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Unread 08-20-2011, 02:42 PM   #1
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Cheap, versatile guitar recommendations

Hey guys,

So Iím looking to get a new guitar and Iím after some advice. Iíve always had really cheap guitars and never a decent brand so I want to try to get a better one this time. I need a pretty versatile guitar to play rock and blues mainly, but Iíd like good clean tones too. The main requirement is good build quality and playability. The catch is I only have about £500 ($800ish) to spend

I really like the look of the PRS SEís or the good old Fender HSS strat . Any opinions on whether either of these would suit my needs (Iíve never played either) would be greatly appreciated. Also any other suggestions would be great
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Unread 08-20-2011, 02:43 PM   #2
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I'd say the good old Fender HSS strat is a great place to start.
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Unread 08-20-2011, 03:13 PM   #3
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used RGA121. Mine was 500, and it coil taps.
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I'd say the good old Fender HSS strat is a great place to start.
This. Look for a MIJ/MIM strat, they're good and you will eb able to upgrade parts as you go since they are good and worth upgrading.
Maybe a USA strat if you're lucky on the used market.
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You're only in High Wycombe! Not far from me... get thee over to BBZ Guitars and have a look at what they've got. There's always some cool stuff in there.

I would also advise you to have a look for Ibanez... RGs, RGAs and S series are good. For rock anyway...

Also, as the others have said, take a look for Fender Strats... a secondhand American one might come into your budget.

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Any MIJ Ibanez really.
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You're only in High Wycombe! Not far from me... get thee over to BBZ Guitars and have a look at what they've got. There's always some cool stuff in there.

I would also advise you to have a look for Ibanez... RGs, RGAs and S series are good. For rock anyway...

Also, as the others have said, take a look for Fender Strats... a secondhand American one might come into your budget.
I've never heard of BBZ before... it's 5mins from my house!! I didn't think we had any guitar stores here any more. Thanks for the tip mate... where you from anyway?
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look into G&L's tribute series man!
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, there are some that I never would have thought of. Anyone got any experience or opinions regarding the PRS SE (either custom 22/24 or singlecut)... I've always wanted a proper PRS but these look pretty damn good.
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Well, with a HSS Strat you have zero genre limitations and can modify the guitar any which way, but if you're interested in the PRS SE line that works too. I've played several and all have been very nice.
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a quick check on ebay gets you a used Richie Sambora Signature Strat (HSS, Floyd), a nice Ibanez AR50, a Tokai Les Paul, nice Epipon Casino, plus lots of Fender Strats, Ibanez, Jackson etc etc

if you want new, you're looking at Squier strat, or something like a Godin Session, Yamaha AX, PRS SE Custom, Epiphone,Tanglewood/Vintage etc LP, Ibanez ART320
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The PRS SE customs are on my GAS list. They're stupidly awesome for the money and I love them to pieces. The pickups aren't bad either, I love how they play!
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I've never heard of BBZ before... it's 5mins from my house!! I didn't think we had any guitar stores here any more. Thanks for the tip mate... where you from anyway?
I'm from Amersham, so not that far away.

There is a pretty severe shortage of decent guitar shops around here, but BBZ is pretty good.

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I grew up in Chesham so I know Amersham quite well. I'll check out BBZ... I think I'm leaning toward a strat at the moment.
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Godin Freeway Classic or Godin Redline HB as a potential option?
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I grew up in Chesham so I know Amersham quite well. I'll check out BBZ... I think I'm leaning toward a strat at the moment.
Nice one!

BBZ don't do Fenders as far as I know (but there's a lot of other cool stuff there, some lesser-known brands that you don't see as much), the closest place that always has a lot of them in stock is Wembley Guitar Centre. It's not exactly local but it's not too far away (very close to Wembley Stadium), I don't think it's too much of a pain to get to and IT IS SO WORTH IT.

They have A Sizeable Amount of stuff... Gibsons, Fenders, Ibanezeseses, Schecters and so on. It's a really good shop, the staff are all great guys who are happy to help with anything, they really know their shit as well.

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I think versatility is mostly electronics and pickups.

You might want a nice wood like Alder, not too dark.

Maybe a LTD Stephen Carpenter SC-500 with pickup change.
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Youíre the 2nd person to suggest this one and I really like the look of it! Iíve found a brand new ex-demo one with a maple fretboard for £450 and Iím seriously tempted! Have any of you guys played these before? The reviews seem very good but Iíve never really heard of them before.
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Godin are fairly well known, they're a Canadian company and their stuff is normally quite high-end.

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Godin is quality and versatility all rolled into one, but that headstock drives me nuts!

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Youíre the 2nd person to suggest this one and I really like the look of it! Iíve found a brand new ex-demo one with a maple fretboard for £450 and Iím seriously tempted! Have any of you guys played these before? The reviews seem very good but Iíve never really heard of them before.
I have a pearl black one and it's a very solid guitar. The pickups leave something to be desired, much like damn near everything else in that price range. Other than that it's very comfortable and well-built.
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Thanks for all the help guys, I couldn't resist any lomger and bought the Godin Freeway Classic... Haven't heard a bad word about them. I'll let you know how I get on!
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