Cheap, versatile guitar recommendations

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  1. Berserker

    Berserker SS.org Regular

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    Hey guys,

    So I’m looking to get a new guitar and I’m after some advice. I’ve 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 I’d 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 SE’s or the good old Fender HSS strat . Any opinions on whether either of these would suit my needs (I’ve never played either) would be greatly appreciated. Also any other suggestions would be great :hbang:
     
  2. Grand Moff Tim

    Grand Moff Tim Some call me... Tim

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    I'd say the good old Fender HSS strat is a great place to start.
     
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    PyramidSmasher Chess Dragon

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    used RGA121. Mine was 500, and it coil taps.
     
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    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    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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    BucketheadRules Fuzz pedal hoarder

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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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    Bigfan sixstringer

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    Any MIJ Ibanez really.
     
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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?
     
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    look into G&L's tribute series man!
     
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    Kabstract Flamenco is cool

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    Try and find a Yamaha Pacifica 612v or 812. Trust me, they are amazing in every way.
     
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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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    -42- Nothing to see here

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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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    mgh Betwixt and Between

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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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    signalgrey Ambiente Savante

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    strat with a humbucker.
     
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    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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    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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    Floppystrings No like the floppy

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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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