#1
I play basically all types of music, from blues, to grunge, to metal, to random clean chord strumming, so I want something that can do a little bit of everything. I currently use a gold top epiphone les paul as my main. It's ok, I guess, but I think it's time for something new.

This is the guitar I've been thinking about getting (if I see it in guitar center):
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Big-Block-Strat-Electric-Guitar-HSS?sku=511940

If not, I will probably end up getting some kind of strat. My budget is around $600-$800.

Any other sugesstions? Can I possible do better? Is that not a good guitar? Opinions plz kthx.
#2
I recently got a Epiphone Joe Perry Custom (comes with Burstbucker 2 and 3's). I picked mine up for $500USD on ebay brand new, and its $800 on GuitarCenter and Musiciansfriend. Awesome guitar for the money. (I returned my Gibson Les Paul Studio for it) and I am very very very glad that i did.
#3
Well the LP is good for harder rock, and get the Strat for blues and whatnot. I'd really say a SSS configured Strat. Maybe one of the new Highway Ones, a Classic Series Strat (50's, 60's, 70's) or a Classic Players Strat (50's, 60's). They're all VERY nice gutars.
*Taylor 214ce Acoustic
*Fender Highway One Honey Blonde Strat (Fralin Pickups)
*Epiphone Zephyr Regent (Gibson '57 Humbucker)
*Vox 847 Wah
*Fulltone Fulldrive 2 MOSFET
*Fender Blues Deluxe Amp
#4
You can do way better, a standard strat is $300 cheaper and thats all it is.
You can go Highway one strat or tele for that much, I suggest you do that!
#6
If u buy a fender and play metal u may need a good amp like line 6 or marshall or just get a good effects pedal therefore fender is good b ut depends on what music u play....

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#7
Play the Joe Perry if you can, trust me it is worth your time. But if you want something a little more versatile, you may not want it because the BurstBuckers are great for classic rock, but arent super versatile.
#8
Quote by obliviousfire



Here we go with the brilliant comments...
*Taylor 214ce Acoustic
*Fender Highway One Honey Blonde Strat (Fralin Pickups)
*Epiphone Zephyr Regent (Gibson '57 Humbucker)
*Vox 847 Wah
*Fulltone Fulldrive 2 MOSFET
*Fender Blues Deluxe Amp
#9
Quote by guitarpunk8
If u buy a fender and play metal u may need a good amp like line 6



Leave.
*Taylor 214ce Acoustic
*Fender Highway One Honey Blonde Strat (Fralin Pickups)
*Epiphone Zephyr Regent (Gibson '57 Humbucker)
*Vox 847 Wah
*Fulltone Fulldrive 2 MOSFET
*Fender Blues Deluxe Amp
#11
Quote by JJK
Here we go with the brilliant comments...
wtf dude i was just making a suggestion. most people that like the feel of the les paul dont want to go back to fender. and paul reed smith really is a good brand
#12
Quote by obliviousfire
wtf dude i was just making a suggestion. most people that like the feel of the les paul dont want to go back to fender. and paul reed smith really is a good brand



Yeah but saying "fender sucks" is retarded. There's a reason why so many people play Fenders you know...
*Taylor 214ce Acoustic
*Fender Highway One Honey Blonde Strat (Fralin Pickups)
*Epiphone Zephyr Regent (Gibson '57 Humbucker)
*Vox 847 Wah
*Fulltone Fulldrive 2 MOSFET
*Fender Blues Deluxe Amp
#14
Quote by The Casualty
Flexitone amps are quite good.



I believe he was talking about Spyders...
*Taylor 214ce Acoustic
*Fender Highway One Honey Blonde Strat (Fralin Pickups)
*Epiphone Zephyr Regent (Gibson '57 Humbucker)
*Vox 847 Wah
*Fulltone Fulldrive 2 MOSFET
*Fender Blues Deluxe Amp
#15
Good idea of getting the HSS model as it will suit your needs for versitility but do not overlook the Epi les paul custom, someone mentioned he had a Joe Perry boneyard; lucky bastArd. You can play metal with thet Fender strat, even without the Humbucker (Ritchie Blackmore or Malmsteen anyone) but Les Paul customs can be very versitile, it just takes effort on your part to mix and match differnet volume and tone setting to get teh sound you want. PRS are very good but the necks do not suit everyone; they tend to be somewhat fat. Personally I would get the Joe Perry Boneyard. I wnat one myself or will get a les paul custom depending on how they vary in tone and sound variatoin and when enough cash comes my way. As they always say; try them out for yourself if possible to see how they feel and sound to you.
Last edited by TwistedLogic at Jan 31, 2007,
#16
You've got quite alot of options really.

If you're more based around heavy rock, then a Les Paul or an SG is a good idea.

If you're based more around blues and that sort of sound, check Strats and Tele's.

But if I were you, I'd take myself to a guitar shop and just try a bunch out. Don't overlook Ibanez's too, the hardtail models could be just what you're after.

Ever thought about a Semi Hollow too? Maybe an Epi Sheraton or Casino could be just the ticket.
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#17
/\ I have a epi dot deluxe 335 and it is very versitile and I like it so far. I play some John Mayer, the eagles, Led Zeppelin, Maiden, Priest without much problem. It is very good for a guitar with stock pick ups in its. Good suggestion Kurapica but for the money he has he can do better or buy the dot and use the extra cash to get a good amp.
#18
Quote by JJK
I believe he was talking about Spyders...


He never specified which amp in particular.
#19
Quote by TwistedLogic
Good suggestion Kurapica but for the money he has he can do better or buy the dot and use the extra cash to get a good amp.


Yeah man, I actually quite like the Dot. I think with a bit of TLC and money invested you'd have an amazing guitar. They've got alot of potential for sure.

I'm really into the Epi Riviera though, man, probably one of the sexiest guitars ever made.
Ibanez PGM301
Ibanez GRG170DX
Fender Telecaster MiJ - 1986
Swing T-Through

Ibanez TS9DX
Sovtek Small Stone - c.1985
EHX Big Muff
Kimbara Wah - c.1974
Boss GE-7

Orange Rocker 30 Combo

http://www.myspace.com/paythelay
#20
Use your Epiphone for hard rock/metal stuff, then for the softer, brighter stuff, get yourself a highway one Strat/Tele. They're awesome guitars, and are well worth the price of them.
#21
Ohh, I should of pointed this out sooner. I do not want to get another les paul. I like the feeling of a les paul, but I want something a little different, and something where it's not as difficult to reach the higher frets. Another guitar I'm considering is an SG. My friend had a cheaper version of a Gibson SG, and it sounded REALLY kick ass on my amp with my metal zone distortion pedal. I think I've narrowed it down to either an SG or a Strat, but if there are any other options, please say so.
#22
Before you buy an SG, ask your mate if you can try out his SG with a strap on. Personally put me right off them because they're so uncomfortable to play standing up (the head is very heavy and dives down).
Ibanez PGM301
Ibanez GRG170DX
Fender Telecaster MiJ - 1986
Swing T-Through

Ibanez TS9DX
Sovtek Small Stone - c.1985
EHX Big Muff
Kimbara Wah - c.1974
Boss GE-7

Orange Rocker 30 Combo

http://www.myspace.com/paythelay
#23
Quote by Kurapica
Yeah man, I actually quite like the Dot. I think with a bit of TLC and money invested you'd have an amazing guitar. They've got alot of potential for sure.

I'm really into the Epi Riviera though, man, probably one of the sexiest guitars ever made.



I actually like the looks of the Casino / Sheraton / and Riviera's better than the dot as the others have nicer inlays and headstock but cash was an issue when I made the purchase. Nothing like a little bling to dress up a guitar but body material wise and pick up wise they seem very similar.

As for getting an SG, if you have problems reaching upper frets on a les paul the issue might even be worse as SG's tend to have wide necks if I recall. If that is the case maybe Adamk is right in suggesting using your less paul for heavy stuff and getting the strat for other stuff. If that is the case I go back to suggesting the fender HSS model. Very good guitar sound wise.
Last edited by TwistedLogic at Jan 31, 2007,
#24
since u want something that has a bit of everything...i suggest a schecter C-1 hellraiser, or an esp ltd ...the 400 series....but the guitars with 85\81 emg pickups are better ( talking about ltds) ....the hellraiser can perfectly do metal..and can do cleans too...check this on youtube dispite it is in chineze ot sth ...just pay attention to sound in cleans and distortion:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVsAUZnagKg
#25
If you're going to get a Fender change the bridge pickup to a Hotrail. For the kind of music you play you wont like the twang of the factory pickups. If you still switch to blues you could use your Neck and middle pickups and for lead stuff you use the hotrail.
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