#1
Hello all...

Long story short, I am a beginner/intermediate skill guitar player (know chords, barre chords, some basic soloing patterns, finger picking and strumming techniques, etc. I mostly play and learn by improvising)

So because of this, i started with and had a washburn WR-150 for about 5 years. I loved this guitar because it was the one i learned on, i knew the fret positions, techniques, and everything else related to it.. however it was unfortunately stolen and im looking for its replacement.

Granted, i havent played on a 'nicer guitar' nor do i know the difference between a $120 guitar and a $3,200 guitar.. so im looking for a bit of advice. I had thought about finding another WR-150, because they seem to be a dime a dozen, but i figure it might be time to upgrade a little. Keep in mind that i do not play for anyone but myself and maybe spend 5 hours a week or so playing so im not looking for something top-end, just something decent that sounds good and plays comfortably. I absolutely do not want something with high action.. that was one of the things i enjoyed most about my old guitar, very smooth and easy to play.

I browsed around at guitar center and tried out a few guitars that seemed similar to my old washburn, but i just couldnt seem to get them to 'click' with what i was used too. The shape, size, action and features all threw me off. I also got overwhelmed with the different types of materials, fret spacing and single coil / humbucker arrangements and what differences they made. In short i was overwhelmed.

Then I tried this one. It was very similar to what my old guitar was like.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Washburn/Nuno-Bettencourt-Signature-Electric-Guitar-J12499.gc

And this was the one i had...

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/electric_guitars/washburn/wr150

So basically im just looking for some input on a guitar that is similar in size/frets/features to my old WR-150 that is an actual upgrade that is no more than about $200. Sorry for the long post but i wanted to throw some background in so you could see just what kind of skill level i was talking about as to not suggest i am an above average player that shreds daily.

Any suggestions on something in that price range? Thanks!
#2
Honestly, given you can find used Washburns like that for $99-160, I don't think you're going to find an upgrade on that guitar for $200.

Something like these would be an improvement, though:

https://reverb.com/item/1435754-godin-velocity

https://reverb.com/item/989749-godin-velocity-amber-flame-6-string-electric-guitar-with-high-definition-revoicer-and-new-soft-case

https://reverb.com/marketplace/electric-guitars?query=godin+freeway+max%3A600.00
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Quote by dannyalcatraz
Honestly, given you can find used Washburns like that for $99-160, I don't think you're going to find an upgrade on that guitar for $200.

Something like these would be an improvement, though:

https://reverb.com/item/1435754-godin-velocity

https://reverb.com/item/989749-godin-velocity-amber-flame-6-string-electric-guitar-with-high-definition-revoicer-and-new-soft-case

https://reverb.com/marketplace/electric-guitars?query=godin+freeway+max%3A600.00


Excellent! Those are the kind of guitars I was looking for.. something just a bit more expensive than what i had, but now crazily expensive. However, i have never heard of Godin guitars. They do look very nice though. One i will have to do some research on.
#4
don't put yourself down for starters. your best bet is to figure out a budget. the budget should have 2 parts first and foremost for a guitar and in addition to get it setup properly. this will make a huge difference. then go back to GC and play as many guitars in your price range as possible. don't forget to check the used dept as your money will go further. pick what works for you but keep an open mind.
#5
First, monwobobbo is giving you good advice.

Godin is a Canadian brand that makes pretty darn good guitars. The ones I linked to were typically priced $750-900 new, so they're DEFINITELY worth looking at if you can find them in your local music store.
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Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#6
Carvin is another brand to consider. All (except the kits) are made in a single plant in San Diego.

Both of these have 3 singlecoils (SSS) as opposed to your Washburn with the bridge humbucker (HSS)- I included them because they're very well made. If y see one, it will be worth trying.
https://reverb.com/item/1194256-carvin-bolt-electric-guitar-made-in-usa-ohsc
https://reverb.com/item/1433985-usa-made-carvin-bolt-with-natural-finish
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#7
If you like Washburns, look into an x40 pro or an x50 pro. They are a solid guitar for a really good price.
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#8
G&L is a pretty well-respected brand. They have 2 basic levels, USA and Tributes. USAs are- naturally- made in the USA, and are their upper level line.

Tributes are made in Indonesia, but they use most of the same parts- including pickups- as their more expensive USA made cousins. They're a great deal.

You might find the Comanche to your liking.
https://reverb.com/item/419080-g-l-comanche-tribute-black
https://reverb.com/item/1486031-g-l-comanche-tribute-2010-s-gloss-black
https://reverb.com/item/1282856-mint-g-l-tribute-comanche

And you might find a used USA model in your price range, like this Invader:
https://reverb.com/item/830951-vintage-g-l-invader
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#9
For something that's incredible bang for the buck, you could take a look at Harley Benton stuff, the brand from Thomann online shop. They cost nothing since they produce them directly, I tried a €150-ish Les Paul copy and its value was at the very least twice its price.
#11
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+1 on Godin stuff

Look up the G&L Asgari too.

I find Godin to be great. I play my Radiator of my SG standard every day. They aren't the same, but the Godin is so light and sounds great. Super thin and fast. I also find them to be better than where they are priced, especially used. Like, I wouldn't get any Gibson under a studio, if the studio were that lucky. The Godin would be way cheaper and in my opinion way way better.
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