#1
Just wanted to say hello! I'm 41 years old and feel like an old man compared to some of you that have posted. I'm getting ready to get my first electric guitar (along with lessons) and don't have much to spend ($600). I like all kinds of music; rock, blues, bluegrass etc. I was looking at a Schecter PT Fastback, is this a good choice for the money and can you play all kinds of music on this guitar? If it's not, please recommend something. Thank you!

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Last edited by Seahorse at Oct 31, 2007,
#2
Welcome! I'm sure it will get the job done.
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#3
Yea that guitar will be great. You might also want to try a Fender Telecaster ---the schecter is a telecaster copy, but the schecter comes with 2 humbuckers, which are have a thicker heavier tone (mostly for metal), while the Fender Telecaster has single coils, which have thinner sharper tone- better sounding for blues and country and alot of rock IMO)

Fender has some good models for under 600, but ide go try them out at a guitar store, whether you get a Tele or the Schecter your not gonna be disappointed. Just get what feels better.
#4
Next thing you'll need is an amp, make sure to post here before you buy, otherwise you might be stuck with something crappy.
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#5
Of course, you might want something cheaper if you dont have an amp. Id Suggest a Cruiser CJ - 400 by Crafter. Cheap (like, $250), Plays about anything and you could get a decent amp with it. 2 humbuckers and a single coil.
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You don't REALLY need lessons though. Unless you desperately need help. =/
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Is that budget just for the guitar or for the amp + guitar?

FYI - Amp > guitar. Spend more on it.
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Thanks for the welcome and all the replies! That price is for the guitar only. I plan on taking lessons for a couple of months and having my wife get me an amp for Christmas. I explained to the guy at the local guitar store what type of music I like (don't care much for heavy metal) and he recommended the Fastback. He was pushing it so hard I thought I should get some advice. I would probably be playing more Johnny Cash than anything, should I just stick to an acoustic? Thanks
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^Don't trust guitar store employees, they're all poor and on commission.
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^ truth.

Maybe you can hunt for a thinline telecaster for that price?
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#12
But Schecters are beautiful guitars. What you could do is take along a friend who knows a thing or two about guitars and ask him to check out the Fastback for you - in terms of sound and such. Plus, each player has a different preference for guitar necks - so hold the guitar in your hands as if you were playing it, and see if the neck feels comfortable in your hands. Thats really important. Good luck on your journey to becoming a guitar player!
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#13
ummm so what are you playing it on if you dont have an amp? i guess you can kinda hear it... just...
But IMO you should really check out the tele, based on the music that you want to play maybe one of those mexican teles ? But you really need to hold it on your hands... i made the mistake when letting someone else buy me a guitar... it was my first guitar and still my only one so i guess lesson learned...
#14
The PT's are nice, but in all honesty you might as well just go for a Mexi telecaster, unless there's something about the PT you really like. From my experience the neck will be a little slimmer on a tele.
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#16
I think the PT Fastback is a cool little guitar; I really dig the filtertron-esque neck pickup.

I think it'd suit your playstyle.

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I would probably be playing more Johnny Cash than anything, should I just stick to an acoustic? Thanks

If that is mostly what you want to play, then I would get an acoustic, yes. That's not to say you can't play that music on an electric, but there is just something to be said for flat picking on an acoustic guitar.