Buying 1st guitar

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  1. stivanovik

    stivanovik New Member!

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    Hi everyone, this is my first post. I'm buying a guitar and I don't know which one to get. My options are Squier Paranormal Toronado and Squier Vintage Modified HSS. I'm going to play AC/DC, Nirvana, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Hendrix...
    Which one should i buy?
     
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  2. Ave

    Ave Strat-Talker

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    Welcome!

    I'd go for the vintage modified. I'm just a Stratocaster guy and I think it would be good for all of those.

    Now that's my opinion. I'd suggest going to a guitar store and trying them out, find what feels good to you.

    Happy to have you!

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  3. stratocarlster

    stratocarlster Most Honored Senior Member

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    I dislike HSS strats so it's the Toronado for me. Cool looking guitar too.
     
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    Vintage Modified HSS is a decent Strat, but nothing more. And it'll be viewed as a budget guitar, both by you, when you'll get an itch to replace it, and by potential buyers. Whereas that Toronado, besides looking very cool, is unique and desirable in its own right. It's not a budget version of anything. And it will likely become somewhat collectable, which means you probably won't want to part with it, but when you do, resale value will be higher.

    On top of that, most of the music you're aiming for was played on HH guitars, except Deep Purple, and Hendrix (mostly).
     
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    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    I started on a Yamaha Pacifica.

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    AC/DC, Nirvana, Sabbath. 2x humbuckers.

    Deep Purple 2x single sized humbuckers or Seymour quarter pound, dumbie middle pup.

    Hendrix 3x singles.

    Yamaha do starter packs at an affordable price. (the ga amp's rubbish)
     
  6. stormsedge

    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Welcome! For your musical preference, I'd choose the Tornado.
     
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    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Silver Member

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    I've never tried either but for a first guitar, I like the fixed bridge of the Toronado more than the floating bridge on the Squier. It's just one less thing to worry about for a beginner and none of the stuff you mentioned (other than Hendrix) even needs a trem system.
     
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    dirocyn Senior Stratmaster

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    Personally, I think an HSS Strat is a compromise I shouldn't have to live with. It gives you a bridge humbucker but takes away the strat quack (Sultans of Swing is a good example). Better to have an SSS Strat AND another guitar with two humbuckers.

    Since most of the music you want to make was done on humbuckers, I'd suggest your first guitar should have humbuckers. When you decide you want to play more Hendrix or other Strat music, buy a second guitar.

    Of course, then you're going to need a Telecaster too....
     
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    Tone Quest Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    Many good opinions here. I would go with the HSS. Yes it is a compromise, but you could reasonably play the artists you listed above. Many of us have more than one guitar for the various styles of music we play. As you grow in your musical experience, you will probably own several. Best of luck to you and enjoy the musical ride.
     
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    Bob the builder Most Honored Senior Member

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    It don't matter. You're just starting & you don't really know what your preferences are.
    Get the one that that just plain excites you the most. That alone will make you want to practice more.
    And when ya get hooked.....well.... you'll understand why so many people here have a few guitars.
    I hope you have a blast
     
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    Nadnitram Most Honored Senior Member

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    Good advice from Bob here.

    My input is to make sure you get a decent amp. It doesn't have to be expensive, and it doesn't have to be a tube amp. A Fender Mustang or a Boss Katana would do the trick. There is nothing so frustrating as playing the right chords and having them sound like garbage because it is coming out of a crap amp.
     
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    dublindave8456 Senior Stratmaster

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    never seen a tornado before ....
    looked it up.....
    hmmmmh........
    for the music you like......
    go for the strat, ( just for the look )
    tornado looks like an indie guitar to me.....

    final answer. try both.....
     
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    HighwayStar106 Senior Stratmaster

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    I'd go for the Strat, no question. Classic look, tremolo bar and both humbucker and single coil sounds. Exactly what I started out with (playing the same kind of music too) and I found it to be absolutely ideal, at least for the first year or so.
     
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    Definitely want to feel them in your hand. Newer models are all pretty awesome but used gear in good condition has nice price points. Strat though for sure.
     
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    3 single coils for pickups.
     
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    myredstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    I would go for the strat. I like the HB in the bridge of mine.
    You can easily swap out pickups in the future if you wanted to.
    I also believe the toronado would be harder to sell if you want to upgrade in the future, but that is just a guess
     
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    Of those two, I’d go with the HSS. But either of those would be good. So, I’d recommend trying both out, and go with whichever one feels and looks better. Looks do matter - they inspire you to pick up the guitar and play it.

    If you do get the strat, I would recommend decking or blocking the trem so you don’t have to worry about tuning issues associates with a tremolo. You can always undo it when you get your sea legs.
     
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    I'd go with the strat. It will cover all the artists you mentioned the best. If you plan on playing Hendrix you'll need single coil pickups and a whammy bar. It would also be easier and cheaper to mod should you decide to change things in the future.
     
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    jtoomuch Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    I don't really know much about either of those guitars, but I do want to welcome you to the forum. Glad to have you.
     
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    The Paranormal has a shorter scale length. Which may be better for a beginner’s uncooperative fingers. Unless you have huge hands.
    You’ll figure out the humbucker/single coil thing in time. More than anything else, Pick the guitar that’s sexy to you.
    These differences are more nuanced than what you should focus on at this point.
     
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