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good electric guitar £200-400

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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
Hi first post just found the site, so be gentle. I am currently learning to play the guitar and want a electric guitar to learn on (currently using a cheap acoustic). got a budget of about £200-£400 noticed a lot of deals on the sub £100 market, but hoping there are some guitar playing bargain hunters that can help me. Been looking at les paul copies but open to other types if there a good deal. So far I have been tempted by this epiphone les paul

http://www.coda-music.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2517http://www.coda-music.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=2517

any help would be aprechiated
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9y, 3m agoPosted 9 years, 3 months ago
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#1
Epiphone are usually alright. But a Yamaha like this:
http://www.coda-music.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_44&products_id=794

is pretty good value too, although you don't necessarily have to spend more to get more. I cannot stress this enough though, go to your local guitar shop, ask the owner, try out a few guitars and see which one you like the most for your budget, it might be better getting one there than on the internet, as with an electric guitar, a bargain isn't necessarily price related.

Edit:

I forgot to add, would that price include getting a decent amp? As there's no point having an awesome guitar if your amp is rubbish, as it will sound awful. You can get a Marshall amp for around £70 but I wouldn't pay less than £150-£200 on a Marshall amp to get the real quality.
#2
I would think about what kind of music you want to play. I started out with a squire strat electric and never liked it. I then switched to a steel stringed yamaha and love it. Depends on the sound you are looking for. Best bet like the previous poster said is to go to a shop and try some out until you find one that feels right (although this can be quite intimidating as lots of people hang around playing in music shops so I'd practise a couple of riffs to try out first LOL).
#3
bluep
I would think about what kind of music you want to play. I started out with a squire strat electric and never liked it. I then switched to a steel stringed yamaha and love it. Depends on the sound you are looking for. Best bet like the previous poster said is to go to a shop and try some out until you find one that feels right (although this can be quite intimidating as lots of people hang around playing in music shops so I'd practise a couple of riffs to try out first LOL).



Haha, yes it's always good to have something you know off by heart, if not only for the fact you don't look like a prat when you just strum random rubbish, but that you can compare the difference in sounds between each guitar.
#4
[SIZE=2]heh. You get these guys that just sit down and sound like Ry Cooder right off the bat and then you feel a bit embarrissed about sitting down and playing the three basic cords of "knocking on heavens door"!![/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]I made sure I got 4 or 5 really lickin blues riffs off to pat before I went to buy my new guitar, enough that people don't recognise you are playing the same stuff over again but they think you are pretty hard core LOL[/SIZE]
#5
First post for me to and Ive got to admit a little bit of interest in this...I have a Jackson DK2 for sale for somewhere in that ball park if your interested. Obviously though is this quite a 'metal' looking super-strat style guitar, so if your set on les pauls I'd recommend Tokai in your price range. Ive always found them to be extremely good quality and value.
Another online music shop id recommend checking out is [url]www.gak.co.uk[/url]
they are usually a little cheaper than Coda although i'd rank these two sites as the best in the UK. Also check out [url]www.thomann.de[/url] (I know its German! but the prices are very very good, they are extemely competent and reliable, and there are no import taxes within EU).
Hope this helps
#6
Hmm i just posted a detailed reply to this and posted but where did it go??
#7
I just wrote it out again and oncemore it hasnt gone through !!!???
#8
basically in an extremely abridged version of my post.....try out Tokai they are extremely good value and quality, avoid Yamaha they are poor both in build quality and specification compared to Tokai, Epiphone etc. Another option would be an Esp ltd ec400 but i think they will probs be out of your price range. PM me if you need any more help (guitars are my thing)
#9
I have to disagree about Yamahas being poor.

Anyway at that price point you're getting either a Chinese made or a Korean made guitar.

I would take a look at the PRS SE range.

Go and try some out, don't worry about what to play. If you find a model you like make sure you try out several examples of it if the store has more than one, then pick the one that feels/sounds the best to you.

Alternatively keep saving till you have about 500-600 as then the choice and quality really widens.
#10
Nothing wrong with Chinese or Korean guitars, it all just depends on which factories the companies use to put the models into production, some are terrible, some are on a par with the Japanese factories. I'd agree about the PRS SE they are also good value. Another point is try to get a set neck guitar rather than a bolt on if you are going for a les paul type guitar.
Out of interest which Yamaha guitars are you guys talking about? I sold them for years and found that the electrics in between the pacifica and the high end ones were pretty bad, shoddy wiring, poor neck binding, low grade woods etc. The acoustics on the other hand ive never had problems with
#11
If your ordering online i'd definitely recommend these guys
http://www.guitars.co.uk/

They do something called a "Premium Service" this means they get their guitar tech to give the guitar a full setup which can make all the difference to how a guitar plays.
As for models if your set on an LP style the Vintage brand ones are highly rated and only come in at around £200,if you looking to spend more then you should check out Godin and the Cort range they both give you alot of guitar for the money.
Remember to get a good amp too,there's no point getting an expensive guitar then running it through a cheap amp,you should look at the Vox Valvetronix amps,top quality.

PS I came across this guy the other day,seems to give good lessons for beginner/Intermediate especially his Youtube vids
http://justinguitar.com/
#12
as said before, alot depends on what kind of music you make or the way play.

les pauls have a nice warm tone but i wouldnt get an epiphone myself im not sure if they hold theyre value always that well. you could track down a gibson at around 400 in perfect condition.

i recently bought a jj http://www.jjguitars.com/ for about £300 (rrp about £1100) because no-one knows them generally so the you can pick them up quite cheap.

again think about if you want single coils or humbuckers as they will sound very different in some cases.

i personally rate yamaha very highly at the value range, the best guitars to buy at that certain price point (about 100- 200) and i use them alot as theyre cheap and sound good, i can play them in the garden or throw them in the back of the car without a case etc
#13
cold toast
as said before, alot depends on what kind of music you make or the way play.

les pauls have a nice warm tone but i wouldnt get an epiphone myself im not sure if they hold theyre value always that well. you could track down a gibson at around 400 in perfect condition.

i recently bought a jj http://www.jjguitars.com/ for about £300 (rrp about £1100) because no-one knows them generally so the you can pick them up quite cheap.

again think about if you want single coils or humbuckers as they will sound very different in some cases.

i personally rate yamaha very highly at the value range, the best guitars to buy at that certain price point (about 100- 200) and i use them alot as theyre cheap and sound good, i can play them in the garden or throw them in the back of the car without a case etc


Good deal on the JJ where did you get it from?
#14
ebay!!!!! went and tried it out first . did the same with my takamine ltd didnt hit the reserve so i offer something lower

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