#1
Hey guys.

By saving up a combination of leftover student loan, christmas and birthday money, I finally have the budget for buying a decent guitar in the range of £1000 ~ £1500.

My current guitar is an Epiphone Les Paul Silverburst. While this is a great guitar in it's range, my style has changed and my skill has improved significantly since buying it. I already have a Roland Cube 60 amp that I'm more than happy with, please don't suggest I get a new one.

I'm looking for a metal axe that I can play lead guitar on. I like a mix of melodic death metal, neoclassical instrumental stuff, viking and folk metal, that kind of thing. Currently tackling Technical Difficulties.

I have really small hands by guitarist standards, so I specifically need something with a very thin neck and easily accessible top frets. On my Les Paul I have to reach around the whole guitar body to hit anything above 15th, and I absolutely have to avoid that this time round.

In summary:
- 24 frets (jumbo or regular, I'll try both)
- Body with accessible top frets (thru neck?)
- Thin neck
- Lightweight preferably
- Available in the UK
- No tremelo required
- Humbuckery!
- Acceptable cleans

Any recommendations you gurus could make would be great. I'm in no rush so I can spend a few months visiting guitar stores and trying them out first.
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#4
Get a Jackson RR V, if they have any with cutouts, fret access wont be a problem.
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#5
Quote by Jesstaa
Get a Jackson RR V, if they have any with cutouts, fret access wont be a problem.

This is a good idea, or maybe an LTD/ESP Alexi, since they have a cut out
#6
with all of those brands your paying for the name. I reccomend any spear guitar to anyone, but with that sortta money im pretty sure you could get a custom. Ot a avantgaurde

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#8
The Malden Subhuman. Its been getting very good reviews. About the only thing it doesn't have that is on your list is 24 frets.

http://www.maldenguitars.com/subhuman.htm

If you want to save weight, swap out the pickups for some Alumitones

http://buildingtheergonomicguitar.com/2008/04/lace-alumitone-pickups.html
http://www.lacemusic.com/electric_pickups/alumitone/alumitone_specs.php

Vigier is another brand I'd check out. You'd probably prefer the guitar the Excalibur. They're built for speed- shredder Shawn Lane* favored their guitars, especially the fretless version of the Excalibur, the Surfreter (which I'm considering).

http://www.vigierguitars.com/guitares-56-0.php

Currently, I play a 25 Anniversary Time Capsule Dean Cadillac and love it, FWIW. The ones I listed above, though, are on my wish list.
http://www.deanguitars.com/home.php

* Shawn Lane is one of the fastest you'll ever see

http://www.nme.com/video/id/yXADYMCreLg/search
http://www.iguitarworld.com/2008/04/24/worlds-fastest-guitarist-videos/
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Jan 11, 2009,
#9
Thanks for all the suggestions guys!

Ghold125 - Haven't developed a wood preference yet. I'll just see which one I think sounds best when I go shopping...

telemetal - Are there any Prestige thru-neck models (RGT) in my price range? I can't seem to spot any no matter where I look. When looking around I did discover the Ibanez RGT6EXFX which looks like exactly what I need. Is there perhaps an upgraded version of this?

Jesstaa - I like the idea of a flying V, I have to say I've never actually played one. I will definitely check that Jackson out.

dannyalcatraz - Wow that Malden looks evil I'm searching around but I can't actually find any places that sell them in the UK. I'd be worried about buying from lesser known brands at this price level. Either way I'll ask to play one if I see any about, so cheers!

It's really difficult finding pictures of the of guitars that show how and where the neck joins the body!
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i take it next your going to tell me that Cb is a note too!
#10
Malden is a pretty small manufacturer based in California. Only a few other states have more than 1 dealer- most have none. I live in Texas, home of 3 of the top ten biggest cities in the USA, and we only have 1 dealer.

Norway was the only other country besides the UK and USA that has them. NORWAY? (OK, there is that whole Black metal scene they have...but NORWAY?)

http://www.maldenguitars.com/dealers.htm

There is only one place in the UK that is listed as being a Malden dealer:

Goldcrest Music
7 Goldcrest Dr.
Sundorne Grove Estate
Shrewsbury, Shropshire
SY1 4TP England
Tel: 01743 461115

I wouldn't worry about that too much though- if they're half as good as their press clips, they're definitely good enough!

Personally, I first discovered them a few years ago, when the Subhuman only cost around $800. I contacted them, telling them I wanted to get it as a baritone, but they said they didn't do custom work. I've bugged them about that every year since then, right around Christmas.

So far, I've managed to get a hat. (Woot! free stuff!)

One day, one day...

Some more about the Malden

http://www.guitarnoize.com/blog/comments/malden-subhuman/
http://www.tripatlas.com/videoplay/Udz-fuUDnj4
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Jan 11, 2009,
#11
You could easily get a High end Jackson. For £1400 you could get a Jackson Demmelition King V. "Designed for Phil Demmel of Machine Head. With EMGs, Floyd, 24 frets and more..."

Maybe also look at a Gibson '76 Explorer for £1000.
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#12
Ibanez PGM model would be something to check out, or any of the prestige models.
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