can be cheaper. I would NOT suggest getting a pack, usually the only decent thing in the whole pack is the guitar and even then it's not very good.
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#5
500$ budget you do not want a starter kit w/ guitar and amp.
What type of music are you going to be playing?
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#6
Don't get a pack. They're generally cheap crappy guitars sold by chain stores to parents who know nothing about guitars but have a kid that wants to learn. They are not good.

For $500 you will be able to get a fairly good guitar and amp separately, especially if you don't mind getting something used.

If you like hollow bodies, go for it.
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With $500 you could buy a low end Epiphone Les Paul and a Roland Cube 60 or a Peavey Bandit 112. They will work for any genre.
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With $500 you could buy a low end Epiphone Les Paul and a Roland Cube 60 or a Peavey Bandit 112. They will work for any genre.


What he said, but also consider a Squier Vintage Modified Strat, or a lower end Ibanez with a stop tail piece. For an amp you may also consider a Peavey Vypyr, a Bugera V5 or the smallest Vox Valvetronix amp.

I would say a solid body is better starting out on electric because they are really more versatile if you plan on playing any high gain stuff at all.
#9
I am thinking $500 for the guitar. I will pay for the amp additionally. Anyone know how much electric guitar cases go for?

I am looking to play rock, pop, some country on it, always open to new music. I am located in PA but I am not near a very good music store so I was thinking of looking at guitars in NYC, when I go on a trip to see family this month where there is a Guitar Center, and either buy it there or online, probably at guitar centers website because I trust them. Any other recommendations?

Thanks so much!!
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#10
Go used, you can get some good gear used that would be perfect
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#11
Depending on how you buy it you can get a case free.
In stores just hardball till you get a free case or at least drastically reduced.

+1 on the Epiphone Les Paul standard.
#12
How about a semihollow G&L Tribute ASAT?

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gl-asat-classic-bluesboy-semi-hollow-electric-guitar/502719000700000

You should be able to find one used for ~$500.

A good hard case is usually around $100, but all my guitars came with free gigbags.
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#14
Packs=shit guitars with even shittier amps.

For $500 go used. If you like hollow bodies you can score great Ibanez Artcore hollow electrics for $200–$350 on Craigslist. If you will be in NYC you should definitely check the local Craigslist twice a day while you're here to see what you can pick up. If your family members can drive you out to the suburbs you can really do well. NYC is also a great place to score cheap MIM Stratocasters, I see guys dumping them for $150–$200 at least once a month. And every once in a while you'll find some sucker dumping a vintage Charvel for $40
#15
Thank you all so much for your help and for taking the time to reply! I have looked up a lot of the models you listed and they all look great! I looked on Craigslist and they have some cool stuff too. I think I will probably get my guitar around December, for Christmas but I will keep you all posted on everything

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#16
Go for the hollowbody, They can be play as an acoustic and an electric, I'd suggest an ibanez af75
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ibanez-AF75D-TOR-Artcore-Hollowbody-Electric-Guitar-/300597607977?pt=Guitar&hash=item45fd037e29
They are gorgeous guitars, and sound really good to, perfect for rich blues tones and rock as well. If I had the money that's what I'd get, and at the price you've got 100 left for an amp, which is where I'd suggest a fender frontman, they are pretty good first time practice amps, and are also in your budget~
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Hope this helped, good luck man!
#17
Go for an Epiphone dot< try and find a used one they can cost 200. then eventaully u can upgrade the pickups. that leaves alot of room for an amp. I suggest like a fender 64 watt combo
#18
Thanks so much everyone! I talked to my guitar teacher again and he suggested an Ibanez. I sent my stepbrother an email, he is an avid guitarist and I would love to get his opinion too, I'm hoping he can go to Guitar Center with me maybe.
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#19
disclaimer: i am not trying to be an ass.

its your first electric guitar, the odds you keeping it more than a few months/years are fairly slim. you are going to buy a guitar, play a different one (probably nicer/more expensive) six months later, and be like "why didn't i get this first time round." the answer is that you didn't know your own preferences, because you are new to it. buy used. bring somebody who knows what to look for in a guitar, to make sure nothing is wrong.

buy used, the most you will lose would be 10-20% buy new, and as soon as that return policy is up, you will take at least a 50-60% hit.

thats how it goes.

i would recommend picking up a MIM (Made in Mexico) Fender Strat and drop like $200-250 of your budget save the rest for an amp or hold onto it for a second electric or if you were to sell the first one and step it up.

as far as the amp goes, i dont have a whole lot of experience in the lower budget area so i unfortunantly can't help you out a whole lot ther. stay away from Marshall MG's as well as Line 6 spiders, dont let a rep talk you into one, they are trash.
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I appreciate your candid reply, thank you very much! I still think I want to get a new guitar just because I am nervous about getting a used one, like what problems will it have and will those problems be able to be resolved or have to be lived with?

I spoke to my stepbrother and we are going to go to Guitar Center in Manhattan in about two weeks, I am so excited to go look at hollow bodies and I will look at solid bodies too, to make a comparison. I spoke with someone from Guitar Center on the phone and he said they do have a bunch of hollow bodies in the $500 price range which is very nice and he suggested Sheraton and Gretch.

Thanks again...
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#23
As far as hollowbody guitars go the epiphone sheraton is pretty nice for its price. My first guitar was my Ibanez AS73 and its very good for the money. It would be worth a look.
#26
Thanks again for the great suggestions and feedback! I really do appreciate it. I am so glad that with all of your help, my stepbrother's and guitar teacher's help to have quite a few models to look at and choose from Thanks again!
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#27
If you're set on a hollow body. Try the Epiphone Dotstudio. And get something like a fender mustang or Peavey Vypyr for an amp.
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I would say a solid body is better starting out on electric because they are really more versatile if you plan on playing any high gain stuff at all.


B@lls out wrong. Lots of people use Hollowbodies for high gain, myself included. Tim Armstrong is a great example of that.

One of this sites major detractors is the abundance of close minded, tweens who think that if you don't like exactly what they do you're wrong. If you're into the Hollow body look, then buy a hollow body. Ibanez makes a very reasonably priced Hollow body. The Epiphone Sheraton and Dot that people have been suggesting are fine instruments, but they are Semi-Hollow.

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#29
Welll, today my stepbrother and I are going to Guitar Center to look at guitars, and I am really looking forward to it. I like my guitar teacher's hollowbody, which is an Ibanez Artcore. His specific model, AK95 is discontinued. Going on appearance alone, which I know I shouldn't do, I like the Ibanez Artcore AF75. I also like the appearance of the Epiphone Casino, and another Epiphone but I a) don't want to base this solely on appearance and b) am unsure about getting yet another Epiphone. This would be my 3rd Epiphone. My stepbrother who is knowledgeable about guitars is not crazy about Ibanez. So I think the best thing is for me to have fun today, play and see what feels, looks and sounds right, plus of course is in a reasonable price range.

Thanks for your help. I'll definitely keep you all updated!
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#30
Well today my stepbrother and I had an awesome time at guitar center and I decided on a Gretsch Electromatic Hollowbody. It is a bit more expensive than I had planned to spend but they were running a special and this was a gift to me. I love this guitar! I can hardly wait to learn all about it's features and get an amp. This is a lot of fun! Thanks everyone!
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#31
The 5120?

Those are awesome guitars, definitely the best hollowbodies I've played at that price. Good choice!
#32
^great choice dude, your stepbrother seems like he knows his stuff. Gretsch makes some beautiful instruments. You're gonna be happy with it.

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#34
Well, it's been a couple of weeks since I have had my new guitar which I LOVE and I am trying to save up money to get a practice amp. I'm really enjoying my new guitar, it's a lot of fun and I can't wait to learn more.

I really appreciate all the feedback on this thread and am looking for any input for a great practice amp. I heard that the Mustang (I think Fender) would be a good choice. I want something small and not too expensive.

Take care all
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