#1
hello everyone.
i have been wanting to start playing guitar for quite some time and am finally in a position that i can get one.
a bit of background from me. i played guitar in highschool which i graduated in 1996 so it has been quite a while since i picked one up.
i know its been talked about on here some but with the new Rocksmith 2014 game that has came out it has peaked my interest in playing again. now i do know that this game is just another tool but is geared more towards beginners which is fine for me for now.
the thing i am hoping to do is get some opinions from you all on what guitar to try and get to get me started. i am interested in all types of music from country to rock and metal and alternative. budget wise i am looking to spend something in the $500 max range. so if possible could some of you all help me in some choices of a guitar to look for and give me some reasons why you choose that particular guitar.
any kind of info would help a lot.
right now just looking for the guitar itself to get started and later will get an amp. not looking to start a band just wanting something to have fun with and learn.
looking forward to your alls opinions and ideas.

Thanks
#2
Quote by champ198

i know its been talked about on here some but with the new Rocksmith 2014 game that has came out it has peaked my interest in playing again.


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Quote by champ198
budget wise i am looking to spend something in the $500 max range. so if possible could some of you all help me in some choices of a guitar to look for and give me some reasons why you choose that particular guitar.
any kind of info would help a lot.
right now just looking for the guitar itself to get started and later will get an amp.


Almost anything will work just fine -- if you're in the US, wander over to Rondo Music and pick out something that looks right to you. For instant gratification, pay extra at Guitar Splinter. Honestly, however, I'd stay out of Guitar Denters until Thursday.

You'll probably want *something* that acts like an amp, however -- take a look at the Korg Pandora Mini. Amazing little practice tool with amps/cabs/FX built in, as well as a tuner, metronome, slower-downer, pitch shifter, drum machine, bass patterns and a whole list of other stuff. About $100. Pick up a decent set of headphones while you're doing that. If you have an iPhone/iPad/iGizmo, you can download an app and buy an interface that will do a few of those things a bit more cheaply.
#3
There are several inexpensive great guitars out there. I really like the ESP/LTD guitars. The Necks are slim and the jumbo frets play great. the schecter's are really good too. dspellman gave good advice also. Get something you will like to play.

Get a tuner and a stand....easy access to play!

Good Luck!
Last edited by Chevywizz at Dec 23, 2013,
#4
It seems like you haven't decided to focus on one genre yet, nothing wrong with that. Since that's the case, you're going to want something fairly versatile, so I would recommend a guitar with an HSH setup. This will give you a nice thick sound on the neck pickup, and a high powered hum bucker in the bridge. For country and whatnot, you'll have a single coil in-between.

For $449 new, (and down to $200 used) I would recommend an Ibanez RG350DX. It's ideal for rock, metal and alternative, unfortunately, cleans on anything but the neck pickup will be lacking. The main advantage of the Ibanez over similarly priced Schecters (which are great guitars for the price) is the neck, most Ibanez RG's have Wizard necks, which are very thin and make playing quickly very easy, as well as comfortable. Generally speaking, cheap Ibanez pickups are a bit better, and usually much higher output, than cheap Schecters or Duncan Designed pickups.

I would recommend avoiding anything by ESP, they tend to be overpriced, rely on active pickups (which are anything but versatile) and are just lower quality compared to other brands at that price point. At higher price points, ESP is fantastic, as are some higher end LTDs, but they just aren't competitive this low down.

You do have the option of looking at some Fender Strats, a modern player SSH or HSH goes for around your budget, and while it would lack the output or neck of the ibanez, you may find it more comfortable and forgiving.
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#5
You'll probably want *something* that acts like an amp, however -- take a look at the Korg Pandora Mini. Amazing little practice tool with amps/cabs/FX built in, as well as a tuner, metronome, slower-downer, pitch shifter, drum machine, bass patterns and a whole list of other stuff. About $100. Pick up a decent set of headphones while you're doing that. If you have an iPhone/iPad/iGizmo, you can download an app and buy an interface that will do a few of those things a bit more cheaply.


I agree with this. When I first went electric, I bought a Korg Pandora PX4 instead of an amp. I then took my time- 3 years- and saved my money until I decided what kind of amp I REALLY wanted.* My money got put towards guitars.


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

Boss Micro-BR 80
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BR80/

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 Pandora Stomp
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/PandoraSTOr/

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

Here is a visual comparison of (left to right) Tascam, my PX-5 and one of my Px4s to my old Aiwa cassette player:



Only the Tascam has decent acoustic recording capacity. All DO have features like tuners, metronomes, drum synthesizers, and digital amp & pedal modeling.

So with decent headphones, you can rock out like you were playing Texas Stadium. And yes, they are all about the size of an old Walkman.

The ones I own: the Tascam has the external mics, a phrase trainer (loop & slow down stuff for practicing), and takes SD cards. Both it and the PX5 can connect directly to your computer via a USB port. The PX4 is discontinued, but it can still be easily found. It is less powerful than the PX5, but, oddly, the PX5 does not have a belt/strap hook.

The ones I don't own: The Line6 PocketPOD is, I believe, the most popular device like this; the Boss might be the most powerful (and priciest); the Pandora Mini is the smallest (its about the size of a stack of business cards), cheapest, and least powerful.

If you DO go this route, you should have about $350 for a guitar. Here are some used deals I think are worth considering:

https://reverb.com/item/43482-godin-richmond-empire-singlecut-cream-guitar
https://reverb.com/item/22902-godin-exit-22-mahogany-with-excellent-gig-bag-strap-and-strings-for-sale-or-trade
https://reverb.com/item/8301-g-l-tribute-s-500-natural
http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-FERNANDES-JG-SERIES-SEAFOAM-GREEN-109394991-i3395853.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-FENDER-STANDARD-STRAT-LAKE-PLACID-BLUE-109620568-i3451889.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-EPIPHONE-FIREBIRD-PELL--BLUE-9-0-N-C-109742448-i3554600.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Store-Used-USED-EPIPHONE-FIREBIRD-ELECTRIC-GUITAR-109334102-i3291682.gc
http://www.fernandesguitarshop.com/standard/76-dragonfly-standard.html
http://www.fernandesguitarshop.com/retrorocket/78-retrorocket-pro.html


* Now, in all honesty, I didn't get it quite right. The 40w Fender HRD 1z12 combo I bought is a hell of an amp, but it is:

1) probably a lot more amp than I need as a guy who doesn't intend to gig. A 15-30w amp would have been more than enough.

2) versatile, but isn't all that good for metal tones I seek, so I'm still going to have to get at least one other amp. Probably a similarly overpowered Orange tube combo.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Dec 23, 2013,
#6
went to a local music store today and looked around a little while i was shopping for the wife for christmas.
asked the same style questions to one of the sales people there and they suggested the Peavey AT200 Autotune guitar. let me check it out and it is a pretty nice guitar. price on it was right at $500 so it is in my budget i am wanting to spend but do you all think i would be better off with something like a cheaper Fender Telecaster? the biggest thing that would be useful with the Peavey is the auto tun feature and i know i need to learn to tune on my own anyway but was jsut wondering about some of your alls opinion on that.
#7
This is a fairly old thread but would love to hear some more opinions from the members here
Mainly my genre is mostly rock but I also like country. Would something like an epiphany les Paul work ok for a while
#8
Quote by champ198
Would something like an epiphany les Paul work ok for a while


No, but an Epiphone Les Paul would.