Which of these 2 guitars is the right choice?
I've never played a guitar but I've always wanted to. It's never to late to learn and that's exactly what I plan to do. So with that said, I've found 2 guitars that both - A) Look nice. B) Have plenty of positive and almost (if not completely) no bad feedback. and C) Fit my budget.
I hope anyone who reads this thread will be able to help me bring my guitar hunting to a conclusion, or provide an even better guitar without going over the price of the aforementioned guitars too much. Thanks.
I think it's time to fall back on that old faithful decision making method:
Go to the shop and try them, or have the guy in the shop demo them - buy the one that you think sounds best.
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I agree with Alan. The difference between the P90 and Humbucker pickups is something you have to hear for yourself.
I'm also a fan of supporting your local Ma & Pa music store. You might pay a bit more for the guitar (usually not much and sometimes even less) and you get extra services for your money. Often you will get a setup included, and special favors that are useful for both beginners and pros.
Epiphones are generally decent guitars for the money. And buying an inexpensive but well made guitar for your first guitar is a good idea. As you grow with your guitar and learn about the differences between makes, pickups, and other differences, you might decided to try something different and eventually get to the guitar that's right for you. I went through Epiphone, Gibson, Kramer, and LTD before I found that Parkers fit me the best - but that doesn't mean Parker is right for you. We're all different in our physical build and musical tastes.
Also it's important to take lessons from a good teacher. The teacher must be able to make playing fun for you while teaching you good habits on the guitar that you won't have to work to break later on. If you aren't having a good time or if you feel you are not progressing, don't be shy about trying a different teacher.
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Well with those two I would say you need to play them. they are pretty much the same, other then the pickups. That being said, I looked at a earlier version of that guitar when I started playing. Once I got my hands on it I really didn't like it. Eaven in a newbees hands it really didn't feel, or sound like a LP guitar. I do like the real Gibson specials, so maybe it was the bolt neck that was the issue. I ended up using a borrowed strat for a year or so till I got my Epi LP standard that I LOVE! Also a lot of the lower end stuff is real badly setup. I would really recommend setting aside cash to get that taken care of with whatever you get. IMHO for the entry level market I would have to give the nod to the fender Squire strats. I think they are FAR better made then the entry level Epi's. If you like the LP's you should be able to find a nice used LP standard for not too much money.