So I've had a beginner Fender-Strat forever and it's constantly out of tune and I barely play it anymore. I've been really letting loose on my acoustic Seagull but I really want to get a new electric.

I'm really trying to find one with awesome pick-ups and a clean tone that can be distorted well when necessary. I've been playing only for about 4 years and have been teaching myself, but I think the genre I tend to lean towards is blues rock... though I like to play around with funk, jazz and punk too.

My price range is anywhere between $400-about $700. If anyone has any advice I'd love it. I realize that there's a ton of threads like these, but I could really use some advice since I'm not all that knowledgable about the wide array of guitars available. Thanks a lot!

UPDATE: See Post #14
Last edited by GeetarsAreRock at May 22, 2006,
it really depends on what kind of pickups you want. do you want humbuckers, single coils or the happy medium p90s?
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lp100.everythng u need. look at the epiphone.or the gibsn.if in ur price range(i live in uk )
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You should just go to one of the online stores, search for guitars in the $400-$700
range, and pick one YOU like. They'll all do pretty much the same thing and
you'll get a decent guitar in just about anything in that range.
I don't know much about pickups but it sounds like single coils are the most versatile. However, I'd still like to get a decent growling sound out of the guitar every once in a while. Should I just leave that part to a pedal? Or am I way off base?
A guitar with p90s would work well for you they're basically overwound single coils and they can do pretty much anything apart from metal (i play metal so thats why i dont use them lol)

A prs Soapbar SE


a schecter c1 special

are both good guitars in that price range for that

also you can get highway one fender teles and strats for that price aswell i think...
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lp100.everythng u need. look at the epiphone.or the gibsn.if in ur price range(i live in uk )

no the epi les paul-100 is only like 250$ and he can spend 400-700. Theres no gibson les paul-100 either. i think p-90 pickups would be your best choice. maybe a prs-se.

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get a good strat and put some texas special pups on it, great for blues rock.
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^^According to his first post, he has a Mexican Strat already. Why would he want another one?? Anyway, P90's would be nice for you. Or Specialty Fender pickups (the texas ones sound nice). Maybe a nice Godin if you can get them. They are great guitars!
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Ive got an Ibanez Jetking II and its just great. resembles the fender Jag.

It has 2 humbuckers, and with the 3 way toggle switch and the splitters for the hums you can get a variety of tone. I play mostly blues and some rock. and when you got those Hums on you get a nice fat tone for blues, switch the toggle down and youve got a single coil sound.

I got mine used for 225, I tihnk there around 400 new, I might be wrong...
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Update: So I've been looking online and I've found a few guitars that seem to fit... but I'm nervous to buy anything I haven't tried in person. Does anyone have any advice for that. I've also been looking at guitars in the $400-500 range (with a couple exceptions) simply because I'd like to have some money left over for a nice pedal and amp. Here's what seems to be the best deals and most versatile guitars from guitarvision.com's site...

1. Godin Triumph Electric Guitar ($460-$500)
2. Schecter C-1 Artist Limited Edition Electric Guitar ($500)
3. Tribute by G&L S-500 Plus ($490)
4. Epiphone Les Paul Classic Quilt Top ($450)
5. Epiphone Limited Edition Les Paul Custom ($600)
6. Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 Guitar (however I think this is far out of my price range since the price isn't listed on the site I looked at)
7. Epiphone Les Paul Ultra ($500... from guitarcenter.com's site)

Any suggestions on better models, better prices or even a better website to look at for sales would be very helpful, thanks a lot.
Last edited by GeetarsAreRock at May 22, 2006,
Maybe and ESP M200FM would be good. I have one that's my second electric and it's a beaut...
hey, first off i wonder if the bridge is lifted on ur strat. because there's no reason why it shouldnt hold a tune.

secondly, what amp are u using?

and third, of those above i like the schecter.

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If your considering a single cut model I think a Yamaha AES-620 would do great for those things. They also have blown away alot of Epiphones I've tried out. http://www.music123.com/Yamaha-AES620-Electric-Guitar-i145920.music
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Also with the money left over id put in a nice bluesy neck pickup like a SD Alnico Pro 2.
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Get the 60th Anniversary Commerorative Standard Strat if you want to keep the same design as your old electric guitar.

If you want a new look i would go with a les paul, maybe a quilt top, flametop, or ultra
of the ones you gave the scehcter. Great bang for your buck
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