#1
Well, it seems that my parents are interested in buying me a new guitar and amp as a graduation present this spring.
However, I'm just not quite sure what to look for.
I'm basically just trying to make a checklist of gear to try out before I make any decisions, so that I don't miss out on something great.

The style I usually play is something along the lines of Radiohead / Modest Mouse / Brand New, however I also enjoy some heavier stuff, and would like to be able to get an ok metal tone (not a major priority) when jamming with some friends.

My budget for a guitar and amp is $1500 EACH, although I may be able to push $2000.
Also, I plan on gigging in the near future, so keep that in mind with the amp recs.
Thanks in advance for any help


EDIT-I forgot, the guitar also needs to come in a left handed model.

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Last edited by OceanofNoise at Nov 29, 2008,
#2
Amps:
Peavey classic 30 w/ a Metal Muff
ENGL Screamer 50
ENGL Thunder
Bugera 333XL

Guitars:
Schecter c-1 hellraiser fr
Ibanez rg350dx
Jackson DK2M,DKMG
#3
+1 on the Peavey Classic 30.

I played a Fender Highway 1 Strat for an hour today, and it outplayed most other strats I've ever tried, whether vintage, low-end, high-end, custom... etc. And it was NOT expensive. If you can find one with a humbucker in the bridge-- and get used to the instrument-- you'll be able to use it for just about any style you could think of. If you want a Radiohead sound, a Strat will help you out.

With the budget left over you could get some great pedals. I'd recommend a Tubescreamer, a Boss DD-6 delay, and a reliable chorus and/or flange (Ibanez, Boss, Electro-Harmonix, whatever you like).

Another great guitar option is a Godin. A new lower-end Godin will not be expensive and will be a world-class professional guitar that will sound good in many situations, jazz, rock, metal, funk, anything.
#4
Thanks for the suggestions so far
I already own a mexican strat with a stacked single coil in the bridge, and I find it does do radiohead well, and most indie / alternative, but I'm looking for something a bit different I guess.

And I will try the classic 30 out, I've heard good things about them for a while, although I can't help but think that with $1500 for an amp I can't get something better.

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#5
He's got 1500 and you guys are recommending a Classic 30 and a metal muff?
Seriously?
TS do you think if you could spend 2k on an amp and 1k on a guitar?
That will get you better tone.

If not-
I would recommend a Mesa Mark IV combo, perhaps an Orange Rocker 30 combo, I would also recommend a Peavey XXX or a Mesa Stiletto.
#6
That is probably a possibility. The Rocker 30 is already on my list to try, and I will definitely see if i can get my hands on a few mesas to test.

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Quote by Highwaytohell
He's got 1500 and you guys are recommending a Classic 30 and a metal muff?
Seriously?
TS do you think if you could spend 2k on an amp and 1k on a guitar?
That will get you better tone.


If not-
I would recommend a Mesa Mark IV combo, perhaps an Orange Rocker 30 combo, I would also recommend a Peavey XXX or a Mesa Stiletto.


This man speaks truth. Heck a $500 guitar, through a $2500 amp is probably an even better idea... sure you won't end up with a signature series guitar, but the better the amp better your tone will be.
Quote by sargasm
There are no genres in metal that end with "core."
#9
Yeah, I'm not against doing that at all.
I know how much a good amp can improve your tone, so I'll be looking at a lot of guitars and amps and just doing whatever fits best.
As long as its not much over $3000 in total anything should be doable.

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