I'm primarily a Bassist but i've been playing my sisters old acoustic guitar for about 6 months now and i want to upgrade to an electric,

i dont really have much knowledge of guitars but i want a good guitar that plays well. it's my 18th soon so my parents have said they'll put about £100 towards one and i'd be willing to spend another £100 maybe a bit more for a good quality one.

I've been playing easy-ish stuff so far, greenday, blink 182 etc but as i get better i'll want to play harder stuff.

I've heard Fender, Gibson and Ibanez are good makes but apart from that i don't really have any idea.

any help would be appreciated, thanks
If I was you i'd go with a schecter for about £150 u can get a good quality one like i have which is a schecter blackhawk. It has good quality sound and feels nice for such a cheap guitar. Hope this helps

Heres an example of one:
Play until your fingers bleed!! \m/
I'll get this out the way and say Epiphone Les Pauls are well-suited to almost all types of music, and they sound great. They're excellent value for money, too. Epiphone are a subsidiary of Gibson, and some models are equal in quality to Gibson guitars. Here's a Les Paul Studio for £179:

As for Fender, Strats can handle soft rock to metal. HSS Strats (with a bridge humbucker) are very versatile. For a cheap one, try Squier. They may be Chinese-made, but they are good quality, like Epi. I started on a Squier Affinity Strat and I still play it. Here's an HSS Squier Strat for £149:

For something more advanced, Ibanez hardtails (model numbers ending in '1') are excellent starter instruments as they can handle many types of music, but are more suited to metal. They have thin necks and high-output pickups, making them better suited to heavy rock. Ibanez's RG321 is a favourite starter instrument. It has two humbuckers and an excellent Wizard II thin neck with a mahogany body (like a Gibson), and costs £179:

But this is all fact. You need to try these guitars out to get a feel for them. They all have different characteristics, and you'll only know what you like by playing them. Try spending a day at a guitar shop - you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Also, don't forget to factor an amp into your equation! You'll need a decent amp - a Roland Cube is an excellent choice. It has onboard effects (20 Watt onwards) and great tone. It can simulate more expensive amps quite well and is very easy to use. It comes in 15, 20 and 30 Watt practise amps - 15 is about the normal for bedroom-type practise. A 15w Cube is £59 from GAK:

Though the 20w, being £89, has onboard effects and amp simulations:

Remember that the amp is responsible for 90% of your tone. That's not to say spend all your money on the amp, but try to strike a good balance between a decent guitar and a decent amp.

Hope this helps you,

Ibanez S470
Laney HCM30R
Digitech GNX3000
Last edited by quantum leap at Apr 27, 2008,
Something you may find interesting, if you have PowerPoint, is this selection of slides I put together for my guitar tutor. It's a collection of my knowledge when seeking out beginner's guitars. It compares pickups, bridges and general guitar types. Sorry to post twice, but this might be better noticed. Anyone else, feel free to download and use this presentation. If I'm wrong on anything, please correct me:


Hope this helps,

Ibanez S470
Laney HCM30R
Digitech GNX3000
see if you can get some more money. if you continue playing, you'll only want to replace it.
Ibanez S520ex
Epiphone G-400
Roland Microcube
Alvarez MC90