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wat guitar should i get?

zettax

Joined: Mar 16 2010

Hi, i've been playing a classical guitar and i feel that at the moment i'm at the intermediate level. i want to switch to playing an electric guitar but im not really sure wat to get. i would preferablly like to get a les paul and i have my eyes on the Epiphone Les Paul Special II GT Electric Guitar but seeming as im a beginner for electric i'd like to hear some opinions first. OH! and im in australia so links to aus sites would be appreciated.

thanks guys

Do not get any gibson,

Arteriorrhexis

Bigot

Location: Georgia... America.

Joined: Oct 13 2008

Do not get any gibson, fender, squier, or epiphone guitars.

http://www.zzounds.com/item--

StrangeJam

Da Manliness

Joined: Aug 23 2009

http://www.zzounds.com/item--IBARG350DX
The low end Ibanez RGs usually make for great starter guitars.
It all falls down on what genre you're gonna be playing really. when people are complete newbies I usually recommend starter packs, cheap and serve the purpose ofintroducing people to guitar, but if you save up a little you can get much better stuff.

now for the first guitar I suggested the problem is the floating bridge, which might be a bit too much to handle for a beginner, so you can consider this instead:
http://www.zzounds.com/item--IBARG321MH Almost the same guitar, but with a fixed bridge.

Another good option if you don't like super strat-shaped guitars:
http://www.zzounds.com/item--SCETMPCST

Or if you're looking to spend less than 300 bucks:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-PAC112J-Electric-Guitar-33950-i114664...
The pacifica is an alright choice as well.

Now as far as starter amps go I usually rec this:
http://www.zzounds.com/item--PEVVYPYR15

perfect for practicing and it will give you enough tonality to mess around and play any genre.
The best thing you can do is go to your guitar shop sit around and try many of the guitars in your price range until you find one ou find really comfortable, that and/or bring with you a friend who knows about electric guitars, if you got more questions i'm usually on IRC.

Ibanez is the way to go

Arteriorrhexis

Bigot

Location: Georgia... America.

Joined: Oct 13 2008

Ibanez is the way to go

Ibanez and Epiphone are good

Pasto

Eat your Pasta ! ! !

Joined: Mar 25 2009

Ibanez and Epiphone are good for begin, nice price and nice performance, if you want more cheap guitar, EKO are pretty good, I get my Les Paul authorized copy from EKO, is not great guitar, but is good, and it's really cheap.
EKO sucks really old time ago, now they improve pretty much.
( My english suuuuuuck lol )

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Re: Do not get any gibson,

BooDoo

People

Location: Somerville, MA

Joined: Mar 24 2008

Arteriorrhexis said

Do not get any gibson, fender, squier, or epiphone guitars.

Any particular reason for the Gibson/Fender hate?

I'm not exactly a booster myself, but I'm curious what your rationale is.

I'll agree that Ibanez is solid for the value, and would recommend Paul Reed Smith (PRS) if you don't mind spending a bit more. If you actually want confidence that it's good though, you have to play it before you buy it.

Re: Do not get any gibson,

Arteriorrhexis

Bigot

Location: Georgia... America.

Joined: Oct 13 2008

They put out half assed guitars.







So? Don't buy one like that.

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

So? Don't buy one like that. You aren't buying a brand, you're buying an individual guitar. You should be inspecting that particular guitar before you buy it, and playing it on every fret on every string.

FWIW I think Fender does a better job than Gibson re: quality control.

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Auriplane!!

I think the RG2EX1 is the

CpxAzn

Lurker

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Joined: Sep 21 2007

I think the RG2EX1 is the best bang for your buck
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RE2EX1-Electric-Guitar...

You can even find them at guitar center for $250. Just sayin...

I agree with not buying gibson/epiphones. Well I don't know about gibsons, but I've played the epiphone SGs and lespauls and they are the worst guitars that I have ever played. That's just me though. As for fenders...strats aren't bad, but I wouldn't recommend low end strats.

Re: So? Don't buy one like that.

Asa

Location: Port Saint Lucie, FL

Joined: Aug 12 2009

auriplane said

So? Don't buy one like that. You aren't buying a brand, you're buying an individual guitar. You should be inspecting that particular guitar before you buy it, and playing it on every fret on every string.

FWIW I think Fender does a better job than Gibson re: quality control.

/agree. I love my strat. Though, I would avoid buying the squire series (unless you really want a fender and can't afford mex or us).

I actually like my mexican

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

I actually like my mexican fender j-bass better than my american, btw.

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Auriplane!!

I would recommend an epiphone

WolfTeenZylo

Joined: Sep 29 2009

I would recommend an epiphone studio les paul. They're not as pretty, but you get really great sound at a low price. My first electric was a Goth Studio, and I still play it every day.

Yeah, there's a huge

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

Yeah, there's a huge difference between the epi les paul special ii and the epi les paul studio. I don't like the former at all, but the latter is pretty nice IMO :-)

I have the epi LP goth studio too. It was never intended to be my "final" guitar, but at this point I don't really feel like buying anything else. I like the Ibanezes and I might get one like that if I were doing it over, but I'm not sure. They're basically equivalent in price/quality.

Gibson is known for having poor quality assurance though (this includes both the Gibson and Epis), so make sure you do check the guitar thoroughly before buying, if you go that route. BTW you should be going into a store and playing as many guitars as you can before you make your decision!! Even play something out of your price range, just to get an idea of the differences.

I will note that after only a couple thousand hours of practice, I have worn a couple tiny grooves into the frets toward the bridge. I've mostly been using pretty thick strings though.

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Auriplane!!

You should definitely

Ranulf

I will not join your gametabs.

Joined: Oct 15 2009

You should definitely get the special-ii gt guitar it has a great price and quality and extra add-ons(whammy bar and killswitch). This is the one you're talking about right? Epiphone Special-II GT

Ah I missed the "GT" thing.

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

Ah I missed the "GT" thing. I have not seen or played that guitar, so I can't comment. The regular Special II is pretty bad though.

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Auriplane!!

yeh im talking about the

zettax

Joined: Mar 16 2010

yeh im talking about the special II GT Ranulf. thanks guys for the comments, but im still not sure on wat to get i mean the speciall II GT is within my price range and i have to get a amp too so im not really willing to go over much. anyways keep ur ideas coming. i do like the look of the RG2EX1 CpxAzn nice choice but it will be hard to find a australian supplier for me.

and thanks again guys

just found a guitar pack that seems alright what do u guys think?
http://www.allansmusic.com.au/prod/105263/IBANEZ_RX40_JUMP_START_PACK.aspx

500 for all that? Nah

Arteriorrhexis

Bigot

Location: Georgia... America.

Joined: Oct 13 2008

500 for all that?
Nah

moar like 500 for ONLY

surreal

Eric: tank,godlike

Location: Arizona

Joined: Jan 04 2009

moar like 500 for ONLY that.

nothx

That page is full of bs. The

StrangeJam

Da Manliness

Joined: Aug 23 2009

That page is full of bs.
The price, but mainly their DOCTORS SAY claim :|

Re: yeh im talking about the

BooDoo

People

Location: Somerville, MA

Joined: Mar 24 2008

zettax said

just found a guitar pack that seems alright what do u guys think?
http://www.allansmusic.com.au/prod/105263/IBANEZ_RX40_JUMP_START_PACK.aspx

IBZ10G is a US$60-75 amp, and the US version of that starter pack (with GRX40 or IJX40 models, all seem very similar) goes for US$250 (~AU$270).

If Ibanez are that much more expensive (almost 2x) in Oz, you might consider locally produced makes, or just paying to ship from a US retailer.

wo dayam! really? well i

zettax

Joined: Mar 16 2010

wo dayam! really? well i guess im stuck on wat to get yet again

I actually just got that

Vic9mm

The Fingerstyle Mechanic

Location: Dallas Texas

Joined: Aug 27 2008

I actually just got that little starter package from a friend for 100 dollars, he paid 300 for it brand new.

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