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Epiphone Les Paul Melody Maker (SS) (Formerly Les Paul SL) 6 String Electric Guitar

Epiphone Les Paul SL (SS) 6 String Electric Guitar

The Epiphone Les Paul Melody Maker is the most affordable licensed Les Paul in the market, and it's doing quite well even with big changes in its setup.

The most important difference is that instead of humbuckers, this one comes equipped with single coil pickups with basic knobs that let you adjust master tone and master volume.

But what it lacks in specs, it makes up with its distinct appearance and colorful finish options.

Epiphone Les Paul Special VE (HH) 6 String Electric Guitar

Epiphone Les Paul Special VE - Vintage Cherry Sunburst

The Les Paul is easily the most iconic dual humbucker guitar, used by equally iconic artists like Les Paul himself, Neil Young, Slash, Zakk Wylde and many more. And to this day it is being cloned and copied by so many manufacturers.

Gibson's sub-brand Epiphone, is at the forefront when it comes to affordable Les Pauls, the Special VE being the best rated one among its siblings.

It features the same unmistakable single cutaway body, but using more affordable materials which include poplar for the body.

Squier Bullet Mustang (HH) 6 String Electric Guitar

Squier Bullet Mustang

The Fender Mustang was made popular by alternative rock guitarists like Kurt Cobain back in the '90s, but its origins go way back to 1964.

And now more than half a decade after it was first introduced, the Mustang design is alive and well, and is represented in the entry-level market by the Squier Bullet Mustang.

This budget friendly version of the Mustang brings with it the same offset waist, short scale neck, and double cutaway profile, but with a more streamlined approach to its electronics.

Yamaha Pacifica PAC012DLX (HSS) 6 String Electric Guitar

Yamaha Pacifica PAC012DLX

Designed in the US back in the 90's, and manufactured in Japan, the Pacifica Series is Yamaha's take on Fender's two main designs - the Telecaster and the Stratocaster.

The Yamaha Pacifica PAC012DLX is sought after because of its very accessible price tag, especially when considering that it sports a Superstrat HSS configuration, along with Yamaha's brand of student friendly playability and quality.

Electro-Voice ZLX-15P 15" Powered PA Speaker - 1000W (Discontinued)

Electro-Voice ZLX-15P Powered PA Speaker - 1000W

The Electro-Voice ZLX-15P gives you quality sound reinforcement with more oomph at a reasonable price point.

Its 15" woofer is paired with a 1.5" high frequency titanium compression driver and 500 Watt (Continuous RMS) Bi-amplifier.

Combining all this together makes for a bulky and heavy speaker at 38 lbs, but it is an expected inconvenience that many DJs and electronic musicians are willing to accept.

JBL Professional PRX815W Powered PA Speaker 15" - 1500W

JBL Professional PRX815W Powered PA Speaker 15" - 1500W

JBL is easily one of the most popular brands when it comes to sound reinforcement, and the PRX815W is a good example of why people love the brand.

This powered speaker packs a lot of features for the price, starting with its 15" woofer and 1500W amp, down to its modern features which include Wi-Fi compatibility.

Speaking of Wi-Fi, this feature lets you conveniently control the speaker's settings via a dedicated app.

JBL Professional SRX815P 15" 2000W Powered PA Speaker

JBL SRX815P 15" 2000W Powered PA Speaker

The SRX815P is a showcase of JBL's brand of reliability and sound quality.

This one is packed with big HF/LF drivers, with a 15" woofer and a 3" tweeter, and is meant to fill up big spaces with its 2000W power rating.

For improved protection of its components, JBL opted for a plywood enclosure.

QSC KW152 15" 1000W 2-Way Powered PA Speaker

QSC KW152 15" 1000W 2-Way Powered PA Speaker

The QSC KW152 carries over many of the features found in their popular K series speakers, the main difference being the use of birch plywood for the enclosure.

Another important distinction is its 15" woofer, that allows this speaker to project better and sound fuller.

And with its 1000W Continuous RMS power rating, this speaker has more than enough juice for big venue and outdoor use.

Roland Blues Cube Hot 30W Solid State Amplifier BC-HOT-VB

Roland Blues Cube Hot

The Roland Blues Cube Hot is an interesting solid state amp that strays from the usual digital amp with multiple amp models built-in, rather it focuses all its DSP (digital sound processing) on tube-like vintage-tweed era tones.

The result is a reliable solid state amp with tube-like tones and nuances that impresses experienced players.

This design lets you enjoy classic tones without the fragility and maintenance requirements of real tube amps.

Roland Cube Street Battery Powered Guitar Combo Amplifier 5W

Roland Cube Street Battery Powered Guitar Combo Amplifier 5W

Roland amps are well known for their good balance of quality, feature set and price.

The Cube Street is an excellent example, an affordable and portable amplifier sporting two channels for mic/line and guitar.

The guitar section comes complete with basic EQ, 6 built-in effects, and 8 amp models, more than enough for to play with for a long time.

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