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    If you're planning to do country I would think a tele or strat would be the way to go. I like G&L's Tributes over the typical Mexican Fender, but that's just me. I know people who swear they have to have a LP with a fat 59 neck. I know others who just love a strat. I've got a dozen guitars. I play them all. They sound different, feel different, play different.

    Only you can decide what type of guitar you want and can afford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    Nobody can pick an instrument for somebody else
    They can if it's your Mum and it's your 16th birthday !
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    I would never dream of telling somebody what instrument they should buy
    My dreams are unpredictable.......

    I do sometimes, if someone asks and I'm feeling awkward enough. But whatever I recommend is always going to be my preference. I don't really care how it will be for someone else because I can't know that. The best I can do in all honesty is to say "I like such and such."
    Not long ago, I wondered why I liked Fender Strats and Teles, Gibson Les Pauls, Epiphones and Rickenbacker basses. I've never held any of them, let alone played them. I realized that they happen to have appeared on a few songs I've liked. But so have tons of other instruments that I'm ignorant of and I came to the conclusion the whole business was illogical. Now I don't care. The instruments I have sound like what they're supposed to sound like and that's enough for me.
    Last month, my wife was watching a documentary on the tail end of the slave trade and there was a woman on it talking about and playing a banjo and I thought, "I like that sound." I'd thought it for about 30 years actually, ever since I got into Irish folk music but something resonated with me and I figured I'd buy one. I looked about, found one cheap and despite the warnings online about cheap equipment, I bought one. I'm not really interested in people's advice or recommendations. Anyway, I've never played banjo but I really like it. I've already recorded on a few songs with it and what I like about it is that............it sounds like a banjo ! I don't know if it's great or lame quality. It does what it's supposed to do which is to provide banjo colour in my songs !

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    I’m lucky enough to have a nice guitar collection. Being honest, the really nice ones to play are the worst looking ones. The ones I bought because nobody else wanted. The best looking one I have is the worst to play, so it looks great on a wall hanger, where it lives. As for presents, I still have the 12 string acoustic my wife bought me in 1980, and it still has the original strings which shows how nice that one is to play. My favourite acoustic is a dirt cheap one that just plays nicely. Worst online purchase was my first fretless bass. I didn’t know it was fretless, and assumed all fretless basses must sound like this. They don’t!

    If you pick for somebody else, you pick your likes and don’t pick your dislikes. That’s what any present is.

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    'Rock' is way too inclusive a term to define the type of music you want to play. If you want to do 'country' (fairly inclusive these days too), a single coil pickup is typically used (think Tele with standard pickups).
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    First off......I own the Epiphone Les Paul Studio LT. I also own 1 1976 les Paul. I bought the Epiphone because I needed a guitar to use at practice...as my old LP was getting a little worn. The Epiphone is NOT a REAL LP. It's not a dog at all...but it's not an LP in any way.

    If you're set on a Strat.....go for a Mexican Strat. I have one and it IS VERY CLOSE to an American model. The Squires are also good....but not quite there IMO.

    I might have missed it but is your dad giving you the LP for free? If so.....go for it!!
    Just A Song Writer..........

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    Fender Squier’s are really good if you are on a budget.

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    I am not in the LEAST qualified to respond here, played a sixer decades ago but bass later on. However OP might like to hear of my son's experience?

    Been playing guitar (lektrik, classical, piano, clarinet, bass, bull and lekky bit of trumpet...flash git!) since 14 now nearly 50.
    He has several guitars but one he is constantly unsure of, a Rickenbacker (336? Looks like Lennons but ain't, quite) He is always about to sell it and buy something else, fat jazz jobby was his last idea but then picks up the Rikky and changes his mind! AGAIN! The guitar has THAT sound but weedy pickups and is a bit of a one trick pony, nice to play mind he says.

    All the above waffle is going to saying "Beware the guitar with limited tones, much though you might love what it does do well"
    I have included a clip of the guitar. He was noodling along to the backing track and did not know his Mackie EM-91c LDC and SM57 were also live and recording.

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    For my opinion if you want an American Strat but money is an issue by a Mexican Strat. They are well crafted and a bargain new or used. You will be happier with this over a Squier IMO.

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    Don't stress out.
    Enjoy journey, not destination.
    Put the priorities first.
    I start mixing this year, and before everything i bought books to learn and not waste money on amateur choices.
    You can buy a cheap guitar then sell it to buy another better one, and repeat.. or save money long time for a good one ?
    I went to + 20 guitar stores to buy a guitar. Only a couple of sellers explain me how a good guitar is made of.
    Is all a system ( guitar + amplifier + room ) that can make you inspire in a way like another person would not understand

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