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I kind of agree with Geetar_Axl,

 

Gibsons "can be" unforgiving to play for a new player however I dont think the answer would be to buy an Epiphone as they can also be a challenge to play as they are similar to a Gibby... However Im not saying a beginner shouldnt learn on one! If your lucky enough to be in a position to have a Gibson to learn on and learning the guitar is not just a "few month phase" your going through then go for it. Epiphone make great guitars too, but a cheap substitute is not always a good answer! Having owned both I'd stretch my neck out that much further and buy a Gibson.

 

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I learnt on an Epi and they are very good. Go get your self a Junior, I couldnt have picked a better guitar to learn on. But Flight is also right, fine something that screams to you! Something that looks, sounds good, but most importantly for a beginners guitar..feels good! :-k

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Hi, If money is no object, the old saying is very true. " You will never be disapointed when you buy the best" That said, I played

a Hondo for many years and then purchased my first G LP. Right now my favorite guitar to play is my Casino and my LP has not seen

the new year yet.

 

Mark

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I am a total Gibson snob and have to politely disagree with some people ....I would NEVER buy an Epiphone.

 

That being said, a good beginner might be a Schecter or a HWY 1 Strat. Both are very forgiving. If you require a Gibson, I would go with an SG Standard. I have found mine to very accomodating to novice players (i.e me).

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gunneyhill...

You say all you have is an old Strat?

Well my friend, thats nothing to sneeze at.

When I first started playing (Prepare for the older guy lecture) my parents bought

me an electric guitar at Woolco for $40. That was 1977. To me at the time Fenders were

out of my reach and out of my league.

 

*Note* Woolco isnt around anymore..They were taken over by Wal-Mart. Surprised?

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I am a total Gibson snob and have to politely disagree with some people ....I would NEVER buy an Epiphone.

 

That being said' date=' a good beginner might be a Schecter or a HWY 1 Strat. Both are very forgiving. If you require a Gibson, I would go with an SG Standard. I have found mine to very accomodating to novice players (i.e me).[/quote']

 

I don't like Epiphone, But Thats My opnion, I respect other view on the guitars.

 

A good starter Gibson Would Be A Melody Maker

 

350$ 1 PU

400$ 2 PU

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Well the only problem I have is if you are beginning you may not want to put down the excessive cash that the Gibson Les Pauls cost, but if you buy another guitar just to learn on you will always wonder if the Gibson Les Paul was/is better. A friend once told me "not to settle on just a replacement guitar for what you really want". If you want the Gibson Les Paul then save your money until you can afford one. That way you will never question your purchase.

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The problem with learning on a LP type guitar is two fold. My first guitar was a no name LP copy and I did fine. I took some lessons and stuck with it. However, I later realized that the LP shape is not the most comfortable for playing sitting down. The sharp edge can cut into your leg and because of the body shape, the guitar slides awkwardly to your right. My right shoulder gets sore from playing sitting down. My left shoulder isn't bothered from the weight while playing standing. The double coil pickups can sound a little harsh, especially on clean settings. I think that's what is meant by "unforgiving". Once you get some experience and know how to move you hands along the fretboard without getting all the other noises and you learn "touch", there's no better tone than a LP IMO. But make a mistake, and everyone will hear it. =P~

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I have a number of Gibson and Fender guitars and a couple of Epis. If I were you I would buy the Gibson. I have nothing against Epi. I have an Elitist and it is amazing. I would look around for a used classic or even a new Studio. But I would say that pride of ownership is huge. It is certainly a status symbol when someone ask what guitars your have and you say a Fender Strat and a Gibson Les Paul. And it don't hurt in the playing department either.

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If it's not a matter of cost, you'll seldom be disappointed by buying the best. I also believe that having a beautiful high quality instrument will make you want to play more, increasing your practice time and advancing your skill level at the same time.

 

I think you should.

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Its a 2 way street.

If you get the best, Itll feel good in your hands, Itll sound good to your ear, and knowing your playing

a Gibson will make you feel soooo cool.

Now...

If you cant get the hang of this guitar playing thing...

You have a big investment collecting dust.

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If you are still learning then you should be buying the guitar that is the most comfortable for you to play. No matter what make or model. End of story. Having a Gibson will not automatically make you a better player. You may not like the different scale length. You might find the necks too large for your hands. The things to be thinking of are what kind of music do you want to play, how much you can afford and most of all your comfort with the guitar. No one can tell you what the best guitar for you is going to be. You have to try tons of them and find it on your own. We can advise you on quality, tone, prices, durability and tell you what our favourite guitars are, but what is perfect for one of us might totally suck for you. Don't narrow your vision down so soon in your playing career. You have your whole life to get a Gibson and lots of other guitars. Concentrate on learning and finding what guitar is best for you.

Also, this might ruffle a few feathers, but IMO it is generally true. I have been playing for over 30 years now, and have played all over the world as a semi-pro musician. I have never had another musician put down my gear, or put me down for playing a certain guitar. It is something that is just not cool. Not everyone has the same tastes, and we have to accept that. Also some people have had legitimate problems with certain brands and might have a valid reason for not liking them. But that only goes so far as something like "I find 'Z guitars' too heavy so I don't like playing them" or "I don't like the frets and necks on brand X guitars cause I like to shred". So don't worry about people who might put you down because you don't play a certain guitar. Few people realize this, but Jimmy Page has sold more Gibsons by playing a Telecaster than any other musician. A lot of the original songs that he is famous for were recorded on guitars other than LPs. So even someone considered to be a 'Gibson LP Icon' plays and likes other guitars. So don't worry if you end up preferring something else.

All that being said, if you are inclined to LPs, but find Gibson's expensive, Epiphones are fine guitars. They are not Gibson's, but still good guitars and usually a lot less expensive. So let us know what you pick, and good luck with it and with learning to play.

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Gunnyhill,

 

I'm a beginner too. If you can afford it, then get the LP, you'll play it forever and it is cheaper to buy a good guitar and stick with it than to buy 3 or 4 guitars, and then evenutally get the Les Paul that you wanted in the first place. But go to the store and play one, play a ton of them. What matters most is how you relate to the guitar and how it plays for you, not what logo is on the headstock. If John Deere makes a guitar and you love the way it plays and sounds, then thats your guitar. But seriously, play a bunch of LPs and see how you get along.

 

I played a Strat knockoff for a few months before I lucked into my Les Paul. I loved my little cheapo guitar. It took about a week to get used to the Paul, but I haven't looked back. I've only been playing a year and am still a total beginner, but the Les Paul has been almost too easy to play and its spoiled me. My buddy has my old guitar, and I was at his house a few months ago and picked it up, and was amazed at how hard it was to play! Like someone above said, if you have a guitar thats hard to play, you'll be challenged to practice, while if you love the way your guitar plays, you'll practice a lot more.

 

I was a victim of the mentality that says "play a piece of sh** for a while, and if you're serious, then get a good guitar." I'm a parent, and had the exact same attitude when my daughter wanted to get into music, and realized what a mistake it was. I played a POS trumpet throughout high school and didnt realize how easy it was to play trumpet until I got into college and finally dropped the coin for a good axe. I wasted years with that misguided economy-logic.

 

I'm thinking that there are a lot of frustrated, would-be guitarists out there that never stuck with it because they didn't have a good instrument to learn on in the first place, and gave it up. Despite what some might have had me believe, its not a club that requires you to get kicked in the teeth for a year in order to join, before you're worthy of a decent instrument. That said, the Les Paul certainly is an expensive guitar and quite and investment for a beginner. But only you can say how dedicated you are, and you sound dedicated to me. SO if you can swing it, grab a Les Paul and dig it. Hey if you wake up one day and decide you don't want to play guitar anymore, I'm sure you will be able to sell it and get your money's worth out of it, Gibsons hold their value.

 

Good luck and let us know what you get!

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Now...

If you cant get the hang of this guitar playing thing...

You have a big investment collecting dust.

 

If that happens then you at least would have a guitar with a good ROI (return on investment), or a good resale value. You'll never lose money investing in a Gibson.

 

There are many Asian built guitars out there that play, look and sound great. But just like a new car, the minute you drive it off the lot it's worth about 50% of what you paid for it 15 minutes ago.

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I played guitar for years before plugging in a Les Paul. After that it was all over. I believe good tone makes you play better. It inspires you to play longer and be more creative, not to mention it makes playing much more enjoyable. The tone of a Les Paul is far beyond anything esle I have ever played. LP's sound three dimensional compared to other guitars. Like streo compared to mono, like HDTV vs. analog TV. And if you buy a Gibson Les Paul, you won't lose much if anything if you decide to sell it.

 

Just my two cents.

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i started on a epi acoustic. it broke within in six months and made my fingers bleed. i washed my hands of epiphone and went for the real deal. i got a les paul vintage mahogany new for $750.00 from gc. i know my story isn't typical for epiphones but i'm going to have a fear of epis/most foreign guitars. start on what you can afford. worst case i guess is you'll have a very nice looking decoration if you end up not sticking with it!

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I absolutely agree with loboblanca's comments, I used to play my brothers Mustang when I was a teen but had no money or resources for my own stuff, I did not play for 20 years and then decided to start playing again, bought an Epi Les Paul Special, I figured if I don't stick with it I won't lose much right? wrong...I found that guitar uninspiring but I did not know enough to know it, three years later I bought a VM Les Paul and holly cow that was it, I wish had had those 3 years back...and although I love my VM Les Paul I wish I had bought a Standard...

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