#1
Hey guys, sorry if this breaks any forum rules - I did read the FAQ first.

I have been playing acoustic guitar for a few years, I am still very much a beginner. I am looking to buy an electric guitar and other necessary gear to learn on.

Budget: I am looking to spend around $500 TOTAL for guitar and amp and all other gear necessary to get started.

Style/preferences: Classic rock, modern rock, nothing too metal or harsh. I have a strong preference towards the Les Paul body style, but its not a deal breaker. Prefer to purchase new. I prefer the sounds of humbuckers over the single coils -- but I've really never owned either so I think I'm pretty flexible.

Location: North Carolina, USA

Here's what I am thinking from my reading and research:
Guitar:
- LOVE the Agile 3010SE, which can be had for around $309
- Also thinking about the Yamaha Pacifica 112 (I've seen models at $200 and $300)
- I don't quite have the budget to go for a Mexican Strat
- I am scared of the cheaper Epiphones from what I've read around the internet
- No starter packs, same reason as above.

Amp:
- Blackstar ID:Core Stereo 10 ($100 or $150)
- Roland Microcube ($150)
- Roland Cube Lite ($245)

What else will I need? Cables I spose. A set-up fee? ...or do they come ready to play?


I appreciate any help or assistance.
Thanks
#3
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!
#4
I've read good things about the Hagstrom Swede before too, thats a beautiful guitar.
#5
I got to try a couple of Hagstrom LP clones a few years ago in a used music store. As I recall, they're a little smaller & lighter than most similar guitars. They're still pretty well made and meaty, though. I regret not buying at least one of them.


PS: Found another.
https://reverb.com/item/174869-hagstrom-ultra-swede-electric-guitar-spalted-maple
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 Aug 21, 2014,
#6
I'd go used and get a mexistrat, an Epi Valve Jr and an SD1. Spend the rest on picks, strings, cables and beer, you're good to go.
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#8
Sorry I'm ignorant here. The epi valve jr is an amp, but whats the SD1? The cab and speaker?
#9
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Sorry I'm ignorant here. The epi valve jr is an amp, but whats the SD1? The cab and speaker?

Boss DS-1, an overdrive pedal.
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#10
I would get a squier vintage modified tele custom or strat and get a Boss Micro BR 80. I would not have an amp I could play loud with but I gain a 8 track studio, guitar multieffect processor and drum machine. You also gain the ability to practice quietly with headphones.

A link to the BR80 http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BR80
#11
Not bad advice...actually more or less the path I took, early on.

There are actually a variety of portable digital modeling devices like one of these (some are discontinued, can still be easily found):

Boss Micro-BR 4 track
http://www.bossus.com/gear/productdetails.php?ProductId=818

Boss Micro-BR 80
http://www.bossus.com/gear/productdetails.php?ProductId=1167

Pocket POD
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-Pocket-POD-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104391875-i1173933.gc

Tascam GT-R1
http://tascam.com/product/gt-r1/

Korg Pandora Mini
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-Mini-PXMINI-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-H70754-i1746466.gc

Korg Px4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvaXhaTW-B8&sns=em

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.
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!
#12
An Agile is a nice guitar to start with and the price to features ratio is really good. You may want to look at the AL2000 so you can put a bit more into a decent amp. If you still want the AL3010 that is fine (nice guitar) but I'd look used for an amp and you can get a really good amp in your budget like this one
www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-Used-Line-6-Flextone-II-Guitar-Combo-Amp-110404671-i3883866.gc
and you will have a guitar rig that will last you for a long time, is amazingly versitile, sounds good and can easily be used if/when you play with other people
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