#1
Hi all.
I want a guitar, I have never played before, And I want a good guitar for a beginner, but i don't want it to be a little dinky one.
Im thinking about getting a strat pak. Good choice?
And i see alot of different strat paks, like a fat strat, affinity strat, ect. Whats the difference between them??? I'm 16 and have fairly large hands, so i want a nice guitar that will fit me good, Please name the best for me as specifically as you can. I have OCD so im gonna obsess on wether its right or not >_>

Help much appreciated
Last edited by fartripper67 at Jun 22, 2007,
#3
Yea I agree, it does matter. I got a Jackson. I don't play metal very much. See what I mean?
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#5
Out of those then, I would get a fat strat pack. but you'd be best off with something that had 2 humbuckers, what kind of budget are you on?
#6
Quote by fartripper67
Punk mostly. Some metal.


An Ibanez RG321MH for sure. Maybe a Schecter Blackhawk or a Schecter Omen 6.

As for an amp, I'd say the Roland Cube 60. Amazing amp, amazing price.
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#8
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Out of those then, I would get a fat strat pack. but you'd be best off with something that had 2 humbuckers, what kind of budget are you on?

Around $300 - 350 ish
Last edited by fartripper67 at Jun 22, 2007,
#9
Hey, I bought my Jackson when I was heavily into the blues... How heavy of metal? If you get a Strat Pak, get the Fat Strat, it'll probably suit your needs better. Honestly, an Epiphone SG Special II or a Les Paul Special II would probably be the best choice for you.
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#10
The micro cube is a great choice for your very first amp, because not only does it sound great but its very cheap, and if you decide you dont really want to continue learning guitar, then you should be able to sell it on no problem. but if you buy a ****e no name amp, you're stuck using it as a door stop.

as for guitar personally i'd recommend a gax30, great ibanez starter guitar for heavier kinds of music and very cheap, plus looks great
#11
i would say a PRS standard... they're nice and really good guitars
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#13
Im probably gonna go with a strat pack.
But im looking on squires website and i see:

"Affinity Strat® Special / Fender Frontman Amp® 15G"
http://www.squierguitars.com/products/search.php?partno=0301605006

"Stop Dreaming, Start Playing™ Set: Affinity Strat® HSS with Bullet® 150 DSP Amp"
http://www.squierguitars.com/products/search.php?partno=0301610095

"Stop Dreaming, Start Playing™ Set: Affinity Strat® HSS with G-DEC® Junior Amp"
http://www.squierguitars.com/products/search.php?partno=0301620025

Also looking on zzounds.com and see:
"Squier Fat Strat Pak Electric Guitar Package"
http://www.zzounds.com/item--SQU330700

"Squier Stop Dreaming, Start Playing SE Special Strat Electric Guitar Package"
http://www.zzounds.com/item--SQU301600

And more too, but i think im being a bit nooby as it is.

Which one is the best?
If theres a different one i should get please link me to it if you can.
Im sorry im guitar illiterate >_>
#14
Guitar: Squier '51

http://www.samash.com/catalog/showi...ARCH&GroupCode=


Amp: Roland Micro Cube

http://www.samash.com/catalog/showi...ARCH&GroupCode=


And of course you'd need to get picks, a cable, a strap (optional), and tuner. But this is a nice beginner's setup (hell, I'd take it over mine right now ), and it's better than most pre-packaged beginner packs. And it'll last you a long time too. Good luck

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The Microcube is far and away the best sounding little amp you can get, except perhaps for the similar and slightly more expensive Vox DA5. The bonus of the Microcube is if you upgrade to a bigger amp you'll still want to keep it around due to it running off batteries.
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#15
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Im probably gonna go with a strat pack.

Ok seriously, listen to these people and don't get a starter pack. I know for a fact most guitars in starter packs are actually made of plywood. If you want, some Squiers that sell alone without the amp are made of Alder or some other wood. Please, don't but a pack. The Roland Micro Cube is a great starter amp.
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#16
I agree with the other people, if you're willing to spend 350 don't get a pack. I also really recomend the roland cube, and if you play punk and metal try for an ibanez. If you must get a packaged deal get the fat strat, for the humbucking sound you'll want in your genre.
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#17
Definately steer clear of the packs, they always have lackluster gear at a price which seems great but when you come down to it isn't. DEFINATELY pick up a micro cube, those things are sickkk to practice on, great sound from such a small package. As for guitar, it's almost all your choice, what type of body style do you want, what type of pickups, Hum's or singles, or a combo of both(reccomended). Look to brands like Squire, used Fender's(maybe your best bet), Ibanez's, Samick(excellent, seriously), just look around. There's tons of stuff out there. Find something your interested in, bring the name back to this thread and ask people their opinions.
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#18
Quote by fartripper67
Im probably gonna go with a strat pack.
But im looking on squires website and i see:

"Affinity Strat® Special / Fender Frontman Amp® 15G"
http://www.squierguitars.com/products/search.php?partno=0301605006

"Stop Dreaming, Start Playing™ Set: Affinity Strat® HSS with Bullet® 150 DSP Amp"
http://www.squierguitars.com/products/search.php?partno=0301610095

"Stop Dreaming, Start Playing™ Set: Affinity Strat® HSS with G-DEC® Junior Amp"
http://www.squierguitars.com/products/search.php?partno=0301620025

Also looking on zzounds.com and see:
"Squier Fat Strat Pak Electric Guitar Package"
http://www.zzounds.com/item--SQU330700

"Squier Stop Dreaming, Start Playing SE Special Strat Electric Guitar Package"
http://www.zzounds.com/item--SQU301600

And more too, but i think im being a bit nooby as it is.

Which one is the best?
If theres a different one i should get please link me to it if you can.
Im sorry im guitar illiterate >_>


Why are you on here asking for help if you're not going to listen to what these knowledgeable and helpful people are trying to tell you?

Strat packs are not good, the guitars are made out of plywood and extremely inferior parts, the amps are terrible, and everything else involvd was designed exclusively to cut costs.

Heed the advice given to you here, there is a LOT of knowledge about guitars on these forums.

I second the Squier '51 + Roland Cube idea, the Squier '51 is a very good guitar for the money and the Roland Cube pretty much can't be beat for a small practice amp.
#19
I've been sold to hell and back on not getting a strat pack, thank you very much everyone
I've been looking at some ibanez guitars, A couple that have caught my eye:

"Ibanez GRG170DX Electric Guitar"
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-GRG170DX-Electric-Guitar?sku=512496

"Ibanez RG2EX1 Electric Guitar"
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RE2EX1-Electric-Guitar?sku=519783

Opinions yes?
I generally like the look of the Ibanez's more than that of the Squier '51, but if the Squier is generally better I'll get the Squier. I also prefer a black guitar rather than the silver of the RG321MHGN.
As for an amp, If theres a good one for a bit cheaper than the roland micro cube, Please recommend. I wanna try to keep my total under $400.

Once again thanks so much everyone
#20
The Squier is really good for as cheap as it is, keep it in mind.

The RG seems like a better guitar. Wizard II neck, EMG passives. Not bad for $300.

The Micro Cube is prolly your best bet as far as an amp goes. If at all possible, pick it up.
#21
I'm now thinking that the RG2EX1 and the GRG170DX might be too heavy for the music i want to play, Also I've been browsing more:

Epiphone SG
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-SGSpecial-Electric-Guitar?sku=517239

Ibanex GAX30
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-GAX30-Electric-Guitar?sku=519725

Opinions Please?
Mind you, I will be playing a crapload of Misfits, Minor Threat, and Metallica/Motorhead-type stuff, and im sure I'll play some acoustic stuff aswell. So, really i want something that will play clear, undistorted stuff really well, and some loud, ripping distorted stuff really well aswell

I really dont like the look of the Les Pauls or Squires, But if a Squire is really the ideal choice for my clear/ripping needs, then so be it.

As for an amp, I'll get the roland cube
#22
Get a cube and an Epi SG (but get a G-310, only 50 bucks more) and keep your total to $325, about square in the middle of your budget.
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#23
Im loving the Epi SG G-310. I'll probably get that one

As for an amp, Either a roland micro cube, or a roland 15X.
Which would pick to go along with the Epi SG G310?