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hi@all

i have a big question, i started a month ago with playing guitar and bought a cheap harley benton for starting from a friend who give me also lessons.
once i tryed playing on his guitar and i found out that its a huge different feeling to a beginner guitar, so i asked myself if i should buy me a good one.

http://www.thomann.de/de/ibanez_js100bk.htm

this one is my favourite but i dont know if that is too expensive for a beginner.
i thought that it doesnt care if i buy me a good guitar now or when i can play to good for my starter guitar ^^

sry for my english, hope you guys can help me

*edit* just wanna tell you that my amp i have right now is bullshit, so dont know first guitar or better amp ... omg im konfused

*editedit* sry for this off topic question but i cant find informations about the MaSu website. when does it go online?
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Re: should i do it or not (buying a expensive guitar as a beginner)
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2008, 08:19:49 pm »
Guitar first, then amp. In truth, though, none of the equipment matters if you don't know how to use it. :)

However, don't invest in a really expensive guitar until you really know what you want to play. You may think you know now, but keep practicing with what you have and try out some different genres. You may find something you like. If you go for the Satriani guitar right now and find out later that you'd prefer to play death metal or jazz or anything, you may regret it.

Another thing along those lines is that even if you know the general direction you're aiming for, buying something like a Satriani when what you're really aiming for is to play like Gibli (who uses a $2500 Jackson) could cause some unhappiness. Those little differences can be a big difference in sound and playing style. My philosophy is that when you invest in an instrument, you should want to unlock all of the possibilities it has; going for something big and shiny early on and then finding out you don't want it anymore later means you won't want to do that.  Most players figure this out through years of honing their playing style and zeroing in on a specific genre or two (or a specific player :P).

There's nothing wrong with going for a good all-around midrange-priced guitar, though. People say Les Pauls are overrated, but they really are pretty good for playing a little bit of everything (be aware that there's a difference in the way an Epiphone and a real Gibson sound, though). Ibanez makes good midrange-priced guitars, too, but they lean more towards the metal side, so that may be what you want. I don't have much experience with the specific models, though, so I'll wait for Rad to talk about that. ;D
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Re: should i do it or not (buying a expensive guitar as a beginner)
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2008, 08:24:05 pm »
When i started, i just bought a semi decent guitar. Not the best one in the world, but by no means the worst. Just buy what you feel comfortable with. [:

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Re: should i do it or not (buying a expensive guitar as a beginner)
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2008, 08:50:46 pm »
i want to play rock, metal but not real heavy metal (maybe a little bit)

i got the idea of the guitar from the satriani vids on youtube, i love that sound

something like this http://youtube.com/watch?v=MjNAeELQ_Z8&feature=related

*edit* i know satriani is insane and i cant play like him in a thousand years but i like it ^^
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Re: should i do it or not (buying a expensive guitar as a beginner)
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2008, 09:04:48 pm »
I am quite shure it's a great guitar.
If you really can afford it I think it should be worth it.

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Re: should i do it or not (buying a expensive guitar as a beginner)
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2008, 10:49:56 pm »
i want to play rock, metal but not real heavy metal (maybe a little bit)

i got the idea of the guitar from the satriani vids on youtube, i love that sound

something like this http://youtube.com/watch?v=MjNAeELQ_Z8&feature=related

*edit* i know satriani is insane and i cant play like him in a thousand years but i like it ^^

Well, if you have the money, I guess you can go for it. I suppose if you got into a different style you could buy something else later.

Remember, though, that Satriani also gets a lot of his sounds from the pedals and the amp that he uses, so it won't sound exactly the same. Of course, try the guitar somewhere first and make sure you like the clean sound, too.
That's the problem with heroes, really. Their only purpose in life is to thwart others. They make no plans, develop no strategies. They react instead of act. Without villains, heroes would stagnate. Without heroes, villains would be running the world. Heroes have morals. Villains have work ethic.