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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-02-2010, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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Chossing guitar and Amp

Hi everyone,
I'm playing the guitar for eight years now but I own a really poor set...My guitar is a cheap Samick my amp is a crate 15W.It's a good set but for a begginer.So I'm searching now to buy a good set.I don't want to buy a very good guitar now like 1000+ euros but something in a medium-low price but worth it(up to 350 euros )!I played with an Ibanez GRG170,which is a cheap model but way better then my Samick!Now I have in mind the RGA42 which seems to be a nice one.(I search for these models cause I want a wide range of sound.I play many different styles,from alternative rock to heavy/thrash metal)
For an amp I'm between a marshall and a Line6.I think marshall has better clean sound and line6 has a better distortion.
But any opinion and advice would be really apreciated!I don't know much regarding music gears.
Thank you for your time
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-03-2010, 09:28 AM
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Re: Chossing guitar and Amp

marshall has better tones,
if you learn how to set it up!
try getting a jcm800!, ive seen them for as low as 300 euros.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-03-2010, 12:16 PM
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Re: Chossing guitar and Amp

Well, I'm guessing that 1000 euros, you'll be able to get a very capable set-up, although I'm not entirely sure of the conversion rates these days.

I would focus on getting the guitar for you first. It's all about feel and tone over specs and graphics for me. I'd recommend going to a music store and pulling everything off the shelf and see what fits you the best. Certain guitars do lend themselves to particular styles better, but it really comes down to what feels the best in your hands. It really comes down to what's comfortable to you.
Once you have the guitar in order, the amp comes next. Rather than feel, this to me is more about usage and practicality. I usually recommend tube, although if you're an apartment player there are only a few tube amps that will really excel at low volumes. If that's the case, you don't need a 4 channel 100 watt tube amp to just jam in your bedroom and there's no reason to waste money on features that don't apply to your needs. You should try to play all the amps you consider with your new guitar. I'm not a huge line6 fan but Marshall has some good stuff. Blackstar is another company I'd consider as well as Laney and Orange on that side of the pond. I'd also look at the used market as some of these makers have good build quality amps that would allow you to go a lot nicer for equal or less money.
Good Luck!
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-03-2010, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Chossing guitar and Amp

I'll probably go try a lot of guitars and then buy something that suits me.But I don't want to buy a very good guitar right after the worst I owned.I want something quite good so in the future I won't underestimate the very good ones.Thanks everyone!!!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-04-2010, 09:23 AM
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Re: Chossing guitar and Amp

I would look into used Carvin and Peavey tube amps/combos.

For guitars I would look into the top tier yamahas, they are good bang for the buck.
If you go Ibanez maybe a fixed bridge guitar, they are quite good. The cheap Edge trems, I do not like em.
Some Crate guitars are also good bang for the buck.
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