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Old 2008-10-30, 08:57
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Good guitar to buy my boyfriend?

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I've come here looking for some advice about what guitar to get my boyfriend for christmas. He loves metal, especially death metal and is the vocalist in a band called Sons of Slaughter. He played bass a bit before but said he'd like to learn guitar. With christmas coming up I thought it'd be cool to get him one as a present however there's a LOT of guitars out there and I'm not going to pretend I know anything about them!!

As he's a beginner (and as I'm poor - I've got him Metallica tickets for his birthday which is 10 days before christmas) I don't want to spend loads but I don't want to get him something crappy either as he'll be using it for a couple of years. I think £300 is my top limit but bearing in mind i'll need to get him an amp and some other stuff too, I'd prefer to spend a bit less.

I've looked at Ibanez, ESP, Dean and Schecter but as I say, there's a lot to choose from. Going by looks, Schecter is favorite so far, but hey, looks aren't everything!

If musical preference plays a part in what to get, here's some of the bands he likes:

Nile, Pantera, Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, Slayer, Megadeth, In Flames, Cannibal Corpse, Corrosion of Conformity...it goes on but i can't remember even some of them.

Anyway, if anyone would care to make some suggestions, id be forever grateful!!
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Old 2008-10-30, 13:17
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I would take him to your local guitar store, tell him his limit, and let him pick.
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Old 2008-10-30, 13:46
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He doesn't need anything special to start out with. I'm actually still on my starter, a hideous Squier strat that sucks for metal. Ibanez have some decent lower end models that are good for playing metal. Out of the brands you named, ESP is probably the best for metal, but I never like their lower end stuff. He can buy himself a brand new expensive ESP or Dean in two or three years once he's made good use of the guitar you buy him.
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I would take him to your local guitar store, tell him his limit, and let him pick.


That really is the only way. Because even if the vendor says it's the best he has to offer, maybe your boyfraaan still doesn't like the colour or shape or whatever. Take him along with you.



Oh yeah, if OP doesn't post after this anymore, it's Sons of Slaughter-spam.
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Old 2008-10-31, 16:17
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I would take him to your local guitar store, tell him his limit, and let him pick.


yup. make sure he does a little research. don't get something that just "looks" awesome.
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Old 2008-11-01, 04:02
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Thanks for the help guys. I think I'll do a little 'fishing' and try and see if I can get out of him what guitar(s) he likes, but I want it to be a surprise so I really don't want to tell him!

Cheers anyway!
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Just go to a real big guitar centre. Nothing would suck more than a lack of choice in a situation like this.


Hey actually that's quite a cool username.
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Old 2008-11-01, 14:50
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I always thought a Daisy Rock guitar would be pretty brutal on stage.
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Old 2008-11-02, 07:36
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I'm actually still on my starter, a hideous Squier strat that sucks for metal.

hey man i played on a squire strat for years b4 i upgraded. gota start somewhere man. take the time to set it up right and you can tear on those... might be the sound ur looking for but hey, i got by
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Old 2008-11-03, 15:11
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OK so I'm thinking maybe this: http://www.thomann.de/gb/esp_ltd_mh250_nt_dbsb.htm
as the price seems to be pretty good for what it is (or so I've read on reviews). Whaddya think?
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Old 2008-11-03, 15:15
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Oh, or do you think it's be wasted on a beginner? (the above I mean)
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ESP is always good for a beginner, good price/quality.


But REALLY, you'll want to take him to a guitar store with you and make him choose. If you really hàve to surprise him, you can just blindfold him and drive him there. Or let someone drive you two there. Then BAM he sees a wall full of guitars. Now how SURPRIIIISE is that.
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Aosoth - New album III out now on Agonia Recs
Epoch - bass, guitars, drums, MetaStasizing out asap
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OK so I'm thinking maybe this: http://www.thomann.de/gb/esp_ltd_mh250_nt_dbsb.htm
as the price seems to be pretty good for what it is (or so I've read on reviews). Whaddya think?


That is a very nice axe actually. Lots or quality and priced very well. Perfect for beginner and above.

If anything ever happens to your BF I would like to replace him lol.
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Old 2008-11-03, 16:16
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OK so I'm thinking maybe this: http://www.thomann.de/gb/esp_ltd_mh250_nt_dbsb.htm
as the price seems to be pretty good for what it is (or so I've read on reviews). Whaddya think?


A good guitar and well worth the money - I presume you're thinking of the whole package - you'll probably be safe with that one.
Ha, Soul has a point. This is quite unusual.
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That looks like a great guitar for a beginner, one that would suffice perfectly well for a serious player.

Don't forget that you'll need to buy that amp in the bundle deal.
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Old 2008-11-04, 03:42
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OK I've changed my mind again due to cash-flow and found this instead: http://www.thomann.de/gb/esp_ltd_mh_100qm_nt.htm
If he wants to get a better one in a year or so, he will! I'm just kick-starting him, lol.

I was gonna get a micro-cube amp - will that do for just kicking about the house?

Haha Soul - I hate buying presents that don't mean anything to the recipient and I'm not gonna get the £59.99 guitar 'starter pack' from Asda! I'll look ya up if anything happens to him - but not if it's 'suspicious circumstances'
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Old 2008-11-04, 05:05
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that guitar will work fine for him i think. like mentiond before i started on a squire strat... cant start out much lower than that... and i play just fine and dandy now lol
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Old 2008-11-05, 07:32
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After all, the aim is to have it in your hands, not a particular instrument.

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OK I've changed my mind again due to cash-flow and found this instead: http://www.thomann.de/gb/esp_ltd_mh_100qm_nt.htm
If he wants to get a better one in a year or so, he will! I'm just kick-starting him, lol.

I was gonna get a micro-cube amp - will that do for just kicking about the house?

Haha Soul - I hate buying presents that don't mean anything to the recipient and I'm not gonna get the £59.99 guitar 'starter pack' from Asda! I'll look ya up if anything happens to him - but not if it's 'suspicious circumstances'


Good call - I've yet to find one of those nicely packaged "starter packs" that's worth shit.

Yes, that also looks like a prize-worthy starting setup. Mind you, I'm a bit biased as I'm an ESP fanatic, and the LTD's are generally pretty good too.
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Go with Schecter! Had mine nearly three years. Never goes out of tune. And the only time I thought it had a problem was when I suspected the truss rods were out of shape. Turns out I set the bridge at the wrong action after a string change. Touch wood. Schecter's introductory stuff (or even cheap) stuff tends to also have quality gear for the price too, especially for pickups (which are arguably the sole deciding factor in the suitability of a guitar for metal).

Hey! On a more unrelated, small-world note, I have your boyfriend's album. It was recommended to me by someone close to the father of the guitarist. Got it from Amazon.
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