#1
Hi,
Don't beat me over the head, but I am new and am learning. However, I bought a POS electric guitar, Tye-Ger brand, with an amp. It was a starter kit. I didn't want to spend a lot to find out I didn't like it. What is done, is done. I can't go back.

However, after learning a few chords and really interested in pursing this, I find that the guitar and amp suck. It's really fun to play, but the sound from the amp is horrible. And I don't think it's me for the most part. Maybe it's the settings on the amp (only "hi" and "low" on this sucker). It doesn't sound like I can do much with it like make a heavier sound or a 50's sound.

Again, I am new, maybe I am asking for too much too soon. Maybe you'll tell me to be patient or actually get new gear. But I have this question.

Would an improved amp or an improved guitar help (ultimate answer is more practice and both new guitar and amp would be better), but if I had to start somewhere, would it be amp or guitar if BOTH at the same time is not an option. Thanks for your help!
#2
I would start with a new amp, A great guitar will still sound shit on a crappy amp, but your crap guitar will sound better on a good amp.
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#3
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I would start with a new amp, A great guitar will still sound shit on a crappy amp, but your crap guitar will sound better on a good amp.


Some people may argue that bad sounds come from bad players, but I honestly think having better equipment will improve your sound. Someone can only sound so good while playing on really low tier gear.
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#4
As long as the guitar is playable you should stick with it and when you get a better one it'll feel amazing, while nothing puts you off playing like a crap amp sound. New amp every time. Have a look through the forums for what fits your budget, take your guitar down to a shop and try a few out to make sure they compliment your guitar and then take the plunge. Best of luck, you've just picked up a brilliant hobby.
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#5
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I would start with a new amp, A great guitar will still sound shit on a crappy amp, but your crap guitar will sound better on a good amp.


This. I wouldn't be afraid to spend €200-€250 or even €300 on an amp as a beginner.
Of course, a new guitar is probably appropriate but in terms of sound it won't have as much of an effect.
#6
I would suggest that if you are serious about guitar go to a guitar stoe nearest you and check out some of the guitars there, find which guitar design, sound, feel, you like. Some guitar companies that are built for starting guitarists are squier, epiphone, and some of Ibanez's lower end guitars. As for amps there are beginner level amps like the Fender Frontman, Marshall MG just to name a few. Also, one thing not to forget is get a good cord cheap guitar cables make crackles and sound bad
#7
I recommend checking out the Fender Mustang 1, It is only $100 dollars and you can get literally any type of sound out of it.
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#8
And if you decide to buy new gear, I would recommend used stuff as long as it is reliable brands. Used high-quality equipment for reasonable price is always better than new low budget stuff that you will stick with only a short period of time.

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#9
Thanks for all the imput. Looks like amp it is. Thanks for recommendations too. One quick one: there is a Line 6 on Amazon for $100 that I saw a review for on youtube. Anyone like that brand or heard things about them?

I am excited about playing. It looks like I need a new cord because there is a lot of noise like hissing and popping. Thanks for bringing that up.
#10
Don't even look at the line6. They are terrible (if spider we talking about)
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#11
Line 6s are alright. I'd check out the Peavey Vypyr, and perhaps a Yamaha Pacifica guitar.
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#12
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Hi,
Don't beat me over the head, but I am new and am learning. However, I bought a POS electric guitar, Tye-Ger brand, with an amp. It was a starter kit. I didn't want to spend a lot to find out I didn't like it. What is done, is done. I can't go back.

However, after learning a few chords and really interested in pursing this, I find that the guitar and amp suck. It's really fun to play, but the sound from the amp is horrible. And I don't think it's me for the most part. Maybe it's the settings on the amp (only "hi" and "low" on this sucker). It doesn't sound like I can do much with it like make a heavier sound or a 50's sound.

Again, I am new, maybe I am asking for too much too soon. Maybe you'll tell me to be patient or actually get new gear. But I have this question.

Would an improved amp or an improved guitar help (ultimate answer is more practice and both new guitar and amp would be better), but if I had to start somewhere, would it be amp or guitar if BOTH at the same time is not an option. Thanks for your help!

Most of those no-name 10 watt starter amps really do sound like crap - ideal starter amp is a Roland Microcube - cheap, easy to use, makes a few nice sounds, has a few simple effects and runs of batteries so is worth keeping around for shits and giggles even if you buy something bigger.
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#13
Yeah, it was the Spider 20W.
I found the Peavy Vyper and Mustang 1, both priced well at Amazon? I don't know why I like to use Amazon as a starting point, but I do.
http://www.amazon.com/Peavey-Vypyr-15-Modeling-Amplifier/dp/B0035GWSV0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1328112006&sr=8-1
http://www.amazon.com/Fender-Mustang-Electric-Guitar-Amplifier/dp/B0042EZH6W/ref=sr_1_1?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1328112188&sr=1-1