#1
I'm about to buy an electric guitar. Unfortunately, due to some life circumstances, I have no time to drive around dozens of shops and trying every single guitar I find. So I really need your advice, guys.

What I need is a 6-strings electric guitar. Music styles - from pop-punk to heavy metal.

The budget is flexible but I prefer a cheap thing just because I'm a beginner and not going to play gigs. It's just a hobby, kind of.

Have played only acoustic. But really like electric guitars so I don't want anything special 'similar to acoustic' just because I used to play the acoustic one.

Probably the main requirement is that it should be light and easy to play. That means, a very light weight, and the ability to play barre chords easily. I really hate when the strings are far from the deck and it more about doing some kind of silly exercises in a gym rather then playing music.

Also it should be well-built, I don't want to throw it away after a year because the material quality was awful and something got twisted\bent.

So... I pay a lot of attention to how it feels, not only to how it sounds. In the end, you'll never change its weight, but you can vary its sound by changing strings, humbuckers, effects etc.

Disclaimer: I'm in Asia (Thailand). The well-known brands might cost 2 times more here, then in, say, the US. And there's a big change I'll find a fake instead of the real thing.
Last edited by abassaka at May 24, 2014,
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I'm about to buy an electric guitar. Unfortunately, due to some life circumstances, I have no time to drive around dozens of shops and trying every single guitar I find. So I really need your advice, guys.

What I need is a 6-strings electric guitar. Music styles - from pop-punk to heavy metal.

The budget is flexible but I prefer a cheap thing just because I'm a beginner and not going to play gigs. It's just a hobby, kind of.

Have played only acoustic. But really like electric guitars so I don't want anything special 'similar to acoustic' just because I used to play the acoustic one.

Probably the main requirement is that it should be light and easy to play. That means, a very light weight, and the ability to play barre chords easily. I really hate when the strings are far from the deck and it more about doing some kind of silly exercises in a gym rather then playing music.

Also it should be well-built, I don't want to throw it away after a year because the material quality was awful and something got twisted\bent.

So... I pay a lot of attention to how it feels, not only to how it sounds. In the end, you'll never change its weight, but you can vary its sound by changing strings, humbuckers, effects etc.

Disclaimer: I'm in Asia (Thailand). The well-known brands might cost 2 times more here, then in, say, the US. And there's a big change I'll find a fake instead of the real thing.


all of the bolded text is related to how it is set up and with what gauge strings are on it than the guitar itself. most cases if you get a good setup it will be much better.
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Last edited by trashedlostfdup at May 24, 2014,
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all of the bolded text is related to how it is set up and with what gauge strings are on it than the guitar itself. most cases if you get a good setup it will be much better.

ok thanks =) then it's mostly about the weight of the guitar...
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ok thanks =) then it's mostly about the weight of the guitar...


i can't tell you the weight. it can vary from guitar to guitar as well. sorry, but i will do what i can. and if you get a guitar set up right, it will play fine. you can't really do as much of that on an acoustic

what is your budget approximate to USD? just so i know where to look.

i would recommending avoiding a tremolo on a cheap guitar. most important thing is that it stays in tune. cheap trems will get your guitar out of tune fast.

what kind of music will you be playing?

do you like humbuckers or single coils?

do you have a paticular image in mind (strat/tele/LP/SG, etc.)
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#5
Schecter guitars are somewhat heavy but offer a string-through set up which is perfect for a first guitar. Also if you're looking for a whammy bar Ibanez RG series offers alot for a good price.
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#6
HSS strat will do pop punk very nicely and be nice and light. Failing that SG or some kind of superstrat.
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#7
^ i'd still say it's worth checking the weight with strats and superstrats... their weight can vary.
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#8
both of my Gibson SG's are very light. they will do anything with the right pickups (personally i don't mind what comes in them).

checking weights of superstrats would be a good idea.

Parker has some amazing models and they are light, but likely out of your price range.
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#9
yeah my sg is light. in my experience, good-quality thin/small mahogany guitars are about the lightest I've come across, without considering things like semi-hollows and hollowbodies. strats/superstrats *can* be light, but not always. I've played heavier ones, too.
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#11
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Maybe some of the Ibanez S models? They seem very light.


that is also a good recommendation. and light guitars, look MIJ
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#12
I just bought a G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe and it is super light, might be over your budget
I also have a Epiphone G-400 vintage that is a nice guitar and was really cheap


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