A good, cheap electric guitar

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by oniman7, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. Hello, TB. Although I love bass, I have been composing. I would like to get into video game/TV composing and that sort of thing. I am trying to reconnect with my rock roots to create a rock/post rock instrumental sound for certain things that VST's just won't cut.


    So, I need it to range from good clean tones to heavy tones. Not necessarily able to emulate period authentic blues or country or jazz, just close enough to a wide variety of tones to be believable.

    I am leaning on one side towards a Squire or Mexi Fender Strat (potentially with a bridge Humbucker) or an Ibanez/Schecter.

    7 String would be cool if it fell in, but not a priority.

    I won't have the money for a while, but looking to spend no more than $200-300.

    What would you do?
  2. Illini10


    May 15, 2012
    Elmwood, IL
    One of my guitarists has a Mexi Strat Blacktop HH that he spent about $500 on. I don't think you're going to find a Fender HSS cheaper that $400 unless you find a used one somewhere. Squier has some HSS strats in the range you're looking for.
  3. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Have you heard of www.rondomusic.com ?

    plenty of pretty decent guitars there (including 7 & 8 strings, yes) that would more than fit the bill. 15 pages of different guitars to choose from.
  4. I'm seriously interested in the ESP Ltd H101. I will try to get my hands on some of these as well as Strats. I also think I want the Blackstar HT1 amp.

    I did check out Rondo. My old guitarist had an Agile Les Paul from there and our engineer preferred its sound over his Gibson. However, the lines in my budget range don't have a very good low tone that I want.
  5. colcifer

    colcifer Esteemed Nitpicker Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2010
    A Galaxy Far, Far Away
    A used mexi strat in decent condition will do you fine. You might find one with upgrades but at that price, it'll most likely be stock. I recommend you use 11s. I'm a Thomastic Infeld fan, FWIW.
  6. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    As with basses, the Squier Vintage Modified and Classic Vibe guitars are very good for the money.
  7. A guitarist in a local band has offered to let me try his Indonesian Squier Strat as well as an ESP Viper. $150 for the Strat and $250 for the ESP
  8. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    Not strat like, but a cheap man's les paul....

    As far as cheap used guitars, grab anything of the better Dearmonds that had the USA gold pickups. Guitar Center and others had to blow them out years ago at $200 each because they were outselling the higher ended Gretsch guitars and it was a corporate decision.

    Their bass starfire copy is the only good one in my opinion (I have one) goes for around $700+ used and the better les paul copies (that sold for $200) fetch $500+ but you can find them for $200-$300 (I have a few) if you are patient.
  9. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    Guitar centers used section can toss you a squire for 70-100 bucks
  10. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    ...with all the knobs missing and skyscraper action.
  11. curbowkid

    curbowkid Guest

    Jun 27, 2011
    Brooklyn, New York
    No. I've seen pretty good condition ones in the store near me for that price.
  12. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    I picked up a barely used MIM Fender strat for $100 off a guy my age on CL who needed to pay some bills. It has suited my needs just fine!
  13. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    +1 good guitar for the money new and if you find a used one a steal.

    I know a guy who works in the music biz (store/repair) and he has worked a few VM and CV guitars and basses that guys are buying modding and putting Fender decals on the headstock to hide it. He said they sound and play as good as any MIA and nobody knows and they save $$.
  14. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Find a used Peavey T-60. They cover a wide variety of tones and are very good guitars. Heavy, but if you're just recording that shouldn't be an issue.
  15. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    Used Mexican Fender Strat. They are usually all over Craigslist.
  16. Check out the Agile brand at www.rondomusic.com
    You will not find better guitars at there price points.
  17. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Exactly. see post #3. ;) and sentence two of post #4.
  18. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    I bought my son a really nice Epiphone SG model that is amazing for the price.

    Some friends of mine swear by the Fender Squiers and Danelectro guitars for inexpensive decent guitars.
  19. +1
    Even the SX brand is IMO a very good guitar for the money. I bought my daughter an SX strat copy a couple years ago and it's been a very good guitar.
  20. +1

    Also, some of the epiphone offerings are pretty reasonable and sound damn good. Same thing with some of the ESP LTD stuff. For 7 string I'd go the LTD route. Used you can find these around $300. I don't have experience with their guitars, but I picked up a used schecter bass awhile back and while the modern style isn't my thing, it's a damn nice bass for what I paid for it.