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Old 10-06-2009, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, I've been playing for a little while now, and I bought a cheapish guitar, 120 pounds, just to practice on, and if I didn't get into it, it wasn't a big investment if I never picked it up.

I love the guitar, 'cos it's my first.

But I'm looking for something better.

I'm torn between a Fender Telecaster, Strat or a Gibson.

I dunno what to get. - I know it's a matter of personal preference and what not but I'm stumped.

What do you all play and like?
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I play a Jasmine by Takamine.

How long have you had your guitar?

Do you think you're good enough to spend money on a nicer one?
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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go to your Music Store as many times as you like and just play it may need to get to know the salesmen and ask him which is set up best for what you are doing.Oh yeah play each Tele Strat and Gibson on the wall in your price range
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I got my guitar last September, I haven't been playing for over a year though, probably been playing for about 4 months, but I learnt my first solo the other day and it kind of dawned on me this isn't just a passing fad. I really enjoy it and don't wanna stop, so I think getting a new one is the right thing to do. Nothing too expensive, maybe around 500.

You play an acoustic?
How come?
I tried on an acoustic and didn't really take to it, much prefer electric. But each to their own I guess.
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Old 10-06-2009, 06:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I play an acoustic because I was taught on an acoustic, so I bought the one I liked the the most.

I've never played electric other than playing around with someone else's once or twice.
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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this. a hundred times over.

don't specifically limit yourself to fender or gibson either. you might be surprised by what the mexican fenders offer at a substantial price drop. same with higher end epiphones as compared to gibson's. you might also want to check out ibanez and higher end LTD models as well.
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Old 10-06-2009, 10:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yea man, thats the truth. My second guitar was an Epiphone Les Paul Studio...I loved it. It was a great guitar.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:25 AM   #8 (permalink)
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this. a hundred times over.

don't specifically limit yourself to fender or gibson either. you might be surprised by what the mexican fenders offer at a substantial price drop. same with higher end epiphones as compared to gibson's. you might also want to check out ibanez and higher end LTD models as well.
THIS. A THOUSAND TIMES THIS.


Ok, Ibanez pimp over with.
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Old 10-08-2009, 07:58 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I've got a couple of fenders (a strat and a tele) and an Ibanez (an RG prestige, one of the special editions). I always pick up the tele. I find it sits better in recordings with less work mixing, I like the neck on it, the pickup positions are all useful, it can sound delicate, or it can sound meaty. The strat's good too, less of an all-rounder in my opinion, but with maybe a more comfortable neck for a beginner. The Ibanez was my first decent guitar, It's ok, I still use it occasionally, but the fenders see by far the most use.

I couldn't really advise you on Gibsons, except don't just buy one over the internet, I've played a few les pauls over the years, and they're each really different. I really love the way 335s sound on recordings, and I have a friend who has a 135 which is beautiful. I fancy an SG myself, I'm just trying to say don't just go for the les paul without considering the others.

The mexican fenders are good, but not as good as the americans. It's not really fair, I'm sure mexicans are just as capable of making good things as americans, if not better, but fender don't use as good components on their mexican guitars. You can't replace some mexican components with american ones either because the mexican guitars are measured metrically and the american ones use imperial measurements. Epiphone guitars are reasonable for the price, but Gibsons are nicer. All pretty obvious really...

I play a lot of styles of music, not much metal, but I'd use the Ibanez for that if I did. Everything else I'd go fender for.

The advice given already by someone else is probably the best. Try as many guitars as you can lay your hands on. Shop assistants really don't care if you spend an hour with one of their guitars, then don't buy it (at least the good ones don't, and the bad ones can't exactly do anything about it). Have fun, I wish I had the money to go guitar shopping ...
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I wouldn't buy a good guitar over the internet at all. Playing them before buying them gives you a good feel for what you want.
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