#1
I'm still fairly new to guitars, but I've decided it's time to finally upgrade. I'm trying t decide between a Fender Standard HSS Strat, or an Epiphone Les Paul Studio. Currently, I'm working with a Kramer Focus 111S, and Ive been leaning towards the Les Paul, but I've heard they can be pretty unreliable and break fairly easy, though I'm not sure how much truth is in this. I play pretty much the same music as anybody else. Classic rock, metal, blues, random odds and ends, but for the most part classic and metal. So If anyone could really help me make up my mind, or even suggest a better choice (Trying to keep it under $500, but I'll go up to about $800-900) I'd appriciate it.
#2
A Strat. It's a far more versatile guitar and the neck isn't so huge.
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#3
Go for a Shcecter Damien
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#4
It depends, what kinds of music do you play? I think that the LP would handle distortions better.
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#5
It depends on your personal preference. There's a neverending battle between Strat and LP. I haven't heard anything about LPs being unreliable. From the sound of it, a Les Paul would suite you well but those are two quite different guitars. You seriously need to try them, we can't tell you which you like more.
#6
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Go for a Shcecter Damien


If he could get a semi-decent classic rock tone out of a Schecter Damien, I would be extremely suprised.
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Schecter C-1 Classic
Ibanez S670PB
Stratocaster MIM Standard
Marshall MG30 (its purple )
Dunlop Crybaby Wah
#8
if yer goin for an epiphone les paul, go for the standard not the studio, they're like 400, they are also made much better and are more versatile
#9
Wulphy...you can get a good classic rock tone out of a Damien
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#10
The best thing to do is play both of them and figure out which one you like best. Everyone has their favorites, you just need to go find which one suits you, sometimes you might find something else while looking for those two and like that one best. Best of luck to you
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#11
go for a strat with a humbucker in the bridge that can give you a real good classic rock and possibly metal tone. the strat will probably feel a lot better and play a lot smoother and its lighter and youll have the ability to have a tremolo


also if your gonna get a lp dont ruin it with a studio, get a standard or take a look at the PRS Se Singlecut Trem: its just like a les paul, plays and sounds better than an epiphone imo, and also has a tremolo which could be an added bonus
#12
Hendrix, Dave Gilmour, and SRV all played strats in an iconic way, with a completely different sound from one another.
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#13
I'm saving up for an Ibanez PGM301 (*cough* $1,299.99), but yeah, that guitar would have the sound I think you're looking for. Or maybe you might look into any of the other less expensive PGM models.
#14
At the 500 dollar price point, you can get a few different guitars. For what you want to play, I would say a G400. An EPI studio isn't worth it IMO.

A MIM fat strat would be good, but not if you play higher gain stuff (though it CAN handle it no problem, there are better options).

If you can stretch to about 6-750, try to get an Edwards LP custom.