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#1
Hi, My son is guitar crazy...he's 11 and plays acoustics so far. I want to get him an electric guitar for Christmas. He's talked about Gibson and Epiphone Les Pauls and there just seem to be so many choices and a wide range of price-points.

Although my son is only a beginner, he is very musical (also plays violin pretty well) and is daft about music. He's having some lessons but also picks things up himself - range of 'musical influences' ACDC, Nirvana, Beatles, Bon Jovi, Stones, Elvis...all sorts really. I want to get him something that is reasonable..but bearing in mind he is only 11 and he will be playing in his bedroom...rather than gigging for a while yet!

What are my options and what do you recommend? Thanks!!
#2
He sounds like me when I was that age!!!!

If someone is serious about music then there's no point in taking shortcuts as I feel that you'd want to encourage and nuture his talent and enthusiasm. Especially as he has a track record of being dedicated to music.

Saying that, he is 11 and I'm not sure I would have trusted myself with a Gibson at that age. My Mother chose wisely and got me a Squire Strat, (20 years ago) which is a decent starter guitar. Not only is it an issue of trust and respect for the instrument but whether or not I would have carried it on. I did, and now I have lots of guitars. Yay!

Gibsons are a very high quality, expensive brand of guitar. I myself have one, although not the most expensive kind. I have a no frills version which provides very very similar tone and feel (if not the same) but without gold hardware and binding etc.

I would recommend this Gibson if you will willing to spend £600 (Unsure of the prices where you live)

http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Gibson-Les-Paul-Studio-Guitar-Faded-Worn-Cherry/AUD

If you are willing to spend more and he does want the Les Paul shape then you'll be going for a Standard which costs upwards of £1000.

If you are not willing to spend that kind of cash and want a good alternative, you can get an Epiphone Les Paul Standard.

Epiphone is a subsidary of Gibson and are regarded in good steed, but their products aren't as good as Gibsons. (In my opinion) You can however get some Epiphones that sound as good as Gibsons with some upgraded hardware.

I myself had one. I had this model.

http://www.reidys.com/index.pl?submit=View_PLU&PLU=808&utm_source=GoogleBase&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=PriceComparison&gclid=CIap7Mehv7MCFSnJtAod0jwA3g

I would recommend this product for your Son as a starter electric guitar with the Les Paul shape.

It all depends on price and whether or not you think your son will continue to play the guitar.

So how much do you want to spend. He will require an amp which is equally as important as the guitar, if not more if you are spending a little on the guitar. Where abouts are you located?
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#4
One of the best things you can do, if possible, is take him to a music store and get him to try as many guitars in your price range as possible. Ultimately, while we can recommend things based on preferences, price range etc... The deciding factor is which instrument he likes the feel and sound of the best.
#5
Hi - thanks v much for your help so far! I was thinking about £300/350 as a max price really. I reckon he will stick at it because he's taking to it like a duck to water and he really is music daft. But again...he is 11 and although he's usually careful...erm...he is sometimes accident prone in the way that most boys that age are! lol.
#6
I'm in Scotland
Have spent a bit of time in GuitarGuitar...but mainly Kenny's Music in Glasgow.
They know us quite well in there and hopefully we'll get a deal with an amp too.
But my son blows my mind with his technical knowledge of guitars and models of guitars and I struggle to keep up and really know what are the important features!
He keeps changing his fave every time we go in...but keeps coming back to wanting a Les Paul of some description.
#7
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Hi - thanks v much for your help so far! I was thinking about £300/350 as a max price really. I reckon he will stick at it because he's taking to it like a duck to water and he really is music daft. But again...he is 11 and although he's usually careful...erm...he is sometimes accident prone in the way that most boys that age are! lol.


For the guitar I would go for the Epiphone Led Paul Standard. But you'll need to get a decent amp.

A good guitar will sound rubbish through a poor amp but a poor/mediocre guitar will sound good through a good amp. The amp is very important.

So does the price you give include the price for an amp?

You could probably get the Epi LP Standard on eBay for £200ish and then with another £200 you could get a decent amp. Maybe a Fender blues junior if you're really lucky and patient. A Valvetronix is a decent starter amp too.
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#8
Buying him a Gibson now is a big risk. He might realize it's the wrong guitar for him or will just grow tired of it little later down the road and wants another one. My recommendation is always go step by step until he has learned his own preferences toward electric guitars.

There are a number of brands that make good Les Paul style guitars here in EU.

http://www.tanglewoodguitars.co.uk/products/electrics/tsb58.html
I have a sub 300 euro acoustic from them that rivals any guitar at much higher price.I do believe they make good electric guitar, too.

http://www.bachmusik.com/en/music-instruments/electric-guitars/electric-guitar-pl
I have seen quite a lot of praise on these guitars. They do look nice and close to the Les Paul shape.

http://www.jhs.co.uk/vintageelectric.html
Their V100 series is very nice for the price. Feels very much like an Epiphone Les Paul

http://www.indieguitars.ca/product.cfm
Canadian company but a lot of European shop stock these.

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/products/eg_page12.php?area_id=3&data_id=251&color=CL02&year=2012&cat_id=1&series_id=80
Good company. Good guitar. Can't fault this.

There are a lot more to choose from but these are my recommendations. You can try to take a look a few online stores and see if they have anything else more interesting yourself. These are the ones I have used

http://www.dv247.com
http://www.andertons.co.uk
http://www.richtonemusic.co.uk/
http://www.guitarguitar.co.uk
http://www.thomann.de
http://www.guitarbitz.com
http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk
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ESP LTD Deluxe H-1001
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#9
I'd definitely go with Epiphone. Basically Gibson sells it's guitars made outside the US under the Epiphone name, these are not copies or rip-offs or anything.

If you are on a budget you could consider the LP100 by Epiphone. This is a starter guitar, and if he's serious he might want to upgrade soon, though.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Les-Paul-100-Electric-Guitar-100246478-i1150098.gc?source=4WWRWXGP&cagpspn=pla

Also don't forget you're going to need an amp! Hope you have budgeted for this as well.

The cheapest Epiphone made is the Special II. This is actually Epiphone's best-selling guitar, but if he's as serious as you say he may not want this. Ask your son if there are any specific models he has in mind.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Special-II-Electric-Guitar-100161340-i1149983.gc
#10
Thanks again for additional helpful information...Huge Guy - yes he does have specific models in mind...a lot of them....and he talks very fast about these in a language I don't understand...lol. I can hardly get a look in on my laptop cos he's always looking at guitars online.
#11
Quote by JuJuRam
Thanks again for additional helpful information...Huge Guy - yes he does have specific models in mind...a lot of them....and he talks very fast about these in a language I don't understand...lol. I can hardly get a look in on my laptop cos he's always looking at guitars online.


You'd better buy one quickly or get yourself another laptop!

Let us know what you decide on!

Be aware that most shops price match to UK sellers, and will probably price match to EU stores too.
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#12
Hi! I can help you with my experience, I've started playing with an Epiphone Les Paul Special II, which is the less expensive Epiphone Guitar. I think is a nice guitar except for the neck which is not as fast as a Squier one. I love it especially the shape. I'm sure your son will like it but if he so addicted to music as you have described he will ask you soon to buy him a new better guitar. So I tell you it's better to buy him a better guitar now and not waste your money on little things.

Good luck to your son!
#13
Make sure you check online classifieds because you may be able to find a great deal for something used.
#14
I started on cello myself at around that age...

For peace & quiet in the house, I would not buy him an amp to go with his electric unless he will actually be playing with others right away. Instead, get him some nice, over the ear headphones and one of these:

Boss Micro-BR 4 track
http://www.guitarcenter.com/-i1169092.gc

Pocket POD
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-Pocket-POD-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104391875-i1173933.gc

Tascam GT-R1
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-GT-R1-Portable-Guitar-Bass-Recorder-105125306-i1401677.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-DR-1-GT-R1-Accessory-Kit-105020473-i1402140.gc

Korg Pandora Mini
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-Mini-PXMINI-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-H70754-i1746466.gc

Korg Px4
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX4D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-103381554-i1124641.gc

Korg Px5
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX5D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104821715-i1387080.gc

They're all perfect for practice: portable, with features including tuners, metronomes, amp/pedal simulation programs and various other features like acoustic microphones, direct connections for computers or integrated removable storage drives.

And most importantly, he can pretend to be live at Wembly stadium without causing a ruckus in the house.
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#15
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I started on cello myself at around that age...

For peace & quiet in the house, I would not buy him an amp to go with his electric unless he will actually be playing with others right away. Instead, get him some nice, over the ear headphones and one of these:

Boss Micro-BR 4 track
http://www.guitarcenter.com/-i1169092.gc

Pocket POD
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-Pocket-POD-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104391875-i1173933.gc

Tascam GT-R1
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-GT-R1-Portable-Guitar-Bass-Recorder-105125306-i1401677.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-DR-1-GT-R1-Accessory-Kit-105020473-i1402140.gc

Korg Pandora Mini
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-Mini-PXMINI-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-H70754-i1746466.gc

Korg Px4
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX4D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-103381554-i1124641.gc

Korg Px5
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX5D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104821715-i1387080.gc

They're all perfect for practice: portable, with features including tuners, metronomes, amp/pedal simulation programs and various other features like acoustic microphones, direct connections for computers or integrated removable storage drives.

And most importantly, he can pretend to be live at Wembly stadium without causing a ruckus in the house.


If you do go down this route, make sure he is aware of tinnitus and how it can be easily contracted.

At least with an amp you can control the volume, with headphones the kid can have it as loud as he wants and can cause some real issues. I've had tinnitus because of headphones. If I had these when I was 11 it would have lasted a lot longer than it did and could have been a lot worse. I am very wary of allowing my kids to use headphones, and especially if they play guitar and really get into it.

Just saying it to make you aware if you aren't already. Your kid might be responsible with things like that, but I wasn't :P
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#16
I wish my parents were so awesome that they would go out of their way to post on a guitar forum about what sort of guitar i would've wanted when i was 11. Tell you what though, an Epiphone LP Standard is a hell of a lot better than my first guitar, My first was a complete and utter dog.

But yeah, pretty much what everyone else has said is an option to you. If you're going to get the most out of your money, what i would suggest is going to a guitar store, try a few guitars out and if your son likes a particular guitar then go out and buy that guitar used on Ebay. You can get Epiphone Les Paul Standards for about £200 used and they're a great guitar for that amount of money.

The only thing your son may not like about the guitar straight away is the thickness of the neck. At his age, his hands may be tiny and if that's the case, he might find the neck to be too thick. But again, this is why you must try guitars before you buy them. If you want something that has a thinner neck, have a look at Ibanez guitars because those guitars have the thinnest necks you can get. The only problem is that Ibanez RG's are VERY different kinds of guitars compared to Epiphone Les Pauls. But if your son finding the guitar comfortable is your main concern, you may need to consider such an avenue.

Then with the remaining money, you can invest in an amp. The Peavey Vypyr 30 would be a good amp, as would a Roland Cube. If cleans and high gain (metal) distortion are the most important to your son, get the Cube. For everything else, get the Vypyr.
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#17
I just wanted to say what a great mum you are.
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#18
i'd have said an HSS superstrat (e.g. yamaha pacifica 112v) would be good for the variety of stuff he likes- but if he has his heart set on a les paul, that would work, too (and having something you want to play is half the battle). Just as long as he realises that they can be heavy and upper fret access isn't amazing.

I guess epiphone (one of the set neck models- you should be easily able to get one with your budget) or maybe vintage would be the way to go. I don't have much experience with them, though.

I assume he's big enough at 11 to get a full-sized instrument? I dunno, I didn't start playing till I was 18 or 19

amp-wise, a modeller is probably the thing- the roland microcube and vox mini 3 are both pretty nice without spending ridiculous amounts of money (and they're useful once he upgrades to a better amp, too, as they're portable). though if he wants to jam with friends etc. the 15/30 watt versions might be a better idea (i'd avoid the sub-30 watt roland cubes, though, as they tend to have very few features).
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#19
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I started on cello myself at around that age...

For peace & quiet in the house, I would not buy him an amp to go with his electric unless he will actually be playing with others right away. Instead, get him some nice, over the ear headphones and one of these:

Boss Micro-BR 4 track
http://www.guitarcenter.com/-i1169092.gc


I have this and it rocks. Use it when the kids and Mrs are sleeping! Got a couple of songs I did with it uploaded to my profile.
#20
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If you do go down this route, make sure he is aware of tinnitus and how it can be easily contracted.


Yes I have had issues with this too, but from too-loud band practices and going to gigs in hole-in-the-wall basement clubs. It mostly went away but I still can hear it at night sometimes...

If he starts playing with other people (probably not an issue at his age!) make sure you get him ear plugs, you can get them at the drug store and they are very cheap.
#21
If I had these when I was 11 it would have lasted a lot longer than it did and could have been a lot worse. I am very wary of allowing my kids to use headphones, and especially if they play guitar and really get into it.


Good point! Tinnitus is no joke. However, unless I miss my guess, a lot of amps have headphone jacks, so the issue still exists...

While I didn't have that option at age 11, I did have an early generation Sony Walkman. I also had a Mom who was a music teacher.

So I didn't have any issues with my hearing at all until after I started going to concerts. I did get those foam rubber earplugs, but didn't like the way they muffled sound. So I invested in rifleman plugs which- almost like a compression pedal- knock out the high dB stuff while allowing you to hear dynamics. The next step up from those would be the ones the pro musicians use.

The reasons I suggested the over the ear headphones were twofold:

1) they will simply sound better

2) by blocking out some of the background noises of the environment, they reduce the volume at which one would play to be heard above them.
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#22
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Then with the remaining money, you can invest in an amp. The Peavey Vypyr 30 would be a good starter guitar, as would a Roland Cube. If cleans and high gain (metal) distortion are the most important to your son, get the Cube. For everything else, get the Vypyr.


Seems he likes the Stones, Zepp, etc, so I think the Vyrpr would be a good idea.
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#23
Quote by dannyalcatraz
Good point! Tinnitus is no joke. However, unless I miss my guess, a lot of amps have headphone jacks, so the issue still exists...

While I didn't have that option at age 11, I did have an early generation Sony Walkman. I also had a Mom who was a music teacher.

So I didn't have any issues with my hearing at all until after I started going to concerts. I did get those foam rubber earplugs, but didn't like the way they muffled sound. So I invested in rifleman plugs which- almost like a compression pedal- knock out the high dB stuff while allowing you to hear dynamics. The next step up from those would be the ones the pro musicians use.

The reasons I suggested the over the ear headphones were twofold:

1) they will simply sound better

2) by blocking out some of the background noises of the environment, they reduce the volume at which one would play to be heard above them.


I totally agree with you. I just wanted to raise the issue is all
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#24
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I totally agree with you. I just wanted to raise the issue is all

Oh, I got ya- I was just stunned: this is the first time I've seen anyone bring it up on this site n all my years here. Kudos to you for your eye on responsible axe-wielding!
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#25
Thanks so much for all this help! And thanks for the 'awesome mum' comments too...I'm thrilled!
#26
Quote by JuJuRam
Thanks again for additional helpful information...Huge Guy - yes he does have specific models in mind...a lot of them....and he talks very fast about these in a language I don't understand...lol. I can hardly get a look in on my laptop cos he's always looking at guitars online.

Just bear in mind that a lot of his "knowledge" will simply be stuff he's recycling off of the internet so it may well be inaccurate, I'm sure he's got an idea in his head of what he wants but realistically at his age and more importantly with his lack of experience he really doesn't have a clue - so don't be afraid of buying him something that's "wrong" because quite frankly you can't.

I've no doubt he'll be going on about things like pickups and specs and have a seemingly encyclopediaic knowledge of such things but without actual experience of what those factors actually mean it a practical sense it really is kind of moot. Best thing IMO is to either get him an Epiphone Les Paul Standard or Custom, basing your choice on obviously budget, but also on looks - try and get an idea of the finishes he likes, he might prefer black over a flamed maple top for example, or if he's got a favourite guitarist who plays a Les Paul he might want one that looks similar.

Like Dave said, having something you actually WANT to play and be seen with is a massive factor in motivation.
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#27
What he really needs is a Jaguar with a short scale neck...


Na, If he wants a Paul, get him a Paul. When I happened to be 10, my parents bought me my first guitar. An Epi Les Paul Special II.

I didnt attempt to even play it for 4-5 years. What a mistake looking back. But, like its been said, a Guitar that looks good, will inspire him to play.
#28
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What he really needs is a Jaguar with a short scale neck...




Probably good you brought this up, as there's even a short-scale Epi Paul out there.

I've never played those but I did get my 4-year-old a half-scale acoustic and it's more a toy than anything else. It can be tuned but it only sounds right with open strings as the frets aren't even placed properly.
#29
Do you want it to be a surprise?

Because if you don't particularly care about surprise you could just take him to a guitar store.
He himself will know best what he wants to play.

You would need an amplifier though, a 15 watt modeling amp is more than enough for home use and they come really cheap.
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#30
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Just bear in mind that a lot of his "knowledge" will simply be stuff he's recycling off of the internet so it may well be inaccurate, I'm sure he's got an idea in his head of what he wants but realistically at his age and more importantly with his lack of experience he really doesn't have a clue - so don't be afraid of buying him something that's "wrong" because quite frankly you can't.

I've no doubt he'll be going on about things like pickups and specs and have a seemingly encyclopediaic knowledge of such things but without actual experience of what those factors actually mean it a practical sense it really is kind of moot. Best thing IMO is to either get him an Epiphone Les Paul Standard or Custom, basing your choice on obviously budget, but also on looks - try and get an idea of the finishes he likes, he might prefer black over a flamed maple top for example, or if he's got a favourite guitarist who plays a Les Paul he might want one that looks similar.

Like Dave said, having something you actually WANT to play and be seen with is a massive factor in motivation.


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#31
I say buy the best possible guitar you can afford and let him make the choice which one. A guitar is a personal thing, and him deciding what kind will inspire him even more.

Quality matters in inspiration also, a hard to play bad sounding guitar is not fun or inspiring.

It may be a phase, or he may still be obsessed with guitar 30 years later (like me). You can't tell that future but a good guitar will make him want to continue more.

A good used quality guitar is better (usually) than a new one lacking quality. If he is into the Les Paul style a Epiphone seems like a good choice compared to a real Gibson which is generally top of the like expensive.

#32
If I were you I'd take him to a store to find what he feels comfortable with. That will be the most important factor right now. Obviously, don't be swayed into believing that he really feels like the $10,000 guitar feels better than the $500 one, but at the same time don't completely try to cheap out by getting something thats only $100.

Also, I'd suggest getting him an amp instead of something to solely plug his headphones into and play. I know for me personally, a 19 year old, playing with headphones on is no fun, so I doubt an 11 year old is going to enjoy it much.
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#33
Nothing wrong with an Epi Standard as an affordable LP. I would shy away totally though from LP100s or Special IIs. Basically they are barely starter guitars and for someone who already plays guitar, he'd be past those.
On the Custom LP, well it's more money for no more guitar really, the difference is purely in the looks not features. If he wants Black vs Burst finish an Epi STD can be had in balck for less than the Epi burst finish.
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#34
Lets put a fine point on it: what is your budget for this (AWESOME! ) gift for your young'n?
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#35
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I assume he's big enough at 11 to get a full-sized instrument? I dunno, I didn't start playing till I was 18 or 19



A full size should be fine, unless he's a smaller fellow. I started learning at his age over five years ago. At that age, he probably will grow fast too.
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#36
Epiphone Les Paul Standard + Roland Microcube. That's a classic. They were my first guitar and amp and worked well. Also buy a better cable. The one that comes with the guitar is crap.

Microcube works with batteries or a 9V power supply. It has six different sounds, six built in effects, very portable. There's a headphone output and the amp is just 2 watts so it's not that loud. It's a great practice amp and he might find a use for it even after he has a better and bigger amp because of its portability. You can take it with you anywhere you want and play through it anywhere you want because of the battery option.
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#37
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A full size should be fine, unless he's a smaller fellow. I started learning at his age over five years ago. At that age, he probably will grow fast too.


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#38
This might be repeat advice, but oh well, I don't feel like reading everything posted :p

I would let him play around with them at the music store, and find one he likes! I wouldn't spend more than about 500 on an instrument for a kid that young though, unless you guys have free cash. Epiphones are very good guitars, and I think they're probably about the best in that price range. The most important factor is that he likes the guitar though.

As for an amp, people here will bash them but Line 6 modelling amps are good if he wants a range of sounds and you don't want to spend a lot.
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Quote by RealUnrealRob
This might be repeat advice, but oh well, I don't feel like reading everything posted :p

I would let him play around with them at the music store, and find one he likes! I wouldn't spend more than about 500 on an instrument for a kid that young though, unless you guys have free cash. Epiphones are very good guitars, and I think they're probably about the best in that price range. The most important factor is that he likes the guitar though.

As for an amp, people here will bash them but Line 6 modelling amps are good if he wants a range of sounds and you don't want to spend a lot.

There are better modelers than Line 6 Spider for the same price (and less). And all of them have a great range of sounds and effects and stuff. Roland Microcube gets my vote.
Quote by AlanHB
Just remember that there are no boring scales, just boring players.

Gear

Bach Stradivarius 37G
Charvel So Cal
Fender Dimension Bass
Hartke HyDrive 210c
Ibanez BL70
Laney VC30
Tokai TB48
Yamaha FG720S-12
Yamaha P115
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