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post Jun 23 2009, 05:43 AM
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So I've been playing for about a year on a rather...sub-par...Telecaster. Not a Fender brand, some knock off brand-less. Basically the guy I bought it from really sold me a nice hard case for $20 and threw in the guitar for free knowing I was just starting.

Anyway, a few of my more expert buddies told me to get something...anything...better. I also feel like I've outgrown the thing, and it really needs bigger than DIY work. (New frets for one...) It's also got that Tele-sound to it which is great and all...but I'm more into the heavier rock. (Rise Against, Disturbed, Seether, etc.)

...but I'm also a college student...and budget aint exactly great at all.

So basically I've been looking at replacement beginner guitars...something that can actually have action relatively decent. (Current guitar's action I sware is double what a stock Tele should be) I've come across the Epiphone Les Paul Special II and Epiphone SG Special. (Both retailing at $170)

I think the Les Paul (Vintage Sunburst) looks better, but the size and weight really detract me from it. On the other hand the SG, while lighter and from what it seems like more playable...is rather plain. Especially since I've spent the last two hours trying to find someone who sells pickguards for it to no avail.

I'd love to hear input on the two of those above but the real question is...if I REALLY squeeze my budget I can pick up a Epiphone G-310. Best of both worlds, lighter than a LP but something I can actually customize the look with. Also separate tone and volume controls for the pickups is I'm sure a plus...although I'm still too beginner to care about such things honestly.

So, is the G-310 REALLY worth the extra $80? Or should I stick with one of the other options until I'm good enough to warrant a mid-level $1000 purchase.

Also, any other suggestions in this price range would be awesome!
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post Jun 23 2009, 07:42 AM
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I'd save and get a Epi G-400. I've got one and love it.


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post Jun 23 2009, 01:14 PM
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Hmm I don't have any experience with guitars you mentioned. From "cheap" guitars I can recommend Yamaha Pacifica guitar ( http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product...itar?sku=519177 ). Its a very good instrument for the price.


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post Jun 23 2009, 09:56 PM
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Really appreciate all the advice ya'll.

I'm really considering the Dean Vendetta 1...
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product...itar?sku=512914

After all the other research and friends suggestions and whatnot. I'm so stoked about the wood gloss look, and from what I've read it's not really got big issues in terms of sound and playability. I'll prolly change out the pickups sometime though...anyone have experience with this, or any Vendetta line?

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post Jun 24 2009, 12:49 PM
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I would advise you to take a good look at a Yamaha Pacifica 012 or 112. OUTSTANDING beginner guitars for the money! You can get one in great shape used for around $100.

Like this one:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Yamaha-Pacifica-Electr...alenotsupported

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post Jun 24 2009, 12:56 PM
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+1 on this, the beauty of this is it uses the stratocaster format so there are millions of different pickups and hardware upgrades, of course the ultimate guitar will always be a strat, no wait a Les Paul, or maybe a tele..........

I would be wary of the cheaper Deans myself, but as the saying goes, you got to try 'em all and see what you like!
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post Jun 24 2009, 12:58 PM
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I don't think you will be that satisfied with a lp special or studio. Its not going to be a huge step up from your tele. Instead, I would go with an sg if you wanted to stick with epiphone. Why? Sg's are always cheaper than les pauls with very similar features. So while it would cost you $500 to get an les paul standard, you can get a sg 400 (which plays just as good) for around 300 if you're lucky on ebay or som like that.


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post Jun 24 2009, 01:45 PM
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I would also go with Yamaha. These are really great cheap guitars. I have two friends who bought Dean guitars and the quality of the new ones is visibly lower. Dean imports are not as good as they were.
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post Jun 25 2009, 12:59 AM
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I recommend Yamaha Pacifica with two humbuckers, very nice guitar and a solid upgrade.


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post Jun 25 2009, 03:55 AM
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I would have to discourage you from the Vendetta purchase. Trust me, you'll get what you pay for. I played my cousin's and it felt like playing a toy guitar.
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post Jun 25 2009, 07:15 AM
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Really do appreciate all the feedback guys....this place is awesome! I can already tell I'll be here awhile...

To be honest...I'm really not a fan of the strat-style...idk why, (especially as I'm so new to guitar), I just feel it's too standard. Though I'm sure the reason for this is because it's a perfected guitar wink.gif

I ended up getting the Dean...quite frankly ANYTHING is better than my current tele...which just snapped week-old strings today for no apparent reason.

I'll be back preaching "I'm not worthy" to ya'll if it comes out to be as ya'll predicted. Although...I got a feeling I wouldn't even be able to tell the difference with my inexperience. Again, thanks for everything ya'll!!!

EDIT - Just found out the store has a 45-day no questions asked return policy. I'll prolly end up taking the Dean to a couple of pros I know locally...see what they think about the particular one I get. At least I wont be losing anything except time if it turns out to be trash.

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