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Ewan_fan1
02-07-2008, 06:40 PM
Hi everyone, i have no idea about electric guitars, this one would be my first ever, but i would like to buy one and found this.......
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Westfield-Left-Hand-Strat-Style-Electric-Guitar-Purple_W0QQitemZ170234527487QQihZ007QQcategoryZ106 458QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1 262

Are Westfields a good make?

Tom!
02-07-2008, 06:45 PM
Hmm Westfields aren't bad for a first guitar but definitely not the best option, the best beginner guitar is easily the Yamaha Pacifica.

http://www.guitar.co.uk/search?s=pacifica&x=0&y=0&b=&d=&min=&max=

haze015
02-07-2008, 06:53 PM
all original '56 fender strat.

Ewan_fan1
02-07-2008, 06:55 PM
i only went for the westfield on as its 69, don't really want to spend a huge amount on my first one - ie. 170.

Anyother suggestions :)

toff
02-07-2008, 07:22 PM
Id say the Yamaha Pacificas the best choice, but if you can't get that, you could always get a Squire,

Tom!
02-07-2008, 07:37 PM
Id say the Yamaha Pacificas the best choice, but if you can't get that, you could always get a Squire,

+1
My Squire Strat is still going strong after a good few years and after a few upgrades here and there It challenges my Fender's.

Royboy
02-07-2008, 07:41 PM
A squire is always a good bet as mentioned.

Also this is your first electric guitar, but is it your first ever guitar? If so, I highly recommend buying a right handed model. I am left handed myself, but most of the world is righty, if you learn from day 1 to play righty it comes just as natural as if you were to learn lefty.

All personal preference of course, but it is nice to be able to pick up anyone's guitar and be able to play. Same goes for drumming, learn righty, not lefty, or at least learn open hand grip so you can play lefty on a righty kit.

That's just my advice, I am sure many will rightfully disagree.

Musemonkey1
02-07-2008, 07:59 PM
Get a Yamaha Pacifica. They are serious cool guitars. I had a go on one at a guitar shop and it wasn't too much of a departure from my 400 odd quid Godin.

Ewan_fan1
02-07-2008, 08:15 PM
I have been playing an acoustic guitar for nearly 2 years. Been chatting to my teacher and he says Westfields are for beginners and built to attract them. My playing ability now should warrant a better quality electric guitar.

exitmusic
02-07-2008, 11:44 PM
if you've been playing acoustic guitar for 2 years your gonna be sticking to playing guitar its not like its your 1st ever guitar and you don't know if your gonna be playing more than a few months. It might be a better investment in the long run to buy a better quality guitar now can get great quality guitars for under 300 for example all of these below are excellent guitars and will be better in the long run.

http://www.andertons.co.uk/acatalog/info_0135102306.html
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/epiphone-les-paul-standard/870
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/epiphone-g-400/889
http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/epiphone-g-310-sg/887

kev
03-07-2008, 12:01 AM
+1 on the pacificas, they seem to dominate the ultra budget region

drumuse
03-07-2008, 05:58 AM
A squire is always a good bet as mentioned.

Also this is your first electric guitar, but is it your first ever guitar? If so, I highly recommend buying a right handed model. I am left handed myself, but most of the world is righty, if you learn from day 1 to play righty it comes just as natural as if you were to learn lefty.

All personal preference of course, but it is nice to be able to pick up anyone's guitar and be able to play. Same goes for drumming, learn righty, not lefty, or at least learn open hand grip so you can play lefty on a righty kit.

That's just my advice, I am sure many will rightfully disagree.

+1

I learned right just so i could play other peoples guitars, same with drums. Its just as easy if its day 1.

the_man361
03-07-2008, 08:15 AM
another +1 on the pacifica, it was my first guitar and i got a good price for it when i sold it on to upgrade.

JT
03-07-2008, 09:21 AM
I know this isn't a second guitar topic, but would anyone care to suggest a good quality guitar for me? I've been playing a made in china strat knock off for the better part of a year :rolleyes:

coffee_and_tv
03-07-2008, 09:25 AM
I know this isn't a second guitar topic, but would anyone care to suggest a good quality guitar for me? I've been playing a made in china strat knock off for the better part of a year :rolleyes:

fender tele :yesey:

Tom!
03-07-2008, 09:32 AM
I know this isn't a second guitar topic, but would anyone care to suggest a good quality guitar for me? I've been playing a made in china strat knock off for the better part of a year :rolleyes:

What about a MIM Strat.

JT
03-07-2008, 09:49 AM
Either of those could work, although I am a bit more partial to the strat shape than a tele :p

Davy
03-07-2008, 10:00 AM
I currently have a Yamaha Pacifica for sale in 'The Selling Thread'
Will do a good offer if interested :)

Ewan_fan1
03-07-2008, 07:50 PM
Also is it a good thing to look for a guitar with a Whammy Bar?
Thanks everyone for your suggestions :D, i will keep searching :)

the_man361
03-07-2008, 07:52 PM
Also is it a good thing to look for a guitar with a Whammy Bar?
Thanks everyone for your suggestions :D, i will keep searching :)

if you think youd like to have one and would use it, yeah! i started off with a guitar with one on, but now i dont have one. depends on yourself really :)

Ewan_fan1
03-07-2008, 07:53 PM
is the only thing the whammy bar does....is distortion?

toff
03-07-2008, 07:57 PM
is the only thing the whammy bar does....is distortion?

No. The whammy bar doesnt do distortion.

What the whammy bar does is bend the pitch, A good example of it is in the first guitar riff of Knights Of Cydonia, straight after the introduction.

Ewan_fan1
03-07-2008, 08:02 PM
ok, cool......thanks :)
Would a whammy bar give you extra skills to achieve?

toff
03-07-2008, 08:08 PM
ok, cool......thanks :)
Would a whammy bar give you extra skills to achieve?

Skills? Hmm..well, I suppose there is a certain skill to making it sound decent with what your playing, but that should come pretty easy.

But then, having a whammy bar isnt going to affect your playing a great deal, if any at all. Its more of a thing to just play with imo.

Ewan_fan1
03-07-2008, 08:14 PM
ok, Whats imo? Sorry, i have seen this written in sentences, but have no idea what it stands for. lol

toff
03-07-2008, 08:15 PM
In my opinion :p

Tom!
03-07-2008, 08:15 PM
ok, Whats imo? Sorry, i have seen this written in sentences, but have no idea what it stands for. lol

In my opinion :D

Ewan_fan1
03-07-2008, 08:19 PM
Thanks :D sorry probably sound so old fashioned, not in with the text language lol only 24!
Atleast i now know what a whammy bar does and what imo is :D.

toff
03-07-2008, 08:29 PM
Your best bet is to go to your nearest music store and try out their guitars, amps, maybe a few pedals. You'll get a feel for what everything is that way, and get more of an idea of what you want. And dont be afraid to ask the assistants, they wont laugh at you because you dont know anything about guitars. Treat them nice and they might even give you a discount!

Ewan_fan1
03-07-2008, 08:37 PM
ok :) Will keep that in mind. I agree about going to a music store. Thats way better then the internet (as in a first electric guitar).

Thanks :happy:

exitmusic
03-07-2008, 10:47 PM
ok :) Will keep that in mind. I agree about going to a music store. Thats way better then the internet (as in a first electric guitar).

Thanks :happy:

just don't let the sales assistant try sell you something you don't need or thats not suited to you make sure you think the guitar you are buying is right for you. are you gonna be buying an amplifier at the same time you buy your guitar ?

iwantamanson
04-07-2008, 10:35 AM
i think someones selling a pacifica on here...
i nice looking one in white
try bartering with them abit maybe?

check the selling thread.

Ewan_fan1
04-07-2008, 06:10 PM
Yeah i will be buying an amp aswell.

OK, thanks, will check out the Pacifica :)

exitmusic
04-07-2008, 06:24 PM
so what's your budget for both guitar and amp together at the moment? i really recommend looking at the vox ad15vt it retails at 99 has plenty of built in fx its a great amp for the price

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/vox-ad-15vt/12178

or the more metal version has heavier distortions for same price

http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/76725

Ewan_fan1
04-07-2008, 06:32 PM
I wouldn't pay over 130-50 for the guitar. Would perfer to have just a basic amp for now.
I think i just really need to go to a music shop to have a look around.....and being a girl, colour is important too lol

exitmusic
04-07-2008, 06:40 PM
I wouldn't pay over 130-50 for the guitar. Would perfer to have just a basic amp for now.
I think i just really need to go to a music shop to have a look around.....and being a girl, colour is important too lol

the vox amp i recommended is a pretty basic amp will give you great sounds you really don't want to be buying them cheap 40 practice amps they sound awful. try put more budget into your amp than guitar

take a look at these guitars if you bid on em instead of buy it now they can go for about 50-65

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/UPDATED-WESLEY-METALLIC-BLUE-T-STYLE-ELECTRIC-GUITAR_W0QQitemZ290240031902QQcmdZViewItem?_trksid =p3286.m20.l1116

Ewan_fan1
04-07-2008, 06:43 PM
yeah amp will defo be less than the guitar....... wish i could have Matt's glittery red guitar :happy:

exitmusic
04-07-2008, 06:49 PM
yeah amp will defo be less than the guitar....... wish i could have Matt's glittery red guitar :happy:

do you think you could budget say 100 to amp 100 to guitar ?

Ewan_fan1
04-07-2008, 06:55 PM
Probably.

exitmusic
04-07-2008, 07:11 PM
I wouldn't pay over 130-50 for the guitar. Would perfer to have just a basic amp for now.
I think i just really need to go to a music shop to have a look around.....and being a girl, colour is important too lol

as you said colour is important what do you think to this

http://www.andertons.co.uk/acatalog/info_DR6312L.html

Ewan_fan1
04-07-2008, 07:14 PM
oooooo, nice :D:happy:

toff
04-07-2008, 07:17 PM
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/roland-cube-15x-amp_W0QQitemZ150265498427QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item1 50265498427&_trkparms=72%3A638%7C39%3A1%7C65%3A12&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

Absolute steal. One of the best starter amps as well.

exitmusic
04-07-2008, 07:20 PM
oooooo, nice :D:happy:

so you could get that guitar and the amp below for a total of 185 including p&p


http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/roland-micro-cube/12942

http://www.andertons.co.uk/acatalog/info_DR6312L.html

see what other people on here recommend though

Ewan_fan1
04-07-2008, 07:22 PM
Wow, just been on the Dasiy rock guitar website.......girl heaven lol. Thanks for that.
Great value amp......would any electric guitar plug up to that?

exitmusic
04-07-2008, 07:25 PM
yes any electric guitar will plug into that you just need a guitar lead to plug it in with they cost bout 5 from guitar store that daisy rock guitar does seem to have good specs for that price and has good tuning pegs on it (grovers) so should stay in tune

Ewan_fan1
04-07-2008, 07:33 PM
ok, cool :)
Thanks

cellofreak
13-05-2012, 03:38 PM
Hi everybody!
:)
I'm new here and I know that the are many other people who asked for that, but it's some years old now.. So:

I want to buy an electric guitar and I'm an absolute beginner. I'm playing the acoustic guitar for 3/4 of a year, and now I want to change to the electric guitar. I really enjoy the classical guitar music but it's my dream (since I'm a baby ;)) to play other genres as well, like rock, blues and a lot of Muse;)
I'm from Switzerland and I was in my local music store and there they told me about the schecter omen extreme 6 for 450 swiss francs. is this a good guitar for playing these genres and for its price? I have also heard about Cort and Yamaha and Ibanez (epiphone...) Which guitar would you recommend? It shouldn't be more expensive than 500 sFr. that's app. 420 euros.
Thank you very much for your help!:D

Charis

Neil.
13-05-2012, 03:56 PM
If you want to play muse, look for something with a humbucker.

99.9999% of people here will probably tell you the same thing. For your first guitar, it's all about the feel of it. Even if you've never played guitar before, go into the shop, pick up a few guitars in your price range, and sit down with them and see how they feel in your hands. Guitars really vary from one to another. I remember when I was getting my first one, I spotted a really really nice Ibanez, but I felt like the neck was too light for the body, and it just didn't feel right in my hands. I tried out a 24-fret guitar, and the extra length in the neck was something I really liked, so I went with that one.

If we were, for example, to recommend you a beginner guitar that might produce great sounds, you might get it and it would feel horrible, so you would lose some of the passion to go and learn it. The powerful muse sound will come with time, so right now, I'd recommend you get one that you enjoy playing, that you feel attached to, and your second guitar could be a mad crazy custom one, built for matt bellamy tones.

Hope that helps.
N

cellofreak
13-05-2012, 04:20 PM
thank you very much for your fast answer!:happy:
I will try this, but do you know something about the schecter guitar I mentioned? I liked it quite a lot, so it could be a possibility..
and the other thing (I forgot before) is the amp. I thought about this http://www.thomann.de/de/line6_spider_iv_15.htm and the ones of roland: http://www.thomann.de/de/roland_micro_cube.htm and http://www.thomann.de/de/roland_cube15xl.htm
what would be better and how loud are 15 W? I only want to play at home, so it doesn't have to be the loudest sound but it should be a good sound when it's not loud.. Thank you very much for your help!:)

Neil.
13-05-2012, 04:27 PM
I suspect the Roland Cube will get more support on these forums. 15W is more than enough for playing in your bedroom.

Yamaha, Scheter and Ibanez are all excellent brands, so you can't really go wrong with any of those. But you never know, the Yamaha might feel nicer than the Scheter. Pop down to your local music shop and test them out. You don't have to commit to anything until you're 100% satisfied that the guitar is perfect for you.

Consider this, I'm quite short, at 165cm. I'd love to learn bass, but bass necks feel unnaturally long to me. If I do go to learn bass, I'd buy a short scale one. In my opinion, the feel of the guitar is #1. To get that muse tone, you can more than likely achieve it with effects and stuff, but all that is pointless if you don't have a guitar that feels great to play.

Dominic.
13-05-2012, 04:33 PM
I still have all my amps, including a Micro Cube

Neil.
13-05-2012, 04:37 PM
yeah micro cubes are as good a beginner amp as you can get really.

james90
13-05-2012, 04:40 PM
yeah micro cubes are as good a beginner amp as you can get really.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i87/BlackHolesAndRevelations/other_stuff/greenscreenkidapproved.png

The vox valvetronix series are also supposed to be pretty good. and yeah, 15 watts is plenty

Neil.
13-05-2012, 04:41 PM
yeah I can vouch for the valvetronix. They've got great presets which you can adjust and customise. They're great at clean and dirty stuff, and are unbelievably well priced.

james90
13-05-2012, 04:44 PM
http://www.thomann.de/de/vox_vt20.htm

that's a bit more expensive, but i don't think there's a 15 watt version

cellofreak
14-05-2012, 07:25 PM
Thank you very much for your help! I think the vox is too expensive for the beginning, so maybe I go with the roland 15W.. I think i'll go again to the guitar shop and try guitars the whole day:D. I'll find one I'm sure;)

Bs
15-05-2012, 02:50 PM
I have an unneeded Roland Cube 15 actually. Don't know how much it would cost to send if anyone wanted it though.