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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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$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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!
RG351 would be better; no floating trem.
 

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Agree with the non floating tremolo advice. Also, plan to budget early on for a proper setup somewhere. Ask around. Find a fellow guitar player or a small "mom and pop" type shop selling guitars that offer setup services. While it might seem like a lot of money to you at first even a basic setup done properly will make a world of difference on a low end brand new guitar. Big retailers like Sam Ash, Guitar Centers etc... offer setup service on thier new guitars (at a cost obviously) but sometimes you gotta be careful at those places. I'm sure some locations have a good tech on the payroll but many don't. They might do a minor tweak or two on a new guitar for you but will not do an extensive setup for you out of the box for free. Even if you don't buy from a big retailer and get a used guitar somewhere you really should get it checked out somewhere to see if its setup correctly or not. Mom and Pop type music shops are sometimes the best places to look for good used instruments. You have someone that knows guitars and will sell thier used gear already setup or be able to do it for you as part of the purchase. Its in thier best interest as they don't sell in volume like Guitar Center etc....

Not your fault at all but you will not be able to feel or know that the setup of the guitar you are considering is off the mark. Bad playing guitars will quickly make you want to move on to something else when you can just never get it to sound right like the lesson dvd/CD you are trying to learn from.

Thats another point to consider. Getting a few lessons from an actual human. Try to find a guitar player who gives lessons. Again another cost but investing in the basics correctly will give you a foundation for a lifetime. Books/DVDs etc.. are great and all that but will never compare to interacting with another guitar player. The beauty there is you can jam out with someone right off the bat. Its just not the same as playing along to a recording. YMMV as usual.

Its not just the cost of the instrument itself. You don't have to get a setup and lessons immediately afterwards but do plan to do so in the near future once you purchase your instrument. Don't become another beginner that just got frustrated because what they were learning on wasn't ever setup well to start with and thats why they move along from the instrument too quickly.

Hope this helps a bit. Just have a reputable shop or a well versed player give whatever you buy the once over to help you determine if you'll need a setup or not.

Best of luck.
 
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