Got my Dean Vendetta XM. I love it. Its works. What was a blast was plugging in and tuning and starting to play in a half hour. A total blast.
On the guitar itself. I thought electric guitars didn't make any noise at all, but this one actually has quite a bit of play in the strings even after tuning up quite a bit tighter out of the box. I guess this is something you could probably change with different strings. I have a sinking suspicion the strings are gonna slide out tune. While tuning the pegs felt a tiny bit mushy. Yet. Construction is solid. It doesn't scream 3000$, but it doesn't scream cheap either. Totally functional. The important part is that I've started and its a whole! lot of fun. Really enjoying it. Need to get a pick, but my thumb is working for now. (Told you I was a total newb)
Now if they just made PianoSmith. I don't know why they don't. EVEN! easier as most keyboards have USB/MIDI and its straight up digital. Eh, playing along with adult method piano tunes is enough already to seriously get my rocks off. Achievements for tuning? lol! awesome.
If I had bought the best right out of the shoot, what would my 2nd guitar be? Thanks for trying to catch me. Good things to keep in mind for when I get better.
Electric guitars were made to prevent the sounds from the amp vibrating the guitar body and in turn vibrating the strings even more. So they make some sound.
Tuners are usually the first thing to change out. For the price of them I wouldn't bother. Just when you put some new strings on leave a little extra. That way when you tune it up it will have more windings on the post and hold it down againts the nut better.
Definitely agree on the loose string thing. Light strings feel like rubber bands to me. Found good deals on some nines so I got a bunch. Finally tried some 10s much better feel on then especially on my 245. Now I have like 20 sets of 9s I don't even want.
If you lower the action and set the truss rod in the neck you wont have to bend them so far. Will feel a bit better after that and will make playing easier.
If you really start loving this getting a second guitar even if you already have I highcend one wont be a problem. Guitars are all so different you end up wanting more. I had one guitar and thought it was weird people bought any more than that. Now I have 4 and am thinking about a 5th. Although that has more to do with me not being able to try before I buy. That and a new job that pays twice what my old one did. Didn't pay over $350 for any of them so not too much invested so far.
The main thing is finding a neck that feels right in the hand. Pickups can change the sound easily enough. Wood does not change sound as much as people would like to think. Finding something you are comfortable with is key. I have smaller hand and surprisingly found a wide fat neck on my 245 to be my favorite neck.