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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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What guitar should I get?

So I am a beginner and I am looking to buy a guitar. I like classic rock, indie, progressive, alternative, and the like. My budget is about $150. I was eyeing some rg120 and 170s and was wondering if they are good guitars? I noticed the 170 has a single coil so I am assuming I can get some nice clean sounds.

Originally my plan was to get a stratocaster but I can't find that many used on ebay, and the ones I do find are usually over priced. I could get one at guitar center but it would have to be shipped and used items don't take paypal and my money is in paypal and I can't buy an egiftcard with paypal either or some reason. In any case I found a nice looking standard strat for $99 but it has a dent in the back that goes into the wood. I thought about getting a dual humbucker tele but those are also out of my price range.
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Re: What guitar should I get?

$150 is very little money. $300 would get you somewere. You got a Rg350 on xbay now for $150. Then you get a edge 3 trem at least. My opinion would be to stay away from the 120 and 170 series. I guess you could find MIJ Ibanez RG's and S models for not so much money and they are so much better then those. Or some Fender Squiers. If you have a really bad guitar you might stop playing, then it would be better to have a better one that you could have for a while and grow together with and that won't brake.

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Re: What guitar should I get?

I'd actually look at a Squier Affinity series Strat, or if you can push your budget a little further, Squier Classic Vibe Strat. These are great bang for buck for beginners.
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 03:21 AM
 
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Re: What guitar should I get?

save a little bit more and get a decent ax. after just a little while you'll probably thinking of upgrading as your skills develop so IMO better get a good ax that you wont be frustrated and can be used for a fairly long time. and get a fixed bridge.

most beginner gave up after a couple of month usually due to frustration (happened to me long time ago)...this guitar is hard to play, the neck is tiring to play, sounds like sh**, tuners are sh** that kind of stuff..if you can, have a good base to start on just my $0.02.

2nd hand corts, AXLs, washburns, squires...local pawnshop, garage sale etc..
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Re: What guitar should I get?

I think the RG120 / RG170's are decent guitars for their price. I've played a few new RG120's in Guitar Center when they discontinued them and were blowing them out for $119 and was pleasantly suprised at how playable they were. I played a few others in the price range (Squire Bullet, Dean) and they couldn't touch the RG.

You could do a lot worse for $100.
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Re: What guitar should I get?

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I'd actually look at a Squier Affinity series Strat, or if you can push your budget a little further, Squier Classic Vibe Strat. These are great bang for buck for beginners.
I was considering one of those but I kept getting told to get a standard at minimum they're like 100-150.

How is the washburn rx10? worldmusicsupply .com/Washburn-RX10-Electric-Guitar-in-Gloss-Black.html

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I'd actually look at a Squier Affinity series Strat, or if you can push your budget a little further, Squier Classic Vibe Strat. These are great bang for buck for beginners.
+1 for the Squier Classic Vibe series.
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Re: What guitar should I get?

Classic vibe is out of the budget though , how is the wasburn x10 or rx10?

I could get a used standard or affinity too.
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Re: What guitar should I get?

Save up and get a jem.... Or usa fender
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Re: What guitar should I get?

Stay away from the lower end washburns...........not worth the time or money.

If you want to put you money to good use, get on craigslist. I was just browsing in central NJ and saw a nice condition RG5EX1 for $200 that I'm sure is negotiable.

FWIW...... I found this '88 RG760HP on craigslist for $150:

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Re: What guitar should I get?

I know it's not an Ibanez, but I saw an OLP MM1 used for $150 at Sam Ash the other day. Best $150 guitar I've ever played. Probably the best sub-$400 guitar I've ever played.

My other suggestion for you if you're a beginner is to not get a guitar with a floating trem. There are two reasons for this:

1) The floating trems on guitars in your price range aren't the best

2) They are a pain in the butt to set up and adjust, and as a beginner you probably don't want to deal with that. Imagine spending half your lesson getting in tune. Imagine breaking a string and having to spend and hour or more getting everything all set up again.

A non-floating tremolo or hardtail is your best bet, IMO. You can change strings in like 10 minutes and get in tune in like 2 minutes or less.

I expect to be flamed for this. I don't care.
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Affinity strat for sure. It's a thinner than standard body, but still alder. Sounds like a strat should. Great value guitars these days.
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Re: What guitar should I get?

Also the MIK Squiers from the early to mid 90's are a pretty good bang for the buck too. I have one that I bought new in '93(IIRC) that's been used and abused and still plays like a champ.
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Re: What guitar should I get?

If you can possibly wait, try to catch a bargain on Craigslist. Make sure you get to try it out. There are some great deals on there. I picked up a G&L tele with humbuckers and a floyd rose for $200 recently and it's just so satisfying to play. I agree with ironfistx that a hardtail or non-floating trem will be easier to deal with so bear that in mind. Whatever you do pick a guitar that just makes you WANT to play. Each time you put it down you'll want to pick it straight back up again! I spend a lot of time at work looking forward to getting home and playing so as long as your choice of axe makes you feel that way you'll be on a winner. I can highly recommend the Ibanez RG350 roadster green metallic if you find one. Good luck!
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