#1
Hey guys let me start off by saying I am a total noob when it comes to electrics, but I've been playing the acoustic for a few months and I never really liked it so I finally decided to buy an electric

Budget: Really tight right now. Around $250 - $450. (Amp included btw, doesnt have to be a big one probably a practice amp would be good enough)

Favorite artists: I'm a big fan of Slash and I like Eric Clapton as well

Preferences: Not much. Lets just say I don't like Telecasters :p

Pickups: I like single coils for their clean sound but I also want the sound of a humbucker. I dont really know what configuration is best so yeah haha

New or Used? I prefer new since it's quite hard to find used guitars over here

Location: I live in Manila, Philippines (not the best country but hey)

Current gear: Nothing lol I have an SX acoustic guitar if that helps

Thats all I guess. Thank in advance
Last edited by jdcabreza at Mar 17, 2014,
#2
If you want to go up to $500, Mexican HSS Strats are great, but here are a few that look pretty good for around $300

Squier HSS

Epi Nighthawk

Epi SG

The SG doesn't have any sing coils, but the other two do. If you can, I recommend just playing as many as you can find and seeing what you like best. Also, My brother has a used 93 American peavey that is about as good as anything I've seen in this price range, but he only payed $100 for it.
#3
Orange CR20L for the amp. About $130 US. I don't know if you can get them in Manila but Agile guitars are great for around $200.
#4
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Orange CR20L for the amp. About $130 US. I don't know if you can get them in Manila but Agile guitars are great for around $200.


About that, I went to this shop and the guy offered me a Hamer CX2 and that amp. Are Hamers good? Brand doesn't seem familiar to me.

Anyways, thanks for the suggestions guys! I already went to a couple of shops and found a few guitars, like the Yamaha Pacifica 012 and an ESP LTD EC-10. Any opinions on those? I'll definitely try to look for some Agile guitars and I did see a Squier Strat the other day, might try that one out. The Mexican Strat is a bit too expensive for me though
#5
Hamer is a fairly well known/respected, especially for their high end stuff. The CX2 is a low end model and probably pretty similar to other guitars at that range, I wouldnt reccomend paying more than $100 or so for one though and its probably not worth it for you.

Just for reference sake, how much do mexi strats go for new/used over by you, that will give us more of a baseline to work with, as 400 in the states can get you a mexi strat or LTD Deluxe pretty easily.
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#6
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Just for reference sake, how much do mexi strats go for new/used over by you, that will give us more of a baseline to work with, as 400 in the states can get you a mexi strat or LTD Deluxe pretty easily.


The MIM strat is around $650 more or less around. Probably around $400 used but I havent seen one. Guitars here are a lot more expensive than in the US

I saw a few Epiphones yesterday at a store. I liked the look of the LP 100 but haven't tried it out. Saw a G-310 as well. Any opinions on it? I've also been looking at a few Ibanez guitars and I'm liking them so far haven't tried one yet though.
Last edited by jdcabreza at Mar 18, 2014,
#7
Alright, that price is a big problem then. Now, it's not exactly what you wanted, but I'm going to go ahead and reccomend An Ibanez rg (not a gio!) because they can fake a strat tone decently, handle distortion well ( though it won't be that smooth chunk that slash gets with his les Paul, more of an aggressive bite and a good bit thinner) and most importantly, have the best (IMO) bang for the buck under $500, especially used. Apart from questionable tremolo stability (avoid lo trs ii and edge ii, edge iii is alright) and odd wood choice, they are fantastic instruments. An rg350, which normally runs 500 here, can be bought used, mint condition, at guitar center for $150, so it may be with having something shipped. I'd avoid the lp100, it's really a super beginner model and not worth the price, also, single cutaway tends to harm upper fret access. I'd avoid the sg because every epi sg I've played has had stability issues with the neck joint. They also tend to be overpriced for what you get IMHO.
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#8
Thanks a lot man. I've really liked the Ibanez guitars so far. What amp might you recommend? Right now I'm looking at the Orange CR20L, Fender Frontman 15R and Roland Cube 15-XL. Doesn't really need to be a big one since I won't be performing at gigs any time soon haha. Hopefully something that could give me a more classic/hard rock tone. A good clean tone would be nice too.

Should I buy the guitar and amp at the same time or would it be okay to get the guitar first then test it out on some amps? Also, what do I look for in an amp? Sorry for all these noob questions haha just wanna get the most bang for my buck
Last edited by jdcabreza at Mar 19, 2014,
#9
the best "best" squier (three are a lot of different modelsyou can get your hands and get the biggest peaey vypyr if you can. sedcond coice IMO would a cube.

by big try for the model with at least 10" speaker and 12's what is really idea.
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#10
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the best "best" squier (three are a lot of different modelsyou can get your hands and get the biggest peaey vypyr if you can. sedcond coice IMO would a cube.

by big try for the model with at least 10" speaker and 12's what is really idea.


I'm going a store which sells Squiers hopefully I can try them out. The only Peavey I've seen is a Vypyr-100 and it's quite expensive haha. I have seen Marshall and Laney around here too but I haven't messed around with them much in stores.
#11
I`m gonna throw my 2c in and say Yamaha Pacifica + any big brand 15w practice amp... i`m in the uk so brand new you would pay ~£200 - £250.
#12
Right now I'm considering the Yamaha Pacifica 012 (or probably a 112), Ibanez RG321EX (couldn't find a 350 haha) and a Squier Vintage Modified Stratocaster. As for the amp probably gonna get an Orange CR20L or Roland Cube 15-XL. I guess I just have to decide then haha thanks for all the help guys really appreciate it
#13
Consider the Dean Zelinsky Private Label Tagliare line: http://deanzelinsky.com/collections/tagliare

Dean Zelinsky is a veteran guitar maker, and DZPL is his latest company. This time around, he's using Indonesian manufacture and direct sales (in the US, at least) to keep costs down.

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#14
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the best "best" squier (three are a lot of different modelsyou can get your hands and get the biggest peaey vypyr if you can. sedcond coice IMO would a cube.

by big try for the model with at least 10" speaker and 12's what is really idea.


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#15
If you're only planning on playing through headphones and/or interfacing with your PC for the forseeable future, consider a portable digital modeling device like one of these (some are discontinued, can still be easily found):

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. 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.
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#16
I think I'm gonna stick with the amp for now, thanks anyway though . About the Squier, I've been seeing bad stuff about it online. I have tried it out and I liked the Yamaha Pacifica more, so yeah haha.