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Old 12-12-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
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Intermediate guitar/amp

Hey guys, I'm new here so please be kind

I used to play guitar when I was younger, I played for about ~8 years but only sort of picked it up once a week (I learnt classical guitar at school) but I eventually got an electric (a shitty ibanez GIO from china) which I reallly enjoyed. However I had highschool and study and shit and I sort of gave it up as I had less time on my hands. Now I'm looking to get back into it and I need to pick up some new gear since my old stuff was given away.

I know the general advice is play on everything and see what you like best. I do agree with this 100%, but I'm more just looking at what direction I should be looking at and what gear is in my price range. My budget is about ~$1.5k AUD all up (could possibly stretch it to 2k if there is somewhat of a huge jump in gear quality or something for a few extra dollars)

I play a bit of everything, from jazz to metal to blues to rock. I probably perfer guitars that have a good metal sound though. My preference for brand is probably jackson or ESP.

So basically my question is, what are my options? I know amp is a lot more important for sound, but also I should note half the time I'm messing around on my guitar it will probably be on Amps at work (I work at a nightclub and the sound/lighting tech is a total bro) where we have concert grade gear.

So with all that in mind, what do you guys recommend? I appreciate any help or direction you guys want to point me in.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:09 PM   #2
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I have NO idea about Australian prices go (I heard they're pretty brutal...) But a Jackson X series and a Peavey 6505 would be lovely.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:16 PM   #3
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Is the whole budget for a guitar/amp/effects or is it just the guitar? If it's both, I'd look into an Ibanez S series guitar or an ltd m-mh guitar, then find an amp.

We could give you better suggestions if you could describe what you want more. Any guitar can have a 'good metal sound'. Do you want a floyd rose? Do pickups matter (active/passive, and I'm assuming you'd want humbuckers)? Any body shape, or something similar to your gio?

Since you have access to amps at work, would you just want something like a pod for your house?(hooks up to your computer, or you can just use headphones)
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:31 PM   #4
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Thanks for the fast responces guys. In terms of pickup arrangements, I'm not too fussed but if possible I would like a H/S/S since that's kind of what I'm in to. That being said, I'm completely fine with 2 humbuckers aswell.

And yes, Ideally my budget is for guitar/amp aswell. But like I said, if I have to skimp I would rather skimp on the amp since I'll only be playing it at home not at work (I hang out after work for about 3-4 hours every night with my friends anyway)
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:14 PM   #5
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Consider these quality instruments:

Fret-King Super Hybrid: a HSH guitar that, unusually, does not have a tremolo.

Godin Velocity or Progression Boutique: both are HSS, but the Velocity is the higher-end guitar. It was discontinued in 2011, but new ones are still available, and pristine used ones can be had for $450 USD.

Godin Freeway: HSH with trem

Fernandes Ravelle, Dragonfly or Revolver: all HH guitars with slightly different features, aesthetics and ergonomics. Available with a sustainer.

DBZ: most of their line is HH, and Dean Z likes to design guitars with the shredder in mind.

Malden Bad Karma: a HH LP-style guitar with (as I recall) independently splittable coils.

Reverend Double Agent: bridge HB and a P90 in the neck, korina body

Reverend Reeves Gabrels Sig II: korina body, 2 Railhammer Chisel pickups
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:17 PM   #6
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On the amp front, if you must skimp, skimp on power, not quality.

Given you want to play metal, rock, my first instinct would be a small Orange combo.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:12 AM   #7
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Hey guys, been doing a bit of a look around at a few local stores and I'm thinking about getting a Peavey Vypyr and an ESP ltd M-300FM (love the feel of it). Anything inherently wrong with this set up? my only other question is, what size amp should I get? 30 or 75?
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Old 12-13-2012, 11:00 AM   #8
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30w should cover everything from bedroom to small gigs with no problems.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:17 AM   #9
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Hey guys, small update since I didn't want to make another thread about this topic. I've already bought the vypyr 30w which I LOVE (thanks for the recommendation) and I'm just messing around on it with my brothers' GIO. I still havn't gotten a guitar yet as I was looking at the M-300FM which was very appealing but I'm starting to think maybe I should invest a little more $$ in and get something that will last me longer in the long run. I'm thinking about possibly trying to pick up an ESP Eclipse 2 2nd hand (there are a few in my area) which will cost me ~$1400 (the M-300FM is ~$900 in my area new). Do you think this would be smarter in the long run? Or am I looking at things out of my league? To be honest I would rather just get one GOOD guitar and spend the next few years upgrading my amps, ect.

please offer some insight! much appriciated
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:54 AM   #10
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Go for the used ESP over the LTD. Definitely.
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