So I've been practicing the guitar for about a month and a half now, at most I'm an intermediate beginner, I can play a few riffs pretty decently and for the most part can figure out how to play something without having to read tabs or anything and given enough time (I figured out how to play a one-string rendition of the Sailor Moon theme song in about five minutes). I can't play chords to save my life, though (which, from what I've heard from all my guitar playing buddies is the easiest fucking thing ever).
But recently I discovered tapping (you know, that thing Eddie Van Halen does on Eruption) and it seemed to come to me natural (well, basically all I do are variations on one lick, but Chuck Berry made his entire career out of doing the same thing, so why can't I?). And I know I'm not just deluding myself, cause I like to visit Guitar Center and mess around with the expensive equipment, but I usually have to wait until it's empty cause I'm embarrassed to attempt playing in front of all the real guitarists, but today my newfound tapping actually received compliments from some staff. One guy said what I was playing sounded really cool and asked me how long I've been playing and he was shocked when I said about two months.
So I don't know if you're suppose to know a thing or two about instruments when you work at Guitar Center or if the staff were just a bunch of schmucks hired to keep kids from touching the $3000 Les Pauls. But I'm sure one of my good friends on DDD is bound to give me the straight dope. Is tapping really all that difficult? Am I now officially a guitarist since I got a few compliments from the Guitar Center staff? Can I start a band now?
Also, I've been thinking about getting an electric guitar. I already know what amp I'm gonna get, but I've still been trying out different instruments to see which one I like best. So far I've been pretty smitten with a semi-acoustic Ibanez that's $349 (I've set a price range at $350). But I also liked the LTDs and Deans I've tried out. Not too crazy about the Fender Strats or Squier models I've tried (I still wanna take a look at Telecaster and/or Jaguars (I think that's the Squier knock-off), though). And the Les Paul stuff (Epiphone, don't have the guts to ask the staff to take down a Gibson for me, but I assume it's the same damn thing) just doesn't do it for me (besides, everyone plays those fucking things).
What do you guys think would be the best kind of guitar for me? I eventually wanna start making music (nothing serious, just for fun, unless someone out there actually likes it). If you know me, you know I like my shoegaze and space rock, so I think I'd want whatever's good for that (the amp I want takes care of sound effects for me), and I guess one that's good for tapping since that's all I can do. Of course, I don't really know the difference between a Squier and a queer, aside from how it feels in my hand (oh, hahaha). So if someone could get me the ol' Dell customer service run-through on what I should be on the look out for, it'd be greatly appreciated.
I've been wanting to ask advice on this subject for a while, but every guitar player I come across (not including my friends, who I don't have any more) is an elitist jerk and don't seem to like it when I try to talk to them, but at least here I can be deprecated in a more comfortable environment.