Good entry-level electric guitar?

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Re: Good entry-level electric guitar?
Sat Jan 04, 2014 10:11 am
  • RolandDeschain wrote:@Happy: I'm definitely a value shopper, not a budget shopper. After reading more stuff online and the knowledge I've gained in this thread, I'm definitely spending north of $600, but I'd really like to keep it in the triple-digit price range, including tax. (So $900 max price, preferably.) Selling what I buy now and upgrading to something that costs $2,000 a couple of years from now or whatever, I've got no problem with.

    I have another question. I have shorter-than-average fingers. (Not by a significant amount, but around half of an inch shorter than the average male my height.) Should I be trying to find a guitar with a thinner neck, or something? If there's anything I should be looking for because of this, I obviously want to know before I buy. I'm not sure if it's even relevant or makes a difference, it's just something that occurred to me as a possibility, is all.


    With shorter fingers comes the option of a shorter scale on the fingerboard. It's an option, but would might necessitate a custom build. But if you search hard enough you may find something online that would fit the bill. Here is something I found online:

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Re: Good entry-level electric guitar?
Sat Jan 04, 2014 3:06 pm
  • Green13 wrote:The stats on the Royale say it has a Slim Taper neck. That's my favorite profile for Gibson guitars, but that a matter of personal preference. Some people love larger necks and think their left hand gets less tired.

    There are so many variables when it comes to necks. Nut width, finger board radius, finger board material, profile, the list goes on. The most important thing is that it feels comfortable to you, and you really have to hold it to know. In fact, you probably have to spend some time with it to really know. They vary. I've hd several Les Paul Classics that all have Slim Taper necks, but some were thiner than others. One important thing to consider is that bigger necks have bigger tone.

    This may be more info than you want, and we're just scratching the surface! Check out warmoth.com for some good information. They build necks and bodies and their website is really helpful in learning about necks (and other stuff).

    As far as the action is concerned, it's easy to adjust and probably should be adjusted to your liking.

    Be careful, man. Guitars can get really addictive. But if you learn a little, make smart buys (USED!) you can generally sell them for what you paid, or even a little more, and then you can buy another one!


    Oh I hear ya on the addictive part. Just like anything else. To me, they're not only instruments but works of art. And I really appreciate all the detailed info. I'm details kinda guy. We got bad weather this weekend but I plan to make it to my local guitar shop to get my hands on the dot and royale models. I've been browsing Craigslist and eBay for a deal.
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Re: Good entry-level electric guitar?
Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:15 pm
  • Good luck, man! Tell me what you find and what you think.

    What are you going to do for an amp?
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Re: Good entry-level electric guitar?
Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:23 pm
  • Green13 wrote:Good luck, man! Tell me what you find and what you think.

    What are you going to do for an amp?


    To get the rust off ill probably go with Rocksmith software and I'll check out that practice amp Peavey Vypyr VIP 1 that I think, Blue Thunder suggested. You have any recommendations on a practice amp?
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Re: Good entry-level electric guitar?
Sat Jan 04, 2014 4:45 pm
  • I picked up a Vox Valvetronix ad15vt recently for 50$ with an el cheapo Behringer Strat copy guitar AND a stand :D Turns out the amp kicks COMPLETE ASS, the guitar (with a little tune up by myself) plays quite well and the stand......holds things.

    http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/ ... ox/ad15vt/

    I love Vox amps and this one blew away my expectations. something to check out I suppose.
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Re: Good entry-level electric guitar?
Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:28 pm
  • That's a great buy! My brother has a Vox Valvetronix. Cool amp. I have a Roland Cube 40XL for a little practice amp. I like it.

    Nothing beats tubes, and the good news is they are making some really great small amps. Fender Hot Rod 40 is damn near an industry standard these days. Small and loud enough for any room. Same with the Peavey Vintage 30 and 40. I recently got a Hughes and Kettner Tubemiester 18 and it is incrdredible. They also make a 5 watt version that I'm sure is still very loud.

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Re: Good entry-level electric guitar?
Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:14 am
  • m0ng0 wrote:I picked up a Vox Valvetronix ad15vt recently for 50$ with an el cheapo Behringer Strat copy guitar AND a stand :D Turns out the amp kicks COMPLETE ASS, the guitar (with a little tune up by myself) plays quite well and the stand......holds things.

    http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/reviews/ ... ox/ad15vt/

    I love Vox amps and this one blew away my expectations. something to check out I suppose.


    From the prices I'm seeing, you stole that amp.
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Re: Good entry-level electric guitar?
Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:47 am
  • Greenhell wrote:From the prices I'm seeing, you stole that amp.

    It fell off the back of a truck. No worries.
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Re: Good entry-level electric guitar?
Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:51 am
  • I got a guitar and stand too :-) It was an older hippy couple, they were nice enough to number all the frets in sharpie :P The way the guitar was set up I can see why they got frustrated and quit. But an hour of magic in my garage it plays so well it might be a candidate for some real pickups. Anybody ever used Fenders Lace sensor pickups?

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Re: Good entry-level electric guitar?
Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:40 am
  • m0ng0 wrote:Craigslist is awesome !


    Truth!
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