SV5470f, s5470, or a used s540?
The bug has bit me again. I tried several years ago to learn how to play a guitar. In '91 I was given a new blue s540fm for my birthday. I was in school and really wanted a computer, but I had to choose between sending that back to get a computer or giving up on part of my education. I chose to return the guitar in order to get the 'puter. Now, I've got the computers, started the family, and finally am considering getting another guitar and learning how to play. (musical interests...Satriani, Metallica, 80's rock..ahem..did I just say that out loud?)
So, I'm calling it my second 1st guitar. I've trolled here and a couple other spots to research what's available. I've learned as much as I can, but I want some opinions. Some have said the late eighties-mid nineties s540's are better than the new production. But, the new tremolo systems are easier to tune (in the case of the sv5470-non locking) or stay in tune better (in the case of the s5470-double locking). Also, because I'm new to this (again), I REALLY like the idea of knowing the condition of the instrument I'm getting. I'm sure there are some quality s540's that can be found, but I worry there may be issues that I don't notice until it's too late to mention to the seller.
I just received a bonus at work, and I'm expecting another. Those should cover either route I go. Assuming I can afford any of the three I've mentioned equally, which would be the best guitar to start with? Essentially, would you guys pay the same for an older s540 as a new s5470? Which is truely the better guitar? I'm really digging the SV5470f in blue (same finish as what I had), but if the older model truely is better, I'm open to saving some bucks. I also like the idea of the s5470 in viking red with double locking tremolo system to keep the guitar in tune much longer at a time.
I do not want to have to do any work on anything I purchase(change pickups, neck, restoring, etc.) It needs to be ready to go and be solid for a good bit of time. I'm looking to avoid all hassles possible. I want to spend my time and energy with the guitar learning to play, not stressing over other issues.
Is the S540 going to be easier or harder to play than the new models? Is it possible there are no bad choices between the three. Any recommended sites for purchaing one of the new models to get the best deal? My local shops aren't great (I live in a small town), but one of the shops can order it. The return policy isn't as good as some of the online stores I've seen. Is there any reason to assume I wouldn't get a great guitar without issues ordering online?
Last edited by JameyF; 07-19-2008 at 03:01 PM.