It's a dry heat!
- Oct 30, 2010
- Reaction score
- GHIN 15.8
No different than golf gear - the answer is always "Of course you do!"I'm a lousy guitar player and its been a LONG time since I played at all. Gotten the itch lately and all of a sudden am pondering modern gear. My setup is a Squier strat from mid-nineties, well neglected. And as a misguided teen picked up a Fender Pro 185 also back in the mid nineties. Both still work, but jacks are shot and the amp pots need work. So, not quite, but almost junk.
At minimum, thinking a small solid state practice amp and cheap electric guitar so the kids and I have something to play around with. I would like them to have cheap gear available. But one gets to browsing, and darned if the latent interest in nice amps and guitars hasn't perked up.
I mean, I need new guitar gear, right?
For a practice amp, take a look at the Positive Grid Spark. It's a fun little amp - plenty loud enough for home and the digital modeling allows you to get a ton of different tones, everything from acoustic to full-on metal. It connects via Bluetooth to your phone or tablet, which is where you play with all the amps and effects modeling. It also gives you a metronome, access to a ton of jam tracks that play through the amp via Bluetooth, and you can also connect to Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube to play along to songs. And when you're not using it for guitar, it's a pretty cool Bluetooth speaker to play music through. Has a headphone jack for silent practice, and can also connect to your computer as a USB interface for recording. Looks like they're on sale for $254 right now at their website, they're really a lot of bang for the buck. I bought mine about a month ago and have been having a blast with it. You can also buy an external rechargeable battery pack (the kind that can power a laptop), and then you can use the amp anywhere without needing a wall plug.
As far as cheap guitars - I don't have any first-hand experience with them, but I've seen a lot of buzz about Harley Benton guitars lately. They're priced very reasonably and the reviews I've seen say the quality is really good for the price. Only downside I can see is that they're sold through thomann.de in Germany, so I don't know what the shipping time to the U.S. is like.