What type of beginner guitar should i get?

My birthday is on monday (woohoo) haha i was thinking about getting a Squier Affinity Series Fat Stratocaster Electric Guitar, or a Squier Affinity Fat Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar. Which should i get thats better for me, as a beginner?

Chosen Answer:

Depends on what style you want to play. Different guitars have different sounds and feels that are optimized for different genres.

Metal: Look for a Schecter or Ibanez. they have some well-priced guitars that are optimal for metal.
Rock: Look for an Epiphone Les Paul (a bit more classic) or SG (a bit more modern).
Country: Fender Telecaster all the way. Perfect for the twang.
Funk: Fender Stratocaster. Not as much twang as a tele, but still very bright.
Jazz: Epiphone Les Paul or Semi-Hollow (like the Dot). Very warm, mellow tones.

Whatever you do, DON’T GET A SQUIER. The only Squiers I’ve played that were any good were top-of-the-line basses. Squier is just a cheap brand overall, so you’re not going to get much quality out of them. All the brands I suggested above are a bit more pricey but also will last a while, so you don’t find yourself at a loss in the event that you want to go professional.
by: Guitar Guy
on: 25th November 10

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4 Responses to What type of beginner guitar should i get?

  1. gizmo says:

    If you are 100% beginner, get an Acoustic guitar first. A decent, nice one please. Any brand, any color that catches your eyes first.

  2. oscarwildeisking says:

    I’d stay away from the Affinity series(cheap wood and components) and just get an authentic plain Squier. And if you can afford it, an authentic Fender will stay with you for years even after you turn pro. Also, if you’re good at bargaining, there’s a plethora of used Fender and Squier stuff on Craigslist…most of the times at outrageously cheap prices and practically new. Just make sure you go to the seller’s place, inspect it, plug it in and play with all the features. If it doesn’t meet your expectations, just say no and wait for a better deal. Believe me, there are plenty.

  3. Omega Alpha says:

    Since your a beginner I strongly recommend getting a steel-string acoustic guitar as your first. This way your hand will get used to the wider neck and your fingers can develop callouses. Trust me when you make the transition to an electric guitar like the Stratocaster you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to play.

    Good luck : )

  4. Anonymous Guy says:

    Depends on what style you want to play. Different guitars have different sounds and feels that are optimized for different genres.

    Metal: Look for a Schecter or Ibanez. they have some well-priced guitars that are optimal for metal.
    Rock: Look for an Epiphone Les Paul (a bit more classic) or SG (a bit more modern).
    Country: Fender Telecaster all the way. Perfect for the twang.
    Funk: Fender Stratocaster. Not as much twang as a tele, but still very bright.
    Jazz: Epiphone Les Paul or Semi-Hollow (like the Dot). Very warm, mellow tones.

    Whatever you do, DON’T GET A SQUIER. The only Squiers I’ve played that were any good were top-of-the-line basses. Squier is just a cheap brand overall, so you’re not going to get much quality out of them. All the brands I suggested above are a bit more pricey but also will last a while, so you don’t find yourself at a loss in the event that you want to go professional.

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