#1
Hey guys. So I'm not really in the market for a new guitar at this moment, but I want some ideas for about a year down the road. I have a MIM Strat for bluesy stuff and classic rock, an ESP/LTD EC-500 w/ EMGs for metal and hard rock, and a Seagull Acoustic-Electric for all my acoustic needs.

Now I basically want a good "everything" guitar, which can handle metal, blues, and everything I want to play. I'd imagine my budget would be about $600. What do you guys think would be a good, versatile guitar for me?
#3
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used or new?

Doesn't really matter. All that matters is that it isn't much over $600
#4
Godin Freeway Classic, Freeway Floyd if you need a double locking trem.
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#5
prs se maybe?
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#6
maybe a les paul. or a HSS strat or a tele HH custom. your gonna want some humbuckers in it i think to get that high output sound, and you can coil tap(with modification) to get that thin blues sound if you want.
#7
my LTD Mh250 works quite nicely for most genres
the coil tap gives it a nice array of sound
#8
The Godin seems pretty sweet. Would it stay in tune well with the tremolo though?
#9
PRS? maybe a epi SG?
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#10
one of the higher end Epiphone Les Paul, maybe even one of the Ultra's if you can find one
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one of the higher end Epiphone Les Paul, maybe even one of the Ultra's if you can find one

+1. Ultra II's all the way!
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#12
i think u need a good everyting amp not guitar. ur two guitars should do everything u need what amp do you have now?
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#13
Are the higher end epiphones really as good as other guitars in that price range?
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Are the higher end epiphones really as good as other guitars in that price range?

heck yes,

I was gonna recommend a Strat, seems like you should just buy some pedals/or a all genre amp,even pickups...strat are supposed to be super versatile
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#15
Yeah, the strat is really nice for almost all genres. I just feel like I need a fourth guitar that's all around good.

I like that the Epi SG Prophecy has 24 frets, too. What do you think of the Prophecy? Can it work for lighter stuff?
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The Godin seems pretty sweet. Would it stay in tune well with the tremolo though?



Yes, it does stay in tune very well. I use my tremolo a lot for "diving" into notes and stuff, and I have to tune my guitar hardly 2 times a month.
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Are the higher end epiphones really as good as other guitars in that price range?

Depends.
The older Elitist models? - Yes.
The current LP Customs? - No, those are blatant ripoffs that are not better than the cheaper Standard LPs and I consider even those overpriced, seeing as the pickups are somewhere between bad and horrible and Epiphone's quality control being iffy. Ibanez, Vintage, Yamaha and many many others make better LP shaped guitars for the same money.


Anyway, I don't see the point in buying yet another intermediate guitar. I don't see how it will improve your tone in any way.

How about this: Save up some money, then sell one of your current electric guitars or both and get yourself a Fender MIA HSS Strat. Eventually you will have to replace the bridge humbucker because not everyone is into the stock Fender humbuckers, but otherwise it's a great guitar that will cover pretty much every genre. That seems like a far better option to me in the long run.

EDIT: You might even be able to get a used Fender MIA for under 600$, so you'd have a great guitar and wouldn't need to sell one of your other guitars.
Last edited by TheQuailman at Dec 21, 2008,
#18
Whoaa, an American Fat Strat for $600? That seems all most too good to be true, even for used. But anyways, I definately could do that and sell my current strat, since I don't see the point in having a MIM Strat and a MIA Strat =P.
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Depends.
The older Elitist models? - Yes.
The current LP Customs? - No, those are blatant ripoffs that are not better than the cheaper Standard LPs and I consider even those overpriced, seeing as the pickups are somewhere between bad and horrible and Epiphone's quality control being iffy. Ibanez, Vintage, Yamaha and many many others make better LP shaped guitars for the same money.


How current is "current"?
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How current is "current"?

The Chinese ones. I don't know when exactly the production was moved there from Korea, but it was not too long ago.
LP Customs have always been a little overpriced imo because they've never been any better than Standards. But the Korean ones were really nice at least and therefore still worth the money, while the Chinese ones aren't.
There are some exceptions though. I have encountered one or two Chinese Epis that were good. Still, I have an old Korean Goldtop (from '02) that just blows all the Chinese ones I have played out of the water.
Generally, Epiphones quality seems inconsistent to me now, that's why I'd never buy one without trying it first.
I have seen many guitars with poorly dressed frets, f*cked up electronics and there was even one where the different parts of the body weren't properly matched. One half was thicker than the other. I mean seriously, wtf?


Maybe someone else here knows when exactly the production was moved. Help, anyone?
#21
quailman, i think they moved the production in 04 -05
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