Hi there,

I played electric guitar from the ages of 16 to 30, by which time family and mortgage and stuff got in the way, and seeing my guitars gathering dust sold them on so that they'd be played.

These days I've lately got a hankering for picking up the guitar again, but having been away from the scene don't know what's what and wondering about gear suggestions.

I'm pretty much sold on on the Orange Tiny Terror combo as an amp, or a similar smallish boutique class A valve combo. But as for a guitar? no idea. I've had Les Pauls, Teles, Strats, PRS etc in the past, but am past the stage where I care about brand or image. I just want something that plays nice, isn't going to fall apart or break the bank.

My main sound is that just about breaking up crunch / indie sound. Any suggestions gladly received.


I own at least one guitar from all but 2 of these companies, and that is something I plan to rectify. Each one produces nifty instruments betweeen $500-1500 (some go beyond):

Godins probably have the highest overall level of quality. Designed & made in Canada.

Reverends are probably the most consistent across the brand, and have the most tonal flexibility, axe by axe. American designs, MiK.

Electra makes one of the best LPclones I've played. American designs, made in South Korea (MiK).

Dean Zelinsky has decades in guitar making, with 3 companies on his resume. This, his third, is trying to use comparatively inexpensive Indonesian manufacture to deliver quality guitars to players worldwide

Malden is a small maker of affordable, decent quality rock & roll guitars. American designs, MiK.

The Japanese company Fernandes (who also make Burny guitars, F.Y.I.) is going to favor the hard rocker/shredder more than any other brand I listed. All models have the Sustainer pickup available at some price. MiJ & MiK.

Fret-King is an English brand with good quality, some interesting aesthetics and innovative designs.
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Jan 31, 2014,
I believe it all depends on your budget. What I mean is if you only have a 300,400,500 dollar budget its all good. You can find some nice guitars that you will like and can progress with. maybe a squire classic vibe or vintage modified, g&l, charvel, some higher end epis, even inanez and ltd make some nice lowerer end stuff but i dont think they are much in your prefered style you mentioned.

But if you can easily afford ,for instance, a MIA strat I would say go for it.

There are some entry level guitars that you may be very happy with. Some you might hate. I have been told by some older musicians that gear has come a really long way in the past decade or so.

I appreciate that you said you are beyond the "name" buying of gear. But beware. You will get some really good advice... as well as some really bad advice on this site. I hope you find what you are looking for and enjoy getting back into music
Last edited by Smigzy at Feb 1, 2014,
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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!
Thanks for all the replies and suggestions. Plenty of links to follow and pictures to drool over.

My budget is around the 300 GPB mark, I've got no ambitions to get into a band or start gigging or anything, just want something that feels nice and sounds nice for my own enjoyment.

I've never owned a strat, american or otherwise, every time I pick one up I always get the feeling that it's just not "me" somehow. Teles I like, Pauls too, and had a 335 copy from Westone which was quite nice. Not sure whether to go for something I know and love, or try something different. Guess the first step is head along to my local music store and pick up a few.