#1
I'm looking for a new guitar. I'm just starting out, so I don't need a $4,000 Gibson, or something. I currently have a Telecaster, but it doesn't sound right for the type of music I want to play that being, mostly '80s rock, such as Van Halen, Def Leppard, Scorpions, and the like. I have a budget of around $400. I would prefer a tremolo, but it isn't necessary. The amp I currently have is a Fender Frontman. I'm pretty sure it's a 15-watt amp, but not completely certain.
#2
I think that for the music style stated you should get a humbucker equipped guitar. I would go for something like an Epiphone Les paul. If you want more versatility you can also look for a HSS strat.

You should stay away from trems in that price area as these are not good at all and wear down fast. An exeption would be Ibanez S series, these are known to have decent trems but I've never played one of these myself so I can't be sure on that.
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#3
I would go for a G&L Tribute series guitar. They make some great ones that come with Schaller trem arms and are great for the money. IMO they're much better then Mexi-Fender, Epiphone, or any other '2nd' tier from a major brand name. Check them out.
#4
G&L do have some excellent humbucker-equipped fat strats and telecasters. For '80s rock, I think SGs are great. Epiphone makes high-end SG Customs and the like. Or you could go for a genuine Gibson SG, a Faded or Studio or something. A Les Paul is another good option, but you're not going to find one with a trem. You can get the SG Custom from Epiphone with a trem, but it's a Maestro trem or something weird.

Your best bet is probably a MIJ Ibanez. If you were in my area, I'd totally sell you my Heartfield Talon 1 with dimarzio pickups, it's perfect for '80s hair metal. Heartfield guitars can be had for around 300 bucks.
#5
I've heard some good things about Steinbergers. Would they be a good choice, or is there "too much for me," so to say?
#6
I like them, but they're...quirky. Because of that, you really want one of their better guitars.
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#7
you want a superstrat. with a bridge humbucker.

better amp wouldn't hurt either, but not really worth splitting your budget.
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you want a superstrat. with a bridge humbucker.

better amp wouldn't hurt either, but not really worth splitting your budget.


+1

Not exactly a traditional superstrat, but an Ibanez S420 (or S320) is one of, if not the cheapest guitar you can get that has a really good trem. I have one and I highly recommend it, if you want to do tremolo acrobatics in that budget, seriously look into it.

EDIT: Of course, if you can get your hands on an old RG5** of course that would be a great way to go too. The original Edge is almost certainly a better trem for 80's stuff than the ZR.
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#9
I remember when I had a Frontman. It was the first amp I bought with my first money. I traded that plus a little money for a valveking 212.

Myself, I do the same, either a LP, or an HSS strat. HSS strats are awesome you can play any type of music. Including Metal.
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+1

Not exactly a traditional superstrat, but an Ibanez S420 (or S320) is one of, if not the cheapest guitar you can get that has a really good trem. I have one and I highly recommend it, if you want to do tremolo acrobatics in that budget, seriously look into it.

EDIT: Of course, if you can get your hands on an old RG5** of course that would be a great way to go too. The original Edge is almost certainly a better trem for 80's stuff than the ZR.


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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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#11
How about an opinion on the PRS SE Custom 22? I've heard nothing but good things about them and they're relatively cheap.
#12
If you're going to be doing divebombing or anything like that, then no.

You can get locking tuners, but IMO that still doesn't come close to the stability of a properly set up FR.
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#13
^ yeah. and also the trem doesn't really react in the same way as a floyd does. I've read john suhr saying that the locking nut does that, the pitch changes much more quickly with a floyd, which lends itself to those crazy 80s tricks better.
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