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NickR
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I feel like I've kind of outgrown my little beginner electric guitar and want a new one. It's just a cheap beginners guitar that isn't really that great. Some music I like to play is Foo Fighters, Audioslave, Linkin Park, Nirvana, etc. which is kind of heavy, so probably need humbuckers.

I have had my eye on a Fender Standard HSS Strat for a while, but now that I'm looking more, I'm not real sure. I'd like to keep it under $500, possibly $600, which I think is pretty reasonable for a second guitar.

Some I'm considering now:
Fender Standard HSS Strat: http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Standard-Stratocaster-HSS-Electric-Guitar?sku=501160
Epiphone Firebird Studio: http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Firebird-Studio-Guitar?sku=519377
Squire Jagmaster: http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Squier-Jagmaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=519635
Ibanez GRX20: http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-GRX20-Electric-Guitar?sku=519417

Any suggestions for others to consider or some to not consider would be helpful.

I don't have a music shop with electric guitars closer than 2 hours from me, so I can't really pick any up and feel it out. But once I can kind of narrow it down a little I will go to a store one weekend and test them out.

Thanks

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Moonrider
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You know, the other guitarist in my band just got a Hagstrom Ultra Swede yesterday, and he let me spend some some time with her at practice tonight.

It's a very impressive guitar, and has a very nice price considering how well appointed it was.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Hagstrom-Ultra-Swede-Flame-Electric-Guitar?sku=515710

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gnease
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the HSS Strat is the most versatile of the crowd, and will offer a Fender clear, single coil sound in addition to the more gutsy bridge 'bucker.

The Epi Firebird Studio is a solid guitar -- more sustain and midrange grunt than the Strat, but can't do the chimey cleans a Strat can do. only one without a trem. is a trem important to you?

the Squier Jag Master is a shorter scale guitar (24"). If you have small hands, it's a good choice. if you have "normal" hands, the HSS Strat is probably a better choice.

the Ibanez is well-made lower cost guitar, but is basically a solid starter instrument. cheaper materials than the other guitars, though Ibanez usually excels in making the most of value-price instruments: quality and playability should be good, but the tonal palette may be limited.

to consider:

any one of these PRS SE (asian-made budget line) is a but , great playing guitar that should suit your styles:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/navigation?q=PRS+SE&st=

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RoundI
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Godin Make some nice guitars in that price range, some with two humbuckers and some HSS


   
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AKFlyingV
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The strat would be my choice just because it is so versatile, but i do love the look of the firebird.


   
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Ricochet
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One of these days I'm going to get a Flying V.

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NickR
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The firebird is very pretty. Probably my favorite looking guitar of all. But I also like the Fender Strat look. As soon as I can get to a Guitar Center or Sam Ash I'm going to take them both for a test drive.

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MetallicaMan
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I would highly suggest the Japan line of Jackson guitars. After Fender took over the American Jackson factory, the American Jackson's have been claimed not what they used to be. However the Japan factory hasnt changed, and they're still making them the same way for the past 20 years. I have a Jackson Warrior, and have used it daily for about 3 years now, and it is a beast.

Honestly, for 500-600$, there is nothing better.

Good luck on your next purchase my friend,

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Bish
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I'd have to second the suggestion by gnease to look at the PRS line. :D

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NickR
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Thanks, all these suggestions are a lot of help!

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