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Old 12-08-2003, 01:29 PM
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Default $300 for a new electric guitar, what do you buy?

Any thoughts on a do-it-all electric for around $300-400? I'd just kinda like to have one around the house for occasional playing and recording solos when needed.
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Old 12-08-2003, 01:34 PM
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do you play more jazz or rock?
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Old 12-08-2003, 01:44 PM
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Guess I should have known I'd need to be more specific. It should be solid-body, with at least one humbucker. I'm more interested in rock than jazz, but I mainly play acoustic. I just wanted to have something acceptable around if I need it.

A wide, thin neck would be nice...other than that, I just don't want to have the standard hassles that cheap guitars normally have with intonation, setup, fret finishing, etc. Something that plays well out of the box would be a plus.
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Old 12-08-2003, 01:52 PM
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since you said wide/thin neck, I might suggest a foreign-made PRS Tremonti, or one of Ibanez's many, many models in that price range...
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Old 12-08-2003, 01:56 PM
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Of course, I'm being subjective but I think my Gibson "The Paul" (click here to see) is one of the nicest playing electrics I've ever played. I bought it new in 1978 for $499. As Les Pauls go, it was Gibsons "affordable" model. Harmony Central's got some reviews.

They quit making 'em a long time ago but, if you can get one that's not too banged up at a good price you won't be sorry.

Of course, on any given day, eBay's usually got a couple.

As far as new electrics go... I haven't shopped for one in so long I'd have no idea what to look at in that price range.
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Old 12-08-2003, 05:50 PM
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How about an Epi Les Paul, an Epi SG, a used Gibson SG Faded, a PRS Santana, or any one of a number of Ibanez models.

Though I still think one of the best deals around is one of the Ibanez Artcore hollowbody guitars.
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Old 12-08-2003, 06:38 PM
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How about a Fender Standard Fat Strat? It has a humbucker in the bridge position. That's probably the closest you can get to a do-everything guitar in this price range.

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Old 12-08-2003, 06:44 PM
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Buy a used american strat, you won't regret it, honest.
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Fender Standard Strat $349 everywhere or check out these www.rondomusic.com
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Old 12-08-2003, 10:32 PM
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Uhm...save your money for a while and buy a guitar based on its feel and tone for you rather than it's price tag.
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Squier Tele Custom or Squier Fat Tele.
In January, Squier Tele is gonna'be available in a Custom II (Telecaster with P90s!)
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Old 12-09-2003, 05:30 AM
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ill second the vote for the squier custom tele...mine rocks...playes great, sounds great, and dosent feel cheap...
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Uhm...save your money for a while and buy a guitar based on its feel and tone for you rather than it's price tag.
Understood and agreed, it's just that I would rather spend my money on things I'll get a lot of use out of (like a new Taylor). I was really just looking for suggestions so I'd have a place to start. Obviously, I'll play the guitars before I buy anything.

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Old 12-09-2003, 11:52 AM
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Understood and agreed, it's just that I would rather spend my money on things I'll get a lot of use out of (like a new Taylor). I was really just looking for suggestions so I'd have a place to start. Obviously, I'll play the guitars before I buy anything.

Thanks!
See, you were one step ahead of me...LOL. Happy hunting.
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I was at Costco on Saturday and they had a cheapo electric by Fender called the Starcaster. I played around with it and thought it was all right. I retuned it to CGDGBD and played a little song that I know and it sounded OK to me.

It took to standcard tuning fine as well. I think it was between 250 and 300, and it came with a little amp.
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