#1
1. Budget = $1200

- Guitar: $800-$1000 of the budget and the rest of it on the amp

any suggestions

I was thinking of Schecter C-1 Blackjack for the guitar and maybe a vox valvetronix for the amp

please recommend something
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#3
put more money towards the amp.
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#4
what kinda music does he play? and if he's spending that much on gear he should be able to decide which guitar and amp he wants.
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#7
Well considering the amp is where most of the tone comes from, I'd say either get a great amp and a decent guitar, or save up more and get a great guitar and a great amp. Do some research. Ask him what bands/guitarists he wants to sound like/influenced him, find out what gear they use, and then try to get something that at least comes close to it, seeing as most famous guitarists amps cost twice as much as his budget, though a really good guitar can cost anywhere from $500 to $3000, depending on brand, style, year, etc.