#1
Right... So I' somewhere between a beginner and intermediate I guess. I play mostly rock and blues, but I do like metal... Not really good enough to play anything interesting. So anyways, I have about $500 to spend on a new guitar and amp... I figure that these are my two choices. Which would be better?

A nicer guitar like a $400 Epi Les Paul, and an only ok $100 amp...

Or buy an Ibanez GRG for 250 or so and spend another 250 on a marshall or line 6 amp... What would be better?
#2
what are you playing right now? cause epis and grgs arent really going to be a step up, just spend all 500 on a new amp thats what effects your tone the most
#3
I'd recommend the Les Paul if you're not planning to become a metal guitarist. The Les Paul is better for rock. I can't say I'd use either of those guitars for blues, though. If you're going to play blues, I'd suggest a Fender Stratocaster. And as for amps, if you have a choice between a marshall and a line 6, get a marshall.
#4
best thing, and 500 ppl will say this: save up more, and get an amp first before guitar

but i personally prefer a guitar over an amp, but seeing as you obviously don't have tons of money to spend, and are starting......buy anything as long as it's not a marshall mg, and spend more on the amp
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#7
-NO! save ur money, especially if ur sticking with guitar for life

-and get a line6 over a marshall if u think you'll be playing metal when u get better

-dont get a fender if u think u might like metal...lol

-also, ebay is good for amps, cuz who gives a hoot if its slightly used
#8
save up another $500 then we'll talk. There's really no point buying new gear because your unhappy currently, IF the new gear is going to disappoint you in a matter of months to a year.
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#9
i would call a Epi Les Paul Std. a step up from a cheap-ass Strat
Epiphone Les Paul Standard
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#10
Guitar-
Epiphone G-400
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Vintage-G400-Electric-Guitar?sku=518669
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-G400-SG-Electric-Guitar?sku=518291

RG321MH
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RG321MHGN-Electric-Guitar?sku=517963

Refurb Epiphone Standard
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Standard-Plus-Top-Electric-Guitar?sku=518341V
MF refurbs supposedly only have extremely minor cosmetic problems.

and if you are still dead set on a LP
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-LP100-Electric-Guitar?sku=518661

Amp

Crate V8 Palomino
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Palomino-V8-Class-A-Tube-Combo-Amp?sku=487825

Epi VJ
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Valve-Junior-Combo-Amp?sku=480260

both of those amps will do rock and blues, and are plenty loud.

I own the RG321MH, and I say its the best beginner guitar, but if you dislike a really thin neck stay away from it. G-400's and Epi LP standards are very good guitars, and the lower end Epi LP is playable, but you can get better bang for your buck IMO.
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#11
Quote by deafening
-NO! save ur money, especially if ur sticking with guitar for life

-and get a line6 over a marshall if u think you'll be playing metal when u get better

-dont get a fender if u think u might like metal...lol

-also, ebay is good for amps, cuz who gives a hoot if its slightly used


That is horrible advice. Fender can pwn metal. Check out Lori Linstruth, she shreds as well as anyone else on a Fender. Check out other options for amps though, don't relegate yourself towards those two amps.

And save your money, I'm sure your guitar isn't as bad as you say it is.
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#12
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i would call a Epi Les Paul Std. a step up from a cheap-ass Strat

The Epi is more of eye candy than a guitar. You can get a way better guitar, for a lower price.

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I'd recommend the Les Paul if you're not planning to become a metal guitarist. The Les Paul is better for rock. I can't say I'd use either of those guitars for blues, though. If you're going to play blues, I'd suggest a Fender Stratocaster. And as for amps, if you have a choice between a marshall and a line 6, get a marshall.

And TS, dont listen to this noob. We all hate Spyders (Line 6) and MGs (Marshall). Get an Epi valve junior, its an all tube amp, you can do all types of mods. Or a Vox valvetronix DA5 or AD15VT
Last edited by .smudged. at Sep 13, 2007,
#13
no matter what, just don't get a MG. That's like dumping the hottest girl in the world for the ugliest one that's an emo. You just don't do it.
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#14
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#15
I would suggest a nice G-400 & Valve Junior. You can get both on MF for about 500$.
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#17
Quote by .smudged.
The Epi is more of eye candy than a guitar. You can get a way better guitar, for a lower price.


Epiphone Les Paul Standard
-SD "Pearly Gates" bridge pickup
-50's style wiring
Digitech RP150
Boss DS-1 Distortion
Electro-Harmonix LPB-1 Linear Power Booster
Peavey Windsor Studio

= My amp on crack
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