I’ve been messing around with a guitar and learning tabs for about 2 years, but never really actually learned how to play. Now I want my first serious guitar. I kinda want a guitar that I could take to shows and stuff once I get good enough.
I would want it to sound like Dance Gavin Dance, Taking Back Sunday on Tell All Your Friends, and From First to Last.
I’ve been looking at a Epiphone SG or LP.
Focus on a guitar that feels good in your hands. You can change just about anything about a guitar including how it sounds, what it looks like, etc but you can’t change the neck. If the neck feels good, go for it.
You can always upgrade your pickups later to get a better sound, if necessary.
Oh yeah, don’t get one that’s too heavy for you. If you can put a strap on it and walk around with no discomfort for at least ten minutes, then the guitar is a good weight for you. And yes, if you want to gig you should be practicing standing up once you figure out where your fingers go.
Most of the sound you’re looking for is going to come from a good amp and speaker combination – so get a guitar that works for you, make sure it has humbuckers, and then focus on getting an amp that will help you get that sound.
You probably don’t want to spend less than 200$. I haven’t seen a guitar less than 200$ yet that’s really worth it… well, brand new at least. Although I did once see some Jacksons on sale for less than 200$ that tempted me mightily…. You want hardware that won’t go out of tune, a non-plywood body, and humbucking pickups.
I urge you to stay away from the trem bars ie whammy bars. Unless they’re really well made they tend to go out of tune pretty fast… you don’t want that. Get a fixed bridge guitar that fits your hands and isn’t too heavy to play standing up.
Epiphones are pretty decent guitars, too, you wouldn’t go wrong if you went that direction and they worked for your hands.
on: 24th June 08