#1
So I'm looking to get a new guitar for christmas, but my parents aren't going to spend that much on one. I already have a shitty beginner one that I've had for 3 years, and I'm looking to get at least one step above it. I'm wanting a good sounding Ibanez guitar for intermediate players, but it has to be less than like $500(or barely over). Any suggestions?

Or, if that won't work, any other brands you guys suggest?
#2
RGs are great guitars. Ibanez makes both hard tail and trem versions, so just take your pick. As long as your in either the standard or tremolo series, they should all be around $400.
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#4
I'm a pretty big noob to guitar terminology, but what is hard-tail? And tremelo just means with the tremelo on the guitar right?
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I'm a pretty big noob to guitar terminology, but what is hard-tail? And tremelo just means with the tremelo on the guitar right?

a hard tail is where the bridge is solid like the tune o matic on gibsons, and a tremelo is where there is a tremelo or a floyd rose bridge.
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a hard tail is where the bridge is solid like the tune o matic on gibsons, and a tremelo is where there is a tremelo or a floyd rose bridge.

Yeah but how different do they sound?
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Yeah but how different do they sound?


well if you want to do like dive bombs and stuff like that your gonna need a tremolo. the hard tail would probably have a little better sustain. its difficult to change tunings with tremolo's---unless its a strat style, floyd rose styles can be difficult.
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Yeah but how different do they sound?

they sound about the same, the sound is mostly dependent on the pickups and the componets of the circuit, but from what i've heard is hard tails are better if you are going to do bending as you force the tremelo to move and change the height of the strings, and the strings can detune whilst playing the strings can detune
#11
I say go for the hard tail ibanez rg series. Tuning a floyd rose is a pain in the ass, and if you dont know much about guitars, that even worse.
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#12
Sound/Tone wise a new guitar isn't going to make much difference. What you need to improve the tone is a new amp. I understand that you want a new guitar and that the one you have is a starter guitar but don't expect it to sound amazing through your amp (which I'm guessing is a Solid State amp).

By the way an Ibanez would be great for you and I'd rekomend a hardtail (no whammy bar).
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You will need to replace a 9v battery like once every year, but this is the best guitar in your price range


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Actives are not the Be all and end all. I found that out by myself but they are good for metal.

But if the TS has a Solid State amp they will just produce pure fuzz.

TS what amp do you have?
#15
Go to a guitar store and try out a bunch of guitars within your price range, I mean I could ask you a few questions but it would seem like a worthless exercise (no offence just lack of guitar knowledge will make you confused)