ker1227 wrote:being the broke college student that i am, names like fender and gibson are a little out of my price range. i was curious though, if i bought a Squire tele, is it gonna have the "tele" sound??
I feel your pain, I was there about 6 years ago. How much are you thinking of spending? And do you have an amp to play through? If not, I would'nt bother buying an electric until you have an amp.
My advice: if you're thinking about spending $300 for a Squire, how long will it take you to save up another $300? If that amount of time is do-able (and you are a good saver and won't spend that $300 on something else), then save and get yourself a decent Tele or Gibson for around $600-$700. It'll be worth it, and you'll be able to play it forever, rather than spending money now to get the Squire, then spending more money later to replace it.
There's no shame in starting out, though. Know that. The important thing is that you have the motivation to do it, so if it's going to take longer than you want to save up $600 or so, then yeah, go get that Squire and start playing!
They're not great guitars, per se, but they get the job done, especially when you're just starting out. Hell, my first guitar was an Ibanez I bought for $75 off a co-worker of my brother, and that did me fine for 2 years until I was ready to invest "seriously" in another guitar. It was perfect because I didn't want to blow a lot of money if I wasn't going to be playing for the rest of my life. I bought the Ibanez to "test" myself and get myself going, and once I knew I was hooked, then it was time to upgrade. Hey, you gotta start somewhere, right?
My recomendation for an amp would be a Fender Hot Rod Delux for around $400-$500. You won't have to buy another for a while
ps - Squire is made by Fender, so you're getting solid stuff. It's kinda like how Nissan makes both the Infiniti line of cars and the Nissan Maxima line of cars. The Infiniti is the better & higher performance of the two, but the Maxima gets you around just as good, you know? You still get from point A to point B, just not as comfy or luxuriously. So yeah, if you buy a Squire, it's still gonna have that "tele" sound, it just won't be the Infiniti sound.
Hope that helps.