#1
Browsing around for some guitars and I came across two that a lot of people say are both good guitars. I am a beginner, therefore lacking the majority of knowledge that most of you have. So I have a small question;

Which would you suggest a beginner to start off on?
An Ibanez GRX20 - http://ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/electric_guitars/ibanez/grx20/index.html

Or an Affinity Fat Strat - http://ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/electric_guitars/squier/affinity_fat_strat/index.html

I'm a beginner and I want an electric, and both are the same prices; I just wanted to know which would probably be the best buy for me right now to learn on. I was also planning on getting a Roland MicroCube.

http://ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/guitar_amplifiers/roland/micro_cube/index.html

Is that a good buy, or is there a better amp that I should look into? I know there might be a lot of these threads but Im hoping you can bare with me.
#2
the ibanez depending on wut u wanna play star for blues the ibanez for metal and harder stuff
#4
strat, much much much better than any ibanez, excluding some of the prestiges
dont take any guff from these bastards man

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#5
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I was also planning on getting a Roland MicroCube.

Is that a good buy, or is there a better amp that I should look into? I know there might be a lot of these threads but Im hoping you can bare with me.


I´m a proud owner of a Microcube and I think it´s a really good amp to start with. Altho I don´t have much experience about amps, from what I´ve heard microcube really is good. You don´t necessarily need to buy any pedal or anything until you want to.

I think Ibanez´s guitars serve fine for playing metal, and that sort of stuff. Strat maybe a bit more fore everything. Then again, depends a lot of the model, I guess.
#6
the ibanez is a really cheap one. the model above it, the GRG121, is a bit better and not a whole lot more expensive. i can't really say about the strat.
#7
ibanez ftw sounds sooo much better - my has one beats an affinity strat any day, as it sounds like a good guitar rather then a beginner
#8
I have never played the Ibanez, but I own the Affinity Strat. In short, it sucks. The frets aren't filed down and the pickups are too hot. I can't go into the upper range of the neck because when I do it doesn't play the note. The note will try to ring out, but because the pickups are too hot it doesn't ring out.

Also the micro cube is a good amp. I personally bought a Vox DA5 but I've heard good things about the micro cube.
#9
If you tend to play heavier stuff, then the Ibanez. If you prefer a more clean style, then the Strat.
#10
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ibanez ftw sounds sooo much better - my has one beats an affinity strat any day, as it sounds like a good guitar rather then a beginner

ya. i remember i did compare mine to a strat that is close to that one and mine blew it out of the water for sound. i'm sure you could do some modding on the strat and still have a really good sounding guitar though.
#11
Ibanez = Good metal / heavier music guitar.
Fender = All round good guitar, although Guitarnoobie seems to think otherwise.
Microcube = Good choice.
#12
I'd go w/ the Srat. I know Ibanez is good for metal and stuff, but the strat will work for metal, and just about whatever else you'd want to play. As for the Microcube, I own one, and love it, good choice. If you like yours, you might look into getting on of the bigger cubes down the road.
#13
Quote by A-G-guitarist
Ibanez = Good metal / heavier music guitar.
Fender = All round good guitar, although Guitarnoobie seems to think otherwise.
Microcube = Good choice.


I agree, but it is a Squier, which isn't a true Fender. If you can afford the difference, I would recommend a MIM Fender Stratocaster.
#14
heheh my first guitar was an ibanez grg, and to this day i still love ibanez!!! Cheap affordable and sounds incredible! suited for just about any kind of music except for maybe blues or country.
I cant see what the hype is all about around fender, to me the mexican made strats are just horrid! This is what brand labelling can do! I DO NOT WORK FOR IBANEZ!!!!

And dont believe the people who say that a strat can play anything, because they've probably never heard a fat rock sound or it usually means that the strat was modded for metal.
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#15
ya. i've played both like said before and i still prefer my ibanez grg. i know it's not the best you can get but it still sounds better. it would really be a rock/metal machine if i switched out the pickups.
#16
You gotta compare prices and the style of music you play. strats are pretty awesome.
#17
i own the ibanez, it was my first guitar
and i highly recommend it...it has tremendous value

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#18
you can play any style with any guitar; so stop saying the starter ibanez is better for metal.
I don't even shred
#19
The Ibanez is superior to the Affinity Strat.
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#20
That's a squier strat, not a fender strat. Not that all squier's are bad, you can get a good one, but I would say that Ibanez's lower-level guitars beat squiers overall. I have an Ibanez GAX75 and I love it.
#22
Quote by A-G-guitarist
Ibanez = Good metal / heavier music guitar.
Fender = All round good guitar, although Guitarnoobie seems to think otherwise.
Microcube = Good choice.


I never said I hated Fenders. I played my friend's Mexican Strat and I loved it. I simply don't like their Squier line.
#23
I would play ibanez cause most guitarists head towards the heavier side these day so im guessing you will start heading towards the trend too.
#24
It doesn't matter one bit - they're both decent beginner guitars that will give you a decent range of tones when paired up with a good starter amp like the Microcube.

Enough with the "strat for blues, Ibanez for metal" bollocks - the only issue here is which one he likes the look of the most.
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#25
Beginner Ibanez guitars are actually alot better than other 'beginner' guitars IMO
#26
Thank you guys a lot for your feedback!

Yesterday I got a chance to head to SamAsh and tried out both guitars. They are both seemingly good choices for the level that Im at (or lack thereof, haha) but I like the Ibanez more and based on some of the reviews here as well as from some people who apparently know what they're doing @SamAsh, I've decided to get that one. I also like the look of the Ibanez more.

A lot of you guys helped out a great deal and I appreciate it very much!