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(@anonymous)
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I've been happily strumming my Yamaha f-310 for the past six months and now I'm interested in buying an electric. The problem is that I know almost nothing about them. I'm looking for a sound similar to that of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and STP. Could anyone tell me what I would need to get the desired sound and give a brief explaination on why you chose what you did? I'm thinking of spending in the range of $500, but I'm willing to go slightly above that.


   
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(@terminator)
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Dude!!!! For 500 u can get a top shelf electric! You can get a very good one for that. For example a Les Paul Studio which costs around 650$.

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Don't forget the amp in the budgeting process.

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(@musenfreund)
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and the hardshell case.

You might check out Washburn -- great electrics in your range. I don't know how to tell you to think about that particular sound you want though. If these bands use a lot of alternate tunings though, you should look for a fixed bridge and avoid a floating bridge.

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(@bmxdude)
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What Kind of music do you want to play,and How much do you want to spend on a amp :?:

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Now, what's the question?"
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I'm looking for a grungy sound like the bands listed. The $500 is the price I am willing to spend on everything, guitar, amp, cables, etc..., but I could save a little longer if something really catches my eye.


   
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(@slothrob)
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I would recommend a Schecter Blackjack or C-1 Artist ($500-550) as high quality guitars in that range with that kind of sound. Great build quality and components and I find Schecters to be one of the smootest playing and sounding guitars in the low to lower middle price range.. As long as you don't mind black. The other C-1 models are nice, too, if you want a different look, but some have lesser, but still nice, components.
The PRS SE models that Guitar Center has just started to carry are also very good for $500. Real pretty, well made, easy playing, and check out the P-90 pickup model, that has a real nice sound.


   
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O.K. then, you are going to want a guitar with humbuckers, you are also going to want one that is capable of drop tunings. now do you want a hardcore rock guitar or a more all around guitar, and do you want a tremolo arm (A.K.A. whamy bar).

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O.K. then, you are going to want a guitar with humbuckers, you are also going to want one that is capable of drop tunings. now do you want a hardcore rock guitar or a more all around guitar, and do you want a tremolo arm (A.K.A. whamy bar).

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Schecter Omen 6 about $300 that leaves $200 for an amp.
The Omen 6 has dual Humbuckers and produces the sound you are after.


   
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if you're not counting the amp, case, etc. get a Jag-Stang. That was Kurt Cobain's (guitarist and vocalist for nirvana if you didnt know) signature guitar. Before that, he mainly used old Fender Mustangs and Jaguars. I dont know about Pearl Jam and the rest though.

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(@lord_ariez)
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I recommend the ltd line from ESP

Youll probably want to invest in a good distortion or efx pedal too!

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(@anonymous)
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What would the difference be between dual humbuckers and a humbucker with a single coil pickup? What do you mean by capable of drop tunings? I know what they are, but how would I know if a certain guitar is? I'm not exactly sure about a tremolo arm, I know a bit about them, but could anyone tell me how they work and an example of one being used?


   
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Ok All guitars are capable of drop tuning, period.
That is just a matter of changing where certain strings are tuned.
That being said, guitars without fixed bridges are more dificult to keep in tune.
A guitar with a tremelo arm is not a fixed bridge. Some with tremelo have a bridge that can be locked when not using the arm and then act like a fixed bridge.
The way the arm works is it moves the bridge in and out changing the pitch of whats being played (some people call it a whammy bar, and when used can give a certain wa,wa, effect somewhat similar to bending the strings)
Personally I don't care for tremolo arms and tend to stay away from them.
Again this is only my own opinion.


   
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(@anonymous)
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Thanks missleman for clearing that up. I was looking to buy one with a fixed bridge in the first place, but I'll have to try it out in the store to be sure.


   
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