#1
Hey, I'm new to this forum(not forums in general).

I was wondering, I'm looking to upgrade from my current guitar to a slightly better guitar. I currently have a Fender Starcaster, it's basically a starter guitar, I got it for $200, which I think is too much for it's worth. The E string rings, the distortion on the amp that it came with is horrible, ALOT of feedback on tone positions on 1,3, and 5.

I was looking online, and two guitars that caught my eye were the Epiphone Les Paul, and the Epiphone SG. I've been playing guitar and taking lessons for a little under a year. I mostly play metal, punk, and rock.

Now my question is, how much money would I have to spend for the guitar I'm buying to be an improvement over my Starcaster?

Thanks =D
#2
A Fender Strat, even a Standard, is a great guitar. Are you sure it's not a Squire? And is it HSS?

If you're having a problem with the sound, then it's the amp that you need to upgrade. It accounts for a LOT more of the sound than the guitar itself does. How much are you willing to spend?
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#4
Anything is better than a Starcaster. Honestly. You could buy a Fender standard Strat for like $300 something.
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#5
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A Fender Strat, even a Standard, is a great guitar. Are you sure it's not a Squire? And is it HSS?

If you're having a problem with the sound, then it's the amp that you need to upgrade. It accounts for a LOT more of the sound than the guitar itself does. How much are you willing to spend?


starcaster not stratocaster
#6
Looked at the Squier Strat? Squier's a fender sub-brand, and the strat is really nice. I should be getting it soon, but I played it over at Guitar Center and loved it. You should try it out. You can also go there and try out the Epiphones, if you want... I didn't like those as much for some reason.
#7
Oh. Oops. I misread that. Yeah, Starcasters suck.

But you should still look into a better amp first, especially since you said the distortion on yours sucks.
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#8
You can get an epiphone sg or les paul for like $250 or so at gc, and esp mh starting at like $350 or something... all those are good.
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#9
The amp's just a crappy 15W Fender with a Volume knob, a Tone knob, and a Bass knob. That's it, but it has a distortion button you can press.

Honestly, I've played a Squier Strat, two of my friends have it, and I didn't really like it.
#10
I got my Fender Showmaster for $600, it's great for playing any of those genres. No complaints, it played perfectly from the day I got it. I've been playing for about three years...

but I suppose you can't go wrong with an Epiphone Les Paul or a Strat
#11
The most I can probably spend is $300. I could possibly get that money from Christmas and for getting into my high school(easy). Right now, I've got close to $100.
#12
Quote by CrzyGuitarist93
The amp's just a crappy 15W Fender with a Volume knob, a Tone knob, and a Bass knob. That's it, but it has a distortion button you can press.

Honestly, I've played a Squier Strat, two of my friends have it, and I didn't really like it.

Well, that's opinion. Try out the ones you're looking at sometime.
#13
Quote by CrzyGuitarist93
The amp's just a crappy 15W Fender with a Volume knob, a Tone knob, and a Bass knob. That's it, but it has a distortion button you can press.

Honestly, I've played a Squier Strat, two of my friends have it, and I didn't really like it.


Then you definitely need a new amp. Unless you absolutely can't stand the feel and playability of your guitar, more so than the sound.

A Vox AD30VT-XL would be good for what you play, and will improve the sound 20398471902378143 times more than a new guitar can.
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#16
Quote by CrzyGuitarist93
How much would such an amp cost?

My friend just got a 15W Marshall, and he says the sound is really great.


If that happens to be a Marshall MG or AVT series, ignore your friend because he either hasn't played through anything better, or is completely tone deaf.

A Vox AD30VT-XL runs right at the $300 mark. The Roland Cube 30x, which is another good amp (yet doesn't sound quite as good as the Vox, IMO) is around $230.
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#17
Roland mini cube : 125

Squier strat: 200

Mods for squier strat: 50-200

End result: Over 9000 times better than what you had before.
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#18
If I were to get any guitar, and buy new pickups, would my local guitar store change the pickups for me? They've got a repair shop.
#19
i myself had an epiphone SG special series and i say its good for beginners
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