For newbies in the world of electric guitars, it is important to research or ask around before deciding which guitar model is for you. Prior to purchasing you should ask the experienced guitar players their recommendations. Electric guitars are not cheap and you don’t need to burn your money on something that you will not enjoy playing. This article introduces the beginner to the best models in the hope to help in making the right choice.
Squier Fat Stratocaster
The Squier Fat Stratocaster is reasonably priced. This beginner guitar is patterned from the more pricey Fender Stratocaster. The workmanship of this model is not thoroughly standardized and often the quality of the two-single coil pickups and the hardware may not be the finest. These are replaceable parts that can be upgraded. The Squier Fat Stratocaster has a maple neck, a guitar body made from agathis, a bridge with satin-ionized saddles and a bridge humbucker that gives a distinct “fat” quality to the sound. This maybe the reason why there is the word “Fat” on its brand. Most guitar professionals and instructors agree that the Squier Fat Stratoscaster is perfect for a beginner. This guitar model is also available as part of an electric guitar package.
Another great electric guitar is the Danelectro 56-US model. This guitar manages to deliver quality sound despite of its low-cost appearance. Manufacturing of the current inventory is still patterned from the 1952 Danelectro Guitar. The U2 does have a bit of deviation especially on the guitar body. This electric guitar has a hollow body which is not usual for electric guitars. The pick-ups are shaped like lipstick tubes mounted on the hollow. Both innovations result in a sound which some people describe as “hot”. Its sound and appearance make it a choice not only for beginners but for professional guitar players as well.
Epiphone G-310 SG
Gibson is one of the leading names in guitars. They have the Epiphone G-310 SG as their answer to the need of a beginner electric guitar. This guitar model looks like the expensive Epiphone models but the catch here is that is affordable. The downside is that the pick-ups and hardware are of inferior quality. You can replace and improve them as you go along.
The G-310 is a rocker’s guitar and playing soft, melodious tones may not fit to its features. This electric guitar had good distortion and effects. This is definitely the electric guitar for the budding electric guitar player who wants a “bang” on his playing.
Epiphone Les Paul Special II
Another Epiphone guitar is Les Paul Special II. This guitar model is a re-creation of the rock and roll guitar, the Les Paul. The appearance is quite similar to the Les Paul and with its affordable price has become popular with beginner players. The wood for the Les Paul Special II has been well chosen giving a clear, quality sound.
Yamaha Pacifica 112
The Pacifica 112 is all alder, maple and rosewood, all of them fine choices for guitars, and the popular perception is that the wood is of an unexpectedly high quality, considering its price. The electronics, however, leave something to be desired, but not so much that you will need to consider a component upgrade till you’re advanced enough to be well on the way to becoming a serious professional. All in all, the Pacifica 112 gives very good value for a beginner’s money.