#1
Which brand of electric guitar is the best for playing metal music (In your opinion) and why?
#2
There is no "best": it varies from player to player...and for some players, it may vary song to song.

When I play harder genres of music, I tend to reach for my Dean, Fernandes, Malden, or Electra guitars first.
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#4
Besides those I mentioned, Ibanez, ESP, LTD, BC Rich, Shecter are all major players in the global market for "metal" guitars. PRS, Agile, DBZ and Minarik also show up with some frequency.
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#5
How about Jackson, Dean, Epiphone? In your opinion are Gibson guitars good for metal (like Gibson SGM 2014, Gibson SG '50s Tribute and Gibson SG'70s Tribute)?
#7
It honestly depends on what metal. For some Iommi, an SG would be the obvious choice. For some Metallica, an ESP would suit best, etc.
#8
I like Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Slipknot, Metallica, Asking Alexandria, Black Label Society, Ozzy Osburne, Foo Fighters, Judas Priest, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Ram Jam, Chuck Berry, Eddie Van Halen, Elvis Presley, Behemoth, Disturbed, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Sex Pistols, Lenny Kravitz, Guns N' Roses, Arch Enemy, etc. Actually, I need guitar that I can play everything on it, from Rock 'n' Roll to Heavy Metal.
#9
So you're looking to buy a guitar? What's your budget? New/used? Which country do you live in?
#10
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I like Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Slipknot, Metallica, Asking Alexandria, Black Label Society, Ozzy Osburne, Foo Fighters, Judas Priest, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Ram Jam, Chuck Berry, Eddie Van Halen, Elvis Presley, Behemoth, Disturbed, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Sex Pistols, Lenny Kravitz, Guns N' Roses, Arch Enemy, etc. Actually, I need guitar that I can play everything on it, from Rock 'n' Roll to Heavy Metal.


The only thing that will get you all of those tones would be a line6 variax and a decent modelling amp; there is so much variety there, even within some of the artists, that no one set of a traditional amp and guitar is going to cover all those bases.

Decide which one you want to do most; the one that you really don't want to skip out on, then you might be able to get some useful answers.
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#12
OK im new here. But I would say worry about the action and neck and trem (or hard tail) you want first. You can always change pickups latter. Get what feels right to you first. After that you can get whatever metal sound from different pickups and amps and pedals and whatever. And these days if your just starting (depending on what type of metal your talking about) you have to consider 7 strings even. Ill never go 7, but if I was a young one now I would consider it maybe.
#13
I would recommend a PRS. I got a Tremonti SE Custom recently and it is incredibly versatile. It can play fast solos, fat heavy rhythms and some really nice cleans.

Generally though, there isn't a best brand. Its down to personal preference. My Epi LP has been fine for metal all the years I've had it.

Are you finding out so you can buy one or just asking in general?
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#14
PRS and ESP are good for metal but the best is Daisy Rock, hands down.
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I would recommend a PRS. I got a Tremonti SE Custom recently and it is incredibly versatile.

I agree.

A PRS SE Mark Tremonti, SE 245 or SE Custom 24 would be great options. Extremely versatile guitars, high quality, well built and reliable.
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#17
Man you can use any "style" for metal.

Les Paul - Zakk Wylde
SG - Iommi
Strat - Maiden like.
Tele - Jim Root
PRS - alot of new metal and Tremonti fans.

They all work equally well. Just pick em all up until you find the one you like the feel of and get it setup for teh metal.
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#18
Yeah, there simply is no "brand" for metal. Almost every brand has guitars that are highly usable, and nearly every top brand has been used by artists in creating the music you hear.

It gets worse; often what you hear on a recording has little or nothing to do with what a band is using onstage. This is particularly true where band members are endorsing products and being paid serious bucks to do so. I've seen players show up with 50 different guitars, I've seen them show up with a Variax, and I've seen them show up with their favorite old beat up whatever in the studio, then go out and do the whole flash and dazzle thing. Often it's just stage decoration and eye candy. Ultimately, it's all a way to influence your buying decision.
#19
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PRS - alot of new metal and Tremonti fans.

Better tell that to the guitar players of Between The Buried And Me, Opeth, Cradle Of Filth, Orphaned Land, Karnivool, Funeral For A Friend, The Black Dahlia Murder, Anthrax, Periphery... Just to name a few off the top of my head.

To label PRS guitars as "nu metal/Tremonti fans" guitars is an extremely poor and narrow choice of words. They're used by guitar players of many different genres precisely because they're extremely versatile (and high quality).
You should've just stuck to an example of one particular artist like you did for the rest of your list.
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#20
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Better tell that to the guitar players of Between The Buried And Me, Opeth, Cradle Of Filth, Orphaned Land, Karnivool, Funeral For A Friend, The Black Dahlia Murder, Anthrax, Periphery... Just to name a few off the top of my head.

To label PRS guitars as "nu metal/Tremonti fans" guitars is an extremely poor and narrow choice of words. They're used by guitar players of many different genres precisely because they're extremely versatile (and high quality).
You should've just stuck to an example of one particular artist like you did for the rest of your list.



Not really. It has been very popular with new metal bands. Especially the PRS/Mesa Recto combo alot of them seem to use.

They are a lot more versatile than what most people think though. It's just that 9 out of 10 times the PRS is used for the brootz just like the dual rec. Even though both are more versatile than people realize.

so I recommend you get over my "poor narrow choice of words" cause I'm sticking to it. BTW I think all the bands you mentioned other than Opeth and Anthrax are ****ing terrible.

You can name bands that use a different guitar.
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#21
Quote by cheesefries
Not really. It has been very popular with new metal bands. Especially the PRS/Mesa Recto combo alot of them seem to use.

Yes, but not limited to that.

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They are a lot more versatile than what most people think though. It's just that 9 out of 10 times the PRS is used for the brootz just like the dual rec. Even though both are more versatile than people realize.

Nope.
PRS guitars are used by players of a multitude of musical genres. Just because you're ignorant about that fact, that doesn't make it less true.

Regarding their versatility, most people realize it. It's just you that have the impression that don't.

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BTW I think all the bands you mentioned other than Opeth and Anthrax are ****ing terrible.



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so I recommend you get over my "poor narrow choice of words" cause I'm sticking to it.

You can name bands that use a different guitar.
Heres a cookie. That took major skills bro.

Congratulations, not only you missed my point but you also stick to your ignorance. Good for you.
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#22
> TS asks about great guitars for metal
> Linkerman displays his PRS fanboyism and his butthurt

Nice.

Since TS hasn't given any specific preferences yet, I'm just going to say that he should get a Gibson Flying V/Explorer and be gone.
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#23
PRS guitars are used by players of a multitude of musical genres.


Dude, CONTEXT!

Nobody is saying PRS is limited to new/Nü metal and Tremonti, etc. cheesefries was just listing how guitars of various styles are used within metal, supporting the original and oft repeated point in this thread that any kind of guitar can be used for metal. Go back and re-read the list that lit your fuse if you think I'm lying to you.

Man you can use any "style" for metal.

Les Paul - Zakk Wylde
SG - Iommi
Strat - Maiden like.
Tele - Jim Root
PRS - alot of new metal and Tremonti fans.

They all work equally well. Just pick em all up until you find the one you like the feel of and get it setup for teh metal.


Or do you think cheesefries was also saying that the Strat can only be used to play like Iron Maiden? Or only Jim Root uses Teles?*


* PS: why him and not John 5?
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#24
Quote by dannyalcatraz
Nobody is saying PRS is limited to new/Nü metal and Tremonti, etc. cheesefries was just listing how guitars of various styles are used within metal, supporting the original and oft repeated point in this thread that any kind of guitar can be used for metal. Go back and re-read the list that lit your fuse if you think I'm lying to you.

Go back and re-read my post, where i specifically said "You should've just stuck to an example of one particular artist like you did for the rest of your list."
That was my point. I know i'm nitpicking, but why did he choose a famous player/band as an example for all the other guitars, but for PRS he chose "alot of new metal and Tremonti fans"? Why not say "Mark Tremonti" or "Alter Bridge", for example?

It's not a matter of fanboyism or anything like that, i just thought it was an odd entry on that list, considering the context provided by the other 4 entries. As you said: dude, CONTEXT!
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#25
Quote by Linkerman
Go back and re-read my post, where i specifically said "You should've just stuck to an example of one particular artist like you did for the rest of your list."
That was my point. I know i'm nitpicking, but why did he choose a famous player/band as an example for all the other guitars, but for PRS he chose "alot of new metal and Tremonti fans"? Why not say "Mark Tremonti" or "Alter Bridge", for example?

It's not a matter of fanboyism or anything like that, i just thought it was an odd entry on that list, considering the context provided by the other 4 entries. As you said: dude, CONTEXT!

The words you wrote here:

Quote by Linkerman
Yes, but not limited to that.


Nope.
PRS guitars are used by players of a multitude of musical genres. Just because you're ignorant about that fact, that doesn't make it less true.

Regarding their versatility, most people realize it. It's just you that have the impression that don't.





Congratulations, not only you missed my point but you also stick to your ignorance. Good for you.


Do not support your assertion that you were just being nitpicky.

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#26
Quote by dannyalcatraz
The words you wrote here:

(...)

Do not support your assertion that you were just being nitpicky.


That was due to his reply to my comment. You know how things escalate quickly. It's a matter of time before someone brings up Hitler in this thread.
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#27
I've been thinking about these guitars: Jackson KVMG Pro Series King V, Ibanez Iron Label RGIX20FEQM, Gibson SG Tribute '70s, Dean ML Modifier "Graphyte", Charvel Desolation DX-1 FR, Ltd H-1001FR STBC, B.C. Rich Warlock NJ Deluxe, Schecter Damien Platinum-6 FR, Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX, DBZ Cavallo STE, PRS SE Floyd Custom 24, Kramer Nite V, Fender Blacktop Strat HH Floyd Rose, Yamaha SBG1820A, Line 6 Variax JTV 89F-US, Ernie Ball Music Man Axis. Amplifiers: Peavey 6505+ 112, Marshall DSL40C, Randall RD40C, Blackstar HT METAL 5, Ibanez Iron Label IL5. Cables: Mogami Platinum Cable, George L's .225 PREPACKAGED CABLE, Ibanez Series SCC, Analysis Plus Cable.

I want to know your opinions about this.
#28
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The only thing that will get you all of those tones would be a line6 variax and a decent modelling amp; there is so much variety there, even within some of the artists, that no one set of a traditional amp and guitar is going to cover all those bases.

Decide which one you want to do most; the one that you really don't want to skip out on, then you might be able to get some useful answers.


Just playing Devil's Advocate for the hell of it, if I had to pull all of that off with a single guitar/amp setup, I could probably get there with a Schecter Hellraiser Solo 6 (EMG 81TW/89 for true splitting) or an old LTD PB-401/PB-500 (SD P-Rails for true splitting) and a Mesa Road King or a Randall RM100.

The Randall in particular could be a great option because of the built in MIDI, all you'd have to do is throw a Line 6 POD of some sort in with it and program channel changes to effect patches. With a wise selection of modules in the RM there's really no reason why you couldn't.

Hell there's even the RM4 preamp that lets you use 4 modules instead of 3.

Could definitely be an interesting setup.


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#29
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I've been thinking about these guitars: Jackson KVMG Pro Series King V, Ibanez Iron Label RGIX20FEQM, Gibson SG Tribute '70s, Dean ML Modifier "Graphyte", Charvel Desolation DX-1 FR, Ltd H-1001FR STBC, B.C. Rich Warlock NJ Deluxe, Schecter Damien Platinum-6 FR, Epiphone Prophecy Les Paul Custom Plus EX, DBZ Cavallo STE, PRS SE Floyd Custom 24, Kramer Nite V, Fender Blacktop Strat HH Floyd Rose, Yamaha SBG1820A, Line 6 Variax JTV 89F-US, Ernie Ball Music Man Axis. Amplifiers: Peavey 6505+ 112, Marshall DSL40C, Randall RD40C, Blackstar HT METAL 5, Ibanez Iron Label IL5. Cables: Mogami Platinum Cable, George L's .225 PREPACKAGED CABLE, Ibanez Series SCC, Analysis Plus Cable.

I want to know your opinions about this.

What would you purchase from the mentioned guitars, amplifiers and cables?
#30
Nothing with a Floyd Rose if you plan on changing tunings often.

Just look at the new PRS S2 Custom 24. That will get you anywhere you need to go, possibly with a pickup swap if needed.

If that's over budget, the PRS SE Custom 24 is a great guitar as well.
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#32
It's all preference dude. Notable metal brands are Jackson (personal favorite), ESP, BC Rich, Ibanez, and Schecter. But any guitar can be made to play metal. It's all what you like. Just try out everything.
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