Monday, January 9, 2017

5 Guitar Starter Packs to Learn Electric Guitar

Choosing your first electric guitar can be a challenge, especially with so many different options available on the market. Fortunately, there are a few starter packs available that come with everything you need to start learning how to play the guitar. These packs typically include a guitar, amp, and cable as well as a few other accessories.

Rogue Rocketeer Electric Guitar Pack

The Rogue Rocketeer Electric Guitar Pack is one of the most budget-friendly starter kits. It features a solid body electric guitar with a bolt on thin maple neck and a 22 fret rosewood fretboard. The guitar has a tremolo system with a whammy bar included, but keep in mind that these systems can cause tuning instability on lower end guitars. It also features a humbucker and two single coil pickups that can be selected with a 5 way switch for very versatile combinations of tones.

This kit includes the Rogue G10 solid state amplifier, which provides 10 watts of power. This amp isn’t loud enough for live performances, but it will work well for practicing. The amp has controls for volume, gain, treble, and bass, as well as a headphone output for practicing when you don’t want to disturb others.

There are also a few accessories included. There is a gig bag to protect the guitar, 3 picks, a chord to connect the guitar to the amp, and a strap for playing standing up. These accessories aren’t always the highest quality, but they’ll be alright to get you started.

Squier by Fender Affinity Tele Pack

The Telecaster is a guitar used is many genres of music, but is notably known for its twangy sound in country. The Squier Affinity Telecaster is a budget guitar built similarly to the Fender Telecaster. This guitar features a solid alder body that comes in brown sunburst or butterscotch blonde. There are two single coil pickups with a volume and tone knob. The guitar also has a bolt on maple neck with a 22 fret maple fretboard.

This starter pack includes the Fender Frontman 15G amp. This amp has normal and drive channels with controls for gain, volume, treble, middle, and bass. The amp has a headphone output for quiet practice, as well as an auxiliary input for connecting music to play along with.

The Squier Affinity Telecaster starter kit also includes a Fender gig bag, strap, guitar picks, instrument cable and instructional DVD.

Ibanez IJRG220Z Jumpstart Electric Guitar Pack

The Ibanez IJRG220Z Jumpstart Electric Guitar Pack includes a guitar with a black or silver poplar body. The guitar has a bolt on maple neck and 24 fret rosewood fretboard. It features 2 Infinity R humbucker pickups with volume and tone control. There is also a 6-point tremolo system with a whammy bar. With the two humbucker pickups, this package is going to be great for someone interested in playing metal and rock songs on guitar.

The Ibanez Jumpstart pack has a 10-watt guitar amp with headphone output, strap, accessory bag, picks, gig bag and tuner. The tuner is a great feature, since many new guitar players will struggle to tune by ear.

Fender Strat Pack Bundle

If your goal when playing guitar is to play a Stratocaster like some of the greats such as Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton, the Fender Strat Pack Bundle might be the way to go. This package features a solid body Stratocaster that comes in either black or brown sunburst. The neck is a bolt on made of maple with a 12-fret rosewood fretboard. Like most Stratocasters, there are 3 single coil pickups with a 5-way pickup selector switch. The guitar also has a tremolo system.

The amp included is a Fender Frontman 10G 10-watt solid state amp. The has a clean and overdrive channel, as well as gain, volume, treble, and bass controls. There is an auxiliary input for playing along with music and a headphone output for quiet practice.

This package also comes with a strap, gig bag, tuner, picks, cable and instructional DVD.

Epiphone Slash "AFD" Les Paul Electric Guitar Performance Package

At the higher end of the guitar starter packs there’s the Epiphone Slash "AFD" Les Paul Electric Guitar Performance Package. The guitar is an Epiphone Les Paul with a Mahogany body and flamed maple top. The neck is also made of mahogany with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard, however unlike most high-end Les Pauls, the neck is a bolt on. The guitar has a 3-way pickup switch with one volume and one tone knob.

The Epiphone package comes with a 15-watt Slash “Snakepit-15” amp. The Amp has 2 separate channels, and headphone output, and eq settings. The package also comes with a strap, picks, and an instrument cable.

Overall, guitar starter packs are a fantastic way to start learning how to play the electric guitar. There are many different packs available, and which one you choose will depend a lot on what style of music you like to play.

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