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  • What electric "hotel rig" would you get with a $200 budget??

    With my new job starting in July, I am occasionally going to be in hotels for a few days at a time..... and I really don't want to take my more valuable gear with me.

    Assuming a mere $200.00 for an electric, and a very small device to play through (with headphones)....what would you buy? I really, REALLY would like to keep it at or below $200.00

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    • #3
      I've been taking a Traveler Guitar EG-1 with me on trips for a few years now. You might be able to find one used for $275 or so, which is more than your budget, but it has built-in electronics and headphone amp and a line in for audio sources, so you won't have to buy anything else ...

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        If you have an iPad or iPhone, I'd get amplitube and an irig for $40. Then I'd watch Craigslist religiously for a couple of weeks, and see what the best guitar I could find for around $100. If you don't have some decent headphones, I'd use the balance to upgrade to some new buds or cans.

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        • #5
          You can get amplitube or jamup for ipad. personally i prefer jamup as i hate amplitube.

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          • #6
            Korg PANDORA mini, and a used Yamaha Pacifica 112j (preferably candy apple red).















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            Last edited by Floyd Rosenbomb; 06-20-2014, 10:02 PM.
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            • #7
              Used AXL or Johnson strat for under $100. I'm being serious. They are quite decent guitars.

              If you are traveling with a laptop just play through that. You could take extra speakers.
              Last edited by Virgman; 06-21-2014, 07:58 AM.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Floyd Rosenbomb View Post
                Korg PANDORA mini, and a used Yamaha Pacifica 112j (preferably candy apple red).















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                I have heard the Pacifica's are great quality for price....I am concerned by their relatively flat radius....I prefer 9.5 or even 71/4th ......

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Virgman View Post
                  Used AXL or Johnson strat for under $100. I'm being serious. They are quite decent guitars.

                  If you are traveling with a laptop just play through that. You could take extra speakers.
                  Which models?
                  Do you think Johnsons and Axl's are better quality than Samick or Jay Turser?

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                    $50 in the bar and $150 hooker?
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dr. Scottie C View Post

                      I have heard the Pacifica's are great quality for price....I am concerned by their relatively flat radius....I prefer 9.5 or even 71/4th ......
                      Edit, was going to say classic vibe squiers, but they push you budget too much.
                      Last edited by Floyd Rosenbomb; 06-21-2014, 10:29 AM.
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                      • #12
                        One thought: Are you sure you need an amp at all? I mostly play my Fernandes unplugged but then I'm primarily an acoustic guy. If it were me, I'd find a cheap electric on CraigsList or maybe in a pawn shop, say a Squier Strat or Epi LP Jr. (sorry, I don't recall what your existing gear is) and not worry about an amp.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dr. Scottie C View Post

                          Which models?
                          Do you think Johnsons and Axl's are better quality than Samick or Jay Turser?
                          Probably about the same. For your purpose they would be just fine.

                          Basically any Johnson or AXL strat as cheap as you can find it.

                          Like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Johnson-By-A...item4ad72a21e8

                          or this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/AXL-Fender-S...37442536&rt=nc

                          Used often under $100 on eBay. I've bought a few of them really cheap.

                          The pickups are just fair but plenty good enough for practicing and if it gets dropped or stolen who cares. They are actually decent. A good setup is of course necessary with any guitar.

                          I bought a used Johnson mini strat for my kid and took it on trip once. Pretty good too. I would get a regular sized one though.
                          Last edited by Virgman; 06-21-2014, 02:36 PM.
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                          • #14
                            Flying or driving? set neck guitars can be a pain at the airport.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Virgman View Post

                              Probably about the same. For your purpose they would be just fine.

                              Basically any Johnson or AXL strat as cheap as you can find it.

                              Like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Johnson-By-A...item4ad72a21e8

                              ...
                              I see that the AXL fingerboard radius is 12" like the Pac112j.
                              Besides being a guitar player,
                              I'm a big fan of the guitar.
                              I love that damn instrument.
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