I have been playing acoustic guitar for a few years now and have finally managed to convince certain people to let me buy an electric guitar! So I am planning on buying an electric guitar, an amplifier and a processor sometime next week.
My budget is around 20k, although I may be able to fluctuate it a little (preferably down!). I will mostly be playing inside my apartment, so I don't really need a loaded amp. I also definitely want to buy a processor, so I would prefer not to spend extra on an amp because of its distortion.
Here's what I have so far:
Squier Fat Strat : This is my first choice. This is probably the most common guitar available in my price range. But after reading various reviews, I am starting to worry about my choice. Reviews say that the quality is seriously poor, using the vibrato makes it go out of tune, electronics are horrible etc. Am I worrying too much?
Yamaha PAC112 Pacifica : This is another good option. Seems to have comparitively better quality. Once again though, I am reading some bad things about the electronics built into it. I'm also unsure of its price in India. I want a good balance between the Amp and effects too, so I need to control the cost of the guitar a little.
Epiphone Les Paul : This was another favourite, but it has a fixed bridge. I really would like to have a vibrato in the guitar. Also, the quality of Epiphones is supposed to be terrible under $400...
Ibanez GRX20 : This one seemed quite good, but for the classic rock songs that I want to play, I think 2 humbuckers might be the wrong way to go (being a guitar novice, I'm just guessing here from what I've read). It seems like this is a good buy, but I'm not sure of the quality (due to the low price...).
Marshall MG10CD : This one seems good enough for practicing at home and for a small band get-together. This is most probably what I'll end up buying. I might also consider it's 15W brother if I have some money left over...
Roland Micro Cube : This seems to be the most popular one for beginners. It costs around Rs. 6k(?). I have heard that it can't be heard at all over drums. This might be a problem later on as I am planning on joining a band sometime in the next 2 months...
This pretty much depends on how much I have left over after the guitar and Amplifier. I really would like an expression pedal to be built in. The minimum would then be a Zoom 606 or 707 which would set me back around 5k. That leaves me with 15k for a guitar and Amplifier! If I go with the Strat, I will probably be left with enough to get a G2.1U.
Basically I need help with prices, other options and your experiences with any of the above gear regarding quality and usage. I plan on playing live every now and then.
Also, I am based in Hyderabad. The only decent music store I have found here is one called "Khords", which seems to be a huge ripoff...If there are any other Hyderabadi's stalking these forums, I'd love to know if there are any better places to buy my gear!