Way O/T - I'm thinking about getting an electric guitar!

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Way O/T - I'm thinking about getting an electric guitar!

Just pondering whether I could make enough time and get interested enough to learn to play.  Back in my youth I had an acoustic for a while and then a cheapie electric and could knock out a recognisable version of House of the Rising Sun and sometimes even Albatross! But I never really became a 'good' player. Fast forward about 35 years and I think I want to have another go. With a bit of arthritis in my fingers I'm not sure how well I'll manage but I can't think of a different instrument I'd rather try.

What will I use it for? Probably just entertaining myself at home, no intention of joining a band or playing gigs. I'm not into heavy metal, more likely to try Nile Rodger's style with some YouTube lessons!

A quick bit of googling shows me how much the amplifiers have moved on and that they are not that expensive either! For no objective reason I fancy a Marshall Combo - probably wouldn't stretch to a valve jobbie but I quite like the look and features of this one - https://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Marshall-MG30GFX-Gold-30W-Guitar-Combo/23GJ

Guitar-wise, not sure what to go for. My instinct says a strat copy of some sort, but again I have no real reason for this choice!

I've posted this here because I know there are some good musicians among the blatchat fraternity and maybe someone could give me some thoughts on what to buy or explain why it is such a bad idea!

 

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Guitars are very personal. I would go to a good music store and try a few. A strat is a very versatile instrument and won’t be a wrong choice. I love mine. You are right that amps have moved on massively. I play through a Yamaha THR5 which is a great amp for home use. It has plenty of built in effects and tones and will allow you really have fun without spending more on pedals etc. It is also compact and not too expensive. 

I played in my youth and like you hadn’t picked up a guitar for a while. I started my revival with an acoustic guitar and still play it as much as the strat. I have enjoyed a lot of the online lessons including Justin guitar which is well worth checking out. It is a lovely way to wind down at the end of the day. Go for it, you won’t regret it.  Make at least 20-30 mins a day free for it. 

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Thanks for the supporting words Robert, I'm deep in internet research now but will get to a shop to try before taking the plunge. I quite like the sound of this guitar https://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Yamaha-Pacifica-012-Black/40B but the strat is also still on the list.

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Not Peter's brother by any chance? Hehe

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Sadly not! I don’t know much about the pacifica but my acoustic is a Yamaha and very nice. I would try it along side a squire strat which seems to get good reviews. It all about what feels right. Peter Green would make anything sound great, so invest in technique rather than kit is my view. That said, a nice action makes life easier, and you want it to stay in tune. That said, electric tuners have come on since the pipes I used to use!

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Get yourself a Mexican Strat and buy a second hand value amp through the classifieds ...solid state amps are pants and sound fizzy, I promise you you won't regret it ... good luck !

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I’d second the Mexican strat, which is a fender, just not US built, but trying it out first is still important, even if second hand. It all depends what you want to spend. They will be circa £300 plus which is why I didn’t mention them. I still think a small practice amp with effects will suit your usage best, especially if like me you live in a terrace house!

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I took up guitar at 40, and I will never be very good, as I have  a problem with timing, and wouldn't impose myself on real musicians. I still enjoy it though Smile

If you have problems with arthritis, electric is the way to go. My acoustic is much harder with barre chords. When I was looking for an electric 14 years ago, I found the Ibanez guitars to be very well made and good value compared to the cut price versions of the Gibson/Fender classics. I bought an RG super strat style guitar which has a beautiful thin neck and makes playing as easy as it can be.

Have fun choosing your guitar Smile

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I'm enjoying a bit of online research and this Ibanez starter looks good value, I'll give it a try (they have a store near home) https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/ibanez-grx70qa-gio-in-transparent-black-sunburst and I'm also keen on 2 amps (not valve unfortunately) https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/fender-champion-40-guitar-amplifier-combo and this one https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/marshall-mg30gfx-guitar-combo-amplifier-in-black-and-gold. I'd like something with a little more oomph than the 5w specials, these both have some useful effects as well.

I've sold a few odds and sods recently so I have about £300 in the pot to play with, not a lot but for a hobby that may or may not last it should get me something good enough - probably buy new as I'll want to try things in the store.

 

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For a valve amp and guitar combination this sounds pretty impressive (well it does on my macbook!) https://youtu.be/2D9qJw72zXk It's £329 for the amp and I think it is £325 for the guitar, so a bit over budget (but nice!)

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This is a hobby that you can throw a great deal of money at.  My threepence worth is buy within your budget and get started. Once you have developed some skills, then spend more if you want to. 

I had a 30 Watt Marshall, similar to the one you like but without effects. It was OK, but my Fender 40 watt valve is at a different level. Same very much with guitars. You pay what you get and I think in general, American made are the best, but you can find absolute crackers sometimes built elsewhere. There are three factory levels of Fender Stratocaster. Lowest is I think Indonesian build, then Mexico, then USA. I looked at an American build (very expensive) but ended up with a Mexican built one at a third of the price.

A good electric will be easier for forming cords as the "action" should be much better. The action is something you should find out about.

I would go to your local guitar shop for advice. There is a very good guitar shop in Farnham, Surrey.

Piers