#1
OK. so i plan on getting a new guitar for my birthday. ( it's in November so i got a while) but i figure i may as well start looking so i can make the right choice when the time comes.

Anyway, i'm going to have up to about $600 to spend (would prefer under 500)
I have an ibanez gio series, gsa60 to be exact, great guitar, but will want an upgrade soon. I already have the amp i want and plan on keeping for a very very long time.

Pretty much looking for a guitar that does both 80's hair metal very well and thrashy type stuff too, that's mostly what i listen to, classic rock and some southern rock too.

I would like something with a floyd rose or some kind of locking tremolo, i know they're a pain to tune, but i just generally leave my guitar's tuned to half step as that's how i like it.

One thing i've been looking at was http://www.garykramerguitar.com/CrusaderDeluxe.html
that, problem is guitar center doesn't carry it so i have no clue where i could test it out.

I"ve been looking at jackson's, esp ltd's, schecter's, ibanez rg's etc.. pretty much fast playing type guitar's, i want something easy to play and play fast. i mean i don't want it to be limited to just that, but most of the music i want to play is fast.
i would prefer new, only because i want to be able to try it out before i buy it.

i don't really have a brand preference, i like ibanez so far, but any brand works. I like the strat type body style, comfortable.

So what should i be looking for? any suggestion welcome
Last edited by camaross427 at Sep 19, 2009,
#4
I personally like using my Strat for sort of hair metalish stuff. It isn't great for thrash though... So yeah... That was pointless.

Maybe try a Jackson Dinky or Soloist or something.
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#5
one of the reason's i was looking at the kramer was because mick mars i know used something like it among a bunch of other guitarist's i like so i figure it would be good, keep the suggestion's coming!! thanks
#6
rg550 you can easily get one for under 500 there called the rg1550 or something now if im not wrong. Theres some bad ass colors that you can pick.
#7
For 80's thrash sound a guitar with the EMG 81/85 combo should do the trick for you.
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