Electric Guitar - Suggest for a beginner

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by munchmeister, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. p2gee

    p2gee Gravel Rashter

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    If you swap the words "Mexican" and "Korean" the above sentence will be more correct in my opinion. Seen lots of pretty good stuff (guitars and otherwise) coming out of Korea of late.
  2. FPGT72

    FPGT72 Long timer

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    MIM strats are some pretty darn good guitars.....MIJ's I think are better then american strats.

    As far as the beginner goes....I would still say get yourself a REAL guitar and pick yourself up that rocksmith game....I have had that thing a month or so and it is still great.....I would say if you don't have a game console and are trying to learn the guitar get the console and get that one "game"....amazing is all I can say.....best thing to come along in a very long time....they hit a home run with that one.
  3. Mr Natural

    Mr Natural Really tired

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    This the last guitar I bought. Rewired with a stereo jack and lowered the baritone neck an octive,(bass). Now I play both necks with an ebow into a stereo looper.

    My first bass and still the first I grab, Tacoma Thunderchief
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  4. Josephvman

    Josephvman I'm the Decider

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    80's MIJ Tele's and Strats are actually bumping in value a little. Those were excellent instruments.
  5. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    I got this Austin "Les Paul" today for $150 and a copy of Rocksmith for X-Box ($80 @ BestBuy). All I can say it's a shitload tougher than Guitar Hero and hopefully it'll help me learn to play a real guitar.
  6. MrBob

    MrBob Certified Geezer

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    This guy dropped his price to 250.00 and seems eager to sell.

    I'll look at this one on Monday: Schecter Diamond C-4XXX. The Schecter name is unfamiliar to me but reviews well on the web. He's asking 275.00 but that price isn't firm.
    As I mentioned, I'm a complete bass noob and would buy both if I could, but that isn't possible.
  7. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    Schecter guitars are very nice instruments.
  8. Boulder Ed

    Boulder Ed Bin Ridin

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    I have a nice electric semi hollow body you may be interested in down here in Boulder, or I can help you find one on Craigs. The one I have is a very lightly used 1980 or so Yamaha copy of a blonde Gibson 335. I play mainly acoustic these days. Let me know if interested. ed.motobiker@gmail is best for contact. I also have an american strat to compare it against.
  9. chopped58

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    +1
  10. MrBob

    MrBob Certified Geezer

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    This:

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    It's a Schecter C4XXX and this is why it's a triple X:

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  11. Dunewar

    Dunewar Been here awhile

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    I'm getting me one of these :

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    An epiphone ES-175, price : 500$. I'm a good pianist (the people at my gigs tend to think so), but i want to get restarted with guitar playing and this is what the guitarist i regularly gig with recommended me (i play jazz).
    I used to play, but a crappy corea made strat squier and a even crappier corea made Cort acoustic killed it. The strat had no tone, no sustain whatsoever, and the cort had the action way too high and a neck that was out of shape and destroyed the tuning. As my american guitarist put it : there's no life after the 5th fret.
    He recons he would play it, with a few mods : he would swap the tuners and put in gibson pick ups. Maybe swap the tailpiece, but that's not sure, and put flat wounds on it.

    He himself plays this :
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    A handmade guitar from Peter Desmedt guitars in Holland. If you go to his website and look at the archtop model, it is the actual guitar my friend plays. In this picture, it is still missing the electronics and pickup, but there is one neck pickup, a benedetto pickup. Very very sensitive, which can be good or bad. The good part is the sound, very acoustic sounding and sweet, the bad thing is the sensitivity to humming.

    The guitar is now 10 years older, and the colour is changing to a deeper bronze-like look. Very very nice guitar.
  12. FPGT72

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    I always liked the Dot as well...you may want to look into those as well as they might be a good fit for you and I think you can get them in that same price range....I know I was stupid and passed on one a while ago used for $350.

    I am currently looking for a nice MIJ strat...in white....must be white. Or if one comes my way a Jag. I always liked the Jaguar for some reason.

    I will take a sec to plug the Rocksmith game again....I relly think that that no matter where you are in playing the guitar this game can give you something....I have had more fun shooting zombies with this game then anything....fun and I am getting better I can tell.....there is a down side tho....if you have a MW3 additicted teen they tend to get cranky when you hog the xbox.
  13. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    I had a similar thing happen to me. In 2000, I was making my way across country in my RV, with a bank account full of cash from 3 years on the road. I'd always wanted a nice guitar (I'm a hack, but WTF? I'm WORTH it. :lol3) I called a large, famous, music store in Nashville that one of my guitar playing pals recommended and asked for a quote on a shadow blonde maple American Fat Strat with tortoise shell pickguards. They quoted me $1100 and I said "Sold." (It was a reasonably good price on the guitar) When I got there, the salesman I'd spoken to on the phone sheepishly explained that he'd fucked up and the blonde strat they had was actually a custom Deluxe with the studio stuff on it, MSRP $2099, but that, since I was "industry" the manager had agreed to stand by his quote. :clap

    I love the guitar, although I don't deserve anything nearly as nice.

    ps To make the guy feel better, I paid retail for a shlocky Mexican strat to play slide with, $599, and a nice Tweed case for the Deluxe.



    Looks like it was a pretty good investment:

    http://www.sweetwater.com/guitargallery/electric/custom/sXN6960/

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  14. MrBob

    MrBob Certified Geezer

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    In the beginning of music farkeling now. New strings, gig bag, and stand yesterday and now I'm looking at the bass version of something like this:

    http://www.pocketrockit.com/

    Has anyone used one? I'm also shopping for a tuning device.
    If you want to see a breathtaking selection of vibrators ( and who doesn't) search Pocket Rocket in eBay.
  15. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    Okay not sure if any of y'all are still aspiring Guitarists or not.

    I got a cheapy Les Paul and a copy of Rocksmith for Xbox 360 back in December, played it some and wasn't making much progress, put the game up and followed some justinguitar lessons and then discovered GuitarJamz.com. So using the online lessons I've learned the basic cords and some cord progressions.

    After watching this video I learned a ton and have gotten much more advanced and the Rocksmith is helping me get the speed of my left hand up. I can play that rolling stones lick pretty well now, pretty woman and dirty water. I'm still not good enough to play a full song all the way through from memory.
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    So my recommendation is get yourself a copy of Rocksmith if you or your kid has Xbox 360 and you're a guitar beginner.

    So the Austin; while it's a cheap Chinese guitar actually is a pretty damn good guitar. BUT I found that the Ibanez RG was much easier for me to play:eek1 it's also much lighter which I like as well. So I went out and bought an RG3EXFM1 and I would recommend any other beginners try one out. Mine was only $250 new (factory refurb).
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    got myself a Blackstar HT-5R also, it sounds about 100x better than the Fender 15G I initially got for $20 (it only sounded good at high volume which pissed off my neighbors :doh)
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  16. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    I bought a Blackstar HT-5 when they first started importing them to the US. The originals have the 10" Celestion. It's a great value valve amp. You have to really crank it up to get the crunch. Problem is, if you were looking for a quiet amp to play in your house, it's still loud. Sounds more like a 15-20w. I've thought about getting a HT-1H so I can play a bit quieter. :lol3
  17. Rogue_Ryder

    Rogue_Ryder 速 Flat Biller 速

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    Yeah I shoulda got the HT-1 but I couldn't resist the 5 for only $90 more. Just gotta keep the volume down after 9pm.
  18. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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    I love my HT-5 but when cranked down it's just a bit too clean especially when my LP Jr. I also have Fender Ampitube on my mac but I don't really like it that much. Luckily it didn't cost me anything. I like the pure guitar and amp with no pedals.

    I still haven't bought Rocksmith. I'm waiting on the PC version which will come out in a few months. I've heard mixed reviews.
  19. DangerMoney

    DangerMoney Loud Helmets Save Lives

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    Completely disagree. The OP obviously wants to play electric. Rather than spend money on an acoustic and then spend more money on an electric, I would advise him to get the highest quality instrument he can afford right out of the box rather than spending half on a so-so acoustic and the other half on a so-so electric.

    Guitar Center has a 30-day return policy on new and used guitars. I've bought a couple there and then spent quality time with them at home. Some I've kept and the others I returned for a full refund. It's a no-lose situation. With the bad economy I picked up some tremendous used instruments.

    Guitar Center

    Guitar Center used- search by zip code.

    I'd suggest taking someone who's played a lot of guitars over the years with you to pick one out. Every guitar is different since every piece of wood is different. You can take 10 identical Les Pauls and some will be good, some will be crap and one might be tremendous. Someone with a a lot of experience can help you find one that has plenty of sustain and good playability. Tone is subjective.
  20. FPGT72

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    Rocksmith is great...play a video game all along you are learning something. Zombies are fun.

    There are so many good self help stuff out there, Marty, Justin...and a few others.....there are quite a few hacks as well.

    Can't remember if I posted it on this thread or not but look at songsterr.com as well....I like that site quite a bit.