#1
Well basically for the last six years I’ve been playing quite seriously in genres like funk, blues, rock and jazz. For the most part of that time, I’ve been using a Fender American Deluxe Strat and an Ibanez Artcore. But lately I’ve started pushing myself to learn much more technically challenging pieces, stuff by Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai - those sorts of artists.

So far I’ve just about managed with my strat, but I have noticed when playing a mates Ibanez RG that my strat’s action is significantly higher and therefore slightly restricting me. I’ve also noticed that all of those bends take their toll on the tuning.

I could just try and make as many modifications to my strat’s setup to make it more of a metal orientated guitar (or whatever genre you’d class Gilbert, Satch, ect) but at the moment, it’s perfect for my funk band and all of the other genres I work at. So I don’t really want to change it, or my Artcore.

So UG, if I can get the funds, would it be worth me investing in something like Ibanez RG - something with a slimmer neck and locking trem? Or should I just put up with these annoyances?
#2
Having different guitars for different applications and genres is completely valid,or at least that's what I think.If you're having trouble with it on your strat then getting a guitar that's more oriented to that style makes sense.

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#3
Change. The way you cant fight a war with a pickaxe, you cant play metal with the stuff you have. I suggest an ibanez rg prestige or an esp v-series. or maybe an esp ex ltd
#4
I wouldn't have done to big changes to the strat... I hate to say it, but you might wanna check out some ibanez or esp guitars..
#5
well mate, for starters, dont make too many changes to the strat, if i were you i would look at getting an ibanez or something "more metal". secondly, you stole my pic

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#6
Get another guitar. You might want to go back and play some old stuff on your Strat. And, while a Strat CAN be used for metal, it isn't recommended unless you're in a band called Iron Maiden.
#7
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well mate, for starters, dont make too many changes to the strat, if i were you i would look at getting an ibanez or something "more metal". secondly, you stole my pic


Heh, but your hendrix has a better pose and a more psychedelic background.

Anyway, new guitar it is then. I guess I'm going to have to look for something in the mid-range. Is it just me or has the price of an RG1570 gone up by about £300? I'm sure they were about £450 last time I checked.

With a budget of about £500 tops, what do you guys think would be my best bet?

Edit - Found this RG - opinions?
Last edited by Tomaz24 at Jan 13, 2009,
#8
Quote by GS LEAD 5
Change. The way you cant fight a war with a pickaxe, you cant play metal with the stuff you have. I suggest an ibanez rg prestige or an esp v-series. or maybe an esp ex ltd


Tell that to maiden lol. You can use your fender, You can buy pickup guards that have EMGs single or humbucker coils pre assembled. http://accessories.musiciansfriend.com/navigation/emg-guitar-pickups-prewired-pickguards-electric-pickups-guitar?N=100001+345989+201536