First Guitar, tremolo vs hardtail?
I've been wanting to learn guitar for a long time, I've been researching for a while now and looked through all the brands ended up absolutely loving ibanez the most!
I pretty much decided on getting one of the RG550 variants (1570,2570) and luckily I found a 1570 with EP used at my local guitar center (210miles lol) but it was worth the trip cause I got to try out alot of guitars, but damn these ibanez just felt awesome, It really helped me make my decision for sure, I couldn't believe how the neck felt compared to the guitars I've been trying
Anyway I am planning on going to pick it up for 700$ next week or so when I get all the funds, but I'm a bit worried the tremolo might be too frustrating especially for a beginner. When I was there, I didn't even know the tremolo was a special thing lmao I thought all guitars had some sort of thing like that. I only had like 30 minutes to try it cause I got there really late...
I have been reading how hard and annoying it is to tune and change strings, and how it's hard to change tunings... so I stumbled upon the RG1421 which has the hardtail which I hear is as comfortable as the EP on the 1570 and it's literally identical to the 1570 except a HH setup. I also found out it's at guitarcenter for around the same price. Both come with cases so now I have no idea what to do! I read you can block off a tremolo and use it like a hard tail, but does it really work like one? could I take off the locking nuts and tune to alot of different tunings cause there's abunch of different tunings I'll probably want to experiment with. What's even worse is they're both colors I like, and they both look awesome it makes me want to buy them both lol but yeah I have been saving for a while and really only have money for one. Any opinions on what I should go for?
Also, I have no idea how to tell if the guitars in good shape, the neck looked straight and the strings werent far off the fretboard, the pickups had alot of dust in there not sure what that's about I guess it was in storage? Otherwise the one I checked out at GC looked great and played great too. I didn't get to try the 1421 it's actually at a different GC lol.
uhm, I kind of decided after a bit more research... I think I'm going to go with the 1570 since I already tried it and loved the way it played. But I would like some advice on blocking the trem for using it as a fixed bridge guitar when I don't want to deal with the tremolo. I figure I could just install strings and stretch and tune them with it blocked and as long as it stays like that it'll play just like a fixed bridge right? but if I want to go back to tremolo I'd have to install new strings and do the hole setup I guess. If I can use it like a regular hardtail though when I want then it seems it'd be the best of both worlds lol.
Last edited by MiyaDV; 10-05-2012 at 05:25 AM.