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Old 04-23-2003, 11:36 PM
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Post Which guitar to buy?

I am finally going to buy a ( electric ) guitar. I went looking today and am now more confused as to what I should buy.

Does anyone on this board play? What do you recommend. I want a decent unit and am prepared to spend a few $$ but am not willing to go all out and spend 2K at this time.

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BTW are Carvin amps any good? I can get one for nothing. I just have to pay about $85 for parts to repair it.

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Personally,I own a Gibson Les Paul Studio and I love it.I picked it up off eBay for like $700.You might check there for good deals.If you don't want to blow that much on a Gibby,check into Fender's and Ibanez's.I've personally never owned one of these,but I've heard they're good guitars for the money.

On the amp..It really depends on the size and how much the guy is asking.I might check into Marshall's at Musician's Friend.I got mine for like $350 and it has 50W and a 12" Speaker.Not to mention..If you turn the volume knob over half way,it'll blow you out of the room.

Yeah,I've been playing guitar for like 6-7 years now.I play alot of stuff.It's mostly because I need something to pass the time and I take interest in it.What about you?

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The first guitar I got my oldest son was a Black/gold Gibson for $900 wholesale. We have music centers that wholesale overstocks just after New years so check your ara for music warehouses and sales.


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I know you asked about electric, but I thought I would mention that on the acoustic side, I have a Seagull S6 that everyone who has ever picked it up loves. I lucked into it when I was shopping for my first, I couldn't tell a good one from a bad one.

A buddy of mine offshore just picked up another Seagull, can't remember the model, and it sounds great too.

Prices aren't too bad, either. I paid $300 (on a good sale), I think his was $500.

I've been trying to play for about a year and a half. Progress is slow... <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
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I have several guitars but my favorite is my Ibanez RG3120DR. Of course my guitar heros are John Petrucci,Steve Morse,Joe Satriani and Steve Vai and of course the motorcity mad man him self Mr. Ted Nugent.
now the Ibanez are not cheap they start around 900 and go up to 5000. but I like it better the the stratacastor I have had for years.
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My brother plays a Gibson Les Paul and really likes it. I don't play so I really don't know what's good.
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[quote]Originally posted by nightrain_rod:
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On the amp..It really depends on the size and how much the guy is asking.I might check into Marshall's at Musician's Friend.I got mine for like $350 and it has 50W and a 12" Speaker.Not to mention..If you turn the volume knob over half way,it'll blow you out of the room.

I play alot of stuff.It's mostly because I need something to pass the time and I take interest in it.What about you?

Jacob </strong><hr></blockquote>

Thanks Jacob.

The amp is free ( it is only a few months old but the owner buggered it up and now it is not working ) but will cost about $85 for parts to fix. Their website says it is a 50 watt with 2 x 12's in it. The retail is like $600 US but that does mean it is worth a dime. I quess for less than $100 I can't go wrong.

I have always wanted to play but up until now was too cheap to spend the dough. Plus it will give me something to do that does not involve cars or computers
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Carvin amps are good.You can make almost any head unit sound good with the right effects setup.A good friend of mine plays bass,he owns three of the original Phil Spectre basses and has some of the most interesting effects equip. I've ever seen.Also in respect to the guitars,I think alot depends on the guts.What kind of pick-ups and internalls does it come with?Also personal preference is a good indicator.Do you like the neck and frets on that guitar?Play a few and you'll be happy with what you buy.Have fun and Rock-on!Bruce.
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[quote]Originally posted by CET:
<strong>I have always wanted to play but up until now was too cheap to spend the dough. Plus it will give me something to do that does not involve cars or computers</strong><hr></blockquote>


Just a suggestion.........
Why not purchase a good guitar (non electric) and learn to play?


Non Electric guitars are less offensive to everyone else while you are learning to play and are less of a investment money wise $$$.


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i totally agree
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i have to disagree.

A) you can use your headphones or not plug into tha amp at all and it is alot quieter than an acoustic.

B)I bought an acoustic to learn to play and got frustrated and quit, then i bought an electric and it was about 10 times easier to play (strings aren't so far apart and i got short fingers).

C) if the music you want to play comes off an electric, it is more money to buy an acoustic that you will only use for 6 months, then still spend the money on an electric later.

D) If you shop around, you can get a guitar that sounds good for a decent price to learn on, and if you go out and buy a high dollar one later, you can use it as a "stunt guitar" (if you really want an explanation on what i mean by stunt guitar, pm me...)

I got a crate guitar and a crate practice amp (8" speaker) for just a little over $100 on ebay and it sounds great and i haven't had any problems with it at all.

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P.S. i cleaned up around the house and found about $100 and i am going to get a distortion pedal next week.

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I have a Gibson ES 135 and couln't ask for more...it will do anything I want it to and more.
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Your question is like asking everyone "Whats your favorite color".You'll get as many brands as replys.
Go for something that stays in tune and doesn't cost too much.Check em' out at the guitar shop and find YOUR favorite.
I played for 25 years and every guitar is different .You can't go purely by brand.
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[quote]Originally posted by sedan_dad:
<strong>Your question is like asking everyone "Whats your favorite color".You'll get as many brands as replys.
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Maybe so BUT buying one ( and knowing zilch about them ) seems like a good way to waste some $$. I am sure everyone has their preferences but if 10 people would have posted that Carvin's are hard to keep tuned, that would be a good brand to stay a way from.
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Let me just say that buying a guitar is easy, ever finding one that's just right for you is something you'll have to have had a few to know.

Take your time and play around on every single guitar they have for sale that's within your price range. This may take weeks and several different stores. If they don't kick you out of the little sound booth, you haven't been there long enough.
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