#1
Alright, so i've been an acoustic player for about a year now, and want to start playing some electric. Only thing is, I have NO idea what to buy!

I have around $500 to $600 to spend. I'd like it to be pretty versatile, not too concerned about the ability to play anything metal-like.
I'd also like an amp.. which I guess i could spend another $200 on. I'd just be playing mostly at home or with some friends, but I don't want anything too small or weak.

Threads like this one are usually welcome in the acoustic forum, sorry if it isn't here.

Thanks in advance.
#2
hey im buying my first electric soon too im looking at lp's sg's and strats but i love the les pauls(epi of course)
#4
(1) You should spend at least as much money on your amp as you do on your guitar, if not more.

(2) In your price range, there are a ridiculous amount of guitars to buy. What sort of music do you think you'll actually be playing? Who are some of your favorite electric guitar players?
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#5
If you don't like metal, buy a Fender strat style guitar. If you want the ability to play metal, rock and anything else though, I'd buy a guitar that has humbucking, dual coil pickups. (Fenders typically have single coil pickups.)
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That's exactly what I've been trying to say.

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#6
i might just be crazy but try out a prs se they're about 400 and they sound really good i just like um
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(1) You should spend at least as much money on your amp as you do on your guitar, if not more.

(2) In your price range, there are a ridiculous amount of guitars to buy. What sort of music do you think you'll actually be playing? Who are some of your favorite electric guitar players?


Interesting, I was not aware. Thanks.
No particular favourite electric guitar players - I just want to be able to play a lot of things I can't on an acoustic. Like I said, I want one that's pretty versatile, as i'll probably be playing a lot of different kinds of music.

Thanks for the prompt replies.
#8
^^^ You're not crazy. I have a PRS SE Soapbar II that I picked up for $420 that I absolutely love. But there are some downsides to those guitars, such as the non-adjustable stop bar tailpiece. But the stock sound out of the soapbars is great, especially for blues.

Ok...well, a very versatile guitar would be the Fender Strat or Fat Strat. I would especially recommend the Fat Strat if you want the ability to play with heavier distortion sometimes. Fender Telecaster is also a great, versatile guitar. Schecter makes some offerings in your price range, and I've heard good things about their instruments. The PRS SE series is another option.
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#9
i was kinda in the same position u are in now, i studied on acoustic for a year and i ahd no idea what i was doing with electric, lol, but i had less money to spend than you
my first electric was the epiphone les paul 100, i absolutely love it
but you can probably get a better model epi than the 100
such as
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Guitar/Electric?sku=518350
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Guitar/Electric?sku=518320
#10
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For $500 you could buy a high end Agile Les Paul (the 3500 model) and that would be a lot better than an Epiphone. For $200, you could get an AD30VT which does pretty much everything, except metal without any pedals.

Links:

http://www.rondomusic.net/al3500prestblkch.html
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Guitar/Amps?sku=481959

Yes you can get metal out of the vox. I get a very nice metal tone out of mine. I just dont get insane heavy metal.
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I was in your shoes about a month ago, I ended up buying a G&L Legacy and I love it, it has a great tone was about $400
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#14
Go into a shop, ask to play some guitars WITH the amp you want. Then choose.
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^^^ It's ironic that you didn't spell "sentences" correctly. I guess, therefore, he shouldn't listen to you. And I agree with the other guy that low-end solid state Peavey amps suck.
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#19
amp: Roland Cube or VOX
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or ask your granny for $200 and buy a Schecter (you will love it)
#21
Fat Strat+ Vox AD30/50 VT or Roalnd Cube (get teh Cube if you want a metal sound).
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#22
^+^^ he just said he didnt want metal tone.

so yeah...get a Fender Standard (Mexican) Fat Strat, (400$), and with the saved 200 on the guitar, add that to the amp's first 200 and get the Peavey Valveking 112.
its not a lower-end amp, and its 50 watts all tube (ask around if you dont get that concept) through one 12-inch speaker, for 400. good deal.
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^NO! Spiders suck ***** **** ***** **** **** *****. Get a Fat Strat (wich is extremly versatile) and a either a Vox AD50Vt or a Peavey Valveking.
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#25
I agree with Gabel. The guy said NOT metal, and yet the metalheads come out recommending metal guitars and cheap metal amps. Bleh. I'm assuming he wants some character in his tone. So yeah, Fat Strat (should cost you around $450), and then spend the balance on an amp. The Vox AD50VT is a good amp. Never played a Valve King.
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#26
I agree on the fat strat recommendations, another range to check out would be the godin range they make some nice looking versitile guitars.
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#27
if you decide to spend a little more on the amp, this fender tube amp (blues junior) would be good:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Guitar/Amps?sku=480512
I have its big brother and--with a pedal or two--it'll do everything except very modern metal.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Guitar/Electric?sku=513010
if you decide to spend more on the guitar this schecter (c 1 plus) is very versatile. it has a coil splitter so you can change the pickup form a double coil to single whenever you want.

The fat strat is also a great choice, a little cheaper the the schecter i think.