Poll: Jackson vs Ibanez vs Schecter
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View poll results: Jackson vs Ibanez vs Schecter
Jackson RR3
36 26%
Ibanez Prestige RG2550Z GK
55 39%
Schecter C-1 Hellraiser
50 35%
Voters: 141.
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#1
I'm having a little trouble choosing between a Jackson RR3, an Ibanez Prestige RG2550Z GK, and a Shecter C-1 Hellraiser.

I play mostly metal(80's, to Death, Black, etc.), Hard Rock, Classic, blues, everything really. Edit:I really don't need a guitar primarily on those styles, I really just need a metal/hard rock/etc guitar. I'm playing through a POD xt live and a palomino v50 and a JSX halfstack. I'd like a guitar with some pretty hot pickups but i also want it to be smooth. Kind've a Zakk Wylde/Steve Vai hybrid sound. Edit: I'm also wanting one with a good Tremelo that'll stay in tune and won't break down on me.

I want to know your advice on the best one over all. I'll put the Specs up for each one to help decide.

Jackson:
The strikingly designed Jackson RR3 Rhoads Pro Electric Guitar is a great guitar for its price. Alder body (with flamed maple top on the transparent finishes), maple neck, compound-radius rosewood fretboard, jumbo frets, Floyd Rose-licensed double-locking tremolo, Seymour Duncan JB (bridge) and Jazz (neck) humbuckers, volume/volume/tone with 3-way switching, and black hardware.

Jackson's compound-radius fingerboard curves more dramatically at the nut for easy chording and flattens out as it approaches the neck joint for low-action bends without fretting out. With a more relaxed hand, you'll play better!

Jackson RR3 Rhoads Pro Series Electric Guitar Features:
Alder body with flamed maple top under transparent finishes
Bolt-on maple neck
Seymour Duncan JB (bridge) and Jazz (neck) pickups
Compound-radius rosewood fretboard
Sharkfin inlays
25-1/2" scale
22 jumbo frets
1-11/16" nut width
Floyd Rose-licensed double-locking tremolo
Volume, volume, tone, three-way
Black hardware

Ibanez Prestige:
This stunning RG Prestige model boasts some of Ibanez's most exciting features: A 24-fret bolt-on neck, the state-of-the-art Edge Zero bridge with ZPS3 spring system and the Toplok design which eliminates a retainer bar over the nut. High-gain DiMarzio IBZ pickups (hum/sing/hum) deliver the goods. Made in Japan by Ibanez's finest craftsmen.

Ibanez Prestige Series RG2550Z Electric Guitar Features:
24 fret bolt-on neck
Edge Zero bridge with ZPS3 spring system
Toplok
DiMarzio IBZ pickups (H/S/H)

Schecter Hellraiser:
You're sure to shake the underworld with this metal monster!

The Schecter Hellraiser C-1 FR is an electric guitar featuring an original Floyd Rose tremolo system to deliver tones that are sure to please any metal player. The C-1 guitar's mahogany body has an ultra-access cutaway that really lets you get all the way up the 3-piece mahogany neck. The rosewood fretboard has 24 extra-jumbo frets and gothic cross inlays for a dark, sinister look. Active EMG 81TW and 89 pickups deliver crushing electric guitar tone. Now you have more options than ever by activating single-coil sound from the 81TW via a push/pull tone knob.

The Original Floyd Rose tremolo bridge will keep you dive-bombing with your Schecter Hellraiser C-1 all night long. The binding has been specifically chosen to complement the finish. Schecter uses Grover tuners, and black chrome hardware to round out the Hellraiser C-1 FR's killer look. Black Cherry finish has a quilted maple top.

Schecter Hellraiser C-1 FR Electric Guitar Features:
Construction/Scale: Set-Neck with Ultra Access / 25 1/2"
Body: Mahogany (Black Cherry finish includes Quilted Maple Top)
Neck/Fingerboard: 3-Pc. Mahogany/Rosewood
Frets: 24 X-Jumbo
Inlays: Gothic Cross
EMG active 81TW/89 pickups
Push/pull knob for single coil on 81TW
Electronics: Vol/Vol/Tone/3-Way Switch
Bridge: Original Floyd Rose Tremolo System
Abalone binding on Black Cherry & White, Gray Pearl Binding on Black
Tuners: Grover
Hardware: Black
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Last edited by Ziggy936 at Feb 10, 2009,
#2
i have the rr3..you get duncan jb and jazz with it! cant go wrong with that! plus no one can beat the rhoads shape!
#3
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Quote by InvaderTSN
It's the Asian blood in his veins. It allows him to accomplish things normal people are unable to.


Puberty was very vague. I literally locked myself in a room and played guitar.
#4
I would go for the Ibanez. Jacksons have always been decent to me, and I've personnely never been a fan of Schecter.
#5
It all depends on what you want. Do you want 24 frets? Better upper fret access? No neck dive? Go for the Ibanez or the Schecter. Then do you want the darker tone of mahogany or the brighter sound of basswood? Maybe a happy medium and go with the Alder Jackson. Thick, painted neck of the Schecter or the thin one of the Ibanez?

These are all very personal choices. I personally would go with the Ibanez, but that's because I like thin necks and 24 frets. You might not.
#6
Quote by bluebadumtable
It all depends on what you want. Do you want 24 frets? Better upper fret access? No neck dive? Go for the Ibanez or the Schecter. Then do you want the darker tone of mahogany or the brighter sound of basswood? Maybe a happy medium and go with the Alder Jackson. Thick, painted neck of the Schecter or the thin one of the Ibanez?

These are all very personal choices. I personally would go with the Ibanez, but that's because I like thin necks and 24 frets. You might not.

Good call. Yeah, I would like 24 frets and good access. No, i'd like to avoid the neck dive as much as possible. I'd like the darker sound preferably. Neck size really doesn't matter to me much.
Quote by InvaderTSN
It's the Asian blood in his veins. It allows him to accomplish things normal people are unable to.


Puberty was very vague. I literally locked myself in a room and played guitar.
#7
Quote by Ziggy936
Good call. Yeah, I would like 24 frets and good access. No, i'd like to avoid the neck dive as much as possible. I'd like the darker sound preferably. Neck size really doesn't matter to me much.

Looks like the Schecter. I don't think you'll regret it, they're very good quality guitars. I just never got one because my lady hands couldn't deal with the thickness of the neck
#8
They're all very good guitars. I'd put the Ibanez above the others in overall quality, but the pickups are inferior. The trem on the Jackson isn't quite as good as the OFR or Edge Zero. The Shechter has good hardware and build quality, but many people find the necks too thick.
If you can, play all of them. That's really the only way to tell which one is best.
#9
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Quote by InvaderTSN
It's the Asian blood in his veins. It allows him to accomplish things normal people are unable to.


Puberty was very vague. I literally locked myself in a room and played guitar.
#10
Schecter. I love my Dean, but when I played a Schecter Hellraiser this past saturday, I was like O.o, then I was like , then I was like . Yeah, it's pretty good. Not the best neck I've ever played, but still, a great sounding guitar and feels pretty good to boot.
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#11
Go with the Ibanez. The Jackson while been a great guitar is nowhere near as good as the Ibanez or Schecter. And the Schecter not because of the pickups in it. EMGs aren't really that good for blues or classic. Also do I prefer the neck of the Ibanez.

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#12
i would go with the ibanez. the prestige finish is nice... that guitar feels so great. then i would say schecter. but it has a fatter neck, if that is a factor. i would stay away from the jackson... it just feels cheaper to me.
and a side note, basswood is not that bright. it has a good balance.... it is very similar to alder. and, some prestige models are mahogany
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#13
Which of these would be more reliable and easy to maintain??
Quote by InvaderTSN
It's the Asian blood in his veins. It allows him to accomplish things normal people are unable to.


Puberty was very vague. I literally locked myself in a room and played guitar.
#14
Hellraisers suck ass. I think the ibanez is the best one there but you could get a better guitar for the price. Check out a c1 classic if you want a schecter. Washburns are good for metal as well.
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Last edited by endless_fight1 at Feb 9, 2009,
#15
pretty much all easy to maintain
Ibanez XPT707 Xiphos
Schecter C-7 Loomis FR

Mesa Boogie Mark III blue dot Coliseum

Mesa Traditional 4x12 v30's x EVM 12l's


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#16
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Quote by InvaderTSN
It's the Asian blood in his veins. It allows him to accomplish things normal people are unable to.


Puberty was very vague. I literally locked myself in a room and played guitar.
#17
Quote by Ziggy936
Which of these would be more reliable and easy to maintain??


In my personal view the Ibanez.

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#18
the ibanez is superior of those, ive had the hellraiser after loads of recomendations from UG but really its just decent nothing special, its just a hellraiser recomondation bandwagoon wave going on..
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#20
Quote by LP_CL
I'd take this jackson over the RG, and its the same price:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-SLSMG-Electric-Guitar?sku=512234


Why do you suggest a fixed bridge guitar when TS wants most likely a guitar with a trem by the guitars he listed?

Also as said before EMGs aren't really good for blues and classic.

Edit: also you suggesting it simply because you hate Ibanez.

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Last edited by helsinki_vampir at Feb 10, 2009,
#22
Quote by helsinki_vampir
Why do you suggest a fixed bridge guitar when TS wants most likely a guitar with a trem by the guitars he listed?

Also as said before EMGs aren't really good for blues and classic.

Edit: also you suggesting it simply because you hate Ibanez.

1. The TS never clearly stated he absolutely wants a tremolo.
2. Pickups are the least difficult part to change, and EMG's do not sound that bad. In fact (and i prefer passive pickups over active ones), i dont think the EMG's are much worse than the IBZ pickups in the ibanez.
3. No, im not suggesting it because i hate ibanez. If i would say this just out of hate towards ibanez, i just would have suggested one of the 2 other guitars the TS suggested. I didnt. For a reason. Because i think the RG is a better guitar than the RR3 and the schecter, but the soloist kicks its ass bigtime, for the same price.

Neckthru construction, ebony fretboard, and a killer tone Ibanez can only dream of.
So yes, i personally would take the SLSMG. Take out the EMG set and sell it, and put in a '59/JB set, and it all cost you about 20$ extra (IF it will cost extra).
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#23
Get the Ibanez. The trem on that model is actually good, 24 frets, and a very fast neck. It sounds like this is more like what you're looking for.
#24
since you're playing thru a lot of different equipment at different times, playing a wide variety of music.. your best bet is to get something that is just as versatile as you are.

in this case, i'd say its the ibanez..
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#25
Does anyone who has or had these guitars give me some advice?? I just want some hands on advice from people who have owned at least two of the three of these.
Quote by InvaderTSN
It's the Asian blood in his veins. It allows him to accomplish things normal people are unable to.


Puberty was very vague. I literally locked myself in a room and played guitar.
#26
bump, need more advice. I do appreciate everyone's views though.
Quote by InvaderTSN
It's the Asian blood in his veins. It allows him to accomplish things normal people are unable to.


Puberty was very vague. I literally locked myself in a room and played guitar.
#27
You've bumped this thread 4 times in 30 hours? It's a forum, not a chat room.


Try the EG forum.
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#28
lol why do i have the feeling that the hellraiser was going to get the most vote. honestly people, really? the jackson and the ibanez are sooo much better than the hellraiser.
#29
Out of those 3 i'd go the ibanez, had to make the same decision myself a while back, their all great guitars, just depends what u like the feel of the most
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#30
i own a few schecters so i am a fan, obviously. i would probably have to say either the ibanez or the schecter though. if you want something a little more versatile go for the ibanez. if you're totally geared towards metal do yourself a favor and get the schecter. my favorite brand for metal.
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#32
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I say ibanez because imo the hellraiser isn't as versatile as it seems like you need it to be. Plus i think schecter's neck profiles are too big and i much prefer ibanez.
Well I really don't need an absolute must versatile guitar as I have two others that can cover my blues, classic rock, etc. I'm really just looking for a metal guitar that will cover all of the metal spectrum.
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Puberty was very vague. I literally locked myself in a room and played guitar.
#33
Schecter. Ive never once been disappointed w/ them
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#34
Non of the above, maybe.

The Jackson SLSMG would be a good choice or even better a Carvin TMAC6C. The Carvin is a USA custom shop and goes for $989.00 and has a 10 day no questions asked return policy.

Lots of pro players here in Vegas play Carvin. Link

Edit haven't played the ibanez, so I really can't comment on it
Last edited by Sin City Sid at Feb 11, 2009,
#35
i'd go with Schecter C-1 Hellraiser FR ..it has an original floyd rose (unlike jackson and ibanez)

jackson has licensed and ibanez has edge (if it was edge PRO, it'd be great)

EMG pickups are the best in the market at the moment and they'd suit you for alot of styles (specially metal)

Schecter care about their products alot so u'd get a great finish i guess
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#36
I still say go with the ibanez. Might sweep the pickups if you don't like the stock pickups. Also it has the best trem in my opinion. an EDGE ZERO (not edge III). Also I prefer the thin neck of the ibanez. but go with the schecter if you prefer a thicker neck.

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#37
I've played the Schecter, I own the RG2550Z. Never played the Jackson. I picked it up and it just felt and looked wrong. Schecters feel like toys compared to higher quality instruments. The Ibanez is great. I actually found it to have the best upper fret access of the 3. It has a good trem. The pickups are also good but they are only mid-output. It has the best neck of the 3. It's also the highest quality. The Ibanez is something you'll keep for the rest of your life, unless you get another RG.
If you do decide to get the RG, I would recommend that you try to get it price matched for $800
http://www.ibanezrules.com/new/rg2550z.htm
#38
Get the Ibanez and swap the PU's if necessary
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#39
Go for the Jackson, from personal experience they make some of the best metal guitars, second only to B.C. Rich...

Check out the Kramer Vanguards as well:
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