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Old 01-29-2013, 02:35 AM   #1
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Best electric guitar under $300

I am looking for a new electric guitar under $300. I like to play metal such as Pantera, metallica, megath etc as well as EVH, Satriani etc. I am looking at guitars with and without tremelo bar (ideally would want a FR tremelo)

So far I have found out these 2 guitars can be good candidates:

1. ESP LTD 100FM
2. Schecter Omega 6
3. Epiphone LP-100

What are your suggestions ? Thanks so much !
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Old 01-29-2013, 02:55 AM   #2
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Go used, that could double your budget
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:05 AM   #3
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which used ones are you suggesting?
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:07 AM   #4
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I'm far from a metal fan, but for 300 used, you could get an epi les paul standard instead of the lp-100 you mentionned. I believe the Schecter C-1 is also quite recommended as a metal guitar, or an LTD Viper (sg copy?), or something like that. Ibanez also has some great RG and S series guitars in the 500 bucks price range, which is what you'd be stretching to in the used market.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:05 AM   #5
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Go used at those prices, always. For around 300 you could go higher up on the LTD food chain, or grab a nice Agile used (guitar center has an AL3100 for $300 right now).

If you want a FR trem, I don't know if you can find a real one for $300. You could look at used made in japan Ibanez guitars, like the RG570. I don't know if you could get one that cheap, but maybe you stretch your budget just a bit.

Heartfield guitars are MIJ fender versions of Ibanez, with similar features and FR-style trems. I paid about $300 for a Talon 1 with upgraded Dimarzio pups and a Kahler (FR style) tremolo. Sounds really good, but I'm not a fan of floating tremolos.

You should also have some idea what kind of body style you find most comfortable, and how you want the neck to feel.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:12 AM   #6
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if you could get it to $400 (yea sorry to be that jackass ) i would look for peavey wolfgang. i have one MIA that i paid $450 for (with hardshell case), but the floyd rose model is made somewhere else. i got it for $350 this time with matching gig bag.

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Old 01-29-2013, 04:47 AM   #7
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You can do a lot with 300 bucks going used. I don't know if you would want a FR in this price point, but maybe someone else can elaborate on the pros and cons.

What I suggest you do is look through Guitar centers used section and see what catches your eye.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:58 PM   #8
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The Omen 6 is great for the value, but I agree with the others: Find something used, you'll get a much better instrument for the money. I bought my killer Solo-6 for something like $340 off of Craigslist, I'd have to spend upwards of $700 to get a similar instrument brand new.
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I had sell off most of my collection when I got married and had kids. 15yrs. Later my wife let's me indulge my habit by buying inexpesive guitars. I have about 24 guitars all under 300 bucks.

First I would recommend buying used. You wil find some great values.
My favorites are:

Agile 3100 Les Paul copy.. Over 300 new. But I got mine used for 275. Much better guitar than the Epi's in the same price range.

MusicMan Ernie Ball OLP. I got mine for just under 200 with shipping. It needed some set up, but is a very sweet playing guitar. Sounds Great

Also Samick brand guitars are very good quality for the price. Samick is the largest guitar manufacturer in the world. They make Epi, squire as well as many other brands. Their own brand is designed by Greg Bennett.

Mexican Strats can still be found under 300 but are going up.

I would avoid BC Rich Bronze series. Looks cool on the wall but not a very good guitar.

I have found the cheap Squires and Epi's to be poor quality, but if you can mod your own guitar they might fit.

Most importantly learn to play. I started my first band with a Kay from sears and a Fender Champ. Upgraded as we made money.

Everyone can't afford to buy a Vintage Les Paul and a Marshall Stack.
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Old 06-02-2014, 03:56 PM   #10
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check out a used epiphone g400 pro, they are great for the price
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Old 06-02-2014, 04:02 PM   #11
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^+1( to post #9). Definitely check out Agile. I have a very good tele copy made by AXL/Johnson called the El Dorado. In all honesty I would take it over a mim Fender Tele. Not counting resale value its just flat out a better guitar imo. And for half the price. Obviously its not a metal guitar but if you're talking best guitars under $300 in general, it definitely should be on the list.
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Old 06-02-2014, 04:59 PM   #12
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I'm a total Yamaholic, great bang for the buck. You can find awesome Yamaha's for under $300, I'd look at late 80s or early 90s.

I have a $200 Epiphone G400 that I don't care for, weak pups, really bad quality control, cheap hardware. I think the G400 Pro will be a step up and might remedy some of this stuff, but I just would not trust any Epiphone SG-clone after my experience.

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Look for a deal on a Parker PM20 or PM20-Pro. I picked up my PM20-Pro for $350 and it is an amazing guitar. The best I have ever played actually, and the Seymour Duncans make it sound like a beast.

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Old 06-03-2014, 11:55 AM   #14
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A used Godin Redline HB like one of these would probably be a great deal. They're very well made.
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I had sell off most of my collection when I got married and had kids. 15yrs. Later my wife let's me indulge my habit by buying inexpesive guitars. I have about 24 guitars all under 300 bucks.

First I would recommend buying used. You wil find some great values.
My favorites are:

Agile 3100 Les Paul copy.. Over 300 new. But I got mine used for 275. Much better guitar than the Epi's in the same price range.

MusicMan Ernie Ball OLP. I got mine for just under 200 with shipping. It needed some set up, but is a very sweet playing guitar. Sounds Great

Also Samick brand guitars are very good quality for the price. Samick is the largest guitar manufacturer in the world. They make Epi, squire as well as many other brands. Their own brand is designed by Greg Bennett.

Mexican Strats can still be found under 300 but are going up.

I would avoid BC Rich Bronze series. Looks cool on the wall but not a very good guitar.

I have found the cheap Squires and Epi's to be poor quality, but if you can mod your own guitar they might fit.

Most importantly learn to play. I started my first band with a Kay from sears and a Fender Champ. Upgraded as we made money.

Everyone can't afford to buy a Vintage Les Paul and a Marshall Stack.

I'm I the only person to see this was a Necro bump on a thread over 1 yr old?
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