#1
I play rhythm guitar in a thrash metal band, and I'm currently contemplating upgrading from my LTD EX-400 for several reasons:

  • The awkward and slow neck.
  • The muddy sound.
  • The general cheap quality of the axe.


My budget is up to around $1000, and so far I've been considering several guitars.

  • Used Gibson Explorer: I'd probably look for an older one, considering Gibson's recent QC issues.
  • Schecter C1 Hellraiser: The coiltapped EMGs seem interesting and versatile.
  • Jackson DKMG Dinky: I like the feeling of Jackson's necks, probably because of their 'compound-radius' design.


I'd be using this guitar live and in the studio, mainly through a Peavey Valveking 100 head.

So, what do you guys think? What are your opinions on the best rhythm guitar in the <$1000 range, and why?
#2
LTD EC-500 is a great deal and gave a great chunky rhythm when I played it.

http://www.zzounds.com/item--ESPEC500

Hellraiser V1 is great too, and really has that classic thrash look.

http://www.zzounds.com/item--SCEV1HR

If you want passives an RR3 might be good to look at too.

http://www.zzounds.com/item--JAC2913000

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#3
I'd always recommend going used, you just get alot more for your money. The Gibson Explorer is a cool guitar for your needs and not as common with metal folk these days, so that's always a bonus.
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Quote by Kurapica
I'd always recommend going used, you just get alot more for your money. The Gibson Explorer is a cool guitar for your needs and not as common with metal folk these days, so that's always a bonus.


Good Point. I got my Hellraiser used for 300 less than street price and it was in really good condition.

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#5
I'm definitely going to amp up my searching for an Explorer.

One thing I'd like to emphasize: I want this to be an upgrade from my LTD, which several suggested guitars wouldn't be.
Last edited by maxnorman at Dec 24, 2008,