Re: New RG1550 - 2003 for $475 ?
1550 is a very fine instrument, when beginning, always get the best possible equipment, this will increase the chance you'll stick with it, and the stuff will retain a bit of value, where as a squier bullet may discourage you from playing, and a horrible amp as well...and these hold 0 value. the 470 is a good instrument, many people don't like it because of the TRSII tremolo, but a 1550 is ALOT better imo than a 470, first of all it's got a really nice tremolo system, and a prestige neck. as for an amplifier, the more bucks you put into this area, usually the better off you are, if you're in almost 500 on the guitar already, depending on your budget, you might want to hold back money on the amp, a small 1x8,10 or 12" is plenty for bedroom playing and self practice. personally, the peavey rage 158 did it's job fine for me as a practice amp, the distortion on it is nothing to rave about, but it's not complete crap. maybe look into a line6 spiderII, they're good as well, i use the head version for practice/gigs, sounds good to me. make sure to get a guitar with a floating tremolo, like most RG models, a setup when you buy it. as for accessories, you'd need a guitar cable to connect your guitar to your amp, maybe a couple sets of strings( i'd recommend 9-42 or 10-46 guage ), an electronic tuner is a good investment as well, and not expensive at all, a strap if you'd like to stand to play.