So my cheap old guitar fizzed out the other day and i came to the conclusion that I have to buy a new one.

Guitar is my 3rd instrument and I only play it when I'm not practicing bass and drums, so I'm only looking to spend about $225 at the most.

I like to play kind of Thrash and heavy metal and I was leaning towards getting a Dean or Ibanez but I would like to have your suggestions first. (For the love of god don't suggest B.C. Rich because those guitars suck!)

Thanks in advance.
If you want a cheap Dean then get a ML, some people complain about them but my mate has one and they handle really well for a cheap guitar.
For cheap Ibanez i would suggest a GRG170DX, they look good and are pretty much suited for people who want to play an Ibanez guitar but dont have a big budget. Otherwise maybe a Jackson? they are good metal guitars aswell, or ESP

Ibanez SA260FM
Burswood Strat Copy
Marshall GV-2 Distortion
Crate FlexWave 120 Amp

i would look at an ibanez rg321 mh, you may struggle to find one new for your budget but you should find one used
try an ESP LTD M-50, they're amazing for the money and cheap too.
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try an ESP LTD M-50, they're amazing for the money and cheap too.

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did i give good advice for once?
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try an ESP LTD M-50, they're amazing for the money and cheap too.

if you live in toronto there's one on kijiji for like $175 =D
I recommend a Schecter C-1+
Abit more of course but alot better
My local shop sells them for $300
But online I think they're like $400 now.

Are you sure you just want a really cheap guitar?
What if you play it and start to like guitar and then you start to upgrade your guitar gear.
That'd be a process that costs even more money

even if it is ur third indtrument you should go for a little higher price id go for an esp or schecter
do you want a trem or a hardtail, bear in mind that any trem in your price range isn`t going to be great.
What happened to your other guitar? Just wondering. Since you said "Fizzed out" I think your pickups kicked the bucket but I could be wrong...
Always tin your strings.


Don't be afraid to be honest.
Okay. For the LOVE of GOD. Do NOT get the GRG170DX. I've got one, and that bridge will never hold a tune. That guitar was made to fall out of tune. I've played it on brand new strings and actually heard it fall out of tune while I was playing it.

For about 300 look at the Ibanez RG2EX2. Fixed bridge, the pickups are fake EMG's. They're great if you're not a play every day tone nazi. For what you need it for it'd do the job just fine.
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Great list Rutch. On re-reading this one I'd have to say Solid State means not liquid or gas.

I figured it out.
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"Fizzed out"?

For that kind of money why not just get it fixed?

Nah that guitar is cheap i got it a looooong time ago its one of those cheap fender starcasters.
Yeah but you're proposing to replace it with another cheap guitar -- which solves the problem of it having "fizzed out", but doesn't solve the problem of it being a cheap guitar. So I'm saying you could possibly achieve the same outcome more cheaply by just getting the first cheap guitar repaired rather than replacing it with a new cheap guitar.
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"Fizzed out"?

You should give to i_am_metalhead?


TS: Keep in mind that you get what you paid for. Cheap guitars usually have problems staying in tune, weak and/or crappy sounding pickups, and shoddy electronics.
Epi's and Squiers are your budget line Gibsons and Fenders respectively. You may be able to find a decent guitar at that price, but I think you should up your budget limit