Content
Thread
Forum
Date
What DeadHeart7 said. Look into Boss Katana. I only tried the 50W with combo amp and it sounded fairly impressive for its price. From Rob Chapman Youtube videos, it looks like it's loud enough for live show. I guess you could give it a shot. The general reviews are overwhelmingly great as well.

IMHO, I think you should get an audio interface and experiment with amp sim as well. It will save you much hassles when it comes to recording. 
I'd say you won't go wrong with any of the 3 guitars you have chosen, if you have a half-decent amp. 

Most of the time, beginner would spend more money on the guitar than the amp. An good amp would make a bad guitar still sound decent, but a good guitar will almost always sound bad with a bad amp, so please allocate some budget for a good amp as well.

And also, please try the guitars in person before the purchase. NEVER buy a guitar based on Youtube reviews. The feel of the neck in your hand is one of the most important factor when buying the guitar.

 
As mentioned already, amp sim is a good cheap way to get tons of sounds if you are just playing on your own. But my opinion is, on top of amp sim, get a small practice amp .There's the mini Boss Katana, Blackstar Fly, Roland Microcube and many other bedroom friendly amp these days. 

When I first tried out my first amp sim (Pod Farm), I was completed underwhelmed by the shit preset setting, latency issue and plastic sound when connected to multimedia speaker. It took some learning curve for me to understand how to tweak the EQ and lower the latency, but amp sim still only sounds good through headphones, unless you have studio monitors. For me, it was no fun practising with amp sim. Nothing beats the response when playing through a real amp. Nowadays, I just use amp sim for recording which is great for what it is worth.

As for guitars, like what others say, get one with humbucker. I'd say narrow down a few of your choices, go to a store, try them all. Do not trust Youtube Videos and brand name! For me, the feel and playability of the guitar on your hands are the most important factor. It can sound like the sweetest thing on youtube reviews but if you don't like the feel of the guitar on your hand, nothing really matters. Both Les Paul and Ibanez RG got humbucker, but I just really like the thin neck of the Ibanez cuz it feels effortless to move around. Each to its own.

Just my 2 cents.
The Ibanez for sure, but change those stock pickups to some Duncans or Dimarzios though.

You are very unlikely to be disappointed by an Ibanez neck.
Quote by XGarysandstormX
Other than the rough bits, I enjoyed it. I would be interested in knowing which take this was, Hope i'm not the only one who makes 200 recording because of endless mistakes from the red light nerves lol.

Oh and there are girls on UG Just have to look veeeeerrryy hard.


Glad you enjoyed it! Oh yeahhh man, I KNOW about the red button man. It's like ''I got a feeling the 1st take will be perfect." 10 more takes later, SON OF A... This is definitely NOT the first take nor the first 10 takes, I can tell you that much. lol

I just assume everyone on the internet has a dick unless proven otherwise...Works for me so far.
Hi dudes and dudettes (who am I kidding, there's no girls on UG),

Here is my attempt to play James Franco by Polyphia. It's a bit rough on some phrases, but ya you get the point.

Please watch in HD. Thanks!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i03wh5j0VOw
It's a bit hard to visualize exactly what you are describing without a picture.

But like mabbamam said, angled picking is useful to alternate pick faster because there's less resistance.

Paul Gilbert has explained everything about his picking hand in this video, which I think is helpful (even if you are not a fan of his).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWMiFk9WJBg
Hi there, I have been using the exact same guitar for the past 6+ years since I started my electric guitar journey. I did not regret one bit after buying this guitar.

For someone's first guitar, it is pretty light in weight and the thin neck (like a lot of other Ibanez) is very comfortable to get used to. It was priced at 300 USD (Indonesian made) new when I bought it last time so 190 USD seems like a fair price if it is well preserved.

The only thing I did not like about the guitar was the tremolo system which messes up the tuning quite easily if you attempt to abuse it. Otherwise, it is a well built guitar and quite versatile as a first guitar with the dual humbucker configuration.

Here's a sample video of me with my SA120.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTO2znzMsu8

Cheers.
Right...my bad. I realized it is 2-string arpeggio with pull off now.
Sweet cover bro!

Amazing sweeps and control!

It seems like you could do more muting when doing vibrato to get the noise out of the way though.

Anyway, awesome cover!
Quote by KerNeL_KLuTcH
absolutely amazing dude, how did you get up to that speed, practice tips?


Thanks very much, man! Appreciated!

As for the practice tip, I think you probably heard it before, but always practice at a comfortable speed first and make sure you hit every note as clean as possible at that speed. At that same speed, practice until your muscles memorize all the notes without even have to think about what notes to play. From there, make incremental changes to the tempo and eventually you will reach the speed you desire.

Well, occasionally you need to go crazy and go overboard. For example, if your maximum speed for this piece is 170bpm and you are stuck there, try to go 220bpm occasionally. It will force you to play outside your comfort zone and in retrospect, you will feel 200bpm (which is the speed Nuno is playing at) is slower than it actually is.

As this is a technical piece, it is best to use a drum machine or metronome to help you stay on beat in my opinion. I actually deliberately increase the gain of the hi hat so that I could hear the accent of each beat more clearly.

Last but not least, always record your take. What you perceive in your head when you are playing usually would sound somewhat (sometimes very) different when recorded.

Hope that helps in someway...
Here is my humble interpretation of Nuno's great Flight of The Wounded Bumblebee. Any comment is welcome.

I did not play it as staccato-ly as Nuno because it did not sound as good when I palm muted heavily on the high string with my own setting. The tapping section sounded a bit ''out of place'' compared to Nuno's version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTO2znzMsu8

Cheers!