#1
So my first guitar was a piece of shit (it kept breaking strings). It cost $80 so I now know to spend more money on guitars to get better quality. Although the guitar was only $80 I thought the thing would at least be built right. I've been through 7 packs of strings because the high E kept snapping. Anyway, out of these guitars which one is the best? Thanks in advance

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002CZUUG/ref=twister_B00J3TT2NU?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002D01IG/ref=psdc_11971421_t2_B003U4RXTY

http://www.amazon.com/Oscar-Schmidt-OE20G-Electric-Guitar/dp/B005AT3D64/ref=sr_1_56?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1420922675&sr=1-56&keywords=electric+guitars
#2
Considering what you are willing to pay, would you be willing to buy used? I'm not too familiar with Oscar Shmidt, and would be cautious about ordering an Epiphone at that price point.
#3
Quote by OroborosYinYang
Considering what you are willing to pay, would you be willing to buy used? I'm not too familiar with Oscar Shmidt, and would be cautious about ordering an Epiphone at that price point.

I thought buying used was a bad idea, but as the title says, i know very little about guitars. I will consider buying used if it will get me a better guitar.
#4
No worries. Most of us start off with no knowledge at all. What kind of music do you like?
#5
Quote by OroborosYinYang
No worries. Most of us start off with no knowledge at all. What kind of music do you like?

I like shoegaze and hard rock. I want to make music that is a combination of these two genres, but I'm having a hard time finding the perfect guitar to do this.
#6
Quote by J23L
I like shoegaze and hard rock. I want to make music that is a combination of these two genres, but I'm having a hard time finding the perfect guitar to do this.


Basically, you want a guitar that has at least one humbucker pickup and sounds good with distortion. Look for something from the Squire Affinity series or a Yamaha Pacifica. An Epiphone Les paul standard or G-400 could be pretty decent as well. When looking though, focus more on comfort than looks. Feel for rough spots on the neck or sharp frets and check that it isn't too heavy.
#8
You really can't go wrong with a Yamaha Pacifica for that combination of genres. A humbucker for hard rock and some single coils for shimmering shoegaze parts. I've seen them go used for a hundred bucks (very rarely though), but it's well worth the money.
#9
Guitars with P90s are also an excellent option. P90s are all over indie & shoegaze, and no less than Tony Iommi uses P90 equipped axes for crafting the sound of Black Sabbath.

Assuming you want to stay under $200:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-les-paul-special-i-p90-electric-guitar

In addition, there are a small- but growing- number of guitars out there that are equipped with both, usually a HB in the bridge and a P90 in the neck. They run a bit more expensive, though.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/G-L-Fallout-Tribute-Gloss-Black-New-Free-Gifts-/161265647526?pt=Guitar&hash=item258c2e7fa6
https://reverb.com/item/331169-g-l-tribute-fallout
https://reverb.com/item/436027-reverend-double-agent-2013-black
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Jan 11, 2015,
#10
Quote by OroborosYinYang
Basically, you want a guitar that has at least one humbucker pickup and sounds good with distortion. Look for something from the Squire Affinity series or a Yamaha Pacifica. An Epiphone Les paul standard or G-400 could be pretty decent as well. When looking though, focus more on comfort than looks. Feel for rough spots on the neck or sharp frets and check that it isn't too heavy.


Never touched a Squier Affinity that was anything but shit.

I´d go with the "go used" advice. 150$ ought to get you a used and slighter more upper market Yamaha for example.