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Seeking suggestions.

My 10 year-old grandson has been taking lessons on his acoustic for a couple years now and wants his first electric for Christmas. Apparently he's tried the Strat body-style and finds it to his liking. My son wants to spend around $300 or so.

I'm all ears. :cool:
 

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Is your son willing to buy second hand? If so, that opens up a few options, including things like this: Fantastic squier strat | Guitars | Stratford | Kijiji

You might also be able to find a Vintage Modified for that sort of money, but a Classic Vibe would probably be a little over budget.
Yeah - that's actually a nice deal (a little out of our area though). Thanks.

I think I would advise for at least a Squier Standard. He might even find a used Godin if he gets lucky. I don't know how the Ibanez and ESPs and such are in that range.
 

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Seeking suggestions.

My 10 year-old grandson has been taking lessons on his acoustic for a couple years now and wants his first electric for Christmas. Apparently he's tried the Strat body-style and finds it to his liking. My son wants to spend around $300 or so.

I'm all ears. :cool:
Does that budget include an amp as well?
 

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Squier Bullet Strat hardtail, or the Affinty Telecaster. Both are great guitars for the money and are under $300 new taxes in.
There’s also those starter pack boxes with a guitar amp and cord in a package. I’ve bought these used in the past and the guitars are pretty decent.
Don’t rule out the Epiphone Special 2 either. Also a good guitar for under $300 new.
 

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Yeah - that's actually a nice deal (a little out of our area though). Thanks.

I think I would advise for at least a Squier Standard. He might even find a used Godin if he gets lucky. I don't know how the Ibanez and ESPs and such are in that range.
That's a good shout actually. I keep seeing Godin SDs in Toronto for under $300. The only thing to bear in mind there is they're Gibson scale, with a bridge HB. If you see a Toronto one and want someone to check it out fairly quickly, I'd be happy to have a look for you. Could even grab it for you if it's decent.
 

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That's a good shout actually. I keep seeing Godin SDs in Toronto for under $300. The only thing to bear in mind there is they're Gibson scale, with a bridge HB. If you see a Toronto one and want someone to check it out fairly quickly, I'd be happy to have a look for you. Could even grab it for you if it's decent.
Thanks for the offer DeeTee.
 

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I had just the Jackson for you!

If he decides what body style he likes, you can make a WTB with your price and see if anyone bites - you may get above what you were expecting that way. Especially if you add that it's for a relative.
 
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Seeking suggestions.

My 10 year-old grandson has been taking lessons on his acoustic for a couple years now and wants his first electric for Christmas. Apparently he's tried the Strat body-style and finds it to his liking. My son wants to spend around $300 or so.

I'm all ears. :cool:
You can’t go wrong with Squire.
Don’t forget the amp.
I think that Squire makes a starter kit with a guitar, an amp, a strap, a gig bag which runs about $350.


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Truthfully, everytime I go to a store with a specific target lately, I end up picking something else.

I go in for a Seagull or Simon and Patrick and walk out with an Epi et cetera.

I guess I’m saying the best thing to do is go try some.

There’s good value in the $300 range these days, no trouble finding a very nice guitar.

Good luck!
 

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I'd also keep an eye on BestBuy. They sometimes sell some nice guitars in the $400 range, with a 30 day return policy.

Ultimately, used will probably be your best bet, though.
 

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Epi LP SL is under $200 new.
 

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If your grandson is looking at Squier, then bear in mind that the potential for upgrade using standard Fender parts is reduced somewhat, in comparison to the Fender models actually bearing the 'Fender' name.

Re-sale value may also be something to consider, and if your grandson has a preference for a certain fretboard radius, that might reduce the number of models available and 'suitable'. If he has not played guitars with different fretboard radii, I strongly suggest that he does.

I cannot recommend Epiphones highly enough. Three of the electrics in my 'collection' are Epis (335 Pro, Casino, and G400), and the 335 and the G400 are superb - came better finished out-of-the-box than my LP!

I have also played a host of Epi LPs, and thought very highly of each one.

Good luck.
 
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