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Fender Squier Stratocaster in red or black £89.99 @ Argos

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Posted 9th May
About £10 cheaper than most retailers and most Argos stores have it ready for collection today.

I bought one to replace my starter electric guitar after getting really interested in learning to play music. If you are thinking about picking up the guitar, definitely choose this over the cheaper non-brand models - it's much lighter in terms of weight and stays in tune longer!

All I need now is a decent amp for home practice that doesn't cost a fortune. Any recommendations?
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Anyone getting this as a first guitar, check out JustinGuitar beginners course on Youtube, totally free and a great resource

Rocksmith also pretty useful, particaully PC version with CDLC which allows you to add thousands more songs
Edited by: "lukeo44" 9th May
Good starter guitar but one you'll want to move on from pretty quickly if you want to take it seriously. Another suggestion is to look at the Yamaha Pacifica range of guitars or even second hand Mexican Fender Strats. However for the money this is not a bad guitar by any stretch, heat added.
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Good starter guitar but one you'll want to move on from pretty quickly if you want to take it seriously. Another suggestion is to look at the Yamaha Pacifica range of guitars or even second hand Mexican Fender Strats. However for the money this is not a bad guitar by any stretch, heat added.
Try the fender Mustang 1 v2 amp. 20 watts and loads of effects, amp modelling and programmable extras all built in. About £110 at fare deal music. This will give you so many options to try different effects and sounds. You will not believe how much this will improve your diversity of playing.
A Yamaha Pacifica is a better guitar for the money but this is a good deal for what it is
I did look at the Pacifica and it does look like an excellent guitar but Argos is right on my doorstep, so I was impatient lol. I do love my Squier already! I did consider the pack for £209 but I didn't know if the amp would be any good (it looks like a Frontman 10g?)
thebox09/05/2019 12:15

I did look at the Pacifica and it does look like an excellent guitar but …I did look at the Pacifica and it does look like an excellent guitar but Argos is right on my doorstep, so I was impatient lol. I do love my Squier already! I did consider the pack for £209 but I didn't know if the amp would be any good (it looks like a Frontman 10g?)


Better off buying the 20w Fender Mustang separately instead of the pack, much better value
Anyone getting this as a first guitar, check out JustinGuitar beginners course on Youtube, totally free and a great resource

Rocksmith also pretty useful, particaully PC version with CDLC which allows you to add thousands more songs
Edited by: "lukeo44" 9th May
Get the kit version as it comes with lighter fluid:

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Picked one of these up from Clearance Bargains in Corby at the weekend for £49.99... was the last one so didn’t see the point in posting

I’m not into guitars but my son is; for a knock about guitar to be used on garage band / rock smith, he seemed very happy with it, although some of the fret ends are quite sharp and need smoothing off...
redvers7609/05/2019 14:21

Picked one of these up from Clearance Bargains in Corby at the weekend for …Picked one of these up from Clearance Bargains in Corby at the weekend for £49.99... was the last one so didn’t see the point in posting :)I’m not into guitars but my son is; for a knock about guitar to be used on garage band / rock smith, he seemed very happy with it, although some of the fret ends are quite sharp and need smoothing off...


That was a bargain!
Please excuse my complete ignorance but will I absolutely need an amp with this guitar to learn how to play?
Not necessarily but an electric guitar doesn't make much sound "acoustically" (unplugged)

You can obviously still use it to learn and if anything, it's easier to learn on an electric than it is on an acoustic guitar as it requires less pressure to hold chords

You could always look for a basic amp on your local Facebook buy sell collect or Gumtree as people are always selling little practice amps on there for £10 - 20

If you are serious about learning, treat it like exercise... Little and often. As in its better to do 30 minutes everyday than 3 hours once a week

Good luck
Edited by: "Nicholas_B" 9th May
RoadManz09/05/2019 15:16

Please excuse my complete ignorance but will I absolutely need an amp with …Please excuse my complete ignorance but will I absolutely need an amp with this guitar to learn how to play?


No you don't need an amp to learn how to play but playing an electric guitar without an amplifier all the time might hinder your progress as it doesn't sound that great.
RoadManz09/05/2019 15:16

Please excuse my complete ignorance but will I absolutely need an amp with …Please excuse my complete ignorance but will I absolutely need an amp with this guitar to learn how to play?


Sorry my above comment was supposed to be a reply to you! 🎸
Nicholas_B09/05/2019 15:43

Sorry my above comment was supposed to be a reply to you! 🎸


PeacePipe09/05/2019 15:42

No you don't need an amp to learn how to play but playing an electric …No you don't need an amp to learn how to play but playing an electric guitar without an amplifier all the time might hinder your progress as it doesn't sound that great.


Nicholas_B09/05/2019 15:42

Not necessarily but an electric guitar doesn't make much sound …Not necessarily but an electric guitar doesn't make much sound "acoustically" (unplugged) You can obviously still use it to learn and if anything, it's easier to learn on an electric than it is on an acoustic guitar as it requires less pressure to hold chords You could always look for a basic amp on your local Facebook buy sell collect or Gumtree as people are always selling little practice amps on there for £10 - 20 If you are serious about learning, treat it like exercise... Little and often. As in its better to do 30 minutes everyday than 3 hours once a week Good luck



Thank you. So I guess this is a good starter guitar?

So other than an amp will I also need some equipment to help me ensure the guitar is properly tuned? What else would be recommend?

Thanks in advance, your advice is most appreciated
RoadManz09/05/2019 15:50

Thank you. So I guess this is a good starter guitar?So other than an amp …Thank you. So I guess this is a good starter guitar?So other than an amp will I also need some equipment to help me ensure the guitar is properly tuned? What else would be recommend?Thanks in advance, your advice is most appreciated


It depends how serious you want to take it? My advice would be, if you really, really want to learn and are serious about it... look at some people have said at a second hand Mexican (guitar, rofl) pound for pound, paso for paso, excellent value. That being said, I am sure I saw a month or so ago, some of the new Les Paul Juniors for around £400 brand new on one of the big guitar sites. Nice little P90 pickup. That's the kind of guitar you'd have for life. The important thing with a guitar, and any musical instrument is to remember it is an investment, an extenion of your soul.
It's a decent enough guitar that you won't lose huge amounts of money if you decide to sell it on

I actually still have one that I use in conjunction with my more expensive guitars when I perform incase of string breakages (which I do almost every gig because I strum to hard when I'm excited and my technique goes out the window!)

I used a book like this to learn when I was a teenager in the dark days of the mid to late 90s
amazon.co.uk/And…376

But of course - these days loads of people on YouTube do tutorials for complete beginners so have a quick search on there

I can't link the app as it keeps getting filtered but if you search "g string tuner" you can download that on ios or Android and you won't need to pay out for a tuner

However I'd you want one - I'd advise a clip on one like this:
amazon.co.uk/Don…XVG
This will work well for you if you don't have a amp as it work by clipping to the end of the guitar and uses vibration rather than sound to tune

Another tip - choose a few simple songs to aim for that you like (like an oasis one or ed sheeran or whatever) and make those your target to be able to play
Again loads of tutorials on YouTube for pretty much any song - most pop songs are like 3 or 4 chords so shouldn't be too daunting

The first few days will be the hardest as it will hurt and you won't feel like you are getting anywhere but again, like exercise, you gradually get better each time you spend time doing it until it becomes second nature...I used to sit practicing chord shapes just with my left hand while watching something on TV
RoadManz09/05/2019 15:50

Thank you. So I guess this is a good starter guitar?So other than an amp …Thank you. So I guess this is a good starter guitar?So other than an amp will I also need some equipment to help me ensure the guitar is properly tuned? What else would be recommend?Thanks in advance, your advice is most appreciated


Again forgot to click reply!
And as the other guy has said - you'll get more value for money if you buy a second hand guitar but obviously some people don't like using second hand stuff...
thehoneymunster09/05/2019 16:03

It depends how serious you want to take it? My advice would be, if you …It depends how serious you want to take it? My advice would be, if you really, really want to learn and are serious about it... look at some people have said at a second hand Mexican (guitar, rofl) pound for pound, paso for paso, excellent value. That being said, I am sure I saw a month or so ago, some of the new Les Paul Juniors for around £400 brand new on one of the big guitar sites. Nice little P90 pickup. That's the kind of guitar you'd have for life. The important thing with a guitar, and any musical instrument is to remember it is an investment, an extenion of your soul.


Nicholas_B09/05/2019 16:10

It's a decent enough guitar that you won't lose huge amounts of money if …It's a decent enough guitar that you won't lose huge amounts of money if you decide to sell it on I actually still have one that I use in conjunction with my more expensive guitars when I perform incase of string breakages (which I do almost every gig because I strum to hard when I'm excited and my technique goes out the window!) I used a book like this to learn when I was a teenager in the dark days of the mid to late 90s https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andy-Guitar-Beginners-Course-Complete/dp/1523729376But of course - these days loads of people on YouTube do tutorials for complete beginners so have a quick search on there I can't link the app as it keeps getting filtered but if you search "g string tuner" you can download that on ios or Android and you won't need to pay out for a tuner However I'd you want one - I'd advise a clip on one like this:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Donner-Chromatic-Digital-Acoustic-Guitars/dp/B00YP0VXVGThis will work well for you if you don't have a amp as it work by clipping to the end of the guitar and uses vibration rather than sound to tune Another tip - choose a few simple songs to aim for that you like (like an oasis one or ed sheeran or whatever) and make those your target to be able to play Again loads of tutorials on YouTube for pretty much any song - most pop songs are like 3 or 4 chords so shouldn't be too daunting The first few days will be the hardest as it will hurt and you won't feel like you are getting anywhere but again, like exercise, you gradually get better each time you spend time doing it until it becomes second nature...I used to sit practicing chord shapes just with my left hand while watching something on TV


Nicholas_B09/05/2019 16:12

Again forgot to click reply! And as the other guy has said - you'll get …Again forgot to click reply! And as the other guy has said - you'll get more value for money if you buy a second hand guitar but obviously some people don't like using second hand stuff...


I’ve gone years kinda wanting to learn how to play guitar but sadly never set a goal and put things into motion. It’s a desire that has never left me so I know it’s not a fad. But anyway I am very grateful for the great advice. I will take it on board 100%
RoadManz09/05/2019 16:32

I’ve gone years kinda wanting to learn how to play guitar but sadly never s …I’ve gone years kinda wanting to learn how to play guitar but sadly never set a goal and put things into motion. It’s a desire that has never left me so I know it’s not a fad. But anyway I am very grateful for the great advice. I will take it on board 100%


I guess it depends on budget? A lot of the big guitar sites, Amazon included, do finance? So, if you can spare £30-40 a month for a year could get yourself something decent.

Worth checking out the Fender app 'Fender Play' paid for guitar learning service, but is very good.
An amp (or an amPlug + headphones if you don't want to disturb family/neighbours...), a cable, a tuner is always handy, a strap, and a few picks
RoadManz09/05/2019 15:50

Thank you. So I guess this is a good starter guitar?So other than an amp …Thank you. So I guess this is a good starter guitar?So other than an amp will I also need some equipment to help me ensure the guitar is properly tuned? What else would be recommend?Thanks in advance, your advice is most appreciated



Learn about "the action"/"set up" (ie String height etc). Guitar is more fun if you aren't playing a cheese slicer.
Edited by: "Bier" 9th May
sparklehedgehog09/05/2019 14:42

That was a bargain!


Indeed; we were looking at something second hand for the same price. Slightly better guitar (apparently - as I said I not the guitar aficionado in the house) and was advertised as immaculate condition. And while it is true the body hadn’t been dinged, and the guitar not played that much, the seller was a heavy smoker, and the thing would have need completely stripping down and cleaning, and probably some new parts as well. So to pick this up almost new for that price was a no brainier!
It's like cars: you could buy a Korean car new, or a significantly better car that's twelve months old for the same price. If you MUST buy new, this is a decent deal (yet I'd still advise paying a little more for a Yamaha Pacifica instead), but you can get much more bang for your buck used.
lukeo4409/05/2019 12:27

Anyone getting this as a first guitar, check out JustinGuitar beginners …Anyone getting this as a first guitar, check out JustinGuitar beginners course on Youtube, totally free and a great resourceRocksmith also pretty useful, particaully PC version with CDLC which allows you to add thousands more songs


Cheers for this
Major_Lee09/05/2019 18:51

Cheers for this


Marty Schwartz is also a good tutor on youtube!
I'd look at getting this instead. dawsons.co.uk/daw…BwE if the budget permits?
redvers7609/05/2019 14:21

Picked one of these up from Clearance Bargains in Corby at the weekend for …Picked one of these up from Clearance Bargains in Corby at the weekend for £49.99... was the last one so didn’t see the point in posting :)I’m not into guitars but my son is; for a knock about guitar to be used on garage band / rock smith, he seemed very happy with it, although some of the fret ends are quite sharp and need smoothing off...


Always thought about visiting Ckearance Bargains in Corby as it is not too far from Leicester. Is it worth checking in?
RoadManz09/05/2019 16:32

I’ve gone years kinda wanting to learn how to play guitar but sadly never s …I’ve gone years kinda wanting to learn how to play guitar but sadly never set a goal and put things into motion. It’s a desire that has never left me so I know it’s not a fad. But anyway I am very grateful for the great advice. I will take it on board 100%


Make sure you've actually got the time spare and can stick to it or it'll be one of those things you never do properly and the guitar will end up in a cupboard.
timbotadumitruion10/05/2019 11:12

Always thought about visiting Ckearance Bargains in Corby as it is not too …Always thought about visiting Ckearance Bargains in Corby as it is not too far from Leicester. Is it worth checking in?


It can be, depends what you’re after. May be worth arranging a visit to browse when you’re passing by, rather than heading in especially. They have a lot of furniture, white goods, toys, TVs & bikes, so if you’re after something of that ilk, head on down!
xavier.jones10/05/2019 12:17

Make sure you've actually got the time spare and can stick to it or it'll …Make sure you've actually got the time spare and can stick to it or it'll be one of those things you never do properly and the guitar will end up in a cupboard.


Thank you. This is why I’ll be starting to this entry level guitar until I know it’s worth investing in something better. I’m moving away from wasting time and energy on the idiot box and putting my efforts into learning a skill
RoadManz10/05/2019 18:47

Thank you. This is why I’ll be starting to this entry level guitar until I …Thank you. This is why I’ll be starting to this entry level guitar until I know it’s worth investing in something better. I’m moving away from wasting time and energy on the idiot box and putting my efforts into learning a skill


Like others have said, 30 minutes a day is better than 2 hours straight once a week. It's definitely more effective
Grrrrrrreat09/05/2019 11:56

Try the fender Mustang 1 v2 amp. 20 watts and loads of effects, amp …Try the fender Mustang 1 v2 amp. 20 watts and loads of effects, amp modelling and programmable extras all built in. About £110 at fare deal music. This will give you so many options to try different effects and sounds. You will not believe how much this will improve your diversity of playing.

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Just picked it up today but deffo need an amp, picks and a tuner.

Found a Mustang v2 amp not too far from me for £45 but it’s missing the power cable. Can anyone direct me on where best to pick one up from?
RoadManz11/05/2019 13:14

[Image] Just picked it up today but deffo need an amp, picks and a …[Image] Just picked it up today but deffo need an amp, picks and a tuner.Found a Mustang v2 amp not too far from me for £45 but it’s missing the power cable. Can anyone direct me on where best to pick one up from?


It's a standard "kettle" lead, same as PC cables. Something like this: amazon.co.uk/ABC…8-4
Maybe even cheaper on ebay
thebox11/05/2019 13:58

Is this a good amp? …Is this a good amp? https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/vox-vt20x-electric-guitar-amplifier-plus-vfs-5-foot-controller-149-delivered-from-richtone-music-3208971


Sure is. Also look at Boss Katana and Fender Mustang 20, both good starter amps
lukeo4411/05/2019 17:23

It's a standard "kettle" lead, same as PC cables. Something like this: …It's a standard "kettle" lead, same as PC cables. Something like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ABC-Products-Computer-Photocopier-Treadmill/dp/B001KHJ57Q/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?keywords=kettle.lead&qid=1557591762&s=gateway&sr=8-4Maybe even cheaper on ebay

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Would anyone knows if this one is a "Affinity" or "Bullet" series? Or probably none of? Thanks!
Edited by: "Luciano09" 22nd May
Luciano0911/05/2019 23:16

Would anyone if this one is a "Affinity" or "Bullet" series? Or probably …Would anyone if this one is a "Affinity" or "Bullet" series? Or probably none of? Thanks!


Bullet. Affinity costs a bit more as neck/frets are better finished and tuners are nicer/stay in tune better
Anyone thinking of starting guitar please look at second hand deals, you won't lose much, if any money should you decide to give up! There are some real bargains to be had. I recently sold a Fender Roc Pro 70w hybrid amp on ebay for £50 and I bought a brand new ish 2012 HSS american Standard strat for £500 instead of the rrp of £1200! Also take a look at cheaper old Boss multi effects pedals, something like the Boss GT3, these can be bought for around £40 and have tuners, overdrive, wah, chorus etc etc etc built in. I bought my boss gt3 for over £300 in 1999 and its still great today although I've switched to individual pedals now. I haven't sold it as its worth next to nothing but for a begginer it's all you need and tons more!
Edited by: "schall81" 12th May
schall8112/05/2019 10:48

Anyone thinking of starting guitar please look at second hand deals, you …Anyone thinking of starting guitar please look at second hand deals, you won't lose much, if any money should you decide to give up! There are some real bargains to be had. I recently sold a Fender Roc Pro 70w hybrid amp on ebay for £50 and I bought a brand new ish 2012 HSS american Standard strat for £500 instead of the rrp of £1200! Also take a look at cheaper old Boss multi effects pedals, something like the Boss GT3, these can be bought for around £40 and have tuners, overdrive, wah, chorus etc etc etc built in. I bought my boss gt3 for over £300 in 1999 and its still great today although I've switched to individual pedals now. I haven't sold it as its worth next to nothing but for a begginer it's all you need and tons more!


I'm looking for the Fender Mustang v2 amp that was suggested here but I've had no luck finding it second-hand.
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