#1
I'm trying to help my cousin because he wants to play guitar, his not sure on what guitar to get and im thinking of a Fender Stratocaster, not the expensive one. How much does it cost and do you think its for a starter like him ? And what sort of small starter amp should he get ?
#3
Do you think any fender is reasonable ? and what about the stratocaster ?
#4
I'm assuming when you say Fender, you are talking about the $350 Mexican made Standard Stratocaster.

I don't know if you should get your little cousin a Fender just yet. Maybe if he has some experience in playing and you know he won't just stick it in his closet after a week, then I'd say go for it. If he can't play at all yet and you don't know if he will stick with it, then I'd say buy him a starter pack for 100-200$. A Squire or Behringer guitar pack should do the trick since he is a beginner.

If you are going the Fender route, then I'd suggest getting him a small Roland Cube 30 or a Peavey Rage 158.
#5
Don't spend hundreds of dollars on starter guitars
Guitar is something that, especially kids, will drop very quickly, because it presents a level of difficulty. Buy something ****ty, or even a Squire or Ibanez starter pack. If he sticks with it for a long time and gets in lessons, then get a Strat.

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#6
Yea buy him something crappy like a used Squier and a crappy Marshall Mg.
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#7
Get him a cheap Ibanez and a cheap amp. Then after a couple of months is he still likes playing and learning, maybe get him lessons. Then at 6 months-1 year of playing and he still enjoys it, maybe get him a quality guitar.
#8
I would buy the Squire '51.
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#9
How about the Squire Telecaster they're meant to be more reliable and better quality than the Squire Teles.
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#10
My God...Just because he's just starting out and all of you had sh*t gear when you started doesn't mean he should too.

Look at the higher end Squiers. Any that are made with Alder for the body wood should be fine. You want a guitar he'll actually enjoy playing instead of some POS that will make him want to quit.

For the amp, take a look at the Vox AD15VT. It should be great for a practice amp.
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#11
how old is he?

cause if he's like 4 years old then spending over 100 dollars is probably just a waste of money
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#12
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How about the Squire Telecaster they're meant to be more reliable and better quality than the Squire Teles.

I really hope that was a typo, because teles are telecasters.
#13
I'd recommend Ibanez GRX series, Squier Telecasters, MexiFenders, and those $100 Deans for first guitars.

Amp wise, Vox AD15VT is your best bet.
#14
Atleast get him something of somewhat good qulaity, for two reasons:
1) He will enjoy playing on a decent guitar more than a cheap-o that would discourage him from playing.
2) If he doesn't like playing, a good guitar will have better resale value than a $99 Squier Bullet and a Drive amp.
#15
Yea get him a Squire telecaster with a crappy Fender Frontman amp so he thinks its good.
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#16
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Yea get him a Squire telecaster with a crappy Fender Frontman amp so he thinks its good.


Or, maybe they can actually get a good amp for him? I dunno. I'm just throwing it out there.

If he starts with a decent amp (like the Vox AD15VT) his ear should develop more quickly. I know that I just kept getting frustrated with my sh*tty first amp (Washburn BD12-very crappy). I tired everythign with it and just couldn't get the sounds I wanted from it. I guess that's probably why my MG sounded so good to me when I bought it. It was a huge step up in sound quality from the BD12. The MG. A huge step in sound quality. Yeah. The BD12 was THAT bad.

Get him a decent amp and a decent guitar. He wants a Strat, so get him a GOOD Squier Strat. Not just that POS bullet special, but one of the better ones that are made of alder. Be sure to try a few of them as well and pick the best one.
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#17
Are you talking about the mexican standard? They're more of a second guitar, I think. Unless you got him a second-hand one; just make sure you know your stuff to be able to check it's ok.
#19
XENN99 If you like how the Mg sounds check out an all-tube amp. Those will blow you away if you think the Mg sounds good.
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#20
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get him a gibson les paul custom....thats pretty cheap


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#21
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hey, I got one after a year..

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#22
Quote by The Master Plan
XENN99 If you like how the Mg sounds check out an all-tube amp. Those will blow you away if you think the Mg sounds good.


Maybe you should read his post one more time, slowly.
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#23
Xenn, the problem with buying young kids a guitar is that if he isn't disciplined he won't stay at it. A practice schedule and teacher is vital if you're going to be him something expensive.

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#24
If he's serious and commited, get something like an Ibanez GR170, because it's a good quality electric for the price and it'll last. If he's learning just to look 'cool', get a Squire. Yeah, people say they're cheap and tacky but they aren't that bad for the price. Occassionally you get a good one that hasn't just been chucked together.

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#25
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Maybe you should read his post one more time, slowly.

Well it seems like he loves his Mg's tone.
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If he starts with a decent amp (like the Vox AD15VT) his ear should develop more quickly. I know that I just kept getting frustrated with my sh*tty first amp (Washburn BD12-very crappy). I tired everythign with it and just couldn't get the sounds I wanted from it. I guess that's probably why my MG sounded so good to me when I bought it. It was a huge step up in sound quality from the BD12. The MG. A huge step in sound quality.

And if you look at his sig it has a smiley face next to his Mg so that shows that he loves it as well.
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Pedals
Barber DD
Wilson WH-10 Clone
Ibanez WH10 V2

Pitchblack Tuner
Boss DD-3
Guitars: 06' Custom Fender Strat Lindy Fralin Blues Specials, Callaham Tremolo
09' Olympic White Stratocaster
#26
Just get a mexian stratocaster, they are cheap and excellent quality.
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#28
get him a squier strat for like $170 and a 15 watt amp for like $100
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#30
dude does anyone know if the threadstarter plays or if hes just buying one for his cousin???
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#31
Quote by Xenn99
My God...Just because he's just starting out and all of you had sh*t gear when you started doesn't mean he should too.

Look at the higher end Squiers. Any that are made with Alder for the body wood should be fine. You want a guitar he'll actually enjoy playing instead of some POS that will make him want to quit.

For the amp, take a look at the Vox AD15VT. It should be great for a practice amp.



My Strat agrees with you :P
#32
Quote by The Master Plan
XENN99 If you like how the Mg sounds check out an all-tube amp. Those will blow you away if you think the Mg sounds good.



I think he's just recommending it as a beginner amp
#33
A little kid isn't going to be able to tell the difference between a paul reed smith custom 24 and a plywood no name strat copy. Stick with the cheap starter, and once he gets into it, maybe after a year or two, he'll be ready to step it up.