Need some help from my guitarist friends

Emilietelecaster OK, I need some help from my electric guitar playing friends and family out there.  My daughter, Emilie, is saving up to buy her first electric guitar.  She is passionate about guitar and has had lessons for years and will some day be amazing at it, I am sure.  Here is a picture of her trying out a decent Telecaster when we were at the Sacramento Guitar Center.  She loves rock and modern worship music.  She leads worship in her youth group.  She is actually an amazing singer, too.  Since I am mainly a keys guy, I would sure love to hear what you guitarists think.

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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  1. Ok I’m going first and I’m willing to subject myself to critism.There are so many factors…but I’d keep in mind that “Les Paul” styles are typically thought to be better sounding for “rock” guitar. Where as most Fender styles sound better for “blues” styles. I play an Epiphone Les Paul style because I won’t pay for the real thing. With that said both Fenders and Gibsons are versatile and can do most styles. Telecasters are sweet and the double humbuckers are a great twist. All in all its all about “tone”. If you get a “tone bone” then buy. Sorry if that seemed vulgar…but it was neccessary.

  2. Ok I’m going first and I’m willing to subject myself to critism.There are so many factors…but I’d keep in mind that “Les Paul” styles are typically thought to be better sounding for “rock” guitar. Where as most Fender styles sound better for “blues” styles. I play an Epiphone Les Paul style because I won’t pay for the real thing. With that said both Fenders and Gibsons are versatile and can do most styles. Telecasters are sweet and the double humbuckers are a great twist. All in all its all about “tone”. If you get a “tone bone” then buy. Sorry if that seemed vulgar…but it was neccessary.

  3. Ok I’m going first and I’m willing to subject myself to critism.There are so many factors…but I’d keep in mind that “Les Paul” styles are typically thought to be better sounding for “rock” guitar. Where as most Fender styles sound better for “blues” styles. I play an Epiphone Les Paul style because I won’t pay for the real thing. With that said both Fenders and Gibsons are versatile and can do most styles. Telecasters are sweet and the double humbuckers are a great twist. All in all its all about “tone”. If you get a “tone bone” then buy. Sorry if that seemed vulgar…but it was neccessary.

  4. Ok I’m going first and I’m willing to subject myself to critism.There are so many factors…but I’d keep in mind that “Les Paul” styles are typically thought to be better sounding for “rock” guitar. Where as most Fender styles sound better for “blues” styles. I play an Epiphone Les Paul style because I won’t pay for the real thing. With that said both Fenders and Gibsons are versatile and can do most styles. Telecasters are sweet and the double humbuckers are a great twist. All in all its all about “tone”. If you get a “tone bone” then buy. Sorry if that seemed vulgar…but it was neccessary.

  5. Yeah, can’t help you with the guitar part of it, but I hope you’re proud as heck of a daughter who wants to be like her daddy. Awesome stuff.

  6. Yeah, can’t help you with the guitar part of it, but I hope you’re proud as heck of a daughter who wants to be like her daddy. Awesome stuff.

  7. Yeah, can’t help you with the guitar part of it, but I hope you’re proud as heck of a daughter who wants to be like her daddy. Awesome stuff.

  8. Yeah, can’t help you with the guitar part of it, but I hope you’re proud as heck of a daughter who wants to be like her daddy. Awesome stuff.

  9. randy said it… she’ll know when she plays the right one.
    teles are pretty hip for worship stuff.

  10. randy said it… she’ll know when she plays the right one.
    teles are pretty hip for worship stuff.

  11. randy said it… she’ll know when she plays the right one.
    teles are pretty hip for worship stuff.

  12. randy said it… she’ll know when she plays the right one.
    teles are pretty hip for worship stuff.

  13. Every guitar player needs at least one great Telecaster in their collection.

  14. Every guitar player needs at least one great Telecaster in their collection.

  15. Every guitar player needs at least one great Telecaster in their collection.

  16. Every guitar player needs at least one great Telecaster in their collection.

  17. Dude. I’ll leave the guitar comments to the pros. But your in trouble. A beautiful daughter rocking out with a tele?Oh man.
    Los

  18. Dude. I’ll leave the guitar comments to the pros. But your in trouble. A beautiful daughter rocking out with a tele?Oh man.
    Los

  19. Dude. I’ll leave the guitar comments to the pros. But your in trouble. A beautiful daughter rocking out with a tele?Oh man.
    Los

  20. Dude. I’ll leave the guitar comments to the pros. But your in trouble. A beautiful daughter rocking out with a tele?Oh man.
    Los

  21. Los is right, you’re gonna be in SO much trouble.
    I’ve converted to Line 6 all the way now, but their high-quality guitars are still too expensive to recommend to a first-time electric player. I would caution against spending too much on a first electric, but to spend enough to get a good one. A Tele would great getting started, but all in all, it needs to be something that feels and sounds good to her, and something that is pretty versatile as a first guitar. My first real electric guitar was a Washburn, and it was versatile enough to be my primary guitar for years.

    Amps are another issue altogether. If she’s still exploring, one of the cheaper Line 6 amps (I’m thinking the Spider line) would be great for a beginner. A huge range of tones in a single box, and would last for casual use or would be a great practice amp if she ever goes for something nicer. The pods are nice, but getting a combo with similar functionality is just simpler.

  22. Los is right, you’re gonna be in SO much trouble.
    I’ve converted to Line 6 all the way now, but their high-quality guitars are still too expensive to recommend to a first-time electric player. I would caution against spending too much on a first electric, but to spend enough to get a good one. A Tele would great getting started, but all in all, it needs to be something that feels and sounds good to her, and something that is pretty versatile as a first guitar. My first real electric guitar was a Washburn, and it was versatile enough to be my primary guitar for years.

    Amps are another issue altogether. If she’s still exploring, one of the cheaper Line 6 amps (I’m thinking the Spider line) would be great for a beginner. A huge range of tones in a single box, and would last for casual use or would be a great practice amp if she ever goes for something nicer. The pods are nice, but getting a combo with similar functionality is just simpler.

  23. Los is right, you’re gonna be in SO much trouble.
    I’ve converted to Line 6 all the way now, but their high-quality guitars are still too expensive to recommend to a first-time electric player. I would caution against spending too much on a first electric, but to spend enough to get a good one. A Tele would great getting started, but all in all, it needs to be something that feels and sounds good to her, and something that is pretty versatile as a first guitar. My first real electric guitar was a Washburn, and it was versatile enough to be my primary guitar for years.

    Amps are another issue altogether. If she’s still exploring, one of the cheaper Line 6 amps (I’m thinking the Spider line) would be great for a beginner. A huge range of tones in a single box, and would last for casual use or would be a great practice amp if she ever goes for something nicer. The pods are nice, but getting a combo with similar functionality is just simpler.

  24. Los is right, you’re gonna be in SO much trouble.
    I’ve converted to Line 6 all the way now, but their high-quality guitars are still too expensive to recommend to a first-time electric player. I would caution against spending too much on a first electric, but to spend enough to get a good one. A Tele would great getting started, but all in all, it needs to be something that feels and sounds good to her, and something that is pretty versatile as a first guitar. My first real electric guitar was a Washburn, and it was versatile enough to be my primary guitar for years.

    Amps are another issue altogether. If she’s still exploring, one of the cheaper Line 6 amps (I’m thinking the Spider line) would be great for a beginner. A huge range of tones in a single box, and would last for casual use or would be a great practice amp if she ever goes for something nicer. The pods are nice, but getting a combo with similar functionality is just simpler.

  25. Hey Rick. Bob G here. Check out the Line 6 Variax…was $299 at Guitar Center, and online at places like Sweetwater. It has a knob that models the sound of LesPaul, Tele, Stratocaster, etc. It also has a piezo pickup to give a very good acoustic sound. Good starter guitar, and you don’t have to make any decisions about tone.
    See ya!

  26. Hey Rick. Bob G here. Check out the Line 6 Variax…was $299 at Guitar Center, and online at places like Sweetwater. It has a knob that models the sound of LesPaul, Tele, Stratocaster, etc. It also has a piezo pickup to give a very good acoustic sound. Good starter guitar, and you don’t have to make any decisions about tone.
    See ya!

  27. Hey Rick. Bob G here. Check out the Line 6 Variax…was $299 at Guitar Center, and online at places like Sweetwater. It has a knob that models the sound of LesPaul, Tele, Stratocaster, etc. It also has a piezo pickup to give a very good acoustic sound. Good starter guitar, and you don’t have to make any decisions about tone.
    See ya!

  28. Hey Rick. Bob G here. Check out the Line 6 Variax…was $299 at Guitar Center, and online at places like Sweetwater. It has a knob that models the sound of LesPaul, Tele, Stratocaster, etc. It also has a piezo pickup to give a very good acoustic sound. Good starter guitar, and you don’t have to make any decisions about tone.
    See ya!

  29. Rich,
    First I am not a guitar guy, but I am a roadie – so that is close. I would steer her away from a Tele and more towards a Strat. The Strat is going to sound better overall in versatile settings (ie worship settings) a Tele can sound GREAT or it can sound NOT SO GREAT. So for starters I would highly recommend a Stratocaster. It is versatile and will always sound great without a ton of tweaking.

  30. Rich,
    First I am not a guitar guy, but I am a roadie – so that is close. I would steer her away from a Tele and more towards a Strat. The Strat is going to sound better overall in versatile settings (ie worship settings) a Tele can sound GREAT or it can sound NOT SO GREAT. So for starters I would highly recommend a Stratocaster. It is versatile and will always sound great without a ton of tweaking.

  31. Rich,
    First I am not a guitar guy, but I am a roadie – so that is close. I would steer her away from a Tele and more towards a Strat. The Strat is going to sound better overall in versatile settings (ie worship settings) a Tele can sound GREAT or it can sound NOT SO GREAT. So for starters I would highly recommend a Stratocaster. It is versatile and will always sound great without a ton of tweaking.

  32. Rich,
    First I am not a guitar guy, but I am a roadie – so that is close. I would steer her away from a Tele and more towards a Strat. The Strat is going to sound better overall in versatile settings (ie worship settings) a Tele can sound GREAT or it can sound NOT SO GREAT. So for starters I would highly recommend a Stratocaster. It is versatile and will always sound great without a ton of tweaking.

  33. NICE!! I need some female singers and guitar players for our youth band here in the dirty south..aka Louisiana! Offer is always on the table man..Haha
    Anywho..I really do have a great offer for ya here though bro!! Im not sure of any dealers around you, but chk into Michael Kelly guitars..Their website might have some info on dealers..They are amazing guiatrs!! And..get this..$500 bones or under!! They won the “Best of Show” award at NAMM ’07 for guitars under $500!! Definitely worth chking out!! Let me know what ya think.

    Shane

  34. NICE!! I need some female singers and guitar players for our youth band here in the dirty south..aka Louisiana! Offer is always on the table man..Haha
    Anywho..I really do have a great offer for ya here though bro!! Im not sure of any dealers around you, but chk into Michael Kelly guitars..Their website might have some info on dealers..They are amazing guiatrs!! And..get this..$500 bones or under!! They won the “Best of Show” award at NAMM ’07 for guitars under $500!! Definitely worth chking out!! Let me know what ya think.

    Shane

  35. NICE!! I need some female singers and guitar players for our youth band here in the dirty south..aka Louisiana! Offer is always on the table man..Haha
    Anywho..I really do have a great offer for ya here though bro!! Im not sure of any dealers around you, but chk into Michael Kelly guitars..Their website might have some info on dealers..They are amazing guiatrs!! And..get this..$500 bones or under!! They won the “Best of Show” award at NAMM ’07 for guitars under $500!! Definitely worth chking out!! Let me know what ya think.

    Shane

  36. NICE!! I need some female singers and guitar players for our youth band here in the dirty south..aka Louisiana! Offer is always on the table man..Haha
    Anywho..I really do have a great offer for ya here though bro!! Im not sure of any dealers around you, but chk into Michael Kelly guitars..Their website might have some info on dealers..They are amazing guiatrs!! And..get this..$500 bones or under!! They won the “Best of Show” award at NAMM ’07 for guitars under $500!! Definitely worth chking out!! Let me know what ya think.

    Shane

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