#1
Hey guys, I was wondering if you could help point my way towards my second electric guitar to replace my ol' Yamaha. I got a great Vox tube amp so now I need to upgrade my guitar to match.

I mostly play alternative rock/pop punk with lotsa distortion and some clean; my Yamaha had an H/S/S setup but I'm fine with something different. My biggest factors are looks, playability, tone, and durability (if I drop it, it shouldn't break in half! )

My budget is fairly limited. anywhere between $0-300 is best, $400ish is okay, and $500 is the absolute max. So that means most Gibson's and PRS' are out of the question unfortunately. Most likely I'll buy used and if it helps I live in the SF Bay Area (California)

Any suggestions you guys have would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Last edited by You Ruined It at Dec 25, 2011,
#3
Fender Mexican Standard HSS Stratocaster
If you look used you'll get it for under $400.
It's got a cool tone for the price, plays great, looks like the strat everyone knows and my brothers one has been bashed around countless times and fallen of chairs a lot and there's not even a paint scratch.
#4
Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top. Got mine used for 200$. New pickups and it was the best sounding rock guitar I ever played.

Tone zone bridge, see sig for neck.
#6
I would recommend a Fender Telecaster Standard MiM. They have great playability and tone. You may want to change the pickups to something more your style, but I find them to fit the genre's you mentioned. I got mine at the start of December, and I love it, so far.
#7
Quote by itamar100
Exaggeration maybe?!


Nope. But to be fair I don't play alot of 'rock' guitars.
Mostly ibanez w/ teh bkps for chugga chug. Lol.
#8
Like I tell everybody, look used. I got a PRS SE Santana for $375 from some guy 15 minutes from my house on Craigslist.
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#9
You can get a PRS SE for around $400-$500 if you look for one. Great guitars!
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PRS SE Custom 24
PRS SE Paul Allender
Martin DCX1E
Squire Start
Memphis Bass
Johnson Savannah mando

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Digitech RP1000
Line 6 Spider Valve 212
Toneport Studio KB37


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#10
Hmm, I'll probably go with the Strat but I'll go down to my guitar shop to try out that and the Les Paul. I know a lot of people recommend PRS guitars (and they look sexy) but unless I hit craigslist gold I won't be able to shell out a couple thou on one

Anyway, thanks for the advice everyone!
#11
Check out Schecter new and used. Older used c-1 elites ( H-H that have coil taps)go for $350 ish in MPLS/ST.Paul. These are much better imo than any fender.
You did not say if you need a whammy. You can get a New schecter Omen 6 for $250-300
My issue with PRS is on most you cannot easily adjust intonation the bridge is fixed like an acoustic guitar.....thats lame. If I were to get a PRS it would have to have a bridge you can adjust intonation on each string.
But at any rate you should play whatever you think you want to get a few times if you can. Sometimes it takes a while to find something that feels good and sometimes 2 guitars of the same make and model can feel and sound totally different.
#12
check out the agile les pauls on rondomusic.com, very affordable.
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#13
I don't need a whammy- I'd prefer it not have one. My current guitar I just took out the whammy bar cause it got annoying.

Later this week I'm gonna head over to the guitar shop to try out different stuff. My friend's got a Schecter Omen 6 which I played on for a short time so I might go with something from Scheter...but ultimately it's whatever I can find on craigslist
#14
PRS Tremonti SE
Used Gibson LP studio/SG
G&L Tribute ASAT
Used Fender Tele
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
#15
Quote by Robbgnarly
PRS Tremonti SE
Used Gibson LP studio/SG
G&L Tribute ASAT
Used Fender Tele



I a,most bought a Tremonti SE untill I realized there is no intonation adjustment.
#16
Is there a difference between the Gibson LP studio and standard? and would it be the same differences between the Epiphone versions of those models? From what I gather the Studio isn't as pretty as the standard.

I've already ruled out the SG. My friend's got an Epiphone SG and it plays alright but I really hate the shape for some reason.
#17
Quote by You Ruined It
Is there a difference between the Gibson LP studio and standard? and would it be the same differences between the Epiphone versions of those models? From what I gather the Studio isn't as pretty as the standard.

I've already ruled out the SG. My friend's got an Epiphone SG and it plays alright but I really hate the shape for some reason.

Most of the diff is the cosmetics, but there are some other diff as well, like pickups, neck profile, maple-top.

I had a Gibson LP studio for several yrs as my main guitar, and I really liked it. It does have the fatter neck profile, but it still sounded and played like a real Gibson LP. Used they are a good value.
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate