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A small doubt

Which one should I spend more money ?


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Adithya

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Hey metalheads, im using esp ltd mt-130 guitar which is an absolute beginer guitar , should I buy new intermediate guitar or just upgrade the humbucker ........ Which is better?
 

Ids Schiere

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A good quality guitar has good hardware and good playability so to go from beginner to intermediate guitar it needs a little more than just an upgrade of the pickups, I personally would rather buy a new guitar than upgrade my beginner guitar 😅
 

Adin Shepherd

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Personally, I would upgrade the guitar. Throwing great pickups into an entry level guitar is like putting a Ferrari engine in an old Datsun.

As for your poll question (again personal opinion), I would spend more on the guitar, primarily because you can get some great solid state amps these days for a really good price.
 
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    I agree with the Others. You First need a guitar that feels right before thinking about upgrading the electronics. Also Tone is in the Fingers so the Instrument you Play on should be easy to play.
     
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    William Byerley

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    If you upgrade the humbucker on the beginner guitar, could you take it out again later and put it in another guitar? I'm scared to test it cause I only got 1 guitar.
     
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    Calvin Phillips

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    Just walk into the store (if you can...) and play a guitar until you find one that feels good. Price isn't an issue here if you're upgrading from beginner to first real guitar. My revenger was.only 680 when I got it. And to this day it's my go to.
     
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    Donovan Etue

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    If you upgrade the humbucker on the beginner guitar, could you take it out again later and put it in another guitar? I'm scared to test it cause I only got 1 guitar.
    Definitely! As long as you don't damage the copper wiring (which should be under some protective tape) or the wires that you solder to the volume/tone pots which isn't easy to do as long as you watch what you're doing/go into it knowing what to do. I've seen videos of Ryan Bruce from Riffs Beards and Gear install and remove 4 or 5 different pickups into 1 guitar to test out how different certain pickups can sound/affect your tone.
     
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    Ed Seith

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    As others have said, the guitar is your personal and intimate connection to the music. The amp channels it, but the connection comes between hands and strings. Ultimately, it depends on whether or not this particular guitar "feels like home" to you. If it FEELS perfect, then upgrade the pieces you don't like until it SOUNDS right to you.

    Odds are strong, though, that the entry level guitar will not FEEL like the best guitar in the world to you. I would suggest finding that guitar, and then saving up for the SGS-50, or at least a Boss Katana.
     

    William Byerley

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    Definitely! As long as you don't damage the copper wiring (which should be under some protective tape) or the wires that you solder to the volume/tone pots which isn't easy to do as long as you watch what you're doing/go into it knowing what to do. I've seen videos of Ryan Bruce from Riffs Beards and Gear install and remove 4 or 5 different pickups into 1 guitar to test out how different certain pickups can sound/affect your tone.
    I should probably practice connecting stuff first. There was some tin that came with the solder machine, I tried to mix it with copper from my speaker. The tip has tin all over it, do I need a new tip? Getting copper stuff to melt if I can find it.
     
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    I should probably practice connecting stuff first. There was some tin that came with the solder machine, I tried to mix it with copper from my speaker. The tip has tin all over it, do I need a new tip? Getting copper stuff to melt if I can find it.

    You do not want the copper to melt at all. You want the tin to melt and solidify the electrical connection between the two pieces of copper or the copper and the metal of the connector on the pot. Please read and watch videos (or watch someone do it in front of you) before you attempt to solder. It's actually not easy to learn and if you don't do it 100% right, it can really make the guitar sound terrible.

    Tin on the soldering iron is fine. Don't touch the hot part.
     

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    As you have a beginner guitar, I'd say you'd better buy a better guitar because it will feel better and you will progress faster. If you are looking for a better tone you should buy a new amp.
     

    William Byerley

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    You do not want the copper to melt at all. You want the tin to melt and solidify the electrical connection between the two pieces of copper or the copper and the metal of the connector on the pot. Please read and watch videos (or watch someone do it in front of you) before you attempt to solder. It's actually not easy to learn and if you don't do it 100% right, it can really make the guitar sound terrible.

    Tin on the soldering iron is fine. Don't touch the hot part.
    So it's ok to use Tin on Copper wires? I don't know what color the wires are inside my guitar, my speaker had bronze colored and I put Tin on it. I'll check out videos for sure, I'm not wanting to mess up my guitar anytime soon. There's like a globe of solid Tin on the tip, I did everything I wasn't suppose to do on my first attempt. :LOL:
     

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    So it's ok to use Tin on Copper wires? I don't know what color the wires are inside my guitar, my speaker had bronze colored and I put Tin on it. I'll check out videos for sure, I'm not wanting to mess up my guitar anytime soon. There's like a globe of solid Tin on the tip, I did everything I wasn't suppose to do on my first attempt. :LOL:
    Solder is always a tin-based alloy, yes - it melts quickly, cools fast, and conducts electricity.
     
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