#1
So I've been playing guitar for like 3 years or so. I'm not a professional by any means, but I know my way around electric/acoustics. Last year I sold my Fender Strat, Blues Jr, and pedals to help pay for college tuition. I was broke. I held onto my Martin Dreadnought though...

Anyway, as of late I've been looking to get back into playing the electric. I'm interested in writing my own music, using my midi keyboard for a diversity of layered sounds. On the guitar, I'm looking to create bright, ambient sounds that are layered in reverb, delay, and effects. This will all be combined with dialogue, vocals, and other experimentation. I'm into a lot of random genres and influences, including the 1975's darker tracks, Frank Ocean, Bon Iver's new stuff, etc. etc.

I digress. I'm looking to buy a quality electric guitar that isn't going to break the bank. I've been looking at the Epiphone ES-339, entry level Gretsch Jets, and Mustang/Sonic Duos. Below are a few links. Are any of these decent? The Squire stang looks alright but I'm worried about the bridge/quality.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-es-339-pro-electric-guitar/h77391000002000?pfm=home_page.rr1
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/squier-vintage-modified-mustang-electric-guitar/h84284000002001?pfm=search_page.rr1
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/gretsch-guitars-g5435-electromatic-pro-jet-electric-guitar/h77209000001000?pfm=item_page.rr1

I'm a little difficult (sorry) about body style. I don't want anything huge as I'm not a huge guy, and I like some styles/hate others.
Besides the instruments listed... Any recommendations to getting back in the game for what I am looking for?

Thanks much!
/JD
#2
For that price range you should be able to pick up a used Made In Mexico Tele or Strat. Check out local music shops. I've gotten my best gear from the dark corners of these places.
#3
Have you considered buying second hand? You will get tons more bang for your buck. There's an American Fender Strat on my local Craig's for $500 right now
#5
JonDenvero

Given that you're already going down the midi path with your keyboard, might I suggest the Godin Freeway SA:

http://www.godinguitars.com/godinfreewaysap.htm
https://reverb.com/item/2742648-godin-freeway-sa-2014?gclid=CjwKEAiAmdXBBRD0hZCVkYHTl20SJACWsZj9eDJIanlLzx_PPyQiLPvuUXgvNt7lbXO39fc0mRu52hoCJtDw_wcB&pla=1

They're made in Canada, with pretty well-regarded QC.
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#6
OP here:

Seeing a lot of people suggesting Strats/Teles. My question is, am I going to be able to pull the sounds I'm looking for with single coils?

Thanks for everyone's help.
#7
Quote by JonDenvero
OP here:

Seeing a lot of people suggesting Strats/Teles. My question is, am I going to be able to pull the sounds I'm looking for with single coils?

Thanks for everyone's help.

You could always throw in a Duncan JB jr, or similar. Mini humbucker in single coil size
#8
Quote by JonDenvero
OP here:

Seeing a lot of people suggesting Strats/Teles. My question is, am I going to be able to pull the sounds I'm looking for with single coils?

Thanks for everyone's help.


Get an HSS strat!
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