#1
I have been playing guitar on and off for about 2 years. For the last 6-8 months i've seriously started playing and have become much better. I currently have a squier strat. I play Metal and some ska and am looking for a better quality guitar. My limit is $500. Anyone have any ideas of a good guitar for me?
#4
HSS strat? I guess thats more aimed for the ska area. Maybe you can get a guitar for metal and keep the strat for ska?

Look into an Epiphone Les Paul Standard. Play it first. Some have quality issues. But mine is amazing and i absolutely love it.
#5
at the end of the day, its up 2 u, but i reccomend going for a higher quality second hand guitar then a cheap new one.
#6
i'll keep the strat for ska play, And diamon your saying to buy like a used version of a higher quality model?I like the schecters,Edpiphones,Fenders. According to my friend i need a EMG 81/85 if that helps
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#9
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZJzpRJ0DU4 Guy rockin a nice riff he made with that agile.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpDPxofOg50 Song the same guy wrote.

http://www.agileguitarforum.com/viewthread.php?tid=8670 Some real pics of the guitar. You can ask the guys over at that forum about the guitar.

If you can increase your budget by a little bit more these are pretty good too:
Ebony Board: http://www.rondomusic.com/septor627proebblack.html
Maple Board: http://www.rondomusic.com/product2857.html

This is a little out your budget too but its a thought: http://www.rondomusic.com/interceppro625tribalredmn.html
#10
Quote by asb9pwns
i'll keep the strat for ska play, And diamon your saying to buy like a used version of a higher quality model?I like the schecters,Edpiphones,Fenders. According to my friend i need a EMG 81/85 if that helps


EMG 81/85 will only suit metal, not ska.

The amp is going to be a big influence here, as I can't think of many amps which will cover both ska and metal. I'd say that a Tele is your best bet for a ska guitar, but as you seem to be looking for something more versatile, I suggest you look into an LP copy. Search the used market and you might be lucky and find a Japanese Tokai in your price range or something.
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#11
thank you for the videos i'll definatley put it into consideration. And Kurapica my squier puts out good quality sound for ska so i'm thinking i'll just keep it around for that. I'll keep that agile in mind,I'm also looking into schetlers and epiphones since i've heard great things about those brands. Anyone have any input on those brands at all?
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#13
Quote by Prodigy179


NP i really like the damien i'll have to look into it more. thank you very much
#14
What type of bridge do you want?
Neck joint construction?
Pickup layout?
What woods?
Any other preferences?
#15
Quote by azn_guitarist25
What type of bridge do you want?
Neck joint construction?
Pickup layout?
What woods?
Any other preferences?


See theres my problem i just know how to play guitar i don't know about the set ups and stuff. I know the wood doesn't matter, And the pickup layout i currently have a S-S-H, But idk what a good layout is for metal.
#17
Quote by asb9pwns
See theres my problem i just know how to play guitar i don't know about the set ups and stuff. I know the wood doesn't matter, And the pickup layout i currently have a S-S-H, But idk what a good layout is for metal.


Ah that's alright like SeeEmilyPlay said go to a guitar store and try out various guitars within your budget. Also have a read through these 2 posts https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showpost.php?p=5083927&postcount=4 and https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showpost.php?p=5083935&postcount=5
#18
You want H-H (or H-S-H) for metal, and if you manage to afford EMG with $500 then you are one lucky guy!

Agile guitars are amazingly cheap (compared to the UK guitar prices) and with high class components, almost doubling their price if anybody else made them.

Cort guitars are dam good and very cheap, £300-£500 could have gotten me among the greatest guitars I could have bought at that price. I then discovered used lol.
#19
Quote by Banana Wedgie
You want H-H (or H-S-H) for metal, and if you manage to afford EMG with $500 then you are one lucky guy!

Agile guitars are amazingly cheap (compared to the UK guitar prices) and with high class components, almost doubling their price if anybody else made them.

Cort guitars are dam good and very cheap, £300-£500 could have gotten me among the greatest guitars I could have bought at that price. I then discovered used lol.


Nice i'm thinking i'm just gonna research and go to my local guitar center and try things out but i'm gonna keep my eye out for a good used one