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buying an electric guitar

First of all, Happy First Day of Spring to all of you.

I'm going to buy an electric guitar in the next week or two. I've read a couple of the old threads and it seems that the general consensus is to play many guitars until you find one that feels right to you. I've only been playing, if you could call it that, for a couple of months. None of them feel right to me, yet.

With a budget of $500 I am leaning toward a Standard Fender Stratocaster or Epiphone Les Paul because I have heard of these brand names and the local music store sells them. Am I leaning in the right direction? Are there things about either of them that I should be aware of before buying?

I can borrow a small marshall amplifier until I get one of my own so I'll probably have amplifier questions soon.

Lisa
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Re: buying an electric guitar

3/21/2007 8:58 AM

Adrian Dupree (4969) wrote:

With a budget of $500 I am leaning toward a Standard Fender Stratocaster or Epiphone Les Paul because I have heard of these brand names and the local music store sells them.



I would say that a Standard Fender Stratocaster is best. Les Pauls are closer to steel-string acoustic guitars as far as what I have heard. This is because the strings are spread farther apart. I have never played an Epiphone Les Paul but based on its appearance, I can tell that it's closer to an acoustic guitar's characteristics.



Given the fact that you are a female guitarist and you play rock/pop and country, I would say that a Fender is more appropriate since it fits your style of music and it is easier to play. Of course, you should try them out before you buy them anyway.



I hope this helps.



Adrian



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3/21/2007 9:07 AM

Inactive Member wrote:

Sorry, Adrian, but due to the fact that Fenders have a longer scale length (25 1/2" compared to the Les Paul's 24 3/4 which means higher string tension), they are actually harder to play (which is not really noticeable when talking about chords, but very noticeable when talking about bending strings).






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Re: buying an electric guitar

3/21/2007 9:29 AM

Adrian Dupree (4969) wrote:

You're right. I was wrong because I thought it was the reverse! I found this on Wikipedia:



Most Fender electric guitars, including the Stratocaster, Telecaster, Esquire, and Jazzmaster use a scale length of 25.5". A few Fender models such as the Jaguar use a scale length of 24". Fender has also built some 3/4 size student guitars with a scale length of 22.5" or shorter.



Gibson uses a scale length of 24.75" on many of its electric guitars, including the Les Paul, Flying V, Explorer, SG, and ES-335. Gibson has used other scale lengths on various models through the years.



Summary
20.75" (527mm):
Squier Bullet Mini
Rickenbacker 320 and 325, notably John Lennon's most famous guitar
22.5" (572mm), known as 3/4 scale in Fender sales literature:
Fender Musicmaster
Fender Duosonic
Fender Mustang
Some Musicmaster II and Duosonic II
22.72" (577mm):
Fender Stratocaster Junior
24" (610mm), confusingly called full scale in Fender sales literature:
Fender Jaguar
Most and current Fender Mustang
Most Musicmaster II and Duosonic II
Fender Bronco
24.75" (629mm):
Gibson Les Paul
Gibson SG
Original Gibson ES-150
Fender Cyclone
Rickenbacker most electric guitars (including 330, 340, 350, 360, 370, 380, 620, 650, 660)
25" (635mm)
Most Paul Reed Smith guitars
25.5" (648mm), closest to the classical guitar scale:
Fender Esquire
Fender Telecaster
Fender Stratocaster
Fender Jazzmaster
Squier Stratocaster
Most and current Gibson ES-150




Of course, there are other factors that have to do with ease. Action, width of the strings etc.



But the Stratocaster is still the best for her.



Adrian





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Re: buying an electric guitar

3/22/2007 6:53 AM

Robert Chiefari (5087) wrote:

Stefan,

Whole heartedly agree on that point - LP's much harder to play with the smaller scale, and of course they're heavier!

-Bob



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3/21/2007 1:08 PM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

I think the Gibson and Epi acoustics have a scale length the same as a Les Paul. My Yamaha has a 25.5" scale length.

The LP and most Gibsons tend to have a slightly flatter radius on the fretboard as opposed to a Fender. I think they have slightly wider fretboards as well. Fenders have a little rounder fretboard.

I am not advocating one or the other - I have a fondness for many models of Gibson and Fender (and others!!)

Anyone who is looking to buy should try out a lot of instruments if possible - try out a few pricier ones to see if your "pick of the litter"





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3/21/2007 1:12 PM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

compares well to a more expensive instrument



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3/21/2007 1:24 PM

John Fries (171) wrote:

I personally don't find a noticeable difference in ease of sting bending between the Stratocaster and the Epi Les Paul. There is a noticeable difference in the weight with the Strat being much lighter. That may be perferable. They are both good guitars.

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3/21/2007 9:01 AM

Inactive Member wrote:

With your musical interests (rock, blues and country), I'd personally go with the Fender Strat as the single coil pickups of this instrument can also easily produce "country-ish" sounds. This is more difficult with the humbucking pickups of a Les Paul guitar.
There are lots of blues and rock players using the Strat, too, so there is no disadvantage of the Fender in these types of music, either.

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3/21/2007 11:48 AM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

Try both of those to see what you like.

You may find a Les Paul to be a little heavy - even though I really like the sound and action on a Les Paul. I like most Fenders too. If I had the money, my collection would be huge!!

The (Gibson and Epi) SG is a little bit lighter and has a similar feel and sound to a Les Paul. Ibanez makes a lot of guitars with a lot of "bang for the buck".
Some others you may want to try are : the Tele, some guitars by Yamaha, Peavey and Reverend.

Another way to stretch your dollars is to find a good used guitar. You may find some different brands to try that way. There are some really cool models of Ibanez and Yamaha that are not made now that are great guitars.



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Re: buying an electric guitar

3/21/2007 3:29 PM

Lisa Tomlinson (604) wrote:

I think the Telecaster is the one that I meant, and not the Stratocaster. (The one without the tremolo bar)

I've looked at the Reverend guitars in a guitar magazine and online. Unfortunately, the nearest dealer is in Oregon, a 400 mile drive.

Thank you, you guys, for the help.

Lisa



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3/21/2007 3:58 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

A Telecaster is also a great guitar for your musical tastes, but a Strat is a bit more versatile (and also available as a "hard tail" - i.e. without a tremolo).



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Re: buying an electric guitar

3/21/2007 4:59 PM

Kyle Neufeld (803) wrote:

So far most advice has been about playability. Make sure you also pay attention to how it sounds. Try playing around with the knobs and switches, play with all pickups on all the guitars that you might consider buying, and of course try as many as possible. Ask the shopkeeper any questions you might have about a certain guitar. Pay close attention to how each guitar plays and sounds. Looks should probably be the third most important thing behind these. (of course this depends a bit, if a guitar is INCREDIBLY ugly, and you don't want to look at it, never mind pick it up and play... maybe try something else)

Try to remember the prices of all the guitars you're considering, or maybe right them down, so you can compare them to the prices online. It will probably be a bit cheaper online, but not by a lot. Make sure you're not getting ripped off.

I'd Spend a lot of time on this decision. When I was purchasing my second guitar, I spend about 5-10 hours in the shop trying them out and asking questions, and it took a week or two before I decided on one.

Word of warning: I've never bought an electric. This is just what I would do if i were purchasing one.



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Re: buying an electric guitar

3/21/2007 8:36 PM

Edd Robins (6260) wrote:

Happy Spring to you, too, Lisa. I haven't been online for a few days... this is the first time I've seen ya on the boards. So welcome to WN.

I've got an Epi LP and a Fender Strat. I play the Strat most of the time. I've owned a Tele, and they're great gittars, for sure. But I'll throw my 2 cents towards the Strat. Lots of reasons for me...I like sound of 'em for one thing, they're versatile, they look cool, and they're comfortable. The body contour that's cut into them makes 'em fit up next to ya real comfy like. My kind of ax, lady.

Be sure to try out as many as ya can...just because I prefer a Strat doesn't necessarily mean the next person will.

Checked your homepage. Workin' full time and going to college...I admire your grit.

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