#1
I own Ibanez RG350 at this moment, but i don't find it very comfortable for my style. It's great for soloing, but not so great for chords playing. (obviously I play solos, but just from time to time). I play blues, funk, soul, rock and a little bit of jazz (though I wouldn't call myself orthodoxic when it comes to jazz music, I don't really need to have that muddy and warm tone).

My budget is around 400 dollars. So maybe Squier Classic Vibe Strat? Or a Telecaster? I heard that Teles are really versatile guitars. What about a version of a Squier Vintage Modified Telecater with p90 pickups? Would it be a good compromise between humbuckers and single coils?

Or maybe Epiphone Dot or Casino? I've never played electric guitars with such big bodies, so I'm not sure whether those will be comfrotable for me...
#2
can you go to any shops and try some different models?


I highly suggest you look used, you'll get a better guitar for your money.

Musicians friend does have some Epipohne 339 pro's for a good price right now.
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#4
Your best bet is to go try a few in a shop if you have the chance. Shopping used will put a $500 guitar below your $400 budget.

Be sure to take a look at the Made in Mexico Strats and Tele's and try to get your hands on a few Hollow bodies.

If you're concerned about body-size I would recommend looking into the Epiphone 339's that Robbgnarly pointed out.
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#5
Funk, blues, rock... sounds like you need a strat. Used Fender MIM should fit into your budget easily.
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#6
Quote by hokus_pokus

My budget is around 400 dollars. So maybe Squier Classic Vibe Strat? Or a Telecaster? I heard that Teles are really versatile guitars.


Teles are surprisingly versatile (for years I wrote them off as Cah-huntry Twang only). Strats do well too. Do NOT get cranked up on changing pickups; use them as is for a few years first.
#7
Also, what I'm particular don't you like? If it's that barre chords are difficult, you just want a guitar neck with a smaller radius. If you don't like the sound of the ibanez either, then you're looking for something way different. Either way, I'd recommend getting a used made in Japan(mij) strat. You can usually find them around that price point, they're superior build quality as compared to the mims, but their pickups sometimes aren't as good as the US ones. Still, for what you want, for the price, they're your best bet.
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Teles are surprisingly versatile (for years I wrote them off as Cah-huntry Twang only). Strats do well too. Do NOT get cranked up on changing pickups; use them as is for a few years first.


Lol I love cah-huntry music sir
#9
I love my epiphone les paul traditional pro. It's pretty versatile due to its coil splitting option. The pickups are pretty classically voiced
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Funk, blues, rock... sounds like you need a strat. Used Fender MIM should fit into your budget easily.


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#11
@Robbgnarly - Yeah, I wrote 'new', but I didn't exactly mean it :P Sorry, english is not my native. Obviously I prefer a used one for the price.

Ok...suggestions so far:
-Epiphone 339
-MiM Stratocaster (What about Squiers MiM? They're cheaper, but I heard that MiM Fenders and MiM Squiers are the same).
-MiJ Strat/Tele (What about old japanese guitars, like for example Tokai?)
-Les Paul with split pickups.
-Many propositions from Dannyalcatraz. I like those G&L's and Godins. As far as I know, Godin guitars have great reputation.
#12
The Godins are all made in either the USA or Canada, depending on year of manufacture. I've gotten to try a whole bunch of Godins.ofvarious models. Again, I haven't bought one, but I regret it. Each I've tried had been very well made. (I didn't purchase due to time or $ constraints.)

G&L Traditions are made in Indonesia using certain parts similar or identical to their more expensive USA cousins. I discovered Reverends while shopping for G&L USA guitars. I still don't have a G&L yet but they're on my list. I'd want a USA for myself, but I have NO reservations recommending a Tradition.

Either is a good way to go.
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#13
Like a few have mentioned above me, I think a strat would work great for your needs.

Take a look used and see if you can find yourself a nice Japanese strat. I have an 85' Jap strat that I picked up for less than the price of a MIM strat, that plays better then a lot of American strats

A tele or hollow body may work well for you also. If you can, I'd suggest hitting up a store and try out everything you can to better gauge what you really want or need.
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#14
Let's throw in another wrench. Nashville tele. Tele twang, strat sc in the middle. Hard to beat, I have a USA fender tele + series two Nashville that came with lace sensors, brilliant guitar.
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#15
Quote by hokus_pokus
@Robbgnarly - Yeah, I wrote 'new', but I didn't exactly mean it :P Sorry, english is not my native. Obviously I prefer a used one for the price.

Ok...suggestions so far:
-Epiphone 339
-MiM Stratocaster (What about Squiers MiM? They're cheaper, but I heard that MiM Fenders and MiM Squiers are the same).
-MiJ Strat/Tele (What about old japanese guitars, like for example Tokai?)
-Les Paul with split pickups.
-Many propositions from Dannyalcatraz. I like those G&L's and Godins. As far as I know, Godin guitars have great reputation.

Your English is fine, I can hardly order a beer and a hooker in Spanish

The only Squiers that are worth looking at are the Classic Vibe and the Vintage Modern lines
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#16
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Your English is fine, I can hardly order a beer and a hooker in Spanish

The only Squiers that are worth looking at are the Classic Vibe and the Vintage Modern lines


yeah Squier MIMs are lower grade than a regular MIM and really aren't worth the money on the used market. the Vintage vibe series is loved by many and i also would say used MIM strat for what you play.

i'd poke around though as there are plenty of guitars that could fit the bill depending on the sound you want. i use a BC Rich Eagle for blues and rock (probably could do 70s funk like theme from shaft)obviuosly not the first guitar you think of for blues but it works really well (at least for me).
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Quote by dspellman
Teles are surprisingly versatile (for years I wrote them off as Cah-huntry Twang only). Strats do well too. Do NOT get cranked up on changing pickups; use them as is for a few years first.

Dun kno - I had never considered or rated Telecasters until I started selling off my cheap guitars to get a real Fender and found my Baja Telecaster; kills all sorts of styles. In fact, my guitar teacher's been insisting on some Pantera stuff, which is an adventure between that and my Twin Reverb For real, though, Telecasters are strong in a lot of styles (hence why they're so common!) and would probably fit quite well into much of what OP wants.

So yeah, seconding suggestions of Telecasters and Strats. You could look at ones with humbuckers or P-90s, but it doesn't sound to me like you need it. A little more bass and mids is plenty enough to fill out singlecoil sounds in most settings at aren't high gain. The series position on a 4 position Tele switch will also help in getting that kind of beef, but again you should be fine on regular singlecoils and normal switching. Squier Vintage Modified or Classic Vibe, or a used MIM Fender would all be good choices.
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#18
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The Godins are all made in either the USA or Canada, depending on year of manufacture. I've gotten to try a whole bunch of Godins.ofvarious models. Again, I haven't bought one, but I regret it. Each I've tried had been very well made. (I didn't purchase due to time or $ constraints.)

G&L Traditions are made in Indonesia using certain parts similar or identical to their more expensive USA cousins. I discovered Reverends while shopping for G&L USA guitars. I still don't have a G&L yet but they're on my list. I'd want a USA for myself, but I have NO reservations recommending a Tradition.

Either is a good way to go.


I can second the Godin bit. For whatever reason Godin´s resale value isn´t that high so a 400$ second hand Godin will get you a hell of a lot of guitar for a modest amount of money.
#19
Imo a Hss strat or even an SS used MIM strat.
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#20
I'll look for Godins on auctions as well. They look so cool, remind of classic designs, but on the other hand, they're very unique.

Hollow bodies are often recommended, what about Epiphone Casino or Ibanez AS73?
#21
Both are decent options. As I recall, the Ibbys have skinnier necks, if that matters to you.
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