#1
I started playing acoustic about half a year ago, and I've played quite a bit. Now I'm looking into getting an electric + amp etc. I need advice on what to get for my budget which is at the moment $725. I play mostly rock (well I will on electric, as I only have an acoustic). I don't have much experience with electrics, although I have played my friend's standard strat a bit. I need ideas on what set-up to get with my money, or whether I should save a few extra pennies first. I don't really want an amazing amp (I can't afford one anyways), and I was thinking a guitar in the $400 area. Suggestions appreciated.
#2
That depends, what music you into? And don't disregard the amp, it makes up the majority of your tone. (Excluding your playing skills)

A versatile and good setup would be (IMO):

Fender Fat Strat (has a Humbucker in bridge for more gainy / rocky tones).

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Standard-HSS-Stratocaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=516039

Vox AD30VT (modelling amp, "models" other amps to reproduce / replicate the tone)

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-Valvetronix-AD30VT-30W-Guitar-Combo?sku=481959

Take a trip to Guitar Centre or something day and just try random stuff. That helps alot.
#3
I just meant I don't need an amazing amp. The one you suggested is fine. I'd be willing to pay $100 more or so for one. I'm into mostly rock, especially classic/80's. I would play some metal too, but not nearly as much. I like a lot of music so I would want somewhat of a versatile guitar, but mostly rock. I've been to Guitar Center quite a few times already. I do like strats (your suggestion). However I also like LP's, as I'm a big fan of Slash. Never really got down to playing one much though, and I don't know much of the Epiphone ones. Thanks for the advice. I probably won't be purchasing for over a week, but I've been looking for a while now. Advice on customizing guitars would be greatly appreciated, as I know pretty much nothing on that.
#4
Do you understand the differences between humbuckers and single coils, basic guitar knowledge? It would help alot if you read some of this.

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=328491

Just some basic guitar knowledge would help you choose a good guitar.

A good starting Les Paul would be the Epiphone Les Paul Standard (I would not go below the Standards, they are not great quality).

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Standard-Electric-Guitar?sku=518341

The Quality Control is a bit sketchy, so I would play some in the store and purchase at store.

Yamaha and Ibanez (I am an Ibanez fan boy, so I must mention :p make pretty good mid range guitars as well.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-AES620-Electric-Guitar?sku=518191

This guitar is kinda similar to a Les Paul, but a bit different in design (duh). It has pretty good specs and would suit you as a beginner - intermediate.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SZ320EX-Electric-Guitar?sku=512546

Although many link Ibanez with metal / shred, the SZ series is pretty good as they are versatile guitars IMO. They would suit rock pretty well and good intermediate guitars. (Also note Ibanez make jazz guitars too
#5
So would an entry level fender, such as the fat strat be better than an epiphone LP standard?

If an Epiphone LP standard isn't really as good as equally priced guitars I don't want it. I just happen to like the LP for looks and the fact Slash uses them. If the cheap ones don't play well I don't want one. Big deal if I like Slash.
Last edited by VoRzCeNt at Jul 4, 2007,
#6
Schecter Gryphons are good 400 dollar guitars as well and are highly versatile.

BTW get a VOX AD30VT
#7
Fat strat, and fender amp
<_<

Or a roland cube. Both very fine choices.
I don't even shred
#8
Thanks, I still have to go to Guitar Center a lot more times to test. And for your suggestions any ideas on switching the electronics would be appreciated.

I do like Strats, but sometimes they sound a little too clean to me. I got to test out the fat strat more to see if it sounds, 'fatter'. Keep the ideas coming I appreciate them.

As for the Schecter, I thought those were mostly for metal. I haven't got to testing them out but I'll try on my next trip to the store.

I probably need amp advice the most. Would it be worth going from the VOX AD30VT to the 50 watt? It's somewhere around $120 more. I don't want a gigging amp or anything, as I've already said. But is the 30 watt loud enough to go over a band (as in practice w/ one)?
Last edited by VoRzCeNt at Jul 6, 2007,