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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-10-2010, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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What guitars interest you

Hi everyone!
Im kind of new to the whole guitar scene. I just started up within the past couple of months. I was just wondering what do you all look for in a guitar when you buy one? besides the name of a guitar what else do you look for in a model? Is there one particular type of guitar thats superior to them all or is it based more on comfortability and preference?
Since I just started I was givin an Ibanez GSA 20, im not a complete nube because I do play acoustic but as far as electric wise this guitar looks crappy compared to others(it worksout great for me tho) so thats why I ask!
I know it might seem like a stupid question but llike I said, im new so take it easy.
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I have this fantasy of, next time I buy a guitar, going into the store with a blindfold and saying "Don't even tell me the brand, just keep handing me guitars and I'll play them unseen until I find The One."

I look for a guitar that has lots of detail in the sound. Some guitars tend to smoothe out the rough edges in the player's style, while others emphasise every little detail, which I prefer because it helps push me to become a better playing. I love my Ibanez Talman and my Telecaster project guitar for that reason. Then when I switch to my easier-to-play Ibanezes, my style isn't defined by them.
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i try to try as many as possible, not looking for features
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I look for a couple of things: How the neck feels, and how it sounds. Yes, one can change pickups, but a guitar that sounds like it's coated in a layer of plastic will sound that way regardless of what pickups go in. Playing an electric unplugged gives a good indication of this.

The neck also has to feel good in my hands. No specific profile, no specific type, just does it feel good. That can be a Les Paul neck, a Strat neck....doesn't matter.
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i play nothing but jems,only other guitar id be interested in beside jems would be les paul.
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Suhr interest me quite a bit at the moment!
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Hi everyone!
Im kind of new to the whole guitar scene. I just started up within the past couple of months. I was just wondering what do you all look for in a guitar when you buy one? besides the name of a guitar what else do you look for in a model? Is there one particular type of guitar thats superior to them all or is it based more on comfortability and preference?
Since I just started I was givin an Ibanez GSA 20, im not a complete nube because I do play acoustic but as far as electric wise this guitar looks crappy compared to others(it worksout great for me tho) so thats why I ask!
I know it might seem like a stupid question but llike I said, im new so take it easy.
THANKS
I'll say this as a bit of a warning. What a lot of the guys here will look for is not the sort of thing a new guitarist should be looking for!!! Many of the guys here have several guitars already, or 40 or 50 of them so they might be looking for one in blue to go with the exact same model they already have in red, black and green.

Overall there isn't one guitar that's better than any other, but some that "fit" a type of music better than others, country players will often play telecaster type guitars, classic rock players might use a Les Paul or a Strat and metal heads will look to ESP and Caparison.

The type of guitar you go for is all down to your own preference, I'd say the feel and the look of the guitar are the most important aspects to consider. you can change the sound of the guitar quite easily these days, turn a few knobs on your amp, buy new pickups, pedals, a new amp whatever. But the feel of the guitar really is intrinsic to the guitar itself, as is the look. If you want a guitar that looks like a Les Paul, don't buy a Strat. It's hard to make one guitar look like another

Many folks will tell you looks of a guitar don't matter, but i've always found that the look of a guitar has a huge influence over how much you actually will want to play it!

If you're looking for a new guitar, look at the types of guitars your favourite players play and start there, play as many guitars that you can, including those way above your price range, so you can find out what you "should" be aiming for feels like.
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After years of playing all different kinds of guitars i came tp the conclusion that the Stratocaster is the one for me! Looks,feel.weight,sound,easily modded,playability, you name it.
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Feel, tone, functionality, and looks. That order.
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I look for exclusivity, how cool it looks and, more importantly: the spec. e.g. The RG770DX reissue is one of the guitars that fits my criteria nicely
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I'll say this as a bit of a warning. What a lot of the guys here will look for is not the sort of thing a new guitarist should be looking for!!! Many of the guys here have several guitars already, or 40 or 50 of them so they might be looking for one in blue to go with the exact same model they already have in red, black and green.

Overall there isn't one guitar that's better than any other, but some that "fit" a type of music better than others, country players will often play telecaster type guitars, classic rock players might use a Les Paul or a Strat and metal heads will look to ESP and Caparison.

The type of guitar you go for is all down to your own preference, I'd say the feel and the look of the guitar are the most important aspects to consider. you can change the sound of the guitar quite easily these days, turn a few knobs on your amp, buy new pickups, pedals, a new amp whatever. But the feel of the guitar really is intrinsic to the guitar itself, as is the look. If you want a guitar that looks like a Les Paul, don't buy a Strat. It's hard to make one guitar look like another

Many folks will tell you looks of a guitar don't matter, but i've always found that the look of a guitar has a huge influence over how much you actually will want to play it!

If you're looking for a new guitar, look at the types of guitars your favourite players play and start there, play as many guitars that you can, including those way above your price range, so you can find out what you "should" be aiming for feels like.
spot on jono.
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I'll say this as a bit of a warning. What a lot of the guys here will look for is not the sort of thing a new guitarist should be looking for!!! Many of the guys here have several guitars already, or 40 or 50 of them so they might be looking for one in blue to go with the exact same model they already have in red, black and green.

Overall there isn't one guitar that's better than any other, but some that "fit" a type of music better than others, country players will often play telecaster type guitars, classic rock players might use a Les Paul or a Strat and metal heads will look to ESP and Caparison.

The type of guitar you go for is all down to your own preference, I'd say the feel and the look of the guitar are the most important aspects to consider. you can change the sound of the guitar quite easily these days, turn a few knobs on your amp, buy new pickups, pedals, a new amp whatever. But the feel of the guitar really is intrinsic to the guitar itself, as is the look. If you want a guitar that looks like a Les Paul, don't buy a Strat. It's hard to make one guitar look like another

Many folks will tell you looks of a guitar don't matter, but i've always found that the look of a guitar has a huge influence over how much you actually will want to play it!

If you're looking for a new guitar, look at the types of guitars your favourite players play and start there, play as many guitars that you can, including those way above your price range, so you can find out what you "should" be aiming for feels like.
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that said, i'd love to have an rg2027x. it would be middle ground between the 2120x and rg7ct i already own.


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I look for exclusivity, how cool it looks and, more importantly: the spec. e.g. The RG770DX reissue is one of the guitars that fits my criteria nicely
i have one of the originals in VM...


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I was just wondering what do you all look for in a guitar when you buy one? ....THANKS
The feel of the neck is first, followed by the resonance and sustain of the instrument unplugged. If a guitar has both of those to a level that makes me happy, I can work with the rest of it.
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Similar to what jim 777 just said except I think I listen to the resonance and sustain unplugged while playing THEN I see if I like the neck and can bend strings easily etc..

Years ago I'd be in a studio somewhere and play a Strat and LOVED the tones and resonance
unplugged ( kind of like an electric mini version of a Martin 00018 ) but I couldn't play lead on them due to the small radius necks and small frets- but I could play rhythm and fingerpick etc.- now with flatter boards and bigger frets and more resonant woods- it's really great I get the best of all three.

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