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guitar help- squier strat, or one from wilkinson?

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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
I'm looking to get a cheap first guitar and have seen this one at wilko for £40

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/cb-sky-electric-guitar-with-amp-bla/793646/?page=2#post9792557

but can also get a squier strat for about £50. It seems obvious to get the strat, but I'm trying to spend as little as possible, and the wilko one comes with an amp and other stuff, the strat is just the guitar. I know the amp is not that good, but its fine as its not for gigging or anything, just a small room. Also, the strat is used, not in rubbish condition, but it has a bit of wear and tear signs nothing major, eg small nicks, serial number gone etc.

Any help? Thanks.
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6y, 2m agoPosted 6 years, 2 months ago
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#1
Strat every time
#2
Squier Strat. Seriously.

Will definitely be worth the extra cash.
#3
Even if its used? Would i be able to buy a super cheap amp, doesnt have to be loud at all, just so i can hear?
#4
Even if it's the entry bullet strat, it will be better than the Wilkinson deal so go for it! it may even turn out to be an Affinity (unlikely) or standard (v unlikely).

You can pick up a similar rubbish amp for ~£10 on ebay. You could always look at a micro amp, I've got an Orange micro crush and LOVE it, it probably gets used more than my Fender and Marshall amps which cost 10X more :3
#5
Don't but a cheap guitar, they are rubbish. Buy the best you can afford (hopefully not £40.00)
#6
Right when I was going to buy the strat, the guy tells me he sold it. Grr, now what, just get the wilko one? Probably shouldn't have hesitated with the squier..
#7
Don't buy a rubbish guitar. It makes me sad.
[helper]#8
Don't get the Wilko one - there are lots of electric guitar sets (includes the amp) for around £80. Argos, Tesco etc all do them. If you want to buy online try gear4music do a set for £80 - includes guitar, amp, padded bag, lead, spare strings and a pick
http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Electric-ST-Guitar-and-Amp-Pack-Black/7
and you can listen to mp3 samples of the guitar playing...
#9
See £80 now, isn't that much but I'm just looking for a first guitar and I might not be using it for that long, eg might lose interest, time constraints etc. Just looking for an introduction and if I do want to get a little more serious I'll invest in a better one, around the £250-300 region.
gari189
Don't get the Wilko one - there are lots of electric guitar sets (includes the amp) for around £80. Argos, Tesco etc all do them. If you want to buy online try gear4music do a set for £80 - includes guitar, amp, padded bag, lead, spare strings and a pick

http://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Electric-ST-Guitar-and-Amp-Pack-Black/7

and you can listen to mp3 samples of the guitar playing...
[helper]#10
Maybe just get the the Wilko one and get it delivered to a store. When you pick it up just double check that if its unsatisfactory you can take it back under their cashback promise....

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End of the day you should ask yourself will you be pleased getting the Wilko one or will you feel short-changed and still hanker after another one? If you think you are going to be happy with the Wilko one then get it - if not then don't :)

Edited By: gari189 on Nov 11, 2010 23:09
#11
Depends on what you're into. The Wilko has a humbucker and a hard tail, so it'll hold its tuning far better and provide far better distorted sounds, while the Strat has a tremolo bridge and single coil pickups, making it far better for clean tones, and giving you the bonus of a wammy bar, if you're into that sort of thing.

The Squier's a low-end guitar while the Wilko's a supermarket-grade guitar, so neither are going to be great by any means. Personally, I'd buy the Squier, but if I could play each instrument, I think I might go for the Wilko, purely just because it's got a humbucker, which provides the sort of sound that fits me.
#12
dxx
Depends on what you're into. The Wilko has a humbucker and a hard tail, so it'll hold its tuning far better and provide far better distorted sounds, while the Strat has a tremolo bridge and single coil pickups, making it far better for clean tones, and giving you the bonus of a wammy bar, if you're into that sort of thing.

The Squier's a low-end guitar while the Wilko's a supermarket-grade guitar, so neither are going to be great by any means. Personally, I'd buy the Squier, but if I could play each instrument, I think I might go for the Wilko, purely just because it's got a humbucker, which provides the sort of sound that fits me.


Wow. I've got absolutely no idea what you've just said. Erm, I would like to learn the basics at the moment, does that help?:)

I think I'm gonna search around a bit more, as that Squier I mentioned is now gone. There's a couple on ebay that look like they might go for a low price, so will just hold out a bit.
#13
Are you really, really sure you want an electric guitar to begin with? My first guitar teacher listened carefully for my reasons for wanting to play electric and then explained patiently that I should work up to one after a year's lessons and practice on an acoustic. And I never looked back. Your chording fingers, picking fingers and strumming will all develop quicker playing acoustic, and, if you take to the instrument, you can treat yourself to a REAL strat a year or two down the line. Hope this is of some help.
#14
anyone heard of this company? they seem to do decent beginners guitars

http://swiftmusiclondon.weebly.com/electric-guitars.html
#15
acer098
anyone heard of this company? they seem to do decent beginners guitars

http://swiftmusiclondon.weebly.com/electric-guitars.html


I would avoid them. I have a Swift Acoustic guitar, and there were sharp frets, bad intonation on the model I had too.
Go for the squier - you will pick up a practice amp for about £35 delivered and it is well worth it.
#16
I recently bought a cheap telecaster (£75) a bit like those for the solid alder body, stripped it down and rebuilt it with quality pickups/hardware/electronics and it plays great - not as good as my Fenders but the finish was surprisingly good. Point being, you CAN pick up cheap guitars and make them play okay, but the stock setup can be hit and miss and at £39, I'd guess most likely the latter on those you linked to. Their cheapest offering is going to set you back £49 delivered; you'd be much better off spending that on a second hand squier IMO, add £20 and have a look at their affinity series strats and telecasters, they are great cheap guitars. For example, there is an affinity strat ending tomorrow afternoon on ebay with a starting price of £60 with 0 bids. For that, you'll get reasonable quality and a solid alder body - the super cheap ones are probably laminate.

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