Poll: Which one?
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View poll results: Which one?
LTD 100 FM
2 12%
Dean Vendetta
3 18%
LTD F-250
6 35%
Hohner HR600
0 0%
Washburn RX22FR
3 18%
Epiphone SG Special
3 18%
Voters: 17.
#1
I play rock, hard rock, metal, thrash metal, a bit of punk and a bit of blues. I am a beginner to electric guitars. Now prices are going to seem very unfair because it is. Literally, one store has monopoly on musical instruments in this country (Yes, country. It's a really small country...geographically speaking.) Since they have a monopoly and since demand is low, they sell it for real high prices. I'm buying from a small business, but he doesn't sell it too low since he acquires it for high prices, for a retailer. Buying online might seem ideal, but importing from Europe (nearest trusty online retailers) costs a whole lot, even twice as much as I'm paying to buy from round here, thanks to shitty import laws.

Help me pick from the following.


ESP LTD 100 FM
:- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=197509473735921&set=a.100658050087731.1584.100644000089136&type=1&theater

Didn't they stop producing this model? For the 101FM which has a different headstock? Costs about $300. Used.

Dean Vendetta:- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=196779103808958&set=a.100658050087731.1584.100644000089136&type=1&theater

I don't know anything about Deans, except that they make substandard guitars with the name "Dimebag" slapped on top. (Don't hit me, I'm just relaying what I heard.) Costs about $357

ESP LTD F-250:- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=173263999493802&set=a.100658050087731.1584.100644000089136&type=1&theater

The body is slightly chipped. And I don't really like how it looks. $247+

Hohner HR600:- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=170600899760112&set=a.100658050087731.1584.100644000089136&type=1&theater

Looks like a decent guitar. Has licensed FR trem with locking nut. Costs $380.

Washburn RX22FR:- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=100676760085860&set=a.100658050087731.1584.100644000089136&type=1&theater

Looks the coolest in my opinion. Dunno how it plays though..price is ugly, about $430.

Epiphone SG Special:- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=200796036740598&set=a.100658050087731.1584.100644000089136&type=1&theater

I don't really like Gibson/Epis without 4 knobs. $240. Used.

So, UG, care to tell me which one I should go for?
Last edited by fistofTHEAXIS at Jun 7, 2013,
#2
ESP/LTD F250 is a great guitar for the price. If it is in good shape. Jumbo frets, excellent neck and those cheap lh301 are not bad and easy to replace after a while. Most of the others are really cheap and not in the same low mid level....they are low level.

I have a F-50 (gave to son) and a MH400 I love to play. I really like the ESP import line (LTD). Great guitar for the price.

Good Luck!
#3
As a happy Dean owner, let me just say that I would not buy a Dean under $500-600 right now.
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#6
Agreed, Ibanez makes quality stuff at relatively low prices.
#8
Play each and every guitar you are considering. I remember at one point I was really into the epiphone ebony custom - it looked beautiful and came at around $800. Now, this was my first guitar. I ended up buying it for about 4 hours. Once I played it, I found out the mistake I made, it had a big, thick neck which made fast playing very difficult - it was a great looking guitar, but hell, so I went back and tried out Ibanez. I ended up buying one of the Iron Series for $500, it plays much, much better and has a much better sound suited to my playing.

So, lesson is - play them all and see which you prefer the most. That being said, Ibanez makes quality guitars starting at about $300 (you can get used for less), definitely the go to brand if you're starting out. Epiphone = sexy looks but more suited to rock and blues. You can do metal, just as Mastodon/Metallica/Zakk Wylde, but if you want that sleek fretwork to help you play faster, I would look elsewhere.
#9
You can cross the Dean and Epiphone off your list, they're garbage.

I wouldn't recommend a guitar with a Floyd Rose in that price range, so that crosses everything else off except for the H-100FM. There you go.

Get some new pickups in there later down the road, and you have a pretty solid guitar.
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#10
Quote by odd1234
So, lesson is - play them all and see which you prefer the most. That being said, Ibanez makes quality guitars starting at about $300 (you can get used for less), definitely the go to brand if you're starting out. Epiphone = sexy looks but more suited to rock and blues. You can do metal, just as Mastodon/Metallica/Zakk Wylde, but if you want that sleek fretwork to help you play faster, I would look elsewhere.

Just to be clear, the pickups and wood of the mentioned musicians are better quality than your standard under $500 Epiphone.

Quote by Offworld92
You can cross the Dean and Epiphone off your list, they're garbage.

I wouldn't recommend a guitar with a Floyd Rose in that price range, so that crosses everything else off except for the H-100FM. There you go.

Get some new pickups in there later down the road, and you have a pretty solid guitar.

This is actually a fair assessment.
Last edited by crazysam23_Atax at Jun 9, 2013,