#1
Konnichiwa everyone! I'm new to the forum and the guitar. :]

So, would anyone care to recommend me a good, beginning guitar? I'm taking a guitar class in the fall, but I'd like to start practicing a little ASAP. I would prefer electric, but acoustic is fine as well!

Maybe a little background info will help:
- Willing to spend about $200 or less.
- I'm into indie rock and alternative metal
- I have pretty small hands, but long fingers

Merci beaucoup!
#2
I started with a squire strat pack from musiciansfriend, it was around $200 if i remember correct. I do recommend getting a starter pack so you get the guitar, amp, cable, etc. All that good stuff.

Best of luck with guitar and music in general.
#3
go to www.musiciansfriend.com and check out that white squire strat they have under the stupid deal of the day (on the right hand side) for $150.
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#4
Get an acoustic. You can usually get a good used acoustic for around 200 or so. Getting an amp and electric for under 200 is pretty tough and odds are it will sound and play like crap. You'll be stuck with a knockoff squire and a Marshall MG (check the reviews and you'll see how bad these things are).
#5
Yeah start with a pack, but most of the stuff will break on you, unfortunately

the only stuff i left left from my starcaster package is the guitar and the stand
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#6
If you want to spend 200$ max, get an acoustic. If you want a decent beginner electric with an amp that doesn't sound like utter rubbish, you have to pay at least 300$.

200$ should get you a very nice steel string acoustic. When choosing one, make sure it has a solid top, not a laminated one, as this increases the guitars volume and sound quality.

I recommend looking at the Ibanez acoustics in this price range, they are easily available in any given guitar store and have great value.

Nice to have you on board.
#7
I was looking at the Dean Vendetta XM, and it seemed to have pretty good reviews. My friend has an extra amp and cord, so I don't think I'd have to worry about that too much.
#8
My first guitar was the Dean EVO XM. Not too bad for the price. Hell, I still play it every now and then. Beware of the tuners on the cheap Deans though. They're crap.
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#9
In that case, you can get an electric if you want instead.
Warning: The reviews on this web site are not really reliable. Most people who write them do this only a couple of weeks or days after they bought their instrument, while they still are madly in love with it and certainly won't write anything negative about it. This is the reason why even cheap beginners stuff gets ratings that are comparable to those of high end instruments here. If you want something more objective (and useful), look up reviews from guitar magazines.

My suggestions:
If you want a guitar with a fixed bridge, try the Ibanez GAX30. I own one of those myself and though I have had a far better guitar for three years now, I still play it and am often surprised about the comparatively good sound, feel and build quality of it.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-GAX30-Electric-Guitar?sku=519725

If you want a guitar with a tremolo though, try the Yamaha Pacifica 112. Like the Ibanez, it's great value, the tremolo is one of the few reliable ones in this price range.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Yamaha-PAC112J-Electric-Guitar?sku=511077

Finally, some of the Ibanez acoustics I talked about earlier.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation/ibanez-guitars-pedals-gear-acoustic-guitars?N=100001+201105+8+304276
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#10
acoustic all the way. It will help strengthen your fingers better too and you don't have to worry about unnecessary fuzz from a crappy amp.
#11
Lies lies.

jk

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-SG-Special-Electric-Guitar-Players-Pack?sku=518745

Spark any interested?
Theres the same package but with this guitar
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Special-II-Electric-Guitar?sku=518334
For the same price.
(It's not listed on there though)

But if you want to not upgrade for awhile try
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-SGSpecial-Electric-Guitar?sku=517239

or again

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Special-II-Electric-Guitar?sku=518334

You can probably find either of those for $140 at a local shop (Not Guitar Center though)
I would recommend a strat, but Fender !not! "Squier by Fender".
These both sound better than a Squier strat.

and for amps.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Line-6-Spider-III-15-Guitar-Combo-Amplifier?sku=482276

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-Micro-Cube-Combo-Amp?sku=481169


Ohhh, and acoustic.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Lucero-LC100BK-NylonString-Classical-Guitar?sku=518978
That thing isn't bad at all.
I'm going to buy one soon.

Well hope that helps.
I felt people were leading you the wrong way
and not showing you the great world of Epiphone. lmao
#12
I think the world of epiphone starts being great when you replace the pickups. In case you don't want to do that.....stay away from anything that says Epihphone unless it's an Elitist-series instrument.
#13
No, they're good for starters.
If saying that, you should replace the pickups on any -200 dollar guitar.

But comparing them to Squier.
Theres a difference
A good one
#14
I quite like my Epiphone Les Paul Special II... cost about $150. In fact it sounds better than my strat (although I did have to have the pickups fixed a couple times).
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#15
[quote="'Anno[fzk"]']No, they're good for starters.
If saying that, you should replace the pickups on any -200 dollar guitar.

But comparing them to Squier.
Theres a difference
A good one
Seems like we have different tastes then. I like the pickups on sub 200$ Ibanez and Yamaha guitars, not on epi's though.

Well, each to their own I guess.
#16
My brother let me borrow his Yahama EG 112
while my G-400 was shipping.
Oh man.. That thing had no tone what so ever
It was flat. lol
I do like the Yamaha RGX A2 though

But Ibanez. I can agree for more "distorted" sounds.
The low end Epi's do good clean but sounds "meh" with distortion.
Although I tried out a LP Special II with a Boss ME-50
Wow, I fell in love with that Boss pedal.
It made the Epi sound pretty good with distortion.
I can just imagine what it would sound like with my Viper XD
#17
If you want to go electric in that price range you are risking a lot. If you get a bad tone (and you most likely will in your range) it might really turn you off. It all depends on what you want. Ibanez for acoustic like said before.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-V70CE-AcousticElectric-Guitar?sku=519468

One of my favorite Electric/Acoustics in that price range. No Takamine, Taylor, or Martin but great for the price if you ask me.
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#18
As others have said, go with a Squier starter pack.... absolutely perfect for begginers, you simply can't go wrong.

Good luck!
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#19
[quote="'Anno[fzk"]']Lies lies.

jk

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-SG-Special-Electric-Guitar-Players-Pack?sku=518745

Spark any interested?
Theres the same package but with this guitar
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Special-II-Electric-Guitar?sku=518334
For the same price.
(It's not listed on there though)

But if you want to not upgrade for awhile try
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-SGSpecial-Electric-Guitar?sku=517239

or again

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Special-II-Electric-Guitar?sku=518334

You can probably find either of those for $140 at a local shop (Not Guitar Center though)
I would recommend a strat, but Fender !not! "Squier by Fender".
These both sound better than a Squier strat.

and for amps.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Line-6-Spider-III-15-Guitar-Combo-Amplifier?sku=482276

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-Micro-Cube-Combo-Amp?sku=481169


Ohhh, and acoustic.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Lucero-LC100BK-NylonString-Classical-Guitar?sku=518978
That thing isn't bad at all.
I'm going to buy one soon.

Well hope that helps.
I felt people were leading you the wrong way
and not showing you the great world of Epiphone. lmao

You are recommending a Line 6 Spider 3 and an Epi Sg Special? Whatever you do, don't get those. I hear bad things about the Line 6, and I had an SG Special. Very ****ty guitar.
#20
yamaha pacifica 112 is a great first guitar
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#21
Acoustic all the way. It really will benefit you later on. I started on a classical guitar and I think that made me a better player. Besides those starter packs sound absolutely horrible.
#22
Stay away from anything with with spider on it, A fender frontman will do you better based on your tastes.
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#23
Acoustic. learning on an acoustic first will get your fret hand stronger, faster and you'll be forced to fret more cleanly. The higher string height(action) in acoustics versus electrics is much less forgiving and force you to finger well.
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#24
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You are recommending a Line 6 Spider 3 and an Epi Sg Special? Whatever you do, don't get those. I hear bad things about the Line 6, and I had an SG Special. Very ****ty guitar.



Have you tried a Spider III out? or are you just going with the UG crowd on this one?
It has decent distortion and clean.
It'll do Rock and indie well

If you're using it on any other amp model than Clean or Metal
It sounds pretty nasty

The Special doesn't sound half bad either.
#25
[quote="'Anno[fzk"]']Have you tried a Spider III out? or are you just going with the UG crowd on this one?
It has decent distortion and clean.
It'll do Rock and indie well

If you're using it on any other amp model than Clean or Metal
It sounds pretty nasty

The Special doesn't sound half bad either.
Nah i personnaly owned a spider. And i have to say that even if the other dude is with the ug crowd the ug crowd has a valid argument.
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#26
[quote="'Anno[fzk"]']Have you tried a Spider III out? or are you just going with the UG crowd on this one?
It has decent distortion and clean.
It'll do Rock and indie well

If you're using it on any other amp model than Clean or Metal
It sounds pretty nasty

The Special doesn't sound half bad either.

I go to my local music store for lessons. The amps they have are spiders. They suck, as do the SG specials. Do I need to take a picture of the SG special for you to believe me?
#27
Alright, alright haha

Well I played one on a Spider III 75W and it was ok.
Mm.. and I like my Spider II
Maybe because I bought it for $150 lol

Oh well.
There was also a Epiphone SG-310/valve jr pack on MF.
$200, but it's gone now.