I'd like to give you some great hidden tip to find what you're looking for but the fact is: There's no such thing. I wrestled with this fact when I was first starting out and ended up with a line of guitars between $150 and $300. None of which I would have urinated on to put out a fire. The point is, I ended up spending over a grand on 4 guitars that all ended up in a heap when I could have saved and gotten one that lasts.
Not to say that a playable guitar doesnt exist for that price, because they do. I bought a Kramer for $99. Simple single-coil pickups, screw in whammy bar etc. Awful sound and hard as hell to play. Also got a B.C. Rich warlock (bronze series, of course) for about $200. Looked cool as hell, but once again, played like crap. Best thing about it was the set bridge because, trust me, you dont wanna be messing around with a spring-loaded bridge every day. There are also those "Strat-Packs" that are out there. Imitation Strats (called Squires) with tiny 8" combo amps. Basically disposable guitars/amps for people who dont know if they're gonna like playing next month.
If you dont want one of the aforementioned headaches, I would recommend to you, and anyone else, to do what I did. I am one of the cheapest dudes on this planet so I could never afford to buy a proper setup in one fell swoop. Go to the shop and sit down and play. I mean, try every damn piece of equipment under $800 that catches your eye. Sometime during this you'll fall in love with one. Now put down the $200 on that guitar and come back in 2 weeks and you'll have a killer axe that you're guaranteed to have around for more than a year.
I know that's not the best solution in the world, but the truth is, guitars (and most other musical interests) are an extremely expensive hobby. Between the guitars, amps, straps, strings, cables, cases, pedals, tuners, and various other peripherals, you could end up spending your way to the homeless shelter. And if you want the good stuff, you better be ready to take out a few loans and max out that plastic.
If you really just want to strum on a piece of wood with 6 strings, you're gonna have to go with an acoustic because 2 bills isnt gonna get you a guitar and an amp/cables. Look at a brand called Mitchell. Cheap acoustics around 200-250. Otherwise Takamine makes one called a Jasmine that runs a little over 100 which gives you a little scratch left over for a case. I recommend a hard-shell, save you some heartache in the longrun.
· 1 decade ago