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I've been playing guitar for a few years, just teaching myself, jamming with friends and stuff, but i just broke my guitar. It was a Fender Squire, very cheap (like $80 including an amp) and I now can justify getting a slightly nicer one.

However, I am not looking to spend more than $2-300. Any recommendations?

I've just been surfing the website of a store near me and I have seen these that have caught my eye.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-GRX20-Electric-Guitar-519417-i1150594.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-GAX70-Electric-Guitar-103122701-i1150592.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Peavey-Predator-Plus-EXP-Guitar-511368-i1146903.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-GSA60-Electric-Guitar-103122719-i1150636.gc

But considering my limited exposure to the guitar world, any suggestions/feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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I've been playing guitar for a few years, just teaching myself, jamming with friends and stuff, but i just broke my guitar. It was a Fender Squire, very cheap (like $80 including an amp) and I now can justify getting a slightly nicer one.

However, I am not looking to spend more than $2-300. Any recommendations?

I've just been surfing the website of a store near me and I have seen these that have caught my eye.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-GRX20-Electric-Guitar-519417-i1150594.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-GAX70-Electric-Guitar-103122701-i1150592.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Peavey-Predator-Plus-EXP-Guitar-511368-i1146903.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ibanez-GSA60-Electric-Guitar-103122719-i1150636.gc

But considering my limited exposure to the guitar world, any suggestions/feedback would be greatly appreciated.

The Ibanez Gios absolutely suck. The Peavey Predator isn't much better.

In your price range, check out the Yamaha Pacifica: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-PAC012DLX-Pacifica-Series-HSS-Deluxe-Electric-Guitar-103153664-i1166881.gc

IMHO, it's easily the best bang for the beginner buck. I really recommend buying used, too. Check out your local Craig's List, see if they have anything decent. You might be able to get a Mexican Fender or Epiphone under $300 that you'd be able to put to use for years.

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The Ibanez Gios absolutely suck. The Peavey Predator isn't much better.

In your price range, check out the Yamaha Pacifica: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Yamaha-PAC012DLX-Pacifica-Series-HSS-Deluxe-Electric-Guitar-103153664-i1166881.gc

IMHO, it's easily the best bang for the beginner buck. I really recommend buying used, too. Check out your local Craig's List, see if they have anything decent. You might be able to get a Mexican Fender or Epiphone under $300 that you'd be able to put to use for years.

Yeah I only really picked those ones because of the feedback rating. That is all I really know about guitars...

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The guitar in my sig is a Michael Kelly Patriot Custom. Do yourself a favor and check out the entire line. For the money, you will not play a better guitar. They blow away all the non-US-made Gibsons and Fenders I tried, which was every one. Coil taps on each pickup, set-in necks, great paint finish, etc...

http://www.michaelkellyguitars.com/electrics.html

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Yeah I only really picked those ones because of the feedback rating. That is all I really know about guitars...

Check out: http://newyork.craigslist.org/stn/msg/1261611091.html

http://newyork.craigslist.org/stn/msg/1260714374.html

http://newyork.craigslist.org/stn/msg/1260718989.html

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/msg/1264520519.html

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/msg/1264416554.html

http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/msg/1264372702.html

All nearby and in your price range. You'll do much better used than new. You should be able to talk down almost all of these guys (the $200 Gretch is a pretty good deal as is).

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Hm. Acoustic or electric? Acoustic is more of my forte.

If you sing as well, acoustic. Otherwise, electric. Watch it, though. You'll have even more guys falling in love with you. Chicks rocking out--especially beautiful ones--are hot. Anyone remember Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles? Love that gorgeous Rickenbacker.

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If you sing as well, acoustic. Otherwise, electric. Watch it, though. You'll have even more guys falling in love with you. Chicks rocking out--especially beautiful ones--are hot. Anyone remember Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles? Love that gorgeous Rickenbacker.

She was smokin'.

I have the same guitar in mapleglow.

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It's my favorite. Sounds as pretty as it looks.

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The Ibanez Gios absolutely suck. The Peavey Predator isn't much better.

The Predator's not that bad.

I have one.

Very nice slim neck which is important to me.

Over the years I've mutated the hell out of it, by changing the pickups to Seymour Duncans, the pots, pickup selector switch, completely rewiring it, changed the tuning pegs and the pick guard.

You can't just leave a guitar the way you buy it, can you?

:)

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Hey, I'm a musician too. I've been playing guitar for about 4 years now. I played on an Epiphone G-400 for my first 3 years, and that is the BEST "cheap guitar". Here is a review..

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/electric_guitars/epiphone/g-400/index.html

Now, I play an American SRV strat.

Second the Epiphone (they're manufactured by Gibson), we bought one for my son a couple years ago to learn on, and considering he's a 14 yr old that doesn't take the best care of things it has held up very well.

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The Predator's not that bad.

I have one.

Very nice slim neck which is important to me.

Over the years I've mutated the hell out of it, by changing the pickups to Seymour Duncans, the pots, pickup selector switch, completely rewiring it, changed the tuning pegs and the pick guard.

You can't just leave a guitar the way you buy it, can you?

:)

Doug, have you ever swapped out one of those screaming DiMarzio's?

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The Predator's not that bad.

I have one.

Very nice slim neck which is important to me.

Over the years I've mutated the hell out of it, by changing the pickups to Seymour Duncans, the pots, pickup selector switch, completely rewiring it, changed the tuning pegs and the pick guard.

You can't just leave a guitar the way you buy it, can you?

:)

Haha! I don't think our threadstarter is up to doing that kind of work just yet. If you like the feel of it and are willing to put in that kind of work, that's a good deal for you, though. I honestly never liked them. Maybe part of the problem is that I like a chunky neck.

Second the Epiphone (they're manufactured by Gibson), we bought one for my son a couple years ago to learn on, and considering he's a 14 yr old that doesn't take the best care of things it has held up very well.

Depends on the Epi. I think you need to get up into the $400 range (at least) before they're decent. My ex bought my son an Epi Junior that was absolutely horrible. Never stayed in tune. Just crap. But I have an Epi Casino that's really a very nice guitar. Doesn't get as much love as it deserves due to a crowded field.

I replaced my son's guitar with an MIM Fender Strat which is really a solid instrument for $400. It's a nice platform for all the modding vanDoug's talking about - especially if you find the one that feels good in your hands.

I'm looking to get him a G&L Comanche for his Bar Miztvah because I'm an awesome dad. Looking at it in greenburst, because I'm a Jet fan and he has red hair. Green goes well with red hair. ;)

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Doug, have you ever swapped out one of those screaming DiMarzio's?

Borgo..

No, but several guitarists I love endorse DiMarzios.

But I do use some Seymore Duncan double coils which give a very fat sound. These particular ones fit into a strat pickup profile.

Hopefully this next bit isn't too techy.......

Most strat style players will go from bridge to neck, single coil, single coil, double coil. My setup is single, double, double, maybe too fat and heavy an arrangement for a lot of people........

But I believe most of the tone comes from your fingers and picking position.

It's all personal preference.

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Borgo..

No, but several guitarists I love endorse DiMarzios.

But I do use some Seymore Duncan double coils which give a very fat sound. These particular ones fit into a strat pickup profile.

Hopefully this next bit isn't too techy.......

Most strat style players will go from bridge to neck, single coil, single coil, double coil. My setup is single, double, double, maybe too fat and heavy an arrangement for a lot of people........

But I believe most of the tone comes from your fingers and picking position.

It's all personal preference.

I grew up on Staten Island, and had a chance to meet him back in the 70s, when he was making the stuff at his house. Who knew he would become an icon? The Duncans which you use are also very hot pickups. I don't think your set-up is too fat at all, maybe because lots of us from our generation (I think we're near the same age) dig that heavy tone. Keep rockin' and shaking the walls.

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