What's a good electric guitar and AMP?
I come from playing an acoustic and don't know anything about AMPS and electric guitars. I'm looking for a recommendation for an electric guitar and AMP. Also the kind of music I'd play on there would be metal if that helps. Thanks.
- Robert JLv 74 years agoFavorite Answer
For an amp, the main things are plenty of power and no gimmicks.
Forget anything with loads of effects and emulations built in, if you are paying for them the money is no going where it's needed, the bits that actually amplify the guitar and emit the sound.
An amp should preferably have an Overdrive input or switch, and possibly reverb. That's it.
I'd say 20 - 25W RMS out as an absolute minimum, 50 - 100W preferable.
(Also ignore any make of amp that shows the output power as much more than half of whatever the specifications say it draws from the wall socket, the input power - it's not possible, the figures are not RMS power. 50W in for 20W out is realistic).
For heavy rock / metal you will be needing overdrive, either in the amp or as pedals.
(Overdrive / Distortion / Fuzz are all basically the same thing, just different names).
A compressor (sustain) pedal before that is also quite common.
Guitar: That is very much down to what you feel comfortable with but as another answer says, avoid any with a tremolo bridge as a first guitar.
That really leaves either a Les Paul or SG, both of which are favourites of heavy rock guitarists.
The Les Paul is bigger bodied and heavier, the SG has a slightly smaller lighter body.
Everything else - controls / pickups / wiring etc. are pretty much identical between the two, beyond body size.
See the photo here showing both styles:
Look at an Epiphone for one of those at a reasonable price.
Whatever you buy, for your first electric guitar I would advise buying it from a shop rather than mail order.
That way, if there are any problems, the setup needs adjusting or it has a fret out of line etc., you have somewhere to take it to get it fixed.
- OU812Lv 74 years ago
Well, as Mikey made evident, you must always give a budget when asking a question like this. He made a great suggestion, albeit an expensive one. I want a Glaswerks Dumble clone myself. But if you are looking to spend a couple hundred on an amp and like metal, then a solid state Blackstar is very hard to beat. There are some other good solid state amps out there, but for really high gain stuff Blackstar really excels. The Blackstar ID:30 is an amazing amp. Small enough to play at home and loud enough to play with a band. As far as guitars, that's a much harder question as there are many more options for lower priced guitars than there are amps. Here is the most important thing. Are you going to do alternate tuning? If so you do not want a floating tremolo bridge like a Floyd Rose, or really any trem bridge.
A lot of metal guys use a tremolo, but every time you change tunings the springs have to be adjusted on the trem unit. This is not something a beginner should attempt and even a pro would get sick of the constant changes. So if you will do different tunings, get a hard tail bridge. If you are looking for a $200 - $300 guitar then check out a hard tail Jackson, Schecter or something similar.
- DannyLv 74 years ago
Solid Thumb-Up for OU812's advice and recommendations. Good stuff that can take you years past a cheap beginner rig. The implicit budget is about $600. If that's too much, you could give ground on both guitar & amp, but you kinda get what you pay for.