#1
I am a guitarist that has been playing for a few months. Now it's time to get an electric besides the no-name piece of !@#$ my friend gave me. I've been searching guitarcenter.com for quite some time now, and I'm trying to choose between the guitars within my price range ($200-$250). First off we have the Epiphone Les Paul Special II featured in this players pack: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Special-II-Player-Pack-102328770-i1150103.gc . Next we have the Epiphone SG Special Electric Guitar featured in this players pack: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-SG-Special-Electric-Guitar-Player-Pack-102920451-i1150173.gc . Next is the Squier SE Special Strat featured in this players pack: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier-Stop-Dreaming-Start-Playing-SE-Special-Strat-Pack-With-Squier-SP-10-Amp-104486238-i1177837.gc . Then we have the Squier Affinity Stratocaster featured in this players pack: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier-Stop-Dreaming-Start-Playing-Affinity-Special-Strat-Pack-With-Fender-Frontman-15G-Amp-104487442-i1175988.gc . Finally is the cheap yet praised Dean Vendetta XM seen here: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Dean-Vendetta-XM-Electric-Guitar-103933354-i1147572.gc . I apologize for the tedium of this post. But please reply if you have any more suggestions within my price range or to inform me of the best choice.
#3
Dude, i would go for the Les Paul.
Because everyone has a strat as a beginners guitar stand up from the crowd you know.
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#4
just keep playing your piece of ****, i mean, you're just going to need to upgrade from like an epiphone or squire after you get better anyway, as they're not very good guitars.
#6
Well, all of those guitars are pieces of ****.

I'd suggest saving your money.

The only decent guitar around your price range is
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RE2EX1-Electric-Guitar?sku=519783

That one ^

But it doesn't come with an amp.
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#7
i really think you should get the les paul because its cool but my first electric was a squire strat the package one i think it was around 250-300 but it came with a crappy fender 150 bullet amp. the guitar sounds great after i changed the strings.
#8
Thanks for the help. But what about this Yamaha PAC012 Pacifica as seen here: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-GigMaker-EG-Electric-Guitar-Pack-516049-i1372111.gc . And what about that Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar, the one dude says he's played guitars costing 5 times as much and it blows them away. By the way Kentris, I could buy a non-pack guitar for between $150-$180. I also want a guitar that is good for rock.
Last edited by newbienewbie at Nov 18, 2007,
#9
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#11
I have the G-400. It's not bad. Heck even my son's G-310 isn't bad. He rocks hard with it.

Any of those guitars are better than the players pack in my opinion. Get a used Micro Cube for a practice amp.
#12
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Thanks for the help. But what about this Yamaha PAC012 Pacifica as seen here: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-GigMaker-EG-Electric-Guitar-Pack-516049-i1372111.gc . And what about that Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar, the one dude says he's played guitars costing 5 times as much and it blows them away. By the way Kentris, I could buy a non-pack guitar for between $150-$180. I also want a guitar that is good for rock.


Yamaha pacificas are probably the best starting guitars there are. It's very practical and you can play all genres on it. It will be good for rock, however, if you're just playing rock then get the dean as it has 2 humbuckers and it will give a heavier sound.
#14
I would get the Dean (unless you want an amp to come with it). IF you do want an amp, I would turn away from the epi starter packs, and look at Ibanez starter packs; Ibanez seems to put out some nice low end guitars.

Good Luck!

(though to tell you the truth I hate epi guitars >.<
#17
you might just want to keep practising on that piece of crap...heck,your story is exactly like mine...piece of crap given by a friend...but i'm enduring till i've saved about 500 bucks for my s470..*there would be a 50% sale,so the usual price would be 1kSGD*

so it would be best if you can just keep saving for a better higher end guitar that would make you happier...And of course,the amp is really important. It doesn't matter how expensive your guitar is,most of the sound comes from an amplifier...so yeah,think seriously before you buy that guitar..

and,if you really want to,i'd recomend the les paul or the dean...but you've really got to try them out...

but if you DO want to save up,i would say s470 great guitar
#18
Don't do it!

Those will not be much better at all.
Just because they have the epiphone/squier/dean name doesn't mean they're good.
First get a better amp, because otherwise, your tone will not change much..Get a microcube first, then perhaps save up for a nicer amp, or a better guitar, that will make you feel better.
If you're really set on buying a guitar get a yamaha pacifia and a microcube.
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#19
heres my take

you may want to get a decent size/better amp first (20-25 watts) and then worry about a new, mid-range guitar
#20
wait until you can get some more money (christmas?) and get something better. all of those starter packs are seriously terrible (the guitars suck, the amps suck).
you could get away with one for a while, but, guaranteed, you'll be back here before long asking what to upgrade to.
#21
I got that Squier Strat pack and I have to tell you that after changing the strings it sounds great. The amp you get with it can be a little screwy at times, my stepdad and I hooked it up to his little Kustom amp and a big speaker box we made and now it's an awesome setup. Usually I would go for a LP but the LP in that pack is CRAP! The amp in that one is even worse than the Frontman. So thats my opinion.

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#22
Whose says it has to be a starter pack? Any great guitars for between $100-$150 and I could just buy an amp seperately.
#23
I am confused. Some people say Squire Strats,some say Epiphone LP,others say SG,some say Dean Vendetta,and some people say Yamaha Pacifica. Which one?!?!?!?!
#24
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I am confused. Some people say Squire Strats,some say Epiphone LP,others say SG,some say Dean Vendetta,and some people say Yamaha Pacifica. Which one?!?!?!?!

Different people prefer different things, go to a shop and try 'em out, see which one you like best.

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#25
keep the piece of s*** then you'll get a real upgrade
thats what i did
#26
Quote by newbienewbie
Thanks for the help. But what about this Yamaha PAC012 Pacifica as seen here: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-GigMaker-EG-Electric-Guitar-Pack-516049-i1372111.gc . And what about that Dean Vendetta XM Electric Guitar, the one dude says he's played guitars costing 5 times as much and it blows them away. By the way Kentris, I could buy a non-pack guitar for between $150-$180. I also want a guitar that is good for rock.


omfg get the DEAN! friend got it and it is sexy ahahaha it is and sounds great. his i think has a black satin finish and it is really nice
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