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ok so im getting a new guitar i have and ibanez gio guitar that i bought as my first guitar, i also have an acoustic, and a little squir fender i fixed up that i found at a garage sale for 10 bucks. anywase i like guitars from bands like nirvana, blink182, jet, the academy is..., and jimmy eat pretty much indie rock stuff. so im just so torn between what guitar i want...should i go for a fender strat,a les paul, a semihollow...? thanks.
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This is a pretty popular guitar on the indie scene these days. It would work nicely for the kind of music you suggested.

'72 Telecaster Deluxe

 

I do see a lot of Epiphone semi-hollows out there too but I wouldn't recommend any except for the Casino which happens to be fully hollow and isn't good for gigging. Don't go for a Strat. From what you have said, I have a feeling you would be disappointed with single coil pickups.

 

If you give us a price range we can give you some more ideas.

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While my two main guitars are a Fender Strat and an Epiphone

Sheraton II, I bought a Schecter C-1 Classic Diamond Series about 10 years ago. I only play in blues bands and I use it for Texas Shuffle type songs. Depending on how I set the tone knobs I can get a very HOT sound out of it and I can even get a nice Fat bluesy sound out of it.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Schecter-C-1-Classic-Electric-Guitar-513072-i1147973.gc

 

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Hmmm....that has me wondering if a Gibson Melody Maker like CMNDN's might fit the bill nicely.

 

Whadda you guys (who aren't just wanting to pipe in to put down Nirvana etc.) think about that guitar in this case?

 

To me it seems like a guitar that could be considered to have more of an Indie look, feel, sound, and also a great price for a Gibson.

 

Am I just suggesting this guitar because I want one? :laugh:

 

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If you like Nirvana then get a Fender Jagstang. That's the Kurt Cobain guitar that Fender made... its a mix between a Jaguar and Mustang. Its got a small scale so its very easy to play!

 

http://www.jag-stang.com/images_v2/jsIndex_banner.jpg

http://www.jag-stang.com/index.php

 

We can suggest guitars all day long but you need to drop by your local guitar store or even a Guitar Center and just start playing the different guitars out there. Play with and without an amp. Soon you'll start to figure out what feels good to you.

 

Take your time and enjoy the process of figuring out what's best for you in your price range.

 

I would guess from the music you like, you'll need a guitar with a humbucker in the bridge position.

 

 

 

 

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Smile,

 

You mentioned a LP and a Strat. If you have the $, go for one of them. you will not lose money as they tend to appreciate.

 

Jagstang? I have played one and Fender can keep it. Big set back is the switches. Just like the Mustang, they tend to get dirty and scratching fast so you need to carry switch cleaner spray with you. (I also think it's ugly)

 

I amy be wrong, but I do not think there is much of a market for used Jagstangs.

 

Another guitar you might think about is the Gibson SG. Classic AND new wave looks. Tried and true and it has a sound all of it's own. With 2 humbuckers, it will give you all the punch you need.

 

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Not jujst saying it 'cuz happen to own several Hagstroms... :)

but I have noticed many of the "Indie" crowd using the Hagstromsboth the old, vintage models and also the new reissues.

 

Check out the different reissue models on the Hagstrom website. They all have that real good guitar look, but without totally copying the more standard (LP, Tele, Strat) designs, like a lot of other newer manufacturers do.

Hagstrom guitars have been around a loooong time...they have their own individual appeal. :thu:

 

You can also find a lot of good deals on eBay for the new Hagstrom reissues....

 

http://www.hagstromguitars.com

 

 

 

 

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http://www.guitarcenter.com/Epiphone-Limited-Edition-Les-Paul-Custom-104065958-i1168180.gc

 

 

i really like the tele thanks what do you guys think about this one?

 

I have never been a fan of the silverburst finish, but that is an entirely subjective opinion. I am also more of a Tele fan than a Le Paul fan. Once again, entirely subjective.

 

I personally think a Fender Tele is cooler than an Epiphone LP. If you were looking at a Gibson LP I might change my opinion.

 

You need to go out and play a few. The Tele and Les Paul have very different feels to them because of the different scale length of their necks.

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I've played a few Epi Les Pauls. They sounded kinda flat, lifeless, and muddy. The '72 Deluxe on the other hand has great tone.

 

If looks are a huge deal to you (and why wouldn't they be?), I think most indie musicians out there will agree that Teles have a more indie look. Whereas today the Les Paul is associated more with heavier rock music.

 

Like Mudcat said, its all subjective and totally up to personal opinion in the end. These are just my opinions... But go for the Tele. :)

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Well if it's down to the Epi Les Paul and the Tele, we might have to start a poll so we can decide once and for all which one of those smilefadesnthesu should get. :laugh:

 

I'd vote for the tele. :)

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Well if you want an LP, save up for a Gibson. You will not be satisfied with the Epi in the long run. In my opinion it's better to get a good guitar right off the bat than to waste money on cheap guitars that you're going to end up selling anyway to buy a good guitar later.

 

The Gibson LP Studio is just over $1K and it's a real Gibson. You can feel and hear the difference right away.

 

But keep that tele in mind.

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Another thought...

Les Paul Junior

 

This thing is a Rock machine. It has the Les Paul look, it's a real Gibson. It's the guitar Billie Joe Armstrong (Greenday) uses. A singe P-90 in the bridge position gives you great tone (P-90s are my favorite kinds of pickups). It can go from punk rock like Greenday to alternative/progressive like the Strokes (Nick Valensi uses P-90s), to classic rock. The only thing it's not so great at is really heavy metal... You need humbuckers for that.

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Yeah I was definitely thinkin LP Junior as another strong candidate myself - just hadn't mentioned it yet.

 

Didn't realize they're goin for as low as $749 - oooh that's within budget!! :thu:

 

http://images.guitarcenter.com/products/optionlarge/Gibson/273930jpg.jpg

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The LP Jr. and the Tele have a cool factor for sure. The Tele would be the more versatile guitar. I've played the Tele on an extended test drive. It's an awesome distortion/OD guitar. That was a fun test drive.

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I paid about 700 new for my SG, the 'faded' almost no finish one, and it is a freakin GREAT guitar in every respect. My roomate has an Epi LP Custom, same as the one you are lookin at but white and it's nice too but I'd take the SG over it in a flash.

 

here's the SG

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SGSCWCCH/

 

Also Samick makes some great bang for the buck LP type guitars that fit your budget. Thats one in my av pic.

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The LP Jr. and the Tele have a cool factor for sure. The Tele would be the more versatile guitar. I've played the Tele on an extended test drive. It's an awesome distortion/OD guitar. That was a fun test drive.

 

I've been looking at those Tele's too. I road tested one at GC and it was a great sounding piece. :thu:

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Well if you want an LP, save up for a Gibson. You will not be satisfied with the Epi in the long run.

 

The Gibson LP Studio is just over $1K and it's a real Gibson. You can feel and hear the difference right away.

 

That's a snob statement. I have played Gibsons that sounded lifeless and Epis that sounded lifeless. You're trying to convince some young guy that he cannot rock without a $1500 guitar. Why? What difference does it make to you what he plays?

 

Personally, I find Epiphone's quality control much better than Gibsons, and though a nice Gibson LP is irreplaceable, it is much harder to find a nice Gibson than it is a very good Epi LP. I have nothing against Gibson; this is just my observation. And a higher-end Epiphone is not what I would call a cheap guitar. I don't know what Epi LPs you've been playing lately, but obviously not the same ones they ship to this state.

 

Anyway, depending on what kind of indie rock he plays, I agree with you on the Tele. LPs aren't really indie rock guitars. The mahogany makes them too dark, and without the right amp, I've been to a lot of rock shows where the guitars just get buried. On the other hand, a normal Tele is far too bright and has a tendency to sound out of place, so I'd look for an alder or ash-bodied guitar with two humbuckers, like that 1972 Tele RI.

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Another thought...

Les Paul Junior

 

This thing is a Rock machine. It has the Les Paul look, it's a real Gibson. It's the guitar Billie Joe Armstrong (Greenday) uses. A singe P-90 in the bridge position gives you great tone (P-90s are my favorite kinds of pickups). It can go from punk rock like Greenday to alternative/progressive like the Strokes (Nick Valensi uses P-90s), to classic rock. The only thing it's not so great at is really heavy metal... You need humbuckers for that.

 

i don't know, i have used p90's for some pretty heavy tones.

p90's are quite versatile.

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