Ok, I currently own a squier strat. It has served me well for about 2 years, but now I want a good Second/Intermediate level guitar.

I have a budget of about $300-400 Dollars. I love playing Punk/Grunge mostly.


Edit: I was thinking about this guitar..Reliable maker, at a decent price: Gibson Melody Maker
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Last edited by Bowlingforcerea at Jun 29, 2007,
The Melody Maker should be good, but Gibson quality control isn't the best, so you might not want to get one off the internet. See if you can find a store to try one out before buying it.
Well my local guitar center has it so I would go there to purchase.
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From what I've heard, low end Gibsons aren't that great. On the other hand, I've heard that Epiphone G-400s are great for the money, and I'm sure that would work for grunge, alt. rock, etc.

Edit: I should mention that I don't have any personal experience with either of those guitars.
Last edited by werty22 at Jun 30, 2007,
Yeah I looked at the Epi guitar, and I also spotted the Epi les paul standard. I've heard some good things about it too. So what do you guys think is more worth my cash, an Epi, or the Gibson? Thanks.
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I don't know much about the Melody Maker, but it does only have singlecoils, so if you want a more powerful guitar then I would say an Epiphone with humbuckers.
I have the Epi LP Custom (just a slightly upgraded Standard) and it's awesome. I'd imagine the Standard isn't very different from the Custom. I've owned it for a little over two years now and it still rocks my socks.
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Best looking headstock ever.
Lighter weight than a 'Paul.
Even more sustain from a wraparound bridge than a tunomatic!

Finish is mediocre quality.
Pickups are average at best.
Tuners are very poor quality.
Most vintage Mels are double cutaway. This is only single cutaway.
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ive got an epi les paul std. you cant go wrong with one of them. i spent weeks choosing it and played loads of different guitars. this was top of the pops by a mile. (in the price range)
Try to look at some Esp, they are good, with more agressive sound than Epi or Gibson

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