Budget: I would be willing to go up to $1400.

Fav. Artists: Kirk Hammett, Paul Gilbert, Randy Rhoads, SRV, Adam Jones, Tom Morello

Preferences: Really would prefer strat style body, but not opposed to LP/V/Explorer.

Pickups: Would prefer Passives. At least one Humbucker.

New/Used: No preference.

Location: I'm in the southern part of Illinois, USA. Closest city is Paducah, KY, then St. Louis, MO.

Current Gear: I have a Gibson Les Paul, ESP M-1, Alvarez strat H/H, Alvarez Strat S/S/S, and a Peavey ValveKing 100 Head and Peavey Windsor 4x12 cab.

Just putting this out there to see if there are any guitars I should be noticing that I haven't. I'm looking to extend my collection.
With that kind of budget, look at Carvin, US Masters, Fernandes, Reverend, Godin, G&L, DBZ, Dean Zelinsky's Private Reserve, Bowes, Rock Beach...

Also look up Jon Kammerer, a luthier in Keokuk, on Facebook (his website was killed by malware). For $1k, his standard designs are semi-customizable*, 24fret, 25.5" scale and have blind fret slots. His full customs start at $2k.

* options include pickup brands & configurations and finishes
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Ibanez VBT700
Randall Diavlo RD5H
Peavey Vypyr 112 (WGS Veteran 30)
Boss SD1
Zoom G1on

Squier Chris Aiken Precision Bass (EMG GZR)
Ampeg 108B
Ibanez RG or S prestige.
Jackson DK2FS
Fernandes FR-65

Morley pro series pedal
BBE two time Delay
Empress Nebulus
Subdecay Quantum Quasar
Solid Gold FX Nitro

Blackstar HT stage 100
Marshal 1922 2x12 (V-30, Greenback)
ESP gets my vote, a good MIA Jackson too.

Mesa Royal Atlantic
Laney LC15R
Emperor 4x12 Silver Bells
Gibson SG Standard
LTD Viper-500
Catalinbread Ottava Magus
Jim Dunlop CFH
MXR Carbon Copy
EHX Epitome
EHX Superego
Fuzz Hugger Algal Bloom
Way Huge Fat Sandwich
A Used Jackson RR1 USA Rhoads.
Jackson DK-2 [2004 MIJ] (EMG 81/SA)
Jackson RR-3 [2007 MIJ] (EMG 81/60)
Ibanez RG370DX [2009] (EMG 81/60)
Epiphone Les Paul Custom [2004] (EMG 81/85)
Ltd/Esp M-17 7-String [2013] (EMG 81-7 set)
Bugera 333XL 120watt Tube Head, Crate BV412 Cab
Get a Jackson. I got a Jackson DK2 MIJ and I ****ing love it. Great for Metal but suprisingy all around good sound. I play any genre on it.

With $1400 you could get a killer USA Jackson. I would reccomend used.
Jackson DK2
1962 Fender Esquire
PEAVEY 6505+ 112
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used guitar for $1400? *cringe*

with that budget you can go to a music store and play every single guitar there and then buy the one you like the best. definitely check out Ibanez S series and some of the HSS fender strats
It's all about feel
You already have really nice guitars - why not use the money to get a Splawn or something instead?
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Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
That's a good point... I didn't give much thought to even upgrading my amp. iI have always wanted a Mesa. Perhaps I'm looking at this all wrong.

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions everyone. This is why it's a good idea to post here!
Ibanez RG or S or ESP.

Also, thank you for listing your amp gear too. I have a Peavey VK100 sitting here without a cab and then I googled Peavey Windsor cab. Cheapest deal was £130 with shipping. Thank you so much!

[NB - I'm not looking for amazing gear anyway - just stuff that I can gig with, including pubs and huge fields at schools]


Ibanez RG2550Z/SRX430
Alesis Core 1

I'm a student. I've got no time or space for an amp!
Last edited by Woffelz at Jan 19, 2013,