#1
I know this is something that probably only I can answer, but help me out.

What am I looking for in a guitar?

I want a guitar that can cover any and all styles/genres pretty easily.

Sound:

I want something that WON'T sound thin, tinny, brittle etc.
But also wont sound TOO thick or fat, etc. Something right on the line.
Not too bassy, not too trebley, something well-balanced.
Also something that will sound good through any amp (from Marshall MG to most expensive Fenders or Mesas).


Feel:

I like a thin neck, but not as thin as an Ibanez. Something more like an Epiphone, or Godin, or maybe a Fender. As long as these necks arent V-shaped, or something odd like that.

I like a low action, but not like for shredding. I like a low-action for easier chord work, both open and barred, (I'm a rythm player).

I also have a harder than normal attack. I dont bear down on 'em, but I do hit it just a little harder than most people. Something that WON'T sound plinky, snappy, poppy etc. when I play.


Quality:

I want good quality obviously, something that will last 20 yrs at least (as long as I wipe it down occasionally, and normal maintenance, as long as I treat it okay).


Budget:

$300-$700. I know that $300 is kinda low as a starting point, but there's some good guitars for $300. But nice ones at $700.


Well, thank you for reading my wall of text. It would help me out tremendously if you could suggest some good brands and/or models to look into. This will be my next guitar and hopefully one that I will be happy with until my next bout of gear-wanty-ness. So help make sure I make a good choice so I dont get stuck with a stale guitar (Epi Casino, seems mine only sounds good for jazz, and nothing else).

Anyway, help me out?


These are some which people suggested but I have yet to try out:


Fender HH Jaguar
Fender Fat Strat (either HSS or HSH config.)
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(do they make any w/ COVERED humbuckers ?)

Epiphone SG G-400
Schecter PT Standard
PRS SE Single Cut
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#2
I would suggest either the g-400 or fat start. I think both those would work good with you. or maybe a tele with a bumbucker.
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#3
you mention godin for which i give you props.

why not take your own advice and try out a godin freeway?



and i might be a bit biased, but i have yet to hear anything bad about either a 72 thinline or deluxe telecaster.

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#4
fifer, really a tele with a BUM-bucker? (LOL, lame I know, but couldnt resist)
I couldnt find any HH tele's. They all were the split-Z type of pu.
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#5
Why not Godin? You mentioned them in your post. They're great guitars period.
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#6
Jackson maybe?
Gibson Les paul Jr.
Thinline Tele
Fat strat
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#7
Quote by neptune1988
fifer, really a tele with a BUM-bucker? (LOL, lame I know, but couldnt resist)
I couldnt find any HH tele's. They all were the split-Z type of pu.


the telecasters i recommended both have fender wide range pups. there does exist a special edition telecaster with SD pups, seen below.

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#8
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-PB500-Electric-Guitar?sku=518585

With Seymour Duncan P-Rails, for the ultimate in pickup versatility Necks aren't too thick, aren't too thin.
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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#10
man you sure are picky. i recommend the tom delonge strat if you want diversity haha...no disregard that. fat strat is your best bet here.
#12
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I just got back from doing a gig and a guitarist from another band had this guitar. Sounded pretty damn good and he played a few different styles on it (mainly based around indie/rock though, not really metal) the amp was a hiwatt solid state (not sure the exact model)
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#13
imagine the possibilities through something like a hughes and kettner triamp

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#14
I tried a few Godins through a Fender Blues Jr. and they sounded good at first but after a while, they sounded kinda muddy. Also they were hard to get a decent tone out of.
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^Pickup swap
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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#16
Quote by staticoverdub
you mention godin for which i give you props.

why not take your own advice and try out a godin freeway?


+1, godin has quite a few versatile guitars with either HSS or HSH pickups...



EDIT: i don't think any guitar is going to sound good through any amp... some will sound better than others, of course, but some guitars will just "suit" some amps, too...
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#17
How about a Michael Kelly Patriot? They're great rock guitars, very economical and very well-built.
#18
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I just got back from doing a gig and a guitarist from another band had this guitar. Sounded pretty damn good and he played a few different styles on it (mainly based around indie/rock though, not really metal) the amp was a hiwatt solid state (not sure the exact model)



+1 to this. I love my Tele. My fav guitar.
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