#1
I dont know what guitars are the best.
I dont have tons of cash so i am not going to get a great guitar but i just want to know what all you guys think the best Guitars are for UNDER £550!!!!!!
Cheers !!!!!!
Last edited by Nick.Trigg at Jul 10, 2013,
#2
Ok. What are you going to play? What guitarists do you like and want to sound like?

Do you have an amp? You need a good amp otherwise your guitar will sound like shit.

In any case, here are some suggestions.

The Mexican Fender Strat. A great, versatile rock and blues machine.

http://www.andertons.co.uk/solid-body-electric-guitars/pid10141/cid671/fender-standard-strat-124-arctic-white-124-maple-fretboard.asp?LGWCODE=10141;56375;2717&utm_source=googlebase&utm_term=0144602580&utm_medium=pricecomp&utm_campaign=GoogleShopping&gclid=CID67r7dpbgCFYPHtAod13wAsQ

The Mexican Fender Telecaster. Similar kind of thing but more of a twang, it's a workhorse. It likes to be used. Great for indie.

http://www.andertons.co.uk/solid-body-electric-guitars/pid10174/cid671/fender-standard-tele-124-brown-sunburst-124-maple-fretboard.asp

The Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded. These are a bare bones version of a Les Paul. The neck feels great.

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/gibson-les-paul-studio-faded-worn-brown/19230?gclid=CI-4mfbdpbgCFeXItAodxRwA7w

The Gibson SG - A lightweight rock machine. A great entry into the world of SGs, similar to the above in it's barebones.

http://www.pmtonline.co.uk/gibson-sg-special-faded-in-worn-brown-with-chrome-hardware.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&gclid=CJDBuozepbgCFYfMtAodfE4ACA

If you need an amp, I would suggest to go used and as you'll get a couple hundred off each of those models which can then go into a used Laney VC30, Marshall DSL50, Fender Blues Junior, Fender Mustang 3, Vox Valetronix etc.
Last edited by Mephaphil at Jul 10, 2013,
#3
PRS SE245 Superb guitar for the money and plays very well, good sounds too
#4
what Wolfie60 said. or get a used PRS se. there's enough models to suit your needs whatever they are and for the price they are the best money can buy.
#5
Quote by Mephaphil

The Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded. These are a bare bones version of a Les Paul. The neck feels great.

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/gibson-les-paul-studio-faded-worn-brown/19230?gclid=CI-4mfbdpbgCFeXItAodxRwA7w

I second this.

I was shopping around for a Standard, possibly even a Custom, but couldn't find one I liked. Then I fell in love with my Faded Brown Studio the instant I picked it up in the shop.

EDIT: Also worth noting that even though all the places that sell it call it 'Faded', on Gibson's webpage it's known as the 'Studio Satin'.
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Last edited by GaryBillington at Jul 10, 2013,
#7
You can get some fantastic guitars for £550.

You just have to go used.

Answer these points quickly:

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Last edited by Tom 1.0 at Jul 10, 2013,
#10
Import costs may drive some of them above £550, but you should still be able to find quality axes from Godin and G&L Tribute from retailers like Thomann.

The UK's own brand, Fret-King, also makes really good guitars- good enough that I imported one from Frets Guitar Centre...and am considering doing so again. If you go to Fret-King's website, many are over £800, but I'm seeing actual sale prices at places like Frets are under £600for their Black Label and Blue Label models.
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#11
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That neck, man. They should leave the grain like that more often.

Damn right. Feels 10x better than the neck on my Swamp Ash Studio.
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Import costs may drive some of them above £550, but you should still be able to find quality axes from Godin and G&L Tribute from retailers like Thomann.

The UK's own brand, Fret-King, also makes really good guitars- good enough that I imported one from Frets Guitar Centre...and am considering doing so again. If you go to Fret-King's website, many are over £800, but I'm seeing actual sale prices at places like Frets are under £600for their Black Label and Blue Label models.


if you're in no rush and shop around you can normally get the blue labels for around the £400 mark.

But I agree, even new you can get pretty nice guitars for under £550. You can get MIJ tokais for less than that (at least for some models), and in the current economic climate there are often deals on "better" guitars.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#13
Quote by Mephaphil
Ok. What are you going to play? What guitarists do you like and want to sound like?

Do you have an amp? You need a good amp otherwise your guitar will sound like shit.

In any case, here are some suggestions.

The Mexican Fender Strat. A great, versatile rock and blues machine.

http://www.andertons.co.uk/solid-body-electric-guitars/pid10141/cid671/fender-standard-strat-124-arctic-white-124-maple-fretboard.asp?LGWCODE=10141;56375;2717&utm_source=googlebase&utm_term=0144602580&utm_medium=pricecomp&utm_campaign=GoogleShopping&gclid=CID67r7dpbgCFYPHtAod13wAsQ

The Mexican Fender Telecaster. Similar kind of thing but more of a twang, it's a workhorse. It likes to be used. Great for indie.

http://www.andertons.co.uk/solid-body-electric-guitars/pid10174/cid671/fender-standard-tele-124-brown-sunburst-124-maple-fretboard.asp

The Gibson Les Paul Studio Faded. These are a bare bones version of a Les Paul. The neck feels great.

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/gibson-les-paul-studio-faded-worn-brown/19230?gclid=CI-4mfbdpbgCFeXItAodxRwA7w

The Gibson SG - A lightweight rock machine. A great entry into the world of SGs, similar to the above in it's barebones.

http://www.pmtonline.co.uk/gibson-sg-special-faded-in-worn-brown-with-chrome-hardware.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopping&gclid=CJDBuozepbgCFYfMtAodfE4ACA

If you need an amp, I would suggest to go used and as you'll get a couple hundred off each of those models which can then go into a used Laney VC30, Marshall DSL50, Fender Blues Junior, Fender Mustang 3, Vox Valetronix etc.


I have a 50w roland cube And some foot pedals. I had my mind set on the arctic white fender cause i have been looking at one the same in guitar zone but will check out the gibson because everyone seems to think its best.
Does the gibson have a thin neck ??
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#14
No, that particular model has the fatter 50s profile neck. There are other studios with thinner necks though.

The key thing with Gibson is to try the actual guitar you'll be buying, as they're hand made they all have subtle differences so although they're technically the same, you may well find one you prefer over another for no apparent reason.
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#15
Quote by Nick.Trigg
I had my mind set on the arctic white fender...

You might like this, then:
http://www.fretsguitarcentre.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p1629_Fret-King_Super_60_HB_-_Ice_White.html

I bought the same guitar in a nice "surf" green a few months ago: it's not quite as twangy as a SSS Fender with a maple fingerboard, but it does have a lot of classic tones. It's well-made and comfy, and definitely in your price range.
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