#1
Budget= $500-1000$

I play alot of different types of music but the main one is metal (please lets not genre war) ranging from August Burns Red to bands like Children of Bodom and Nevermore.

My current guitar is an epiphone les paul custom- http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Custom-Electric-Guitar?sku=518350

I've had it for two years and its falling apart already, and yes I've taken good care of it. I'm absolutely tired of it, it comes out of tune after every song, nobs are falling off, screws to my strap holders come out all the time... its JUNK..

So I'm looking for the best guitar I can get with a 500-1000 dollar budget that will play to my hearts content for metal music. Brands that I've looked into are Jackson and Ibanez, Jackson only because Alexi Laiho from COB uses them alot. I sweepz alotz.... so something with a nice action to it would be great.

Thanks.
#2
The guitar doesn't matter really. Its what you want and what you feelw hen you're playing live. If what you feel is a screeching scream from nowhere and you like the sound of single coils then go for a strat. You can swap pickups out for what you want. If you want a Jackson thats fine too. Play a lot and just pick the one you feel the most comfortable and don't worry about the specs. Worry about the playability and the comfort.
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#6
Quote by Nate45s
Yea, I've played alot of Jacksons and I love their feel over all.

You want a trem or a fixed bridge?
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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#8
Have a look at the stuff you are playing and check out their guitars the bands are playing.

if you're playing metal exclusively I would suggest looking at Jackson and LTD guitars. Alexi uses LTD and ESP from what I remember.

If you look at LTD, keep the models above the 400 series, you get better wood and hardware.

Play as many as you can, and check out secondhand, all my current guitars I have bought secondhand, just check them out before you buy.
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#9
esp ltd ec-1000.. awesome guitar, the only thing is that its a little neck heavy.
#10
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Ibanez.


though they're nice im sick of everyone saying to buy an ibanez
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#13
do you prefer thin or thick necks? if thick necks, then i say a schecter hellraiser (the fixed bridge and the trem version fit in your price range). it also depends on your amp though, cuz some pickups dont work well with solid states
EDIT: and +1 to looking for something secondhand
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#14
To the guy who asked if I wanted a tremolo or a fixed bridge, either or honestly.

I don't like very thick necks.

And I use a Crate 120Watt GLX212.
#15
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-RR3-Rhoads-Pro-Electric-Guitar?sku=512230
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-DK2-Dinky-Electric-Guitar?sku=511668
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-KE3-Kelly-Electric-Guitar?sku=511669
Those if you're thinking about a trem equipped guitar, and all of these should be able to do at least rock as well as metal, and even some blues here and there (The DK-2)

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-DKMGT-Dinky-with-EMG-Pickups?sku=512241
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-SLSMG-Electric-Guitar?sku=512234
If you want a fixed bridge, and mainly want to play metal, one of these if probably the guitar for you. If you want a warmer sound with a bit more beef, go with the SLSMG, but if you want brighter scream and crunch, go with the Dinky.

Try as many of them as you can, see what body shapes interest you more, see what pickups you prefer, etc., and make your choice

Also, if you go to musicians friend and search Jackson, narrow the search to "guitars", you can look at your specific price range ($500-750, and $750-1000). There are many more viable options in the 500-750 range
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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Last edited by Shinozoku at Nov 19, 2008,
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Quote by Nate45s
To the guy who asked if I wanted a tremolo or a fixed bridge, either or honestly.

I don't like very thick necks.

And I use a Crate 120Watt GLX212.

i say maybe look for an alexi-600 used, you could find one cheap. you should also look into getting a better amp though, with that price range you could hold back on the guitar for a bit and get an amazing amp.
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i say maybe look for an alexi-600 used, you could find one cheap. you should also look into getting a better amp though, with that price range you could hold back on the guitar for a bit and get an amazing amp.

That would be hard to do with a current guitar that's literally falling apart, as stated in the first post But I do agree, especially if you're getting active EMGs, you might wanna look into a small tube combo and an OD/Distortion/EQ later on.
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http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-DKMGT-Dinky-with-EMG-Pickups?sku=512241 I actually have given that guitar alooooot of though Shin, I like it alot and I've played it and loved it.

Then go for it, and save your remaining money for a tube amp later on
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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#20
Quote by Perturabo
Have a look at the stuff you are playing and check out their guitars the bands are playing.

if you're playing metal exclusively I would suggest looking at Jackson and LTD guitars. Alexi uses LTD and ESP from what I remember.

If you look at LTD, keep the models above the 400 series, you get better wood and hardware.

Play as many as you can, and check out secondhand, all my current guitars I have bought secondhand, just check them out before you buy.

Laiho uses his signature Alexi ESP Models, and also his Jackson Rhoads.

Lots of these suggestions would really work.

Best thing, especially for this, is to feel and try the guitars first. You might not feel comfortable with the Rhoads shape of the Jacksons and ESPs. And the necks are all different sizes, which makes a huge difference.

But definitely check out Jackson, ESP, Schecter, and Ibanez.

Secondhand is pretty good too, but once again, YOU NEED TO TRY THE GUITAR ITSELF.

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#21
Thanks for all the help guys, giving me a bigger insight into it all. As for the amp situation, I'm aiming to have the money for an amp soon after the guitar, but the guitar has to come first because the piece of crap that I have now is litterally falling to pieces..(DAMN YOU EPIPHONE)...Anyways.. Continue the postage =D
#22
Your typical metal guitars for that price r a schecter c1, jackson dinky or ibanez rg1570.

I have the ibanez, very metal indeed, but its all a matter of personal opinion. I personally prefer playing metal on my epiphone SG equiped with EMG's these days.
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#23
im tired of people saying NOT to buy ibanez...
i dont want to sound like i am just glorifying it cuz i own it, but you should get an ibanez xiphos. the f*cking neck rules, you wont need new pups, and you can use the extra money to buy an ofr, have it installed and set up with 10s

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#24
Sweeping? Metal?

I'd recommend something along the lines of a Warlock. They have the metal look and they feel great. But that's only if you're looking to save some money.
#25
Jackson RR3, SLSMG, or DK2M.

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Schecter hellraiser

+1 I want one BAD! They are great for metal with their EMG's.
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#27
the only bc riches worth sh*t are through neck...
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#28
Since you don't understand my initial post i'll just say go buy a used V or Explorer.