I know that there are some players here, I'm seeking some advice on good/better/best selections.
Back in my teen years, a looooong time ago, I got reasonably good with lots of practice and lessons at a music store by a fellow who'd been playing for years in a working band.
At the time my parents bought me a Japanese Les Paul copy branded Raven and a little practice amp from a pawn shop. It's exactly the same as this one
, but with a different branding.
It was stored in their unfinished basement for, oh, about 25 years. Not a good when I finally retrieved recently. Rust everywhere that's metal.
Anyway, I want to take it up again. Even if it was a good idea to have it restored (is it?) it's quite heavy and I've always want a Strat style gee-tar. I gots to play da blues.
Budget is an issue and I'd like to keep a instrument and amp around $250 to $300, maybe $350 but that's it.
I've been considering a Squire Affinity or Classic Vibe 50s. Alternatively, is a Yamaha Pacifica 112V a good choice, and if I were to find a good one used, what would be a fair price?
Any other suggestions? Based on your experience, which models should I avoid?
Thanks for your input.