#1
I decided that I've been having so much fun with my acoustic that I'm going to get a Fender Squier Strat this summer (assuming I'll have enough after my bass upgrade). After I get good on that, however, I'll need an upgrade. There's no harm in figuring these things out early!

Basically, my budget maxes out at around $700. I want the best versatile guitar I can get for that or less. I like to listen to Muse, and plan to play a lot of their songs, but I might also want to play some Minus The Bear, Dinosaur Jr. (if I ever get that good, lol), RATM, and some other random things. For this reason, the guitar HAS to be versatile.

I was looking at this (in the eerie dess swirl):
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-DK2-Dinky-Electric-Guitar?sku=511668


The only thing is, I've heard it's a little metal-centric. Could someone help me out?
#2
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-RR3-Rhoads-Pro-Electric-Guitar?sku=512230

A bit more versatile.

If you're not into the looks, I'd say take a look at a HSS Strat. When someone says versatile, it's the first thing I think of.
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#3
well Tom Morello uses a jackson so if you really want some of what he plays go for it, I've even considering going to get one of them. If not that one grab a different jackson.


Besides that I would have to suggest a fender strat or maybe even a schecter.

OR a telecaster.
#4
If I can't get something perfectly versatile, I'd rather have it have more of a Muse sound to it (though you can't really get something that sounds exactly like Matt's custom Manson at this price!), but still be able to handle other genres extremely well, from prog rock to metal to alternative and everything in between. Just leaning a bit more toward that classic Muse sound. I'd prefer something that literally does it all equally well, but if I can't get that at this price, I'd be fine with what I described. I don't want a "designated metal guitar", though. That's one thing I'm sure of. I'd like it to sound great with metal, of course, but I don't want it to lean more toward a metal-centric sound.

EDIT: Also, something I forgot to mention is that the easier it is to play and the better it stays in tune, the better. Those are extra things, though. They'd just be great to have on top of what I originally asked for. It should still be decently easy to play and stay in tune pretty well no matter what, though. Can't have an investment like this getting me frustrated!
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#5
I'd say a strat then. Strats are versatile all over the place. Many people are like "NO THEY CAN'T PLAY METAL" but whatever, who cares. There really is no such thing as a "Muse" sound. They do use a lot of effects and even then it's not always the guitar that does it, it could be the scales he uses or whatever.


Either way, I'd say a HSS straight (Single Coil, Single Coil, Humbucker)

People from Eric Clapton to many different country guitarists, to guys like Jimi hendrix. Hell, jimmy page played a telecaster when it was with the yard birds.

Those are very versatile guitars.

I'd suggest Ibanez guitars, but I'm not an Iba addict.
#7
That manson looks to be a tele clone. John5 telecaster might actually work really well with the bands you mentioned though it is not nearly as versitile as an hss strat.
#8
Judging by this video, that's the EXACT sound I'm looking for!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rbUD3ZqTDU

It's ****ing expensive though! I'll just be sure to get good enough on the Squier to justify getting a guitar that expensive.

Thanks!

By the way, how is the playability and ability to stay in tune with that guitar?
Last edited by i_don't_know at Nov 8, 2008,
#9
Quote by i_don't_know
Judging by this video, that's the EXACT sound I'm looking for!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rbUD3ZqTDU

It's ****ing expensive though! I'll just be sure to get good enough on the Squier to justify getting a guitar that expensive.

Thanks!

By the way, how is the playability and ability to stay in tune with that guitar?

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-John-5-Telecaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=511592''
This model should tune and intonate quite well due to the hard tailed six saddle bridge.

The two volume controls will make playing like Morello pretty easy since you'll already will have a killswitch built into your guitar.
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#11
Quote by i_don't_know

Which specific guitar do you think sounds and pkays better. Try them out (along with other HH teles). The triple has a whammy bar but might not tune as well. I'd go with the normal just for the killswitch if I was going to try to play your kind of music though.