There's something called evolution and dissatisfaction.
The first amp I bought, I bought in extreme haste and in minimum cost. After a year of practicing guitar on it every day, I managed to gradually get a somewhat deeper understanding of its sound and realized there was something unfavorable (actually, it was a Marshall MG10CD and EVERYTHING ABOUT IT WAS UNFAVORABLE except that it worked. It sounded dead and sterile, and I've heard these words in a lot of reviews but I never really understood the depth of the problem till I heard it for all the time I practiced.)
I need to know what kind of a player are you. Showoff, hobbyist or pro-to-be (henceforth referred to as 'serious')?
1. For the first two, your expectations can be met. Buy anything, any darn thing you'd like, and you're fine.
2. If you want to perform, SERIOUSLY perform, and earn a living from it, I'd suggest you do #1 anyway and come back here in a year (or 6 months, or hell even 7 days could be fine to realize what I'm talking about). OR you can go to the guitar gear forum and do a little bit of reading, reading and more reading.
(generally I give more obvious answers to people, but this is a special case)
And these two guys you just fired off are the most helpful people here, and are actually quite nice and knowledgeable when not met with the social-civility equivalent of the Columbine high school massacre. I wonder what you'll say to flood if you chance upon him.
ALSO, you want to buy a great setup right off?
Go to the store. Try out a guitar worth 20k through the MOST EXPENSIVE TUBE AMP THEY HAVE, then try out a THE MOST EXPENSIVE GUITAR THEY HAVE. Hear the staff playing if you don't know how to play.
Can your ears tell the difference?
If you played it, can you tell which one feels better?
Reason - Ear's not trained enough. (happens to an extent with me too, but I've crawled forward a little. My tone ear is not the greatest but not the worst either.)
(And this will apply to anything and everything - cars, food, art (let me hand you a box of Winsor and Newton acrylic paints or Van Gogh soft pastels to start with, you'll surely make masterpieces...ha. ha. ha.), whatEVER.)
It's not a bad idea to start with good gear, to not be too stingy on your investment, but to expect it'll last you a lifetime if you're serious about playing...well, buy, play, get more experienced and you'll know, no need to take our word on it.
Classical and jazz lover. Fingerstyle, touchstyle, and ERG enthusiast.
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