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

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I'm on the slippery slope already . . . .

PMT Portsmouth don't stock the Vox VTX range but with all the listening and research I've done I decided that's what I want! It has a tube preamp and plenty of models and effects to play with - plus it can be managed through an app on my laptop or phone. So I set about ordering a VT20X (20 watts) but somehow I must have slipped and I have a VT40X arriving tomorrow :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEs8AwUPABo&frags=pl%2Cwn

I still need to go and try the guitars to see which I like the feel of, so that'll probably be Saturday morning.

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You have to admire this chap's dedication to getting the right sound but please don't let me become quite this nerdy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pN3-FL5fGY&list=RDRtCx6aPDiKI&index=8&frags=pl%2Cwn

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but please don't let me become quite this nerdy

Too late! Tongue

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Too late!  [Tongue]

I fear you are right Bow

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I haven't played mine for ages but I just plugged it into my PC and used effects on there.

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BTW Happy Birthday Tony!

Next I'll be researching the online lessons I suppose.

 

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Well, after an hour and a half of playing my version of house of the rising sun over and over on 3 different guitars (with a very patient Mrs G assisting me with swapping back and forth between guitars) we finally made a choice. Way over budget of course (just like the amp was) but I really found this one to sound nicer and I seemed to be able to play it better as well.

https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/squier-classic-vibe-70s-stratocaster-hss-maple-fingerboard-black

We compared this with the Yamaha I expected to buy https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/yamaha-pacifica-112v-yellow-natural-satin-electric-guitar and the next model down in the Squier Strat range https://www.pmtonline.co.uk/squier-standard-stratocaster-electric-guitar-in-candy-apple-red. I tried all different settings on the guitars across these 3 and used different options on the amp as well (a Fender Champ 40 combo). The conclusions we drew were that both strats had a noticeably 'brighter' tone than the Yamaha. For some reason I didn't play the 'Affinity' strat as well as I could play the Yamaha or the 'Classic Vibe strat - no idea why, but even swapping back and forth many times it was the one I got on least with. So it came down to 2 with £100 difference between them. Really wanted to convince myself the Yamaha was the right one but the differences were noticeable. Of course, if I had just bought the Yamaha online without bothering to compare I'd have been very happy with it no doubt - but as many on here told me the importance of spending time playing and choosing I am pleased I took this advice.

So I started out with a £346 budget. My total spend (including a cheap padded bag, lead and set) has hit £544 - to be expected I suppose, a bit like when choosing the spec of a silly little toy car Rofl

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<Blows dust off guitar bag>
The one I have is the Squier Standard Stratocaster MN Candy Apple Red
 

There is a house in New Orleans

They call the Rising Sun...

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