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FenrirTheBeard
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Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
Hello all. I’ve been playing the acoustic for a few years and enjoy it thoroughly. Although I still consider myself a novice, I am interested in trying out an electric. I’m definitely not looking to break the bank, but want something of good quality for a beginner.

Whatcha got?



Update:
I went to guitar center solely for the purpose of feeling guitars out. After playing a couple different Squiers and Epiphones, I went to the used section and happened across this beauty. It’s a Schecter Diamond Series Research S1-Elite. Mint condition, $280. Walked out the door with it.

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SFVtiger
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
not to hijack, but also what set up equip is recommended for this profile (like me)


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kingbob
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
It depends on your style, what you like. There’s all kinds of options at the mid tier level.
Mexican made fenders, gretch semi-hollow bodies, agile or PRS les pauls, Ibanez guitars for metal, etc.

I would recommend going to guitar center and figuring out what you like, what guitar feels and sounds right to you.


FenrirTheBeard
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
That’s a good start, thanks.

I mostly play alternative/rock/grunge


Ace Midnight
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
Yamaha Pacifica


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kingbob
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
A lot of those grunge guys played Telecasters with fuzz pedals.


jdd48
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
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It depends on your style, what you like. There’s all kinds of options at the mid tier level.
Mexican made fenders, gretch semi-hollow bodies, agile or PRS les pauls, Ibanez guitars for metal, etc.

I would recommend going to guitar center and figuring out what you like, what guitar feels and sounds right to you.


Agreed - I would not go with a real Gibson but also would not go with the absolute lowest priced instrument you can find to start. IMO crappy instruments lead to frustration and a desire to quit.

Also spend the money and get your instrument properly setup by someone like FretShack. It will make a world of difference.
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BottomlandBrew
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
I'm a novice. I have a Squire strat and a Positive Grid Spark amp. Does the job for me.


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Drunken Crawfish
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
A Mexican Tele is one of the most versatile guitars around. You won't be disappointed.


kingbob
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
I’ve got an American and I love it. I bought it during a mental breakdown where I played hooky from work and drove to Mississippi


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Tangineck
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
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A Mexican Tele is one of the most versatile guitars around. You won't be disappointed.



Bought one of these as my first electric one week ago tomorrow. Loving it so far.


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KingOrange
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
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Mexican made fenders


I have a Mexican Tele and love it. Would recommend.


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bearhc
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
Go get a Yamaha Revstar. You can get a nice one for $500 to $650 with P-90's or humbuckers. The Epiphone Les Paul's are also nice guitars; the prices are similar.


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wareaglepete
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
What do you want to spend? As has been mentioned by many, the Mexican Fender stuff is good. If you can find a used, or maybe new, Japan Fender they are even better. The Mexican Fender stuff has come a long way. Quality gear.


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MudCatMatt
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
These are all under $600. Great intermediate guitars that will also provide the rock/blues/grunge sound you're looking for. They obviously make them in other colors as well.
. Epiphone SG Standard - $450
. Squier Jazzmaster - $430
. Gretsch G5220 Electromatic - $550

You can't go wrong with a Mexican Fender Tele or Strat either.

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RockAndRollDetective
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
Try out LTD (by ESP) guitars. The prices are negotiable and they are really good quality guitars for the price.

If you want to go really cheap, the Squier line from Fender is producing excellent guitars for the lowest prices I've ever seen. I recently got a Squier tele, sent it to the guitar shop and got a bone nut, changed out the machine heads and dropped a GFS pick up in the bridge position. So I have around 300 in it and it's currently my favorite guitar.


rexorotten
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
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I mostly play alternative/rock/grunge


I'd look into PRS SE models. Great for your tastes and versatile with coil splitting. It's one of my favorite guitars.

Sweetwater


wareaglepete
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
Agree on the PRS. The rhythm guitarist in my band has a PRS Tremonti SE and it sounds great. He can afford to buy any high end guitar and he says he just likes the way the PRS sounds and plays.

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FenrirTheBeard
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
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Squier


I was looking at them on guitar center’s website. They have great reviews.


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FenrirTheBeard
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re: Recs for an electric guitar —made a purchase!
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PRS SE


They are beautiful. May go check them out. A little above what I want to spend on a first electric, but who knows. I could be swayed


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