#1
I need a really nice guitar for under $1000
I play metal, rock, blues, grunge, and shred
My amp is some Drive model but im not quite sure what it is exactly

Edit: Narrowed it down to the EC-1000, a Schecter Synyster Custom, or a MAB1 Armor flame
Thanks for all your help
Last edited by ironmaiden_98 at Jun 30, 2009,
#2
Don't get any of those sig models. I'd say an EC-1000 with Duncans would work for you. You could do a Carvin, maybe a Warmoth. Or a used Ibanez S5470?
#4
you need a new amp, srsly

i assume your buget is around 1100 USD

btw, you need to make your mind up, or make more research, because those are very different guitars. You must fisrt think what do you need, and then wat do you like. For example, the VMNT has 24 frets and a fixed bridge, the KH has 24 frets and FR and the Epi ZW has 22 frets and fixed bridge wtf? what do you actually NEED, so we can make suggestions on that. Do you need 24 frets? do you need a trem? do you like neck through or set neck or bolt on? do you like fat Schecter necks, or thin ibanez ones? any particular shape you are into, or do you just want good playability?

And ignore the other two guys. any dude with a little experience will tell you that even if you got a f*cking USA jackson with EMG's, you'll sound just like you sound now, because of your amp. Or even worse, because EMG's+solid state=fail.

Anyway, back to your qestion, get one of these amps:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Blackstar-HT-Series-HT5H-and-HT110-Guitar-Mini-Half-Stack?sku=489746#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Laney-VC15110-15W-1x10-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=481338#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B52-60Watt-1x12-Tube-Combo?sku=480046#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-JH200-Jeff-Hanneman-Signature-Electric-Guitar?sku=542079#new
and for guitars, i'll put it in 6 categories
24 frets and FR, "normal" shapes
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Washburn-WM24V-Electric-Guitar?sku=518943#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-M200FM-Electric-Guitar?sku=516679#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-MH401-Floyd-Rose-Electric-Guitar?sku=520115#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-MH401-Floyd-Rose-Electric-Guitar?sku=520115#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B.C.-Rich-Outlaw-PX3T-Electric-Guitar?sku=512668#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-DXMG-Dinky-Electric-Guitar-with-EMG-Pickups?sku=520315#new
24 frets and FR, "extreme" shapes
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-KVX10-King-V-Electric-Guitar?sku=520324#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-WRXT-Warrior-Electric-Guitar?sku=520326
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B.C.-Rich-DLXJRVO-Deluxe-Jr.-V-Electric-Guitar?sku=517529#new
guitars with fixed bridge
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Schecter-C1-Artist-Limited-Edition-Electric-Guitar?sku=518187#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SZR520-Electric-Guitar?sku=518118#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RGR421EXFM-Electric-Guitar?sku=512459#new (this, and every non-prestige fixed bridge RG are the same, so choose the coolest looking ones, because you'll have to change pickups)
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-ARX320-Electric-Guitar?sku=518062#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B.C.-Rich-SE-Jr.-V-IT-Electric-Guitar?sku=512173#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B.C.-Rich-Mockingbird-Special-Electric-Guitar?sku=512697#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B.C.-Rich-Mockingbird-Special-X-Electric-Guitar?sku=512708#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B.C.-Rich-Assassin-FX6-Electric-Guitar?sku=512670#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-Splitail-Electric-Guitar?sku=520053#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-1980-Cadillac-Electric-Guitar?sku=511854#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-ML79-Electric-Guitar?sku=512932#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-ML-Electric-Guitar?sku=511859#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-EX401-ELECTRIC-GUITAR?sku=520112#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-EC401-Electric-Guitar?sku=580199#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-MH401NT-ELECTRIC-GUITAR?sku=520114#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-F401FM-Electric-Guitar?sku=580201#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Washburn-WV40-Electric-Guitar?sku=518927#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Washburn-WM24-Electric-Guitar?sku=518929#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Michael-Kelly-Patriot-Limited-flamed-spalted-flame-maple-top-Electric-Guitar?sku=513845#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Michael-Kelly-Patriot-Custom-Electric-Guitar?sku=512296#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Michael-Kelly-Patriot-Black-Electric-Guitar?sku=513850#new
http://www.rondomusic.com/al3100ambbird.html
http://www.rondomusic.com/al3000natspaltedthin.html
http://www.rondomusic.com/product2065.html
http://www.rondomusic.com/product2405.html

i know, they are a lot, but you should just think on what you need, and then make the list smaller and smaller. then go to a store and try the stuff you are looking for, and other things you find in there. In the end, you should be able to decide by yourself, but if after all that you can't, then come to UG, with a more especific request.

good luck finding your guitar.
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Last edited by ldnovelo at Jun 28, 2009,
#5
Quote by ldnovelo
And ignore the other two guys. any dude with a little experience will tell you that even if you got a f*cking USA jackson with EMG's, you'll sound just like you sound now, because of your amp. Or even worse, because EMG's+solid state=fail.

hey, i didn't know what amp he had. don't assume i have little to no experience. i agree that he needs a new amp b4 he gets a guitar, but i wanted to show him that there are other option out there. DBZ guitar aren't that popular, but they are amazing.

as far as a new amp. heres what i recommend. A Randall RM20 combo with a Blackface and SL+ module. or an RM50 if you can find it used.
"If A is a success in life, then A equals x + y + z. Work = x; y = play; and z = keeping your mouth shut."
--Einstein

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."
--Einstein
#6
Okay, Idnovelo. If TS is planning on gigging, a lot of places have good amps there. That's why my friend has a spider at home, with an ESP Standard Series. Because he doesn't NEED a good amp at home, he NEEDS a good guitar.
#7
Quote by mamosa
Okay, Idnovelo. If TS is planning on gigging, a lot of places have good amps there. That's why my friend has a spider at home, with an ESP Standard Series. Because he doesn't NEED a good amp at home, he NEEDS a good guitar.
great. your friend stll sounds like sh*t anyway. and most places have sh*t amps too, so dont rely on the venues.

To JKMV11: yeah, DBZ are greta guitars for what i have heard, but even the greatest of guitars will let you down on a cheap practice amp. I agree with you on DBZ, but getting a better amp is more important right now. Don't take the experience part on my post like if i had said "you're a n00b".

And TS didnt ask very well for what he was looking for. he just gave a list of guitars, instead of "hai guys i like A guitar, B guitar and C guitar, wich one do you reccomend me to get or what other stuff with similar specs should i try? i can spend up to X dollars". we couldnt help him with the poor information he gave. amost of his guitars were different too (how can you compare a fat necked, 22 fretted, fixed bridge Epi ZW, to a 24 fret, think necked Jackson dinky with Floyd Rose trem?), and he hasn't even answered to this htread again :/
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Last edited by ldnovelo at Jun 28, 2009,
#8
Quote by ldnovelo
great. your friend stll sounds like sh*t anyway. and most places have sh*t amps too, so dont rely on the venues.


Why does a bedroom player need great tone? And no, most venues don't have **** amps.
#9
a bedroom player does not need a great amp. they need a great guitar, and an amp good enough to tell them what they're playing.

but if you're going to gig, go for a new amp, maybe split half your money and go amp/guitar. go to a shop and haggle them down, if you're buying a whole set up you might be able to talk the price down. but you'll thank yourself for the amp later. it's the part thats most overlooked but maybe the most important.

EDIT: venues have great amps because thats how they make their living. they're music venues
#10
Quote by LifeIsABullet16
a bedroom player does not need a great amp. they need a great guitar, and an amp good enough to tell them what they're playing.

but if you're going to gig, go for a new amp, maybe split half your money and go amp/guitar. go to a shop and haggle them down, if you're buying a whole set up you might be able to talk the price down. but you'll thank yourself for the amp later. it's the part thats most overlooked but maybe the most important.

EDIT: venues have great amps because thats how they make their living. they're music venues



That's exactly what I'm saying! My friend gigs regularly with an ESP Viper Standard, then returns home to play on his Spider III 15W.
#11
Quote by mamosa
That's exactly what I'm saying! My friend gigs regularly with an ESP Viper Standard, then returns home to play on his Spider III 15W.


makes sense to me. i have a crappy Crate 15 watt in my bedroom, and i'm all out of a gigging amp at the moment but that'll be the next thing i buy when i can afford it

for a while i had a Peavey Wolfgang Standard through my poor little Crate. i'd take the Peavey and Crate over a crappier guitar and an amp too loud to play in my room
#13
i hated the weird in-between neck that wasn't big or small enough to feel comfortable. now i've just got the toothpick ibanez wizard neck on my RG (which i love) and my acoustics. new guitar on the way though!

which i guess is why i can argue the guitar over amp thing, even if i'm wrong. because thats exactly what i've done haha bought a guitar without a decent amp at the moment. i just don't need the decent amp, and i'd like a guitar without a trem on it

so back on topic go for the guitar if you're just playing around like i am right now. if you plan to play anywhere else i'd go amp.
#14
At the end of the day, only one thing improves your guitar playing. And that's the guitar itself. So choose guitar over amp unless you already have a good guitar and **** amp.
#15
I have a KH-602, and it's a great guitar, except for the pickups. I don't like actives / super high output pickups. The neck is also a little wide for me, as I have normal-to-small sized hands.

Instead of just picking a few guitars, think about what you want in a guitar... Something very easy to play (look at something with Jumbo or Extra Jumbo frets), do you have relatively small hands / fingers? ... look at something with a thinner neck... If you care about the acoustic qualities of the guitar (assuming you'll be using a relatively tame pickup), think about what type of wood you want your guitar made out of (just look up the wood type on wiki and you'll see if it's bright/dark).

The Jackson RR is the best feeling guitar I've ever played. Maybe look into one, or something similarly spec'd. You need to just get out there and play the guitar you're interested. You'll know which one feels the best. Sounds is more based on the pickup / amp, which are very important, as everyone's pointed out.
#16
and i'd really stay away from the signature models. you're usually paying for a guitar that looks like your favorite guitar player's, but is actually made of completely different materials. you're pretty much paying for Slash's name, or Mustaine's name, or whoever. you end up paying more for less. i think, anyway.

i'd look into a fat strat. they're pretty versatile, or a fixed bridge RG. they've both got great pickup combinations, and you could swap them out for whatever you'd like if they don't work for you
#18
Quote by LifeIsABullet16
and i'd really stay away from the signature models. you're usually paying for a guitar that looks like your favorite guitar player's, but is actually made of completely different materials. you're pretty much paying for Slash's name, or Mustaine's name, or whoever. you end up paying more for less. i think, anyway.


It depends how far away from the "top" model you go. Companies obviously provide cheaper versions of guitars, made from cheaper materials, to give people affordable options.

But, for example, The ESP KH-2 (the actual model kirk plays)...
* Bolt-On
* 25.5” Scale
* Alder Body
* Maple Neck
* Rosewood Fingerboard
* Locking Nut
* 42mm Neck Width
* Extra Thin Flat Neck Contour
* 24 XJ Frets
* Black Hardware
* Gotoh Tuners
* Floyd Rose Original Bridge
* EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
* Finish: BLK

And the LTD KH-602, made on assembly line, which is ridiculously cheaper...
* Neck-Thru-Body
* 25.5” Scale
* Alder Body
* Maple Neck
* Rosewood Fingerboard
* Locking Nut
* 42mm Neck Width
* Extra Thin U Neck Contour
* 24 XJ Frets
* Black Hardware
* ESP Tuners
* Floyd Rose 1000 Series Bridge
* EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
* Finish: BLK

The differences between these 2 models? The KH-2 has a slightly better Bridge (The KH-602 used to come with the same one as the KH-2, I believe, before this year), and the KH-602 has a neck-through construction, which most people will argue is better for tone. The other difference is that the KH-2 is built by hand at ESP's custom shop and the KH-602's are built on assembly line.

The only reason the KH-2 uses a bolt on is because Kirk went through a performance period where he was breaking guitars on stage. He'd break them at the neck, and the neck would be replace between shows.

So yeah, you can get the exact same guitar, but it's going to cost you. And you can get affordable versions with pretty much the same specs, only "downside" is they're not built in the custom shop - they're built on assembly line.

Just gotta do your research and be realistic.
Last edited by Jam3V at Jun 29, 2009,
#19
Quote by ldnovelo
you need a new amp, srsly

i assume your buget is around 1100 USD

btw, you need to make your mind up, or make more research, because those are very different guitars. You must fisrt think what do you need, and then wat do you like. For example, the VMNT has 24 frets and a fixed bridge, the KH has 24 frets and FR and the Epi ZW has 22 frets and fixed bridge wtf? what do you actually NEED, so we can make suggestions on that. Do you need 24 frets? do you need a trem? do you like neck through or set neck or bolt on? do you like fat Schecter necks, or thin ibanez ones? any particular shape you are into, or do you just want good playability?

And ignore the other two guys. any dude with a little experience will tell you that even if you got a f*cking USA jackson with EMG's, you'll sound just like you sound now, because of your amp. Or even worse, because EMG's+solid state=fail.

Anyway, back to your qestion, get one of these amps:
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Blackstar-HT-Series-HT5H-and-HT110-Guitar-Mini-Half-Stack?sku=489746#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Laney-VC15110-15W-1x10-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp?sku=481338#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B52-60Watt-1x12-Tube-Combo?sku=480046#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-JH200-Jeff-Hanneman-Signature-Electric-Guitar?sku=542079#new
and for guitars, i'll put it in 6 categories
24 frets and FR, "normal" shapes
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Washburn-WM24V-Electric-Guitar?sku=518943#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-M200FM-Electric-Guitar?sku=516679#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-MH401-Floyd-Rose-Electric-Guitar?sku=520115#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-MH401-Floyd-Rose-Electric-Guitar?sku=520115#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B.C.-Rich-Outlaw-PX3T-Electric-Guitar?sku=512668#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-DXMG-Dinky-Electric-Guitar-with-EMG-Pickups?sku=520315#new
24 frets and FR, "extreme" shapes
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-KVX10-King-V-Electric-Guitar?sku=520324#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-WRXT-Warrior-Electric-Guitar?sku=520326
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B.C.-Rich-DLXJRVO-Deluxe-Jr.-V-Electric-Guitar?sku=517529#new
guitars with fixed bridge
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Schecter-C1-Artist-Limited-Edition-Electric-Guitar?sku=518187#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-SZR520-Electric-Guitar?sku=518118#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RGR421EXFM-Electric-Guitar?sku=512459#new (this, and every non-prestige fixed bridge RG are the same, so choose the coolest looking ones, because you'll have to change pickups)
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-ARX320-Electric-Guitar?sku=518062#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B.C.-Rich-SE-Jr.-V-IT-Electric-Guitar?sku=512173#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B.C.-Rich-Mockingbird-Special-Electric-Guitar?sku=512697#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B.C.-Rich-Mockingbird-Special-X-Electric-Guitar?sku=512708#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/B.C.-Rich-Assassin-FX6-Electric-Guitar?sku=512670#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-Splitail-Electric-Guitar?sku=520053#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-1980-Cadillac-Electric-Guitar?sku=511854#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-ML79-Electric-Guitar?sku=512932#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Dean-ML-Electric-Guitar?sku=511859#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-EX401-ELECTRIC-GUITAR?sku=520112#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-EC401-Electric-Guitar?sku=580199#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-MH401NT-ELECTRIC-GUITAR?sku=520114#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-F401FM-Electric-Guitar?sku=580201#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Washburn-WV40-Electric-Guitar?sku=518927#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Washburn-WM24-Electric-Guitar?sku=518929#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Michael-Kelly-Patriot-Limited-flamed-spalted-flame-maple-top-Electric-Guitar?sku=513845#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Michael-Kelly-Patriot-Custom-Electric-Guitar?sku=512296#new
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Michael-Kelly-Patriot-Black-Electric-Guitar?sku=513850#new
http://www.rondomusic.com/al3100ambbird.html
http://www.rondomusic.com/al3000natspaltedthin.html
http://www.rondomusic.com/product2065.html
http://www.rondomusic.com/product2405.html

i know, they are a lot, but you should just think on what you need, and then make the list smaller and smaller. then go to a store and try the stuff you are looking for, and other things you find in there. In the end, you should be able to decide by yourself, but if after all that you can't, then come to UG, with a more especific request.

good luck finding your guitar.


I have seriously considered a new amp, but I also REALLY need a new guitar, because my other ones are very low quality, and i'm looking more for playability than sound (but i still want it to sound good obviously)
I just need something nice but not expensive
A main feature i'm looking for is two volume knobs, and pups
So I've narrowed it down to the EC-1000, VMNT, or an Ibanez prestige
Also i'm trying not to spend too much because i want to get new pups for my other guitar, and a new amp eventually
Thanks for all your help guys
#20
if your into V's then check out the DBZ Venom

probably the coolest V out there

http://www.dbzguitars.com/thedarkside/venom.php
DBZ Barchetta Eminent FR
DBZ Bolero ST
DBZ Imperial FM
DBZ Venom Matte Black
Dean '79 V
Dean '79 ML
Fender Princeton Chorus
Behringer V-Tone 2/12
Asterope Cables
Dunlop Cry Baby Wah
Digitech Hardware Metal Distortion
#21
Quote by shredmaster12
if your into V's then check out the DBZ Venom

probably the coolest V out there

http://www.dbzguitars.com/thedarkside/venom.php

+10000

this guitar looks amazing. and with the EMGs i'm sure its sounds amazing. it made me completely forget about the B.C. Rich Draco. once i get the money, i'm getting the USA series version.

the birds of prey are nice too. this is a really great brand; i'm glad Dean decided to come back.
"If A is a success in life, then A equals x + y + z. Work = x; y = play; and z = keeping your mouth shut."
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--Einstein
#22
I don't think that DBZ models are in stores yet but the stuff on their site (dbzguitars.com) seem really cool. I have been watching their site for a couple months and I must say I am really excited to see them in stores, hopefully soon.
#23
Quote by metal_head32
I don't think that DBZ models are in stores yet but the stuff on their site (dbzguitars.com) seem really cool. I have been watching their site for a couple months and I must say I am really excited to see them in stores, hopefully soon.

they are probably in very few stores, but they are sold on this sight:

http://www.carlinoguitars.com/index.html
"If A is a success in life, then A equals x + y + z. Work = x; y = play; and z = keeping your mouth shut."
--Einstein

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."
--Einstein
#24
i owned a drive amp it really really sucked
the eq controls did very little at all to alter the sound
GEAR
94 Fender Stratocaster Plus
02 Gibson Les Paul Special (modded)
Orange AD-30 Combo


The SG Thread pwns your thread.
#26
I heard Dean QC is bad nowadays, so try before you buy if you decide to get one of those.

I say go for the LTD EC-1000, I played one a while back in Samash, it felt better than any epi lp I have played.
Quote by Bloodavian
Its not about the Radio its about talent, the front man has a bigger vocal range than Micheal Jackson and he can sing from heavey metal to high pitched ...No.12 on the top 20 under rated guitarists of ALL TIME...etc

1-Bloodavian 0-Forkman.

^Fail^
#27
Quote by ldnovelo
great. your friend stll sounds like sh*t anyway. and most places have sh*t amps too, so dont rely on the venues.

To JKMV11: yeah, DBZ are greta guitars for what i have heard, but even the greatest of guitars will let you down on a cheap practice amp. I agree with you on DBZ, but getting a better amp is more important right now. Don't take the experience part on my post like if i had said "you're a n00b".

And TS didnt ask very well for what he was looking for. he just gave a list of guitars, instead of "hai guys i like A guitar, B guitar and C guitar, wich one do you reccomend me to get or what other stuff with similar specs should i try? i can spend up to X dollars". we couldnt help him with the poor information he gave. amost of his guitars were different too (how can you compare a fat necked, 22 fretted, fixed bridge Epi ZW, to a 24 fret, think necked Jackson dinky with Floyd Rose trem?), and he hasn't even answered to this htread again :/


Hai guys i like the ESP EC-1000, the Schecter Synyster Custom, and the Dean MAB1 Armor Flame, which one do you recommend me to get or what other stuff with similar specs should i try? i can spend up to $1000 dollars.
I really would like a Jem but they're so damn expensive
#28
Quote by ironmaiden_98
Hai guys i like the ESP EC-1000, the Schecter Synyster Custom, and the Dean MAB1 Armor Flame, which one do you recommend me to get or what other stuff with similar specs should i try? i can spend up to $1000 dollars.
I really would like a Jem but they're so damn expensive

http://www.carlinoguitars.com/index.html

look under DBZ guitars, page 2. there are some really nice guitars there in your price range. The Venom is my favorite, but the Birds of Prey are great too.
"If A is a success in life, then A equals x + y + z. Work = x; y = play; and z = keeping your mouth shut."
--Einstein

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."
--Einstein