#1
Hi, I have been playing an acoustic guitar for over a year now and I thought I could get cracking on an electric. I have no experience with these, although I did play a few times in a store (without the amps, cause I was shy and there is always better people playing).

I have a few questions :

- if I buy a guitar, does the amp have to be the same brand as the guitar ?
- whats the price range (in store) for a decent guitar ? and amp ?
- Can you play the guitar without the amp but with the computer for example(there is this thing on my mac called garage band ?) and can you plug any headphones if you wanna play with headphones ? (Would the ones for my iPod work ?)

any other advice you can give is welcome, thanks in advance.
#2
1. Nope, infact most brands of amps and guitars only specialise in one of those.
2. I guess you would have to be looking in the 300-500 range for a decent guitar. Decent amps are going to cost more, for a beginner I would recommend getting a starter amp.
3. Yes, you can grab a midi cable and that allows you to play into the computer. If you get a Vox amplug you can simply play with headphones too.

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#3
Quote by King Donkey
1. Nope, infact most brands of amps and guitars only specialise in one of those.
2. I guess you would have to be looking in the 300-500 range for a decent guitar. Decent amps are going to cost more, for a beginner I would recommend getting a starter amp.
3. Yes, you can grab a midi cable and that allows you to play into the computer. If you get a Vox amplug you can simply play with headphones too.



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#4
Quote by King Donkey
1. Nope, infact most brands of amps and guitars only specialise in one of those.
2. I guess you would have to be looking in the 300-500 range for a decent guitar. Decent amps are going to cost more, for a beginner I would recommend getting a starter amp.
3. Yes, you can grab a midi cable and that allows you to play into the computer. If you get a Vox amplug you can simply play with headphones too.



to add:
2. you could do towards the cheaper end of the range. a reasonable amp will be $200+ (dont get a really cheap one. its like getting a gorgeous car with a lawnmower engine)
3. to clarify: you cannot plug headphones into your guitar directly. that won't work. the signal has to go through an amp of some sort (be it a real one or a simulated one) with a headphone output. also, stock ipod headphones are awful, do your ears a favor and upgrade a bit
#5
Quote by King Donkey
1. Nope, infact most brands of amps and guitars only specialise in one of those.
2. I guess you would have to be looking in the 300-500 range for a decent guitar. Decent amps are going to cost more, for a beginner I would recommend getting a starter amp.
3. Yes, you can grab a midi cable and that allows you to play into the computer. If you get a Vox amplug you can simply play with headphones too.



I agree with this for the most part, though for a beginner you do not need to speend $300+ on a decent guitar.

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#6
IMO the best amp you could get with $200 bucks is a Peavey Vypyr 30W.

Best guitar... well you'd have to do some digging and look for some cheap used stuff for a quality $200-300 guitar.

EDIT: Best bet for a cheap (but pretty good quality) guitar would be an Agile. check around www.rondomusic.com for some pretty good deals. Anything around $250 + is pretty quality stuff.
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#7
I recently bought my first guitar used from eBay, a Yamaha Pacifica 112 it cost 70 pounds and was pretty much in new condition. The 112 is a great beginner guitar and if you plan to trade up in the future they sell well second hand.

I bought a new Fender Mustang I amp and I really like it, the mustang II is meant to be better but due to living in a flat, I mainly play quietly or with headphones anyway!
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#8
Thanks for your answers but one more question : Can I plug my guitar to my iMac and use it as an amp ?
#9
Yes, i do that occasionally but the high gain models on garageband sound horrible. You could just plug headphones into the amp assuming you're getting a digital one. Sounds bad but better than garageband.

GB is very easy to record with though.
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#10
Budget? What style music are you going to play? C'mon we need details. Where do you live? Will you gig ever?
#11
If you're keen to use your computer, the easiest way to get your guitar working with a Mac is to get a Line 6 GX. It's a fairly cheap, straight-forward device that plugs into your Mac through USB and you plug your guitar into the GX with a normal guitar cable. It has a 1/8" headphone jack so your iPod headphones can plug in (but remember that the iPod headphone quality is terrible and not intended for this sort of thing). It also has a volume control on the front of it. It comes with Line 6's tone software, POD Farm, which gives you many more tone options than GarageBand does (though it does work perfectly with GarageBand too if you want to use that to record).

There's also its bigger brothers, the UX1 and UX2. These have a few extra inputs and outputs, but nothing useful for guitar home practice.

Remember that when you first play guitar, for the first couple of months you're probably not going to want to play plugged in to anything anyway. It takes a while for your fingers to get used to pressing down on the strings and it'll be a few months before you've even got basic chords down. So don't worry about buying an amp right away or getting a computer interface to work. My advice for an absolute beginner is to make sure you get a guitar that's well built first. It may cost a little bit more but it's really worth buying a guitar that you know is at least going to stay in tune and won't fall apart in six months' time. It's always depressing when you begin playing guitar and find you can't shred a million notes a second right away and it's even worse if your guitar keeps falling out of tune. So that's really where you should spend most of your money, make sure you get a guitar that is sturdy and reliable. You can worry about the amp or computer later.
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#12
- if I buy a guitar, does the amp have to be the same brand as the guitar ?

Short and sweet, no. However, try a few out. I know you say you're shy, but we've all started out at some point and have been in exactly the same situation. You have to find an amp you like the tone of

- whats the price range (in store) for a decent guitar ? and amp ?

Before prices, I can't stress enough the fact that you shouldn't get a really cheap guitar. They tend not to file your frets down and it's like running your fingers down a Stanley blade. I don't know what everyone thinks, but you can get decent Epiphones that are fantastic for learning on - hell, even I'd like to get my hands on an Epiphone because I'm quite a fan for the price range.



You'd have to look around for a decent price, but you can pick one of these up for anywhere between £250-£300. If that's a bit too high for your first guitar, I recommend you have a look at the Yamaha Pacifica. It was mentioned earlier by nerdofprey, and they're quite versatile. They have single coils and a humbucker so they're quite good for covering a large range of genres.



They're around the £200 mark so they're cheaper than the Epiphone. They'll be lighter as well.

As for amplifiers, I agree with Ragu, the Peavey Vypyr 30 is a good amp for a beginning. Stray away from the Line 6 amps, not great by any stretch of the imagination and the Vypyr is leaps and bounds ahead of it in my opinion. The good thing about this particular one is that it has inbuilt amp modelling. To put modelling in a nutshell, you can get a lot of different sounds and tones from it, without buying every amp on the market. It also boast in built effects and true analog distortion as well as a dedicated headphone slot that the manufacturers claim is studio quality. Really can't think of a better amplifier than that for the price range. You're looking at about £140 for one.



- Can you play the guitar without the amp but with the computer for example(there is this thing on my mac called garage band ?) and can you plug any headphones if you wanna play with headphones ? (Would the ones for my iPod work ?

POD FARM by Line 6 is great. It offers lots of versatility for a good price. Like MrFibble mentioned, it comes with the Line 6 GX which is a fantastic little product to get. I've used the farm in the past to record demos with my band and it's worked a dream. Definitely recommend that. You'd be looking around the £80 for one brand new.



Hope that's helped you out a little bit