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I'm starting guitar and i found a yamaha pacifica for sale online. It comes with strap, stand, case, picks, and amp. $150.
Is that a good price and is that a good guitar for someone just starting?
Yamaha Pacifica a good beginner guitar? Well yes and no. The guitar itself plays all right. It is a cheap Strat clone that has reasonably decent tone. My objection to it, is that the parts are not interchangable with Fender. Let's say your guitar falls over and damages the neck. You need to put a new neck on. No big deal you think. There are lots of Strat necks on the market. Ebay has thousands of them. So you spend $50 on a Squier by Fender neck and try to put it on your guitar. It does not fit. The shape of the heel is different. Maybe you only want to do something as simple as change your pickguard. Yamaha comes with black or white basic pickguards. You want a white pearl pickguard to make your guitar look better. NO problem you think. There are thousands of Strat pickguards on the market. You buy one for $15 and it will not fit. Contours are wrong, the distance from the neck to the bridge does not match up with your body. If you want a new pickguard, you can either buy another Yamaha one (basic black or basic white) or have one custom made to fit your odd sized guitar. The Pacifica looks like a Strat, but it is not made to Fender specs.
Is this a good price and good deal? The price is about what other starter packs sell for. Some sell for a little more because they have a higher quality guitar, but this price is about right. However it is not a good deal even though it is priced like other starter packs. No starter pack is a good deal. You get a low quality guitar bundled together with a low quality small practice amp. Those amps are 10 to 25 watts of power with a 6 or 8 inch speaker. They sound lousy.
Most beginners under estimate the importance of the amp and speakers in how they will sound (so the companies can sell those starter packs). You only sound as good as your speakers, no matter what guitar you are playing. The small 8 inch speaker will make you sound thin and tinny. At 15 watts of power the amp will not be able to handle gain and distortion, and will not sound good. The amp runs out of head room under the load of gain and distortion. There is more to the power rating of an amp than just how loud it can get. It takes more power in an amp to handle the load from gain and distortion than most newer players realize. A good amp for a beginner is a 1×12 combo. It has enough power to handle gain and distortion. The 12 inch speaker will give you a richer fuller tone.
Also most of the small practice amps in those bundles are bare bones amps. Maybe they have some reverb, but that is about all. That means you need to buy pedals to get the basic effects, like delay, flanger, chorus and distortion (maybe even reverb). You can tie up hundreds in effects pedals. That makes those amps a bad buy.
Take a look at the Fender Mustang II. A 40 watt 1×12 combo. It is a modeling amp that is versatile. It has lots of built in effects. The speaker has decent tone.
If you buy a new amp, you will spend at least $200 to get a decent amp. If you buy a used one, you may only spend half that.
The Line 6 Spider 30 watt 1×12 combo is another good amp for a beginner. However, it is not quite as good a buy as the Mustang II because it has less built in effects.
Okay, so I'm 13 and and I want to learn guitar. Specifically, electric guitar. I'm doing self taught because it's just easier for me. Anyway I was wondering what type of guitar I should get. I mostly listen to rock music, but all kinds. You know, bands like Chevelle, 10 Years, Deftones, System of a Down, Relient K, Tenth Avenue North, This Providence, BarlowGirl, Safetysuit, Thousand Foot Krutch, Shinedown, Rise Against, Evans Blue, The Fray, Hoobastank, Seether, Skillet, Flyleaf, The Letter Black, Evanescence, Avril Lavigne and Within Temptation, just to name a few =] My absolute favorite band, though, is RED. I absolutely love their sound, though I'm sure they do alot of distortion, which I'm not even gonna try yet.
Anyway, I just wanted to know what type of guitar you experienced guitar people think I should get. I'm 5'2, not expected to get any taller, just putting that out there in case you think I should get a smaller guitar, though I really don't want to. So, I'm so in love with this Fender Standard Stratocaster: amzn.to/ohRSRh but it's $500. My parents are only giving me $400 for everything, including picks, cable, amp, tuner, stands, all that good stuff. I don't wanna get a kit cause I hear those are horrible. So yup, that's it. Any suggestions? And if you have suggestions for the accessories too, that would be awesome!
PS: I would prefer if the guitar is available in a white on white finish, because that's just beautiful. But if it isn't that's okay, as long as it sounds good.
Okay, I know alot of people are saying that starter packs are bad (Hell, I even said that) but what if it was a Gibson starter pack? See on the Gibson website, they have this Epiphone Les Paul Special II Electric Starter Pack. I already know that I want a Special II, I've been staring at the white one for hours, but is it okay to get the pack? I've read pretty good reviews about the guitar and the pack, so I dunno. Plus, I also saw the pack on Guitar Center for $269, which is awesome cause on the Gibson site, it was $432. I'm kinda torn cause I've heard horror stories about starters, but that one guy who answered and some other people have had pretty good experiences with them. What do you think?
I'd suggest you look at Ibanez ART or Epiphone Les Paul style guitars. Those are good beginner electric guitars for the money and would fit the musical style you described very well. You should be able to get one of those and a decent practice amp like the 15 watt Line6 amp for somewhere between $400 – $500. I've seen used MIM (made-in-Mexico) Fender strats for around $300 too and that would be a great option if you can find one for sale. Fender Mustang and the Fender Frontman amps are pretty good too. You're right to avoid the "starter packs". They just throw in a lot of cheap junk and you're better off buying things separately and getting quality gear that you like. I'd recommend a Korg electronic tuner (around $20), a good shielded cable (around $15), a strap you like (about $10), and an assortment of picks (about 25 cents each). You'll need about $100 to get a decent practice amp (try to get at least 15 watts and at least a 10" speaker). Then get the best guitar you can with what you have left (should be around $300 for a decent one). Schecter, Ibanez, Epiphone, Agile, and some of the cheaper used Fenders are good options. I'd avoid getting a Squier and just spend a bit more to get a MIM or Standard Fender if you want a strat.
I don't know much about guitars, so just bear with me. It's a Cort electric guitar, 6 string. Comes with a Laney amp, 2 guitar picks, 3 sets of cords (the cord that plugs into the amp), and some other tools (which I'm assuming are to tighten something on the guitar). It's brand new, never been used. How much can I sell it for?
Cort makes a lot of models of guitars and Laney sells a lot of sizes of amps. If you could specify what model of Cort guitar it is and what model the amp is, that would really be helpful. You could go on Ebay and see if any similar ones are for sale to get an idea what they're going for. ALso, if you know what you bought it for and it's still brand new, then you could probably knock 25% off of that price and try selling it for that.
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