Well, I need another guitar... If you care to know, I currently have a MIM Stratocaster, Vox AC15, and Boss ML-2. My Strat sounds great, but it isn't suited for Drop C or heavy distortion very well... I'd like the following qualities on such a new guitar.

Fixed Bridge - I want to be able to switch tunings without worrying about my other strings.

Active Pickups - Nice sounding stock pickups, but able to be replaced with EMG 81/85 eventually if not already on the guitar.

Body Shape - Not crazy looking... Preferably simple Strat shape.

I was looking at an RGR421EXFM, an RG3EXQM1, and an RG3EXFM1 and budget is around the range of these guitars. Anybody have any suggestions?
Last edited by mashedpotatoes at Feb 26, 2009,
Not to be picking holes in your rig, but your amp is also not suited to drop C and heavy distortion.

EMGs into a small amp like an AC15 will sound scratchy as all hell, they're the sort of pickups that need a pretty beefy amp to do them justice.