I'm getting back into playing my electric guitar. Two questions: 1) how do I tell whether it's worth throwing money at the existing guitar vs. getting a new one (details inside, I'm in Boston); and 2) what's a good effects processor these days (details also inside).
1) The guitar is a 70s/80s Carlo Robelli, which made (and I think, continues to make) knock offs for Sam Ash. It's in a Les Paul standard style, and heavy as heck--really solid. Somewhere along the line I put in a new neck humbucker and some other new hardware, but I honestly don't think it's ever been properly set up in the 15+ years I've had it.
The frets seem worn to me, and may need to be pulled, and someone put in a phase selector before I bought it that doesn't seem to work.
Let me know if I'm wrong, but I don't think this guitar has any real value, so I don't want to just throw money at it--but if fixing it up will cost $200, I'd rather pay that than shell out for a new guitar.
Bonus: Where in the Boston area can I take this guitar to get a reliable assessment? The Guitar Center seems like a terrible place to go.
2) Processor: I'd like to get a processor. Somewhere in my closet I've got a Sony GP5, which is so bad it's good--but I'd like to get something non-ironic that actually sounds decent. I'd probably get the most use out of it totally rocking out at my desk with earphones, and it would be good to have maybe a USB out so I can use it with GarageBand--but I will want to hook it up to my amp when I'm playing with friends. I'm never in a million years going to be gigging, but it might be nice to have a pedal switch.
I've been to Guitar Center to try boxes in person, but nothing ever works there; it's dreadful. I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking for. Four years ago in this thread
, people were recommending the POD line; is that still where it's at?