I have a Standard Telecaster and it's a great guitar, pretty good construction. Only flaws was one of the control plate screw holes was stripped but it was an easy fix (Toothpicks and glue). Try before you buy, just demo the guitar and if it's not up to snuff for you then leave it.
I don't think you have to worry too much about the woods, my Telecaster is a 3 piece Adler body. That's pretty good for the price.
It sounds like you are wrapping your strings incorrectly. Do you wrap your strings and then pull them through the tuning peg? Or do you just put the string through the hole and then crank the tuning machine?
The Ramones tone is awesome, personally it's one of my favorite punk tones, next to Joe Stummer's tone.
Really it shouldn't hard to achieve the Ramones sound, good amount of mids and treble and Marshall JMP distortion, and a high output single coil bridge pickup.
I find it easy to achieve when I use the JCM 800 model on my Vox, turn up the mids and treble, gain on 6. I use my Telecaster and bam! power chord city OR if I'm using my Fender amp, I dial in my Danoelectro Cool Cat Drive, and my Telecaster.
Have fun man and remember punk is about being aggressive and having fun, as long as you get that vibe down, I think you can do it on any equipment.
Why don't you sell it for something that catches your fancy? Or better yet appreciate your good fortune, most people out there have to work for their gear. Geez the sense of entitlement around this forum sometimes is sickening.
Man I'm glad you are saving for a Classic Vibe, I have a CV Duo Sonic and I can't stop playing it. Best Squier I've ever played for sure, a fantastic budget guitar. Next in my sights is the CV Thinline!
Really, it's punk guys, any amp turned up to 11 will work. I mean, shit, Greg Ginn used SS amps just because he wanted his tone to be really noise-y brittle. You can make anything work for punk.
EDIT: But that is a sick deal on the 900..If only I had disposable income..(And didn't love Orange more than Marshall)
Exactly punk is not defined by one tone, if you look at the history of punk, the guitarists have used just about every amp under the sun, all under one principal, crank 'em and play! I mean you can't go wrong with just about any amp you choose, Vox, Marshall, Fender, Mesa, Orange, HiWatt, etc etc.
Solid state or Tube, doesn't matter, punk icons have used both for the style. Just remember to EQ with some good mids and you'll have a punk sound.
Pretty much was has been said, JCM 800 or 900. However I think that Vox amps can be really cool for punk Personally I like Fender amps and overdrive pedals for punk and ska. It's up to your friend what kind of sound they are looking for.
Guitarfetish.com is pretty awesome, I've ordered parts from them and they are great at shipping things very quickly. However an AL 2000 is what you want, then go for it. Xaviere is known for Fender copies mostly, however some people like their LP copies but I've heard much more postive about Agile's LP copies. Just go Rondo
Welcome to the world of electrics! Well the most important thing about electrics is the amp, the amplifier will shape your tone more than anything else. Of course the guitar and pickups plays a role but for the most part the amp will color your tone the most.
So in your position I would really recommend saving some money, I know it sounds lame but for you first guitar and amp you might as well get something you like.
Guitar, you've got plenty of options- Guitarfetish was already listed, good guitars for cheap Rondo music- already mention- also very good guitars for the coin, I have a SX Callisto Jr/ GG1 Jr from Rondo and it's awesome.
However since you want a Fender Mustang, I'll tell you want I did since I wanted a Mustang as well for a while. Look at the Squier Classic Vibe Duo Sonic, the Duo Sonic was the predecessor of the Mustang back in the 50s. Essentially it's like a Mustang with simpler wiring, good for a beginner. Also the Squier Classic Vibe series is the top of the line Squier, I have one and it's a fantastic ride, I love the sound of the pickups too, vintage and sweet. People bash Squiers all the time but seriously the Classic Vibe series is different, they are excellent guitars for guitarists of any skill level, ask the old farts at the Telecaster forum and they'll confirm. Links http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-CLASSIC-VIBE-DuoSonic-50s-Electric-Guitar-?sku=519399
Best of luck with the search and please feel free to sent me any questions via Personal Message, I'd be glad to help because electric guitars are my passion and I'd like to see more players be better educated on them. I'll leave with a couple of pics of my Duo Sonic
And of course the super lame pic with me in it hahaha
Actually I kind of screwed up the 20X doesn't have the modeling I was referring to, although I've played a 20X and it's still a good amp but the modeling ones are better. Unfortunately the cheapest Roland with modeling either the Micro Cube or the Cube 30x. The Micro Cube is a small 5 watt combo, so it may be underpowered for jamming but perfect as a bedroom amp. The Cube 30x looks awesome but it's 260 USD, so 60 bucks over your budget but really in my opinion it's worth it.
Also my thoughts on the Fender Frontmen series is that they are good basic amps. In the sense that they have good clean channels for the price, however the built in overdrive is not what most people want. So I wouldn't recommend them to people who want versatile amps, but if all you needed was a good clean with decent reverb the Frontman deliver, they also take pedals well.
However for you I'd recommend the Roland Cube 30x if you can swing it.
As much as I like my Frontman 212R for live gigs, you can get a better practice amp.
I'd suggest looking into a Vox Valvetronix, or the Roland Cube series Stay away from the Marshall MG series, it's expensive and not that great in the tone department. Your best bet for a practice amp is a modeling amp, lots of tones in one box type of deal.
Inmalaysia congrats on your new guitar, sorry I can't help with the dating. I've been playing my Epi LP Jr Special for about a month and a half now and it's an excellent guitar for those who like simple guitars.
I'd say a Vox Valvetronix will be just about perfect for a beginner, also the Roland Cube series is very nice.
I believe that it is better for a beginner to experience lots of sounds then just one because it'll help explore and find their sound. Once the desired tone is found, then they can buy a amp that achieves those tones.
The problem here is that there many options in the guitar world, and suggesting an amp to someone who doesn't know much about amps is difficult. That's why I think a decent modeling amp will cover lots of ground and teach a new player many tones, albiet not perfect tones but at least they'll get the idea.
I for one didn't know how much I liked Fender Twin sounds when I first started playing, I used the JCM 800 tone on my Vox for a long time, then I discovered how lush a Fender Twin can sound and now that's my favorite tone.
I would say the Epiphone will probably suit your needs just fine as long as you don't mind the bolt on neck on a LP. You may actually want to check out a Telecaster for blues it's pretty sweet ride for just about every genre
Honestly man most tuning problems occur at the bridge and the nut, lubericate the TOM with some chapstick or carmex and replace the nut with either a better cut nut or a graphite one and your tuning problems should disappear. However tuners do make a difference in tuning up, so if they are shoddy replace them with some good Grovers. Honestly locking tuners may be a bit overkill for a hardtail guitar but whatever floats your boat. BTW Grover Roto lockers are the easiest lockers to use
Well I know many of you probably won't think it's cool or whatever but I got a new project guitar. An Epiphone Les Paul Junior Special, I actually like the guitar a lot and I know it's made of plywood but so are Danelectros. However I need to do some mods ASAP, new tuners and a new nut are musts. The pickup is actually pretty high output, sounds pretty good for ska-punk sort of stuff, I think I'm going to swap it out anyway for a Nico 59 humbucker. Here's a pic
The Frontman series is an okay amp, I know I have the 212R 100 watts version. I like it for gigging and I like a very basic sound, bright clean and 70s like overdrive. The main problem with the Frontmans is that the overdrive channel is not what most people like, high treble overdrive. However I use a pedal to get a Marshall sound and it works just fine.
So for a beginner I wouldn't recommend the Frontman because it's just too basic. Beginners really need lots of sounds in an amp to understand different guitar tones.
So I would suggest you get a modeling amp like the Roland Cube or the Vox Valvetronix. I really wouldn't go with the Peavey Vypr because it's quite complex and when I've tired them out the clean tone has not been the best. The Roland Cube will cover any taste from clean sounds to heavy metal territory very well. So try to find a Mircocube or a Cube 20x Good Luck
Hamers are very nice guitars with a long history of quality. I mean their Les Paul Jr copies from the 70s are quite legendary indeed. I wouldn't have a problem picking up the Echotone over a Epiphone, I think it's a good move.
however im thinking its my cable i mean i bend i have to bend it in weird ways to get sound out of it...
im bringing it in to get checked out
Yup it's your cable, get a new good cable but please by the sound of it take your guitar into a tech to get a proper setup. Also before you try to change the strings on your electric again, watch a Youtube clip on how to change the strings on a Epiphone electric guitar. That should help, I remember I learned how to change my strings by watching a youtube clip and having a friend help me out
I just registered and wanted to say hi. Been looking around the forum today and decided to join in on the fun.
Anyway not to waste a thread i was wondering if anyone knows anything about GFS pickups. Im looking into a set of single coil's for my stratocaster. I love a very jazzy sounds to hard rock like ACDC and everything in between. Hope its not to much to ask.
EDIT: And Merry Christmas!
Welcome friend. Jazz to hard rock, that's a tall order my friend, it sounds like you want a humbucker sound of out of your strat. try these single coil sized Rail humbuckers in either vintage or modern http://store.guitarfetish.com/lilkiwhhuhus.html
Well it depends man do you want the versatility of modeling amp like the Vox or do you want tube tone / tube breakup of a tube amp?
Honestly if you are going to use the amp more for gigging than practicing then get the Bugera because it'll be a hell of a lot louder.
If not then get the Vox, the valvetronix series is one of the better modeling amps out there, the cleans are very good, warm and sparkly. Also the overdrives are nice I like the Vox AC30 sound and the Marshall JCM800 on it and that should be enough for classic rock.
However the Vox is 30 watts solid state with a tube stuck in the preamp to warm the sound up a little so 30 watts solid state is not going to be as loud as 22 watts tube. So the advantages of solid state being- light, good tone at low volumes, headphone jacks, no regular maintenance, fast warmup, and inexpensive. Disadvantages- If motherboard fries the whole amp is out and not cheap to repair, doesn't sound good cranked all the way, no tube breakup tone The advantages of tube- classic tube breakup tone you cannot get with SS, LOUD, easily repaired, can change tubes for different tones. Disadvantages- heavy, loud, tubes cost some money not much but some, expensive to buy at first. So you choose my friend.
I would say it's not that big of a difference as people make it out to be. Now if you were going between a strat and a flat top les paul, that's a bit different because of no arm cutaways. However I find the Les Paul shape very comfortable standing up, only thing you'll have to get used to is having less of a cutaway on the arm. The whole belly cut thing probably won't be a problem since most players play low anyway. Don't worry about it though, the arch top on the Les Paul makes the arm thing less of a hard angle than on Telecasters and Les Paul Juniors
no worries oneblackened, I'm a big Les Paul Junior and Special fan. So when I was looking at the Epiphone Juniors, I found some old ones. Pretty cool stuff. As for the current Epi Juniors, they may not be traditional but they do rock pretty hard. I'll be keeping my mahogany special around but hey I have no shame in playing the Epiphone. With all guitars in the price range, they need mods and a good setup but heck it's still a fun guitar to play.
okay the old Epiphone Juniors with the bolt on neck and the P90 are pretty cool but I think they are still made of plywood. I have one of the newer ones with the humbucker and that guitar is plywood for sure, I checked. However that said, I think it's a fine guitar. I should know what a Junior sounds like, I own a all mahogany, set neck, P90s, Les Paul Special clone. Honestly dude just grab one and play man, do a few essential upgrades like Tuners, nut and pickup and you'll have a fine guitar. Especially in South America and Central America it is difficult to get gear, just get the Epiphone and rock it dude
EDIT: The 57 reissue always had a set neck, the old Epi Juniors had P 90s as well but always had bolt on necks, hope that helps.