#1
Hi,

my friend wanna start playing guitar soon, and he needs an amp and a guitar. He only has about 500$ for it.
Bands he prefers: behemoth, opeth, sanatorium, aborted, aborym.

Thanks in advance!
Guitars:
- Epiphone LP goth
- Baltiomre Acoustic
- Baltimore Bass guitar

AMPs:
- Line6 Spider III 30W (For sale!)
- Johnson 15W
- Johnson 15W (bass)

Effects:
- Zoom G2.1U
- Digitech Hot Head
#2
How big does the amp have to be?
I suggest you stick with practice amps at the moment, anything bigger is out of the price range anyway.

I recommend an Ibanez RG321 or and Roland Cube 30 or Vox Valvetronix AD30VT XL. I'm more partial to the Vox, as it is highly versatile.

Wait a bit, links will be added in a minute.
Last edited by TheQuailman at May 10, 2008,
#3
Quote by TheQuailman
How big does the amp have to be?
I suggest you stick with practice amps at the moment, anything bigger is out of the price range anyway.

I recommend an Ibanez RG321 or and Roland Cube 30 or Vox Valvetronix AD30VT XL. I'm more partial for Vox, as it is highly versatile.

Wait a bit, links will be added in a minute.


I was thinking about just the same, and thanks, but I know where to get the links! He needs it for home.
Guitars:
- Epiphone LP goth
- Baltiomre Acoustic
- Baltimore Bass guitar

AMPs:
- Line6 Spider III 30W (For sale!)
- Johnson 15W
- Johnson 15W (bass)

Effects:
- Zoom G2.1U
- Digitech Hot Head
#4
Here come the links:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RG321-Electric-Guitar?sku=512492
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-Cube-30X-Amp-with-COSM?sku=487032

Strike the Vox - it is slightly too expensive. If you want to look at it anyway, here you go:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-Valvetronix-AD15VTXL-15W-1x10-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=483003
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-Valvetronix-AD30VTXL30W-1x12-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=483004

Take into account that you need to buy a tuner, strap and cord, too. You should be able to get them thrown in for free though (or at least a little cheaper).

EDIT: Didn't notice your last post, my bad. I say cube and Ibanez all the way, I haven't heard anyone complain about them so far and like them myself a lot.

DOUBLEEDIT: Bad thing is that there are hardly good alternatives for metal in that price range. All you get for under 300$ otherwise are 'face-lifted' beginner guitars, while the Ibanez is not the prettiest one, but plays and sounds nice.
Last edited by TheQuailman at May 10, 2008,
#5
Quote by TheQuailman
Here come the links:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RG321-Electric-Guitar?sku=512492
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Roland-Cube-30X-Amp-with-COSM?sku=487032

Strike the Vox - it is slightly too expensive. If you want to look at it anyway, here you go:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-Valvetronix-AD15VTXL-15W-1x10-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=483003
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Vox-Valvetronix-AD30VTXL30W-1x12-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=483004

Take into account that you need to buy a tuner, strap and cord, too. You should be able to get them thrown in for free though (or at least a little cheaper).

EDIT: Didn't notice your last post, my bad. I say cube and Ibanez all the way, I haven't heard anyone complain about them so far and like them myself a lot.


My friend lives in Europe, Hungary (I only said $s, to be easier to recommend sth), so he's - most probably - going to order it from thomann.de, thanks for Your help anyways!
Guitars:
- Epiphone LP goth
- Baltiomre Acoustic
- Baltimore Bass guitar

AMPs:
- Line6 Spider III 30W (For sale!)
- Johnson 15W
- Johnson 15W (bass)

Effects:
- Zoom G2.1U
- Digitech Hot Head
#6
One thing you might want to tell him is not to jump right into playing DM/BM. DM can be very technical and fast depending on which band it is, so I don't want him to get frustrated give up on guitar b/c he probably won't be able to play it right off the bat. Also, I'm not sure about the other bands but I know Nergal from Behemoth plays a 7 string baritone, so just make sure he knows that it's going to be hard to get a DM sound at first.

Once he gets his gear, it might be a good idea to learn some songs in drop-d or d standard before he tries to learn a really low tuned song.