Here's my situation. I am currently learning on an acoustic. (my wife's guitar, which is just a basic country style acoustic, from her youth. So I didn't even have to BUY a guitar yet.
). I plan to graduate myself to an electric after learning some basics. If I can keep with it and stay motivated for at least 4-6 months, my plan is to buy myself an electric as a self-reward. (and I'll get into the associated accessories for "effects" of course).
I'm 99.99% sure I want to buy Ibanez. I just love the way their guitars look, the pricing seems reasonable, and my two favorite guitarists fully endorse them (Joe & Steve of course).
So... given I am in the right place to be discussing Ibanez guitars with other Ibanez fans, my question is:
How much should I spend for my first electric? My ultimate dream guitar that I'm drooling over is a JS1200 (in that awesome candy apple red), and that's actually not out of reach of my financial means (assuming they are ~$1500-ish to buy new, give or take a bit). However, should I start myself off with a guitar in the ~$500 range, or maybe in the ~$1000 range, first? (And step it up later on...)
I've heard two sides previously (from friends, coworkers, etc.). One argument says don't go nuts on expensive gear before you've established yourself in the hobby. The other side says don't "cheap out". Buy something that has enough quality and comfort that it makes picking it up and playing it a joyful experience which will keep you coming back for more.
I appreciate your insights. Thanks.