#1
and i would like to try to keep the bill under 3500 USD, for right now i'm just researching and wanted some thoughts and suggestions

i really like the feel that ibanez has as far as neck profile goes, and pickups arent a problem cuz if i'm getting a high quality guitar the pups should be good, otherwise i can always upgrade to bare knuckles

i was kind of looking at the PRS 513, but i'm not sure what other guitars would be good to look at

i want it to be as versatile as possible, from metal to blues, to jazz to funk, to rock to ska, and if at all possible i would like the build to be all one piece, if not possible, just good build quality

thanks for the thoughts
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#2
Bare Knuckles are ****ing awesome!!!! I don't like the 513 much, but look at PRS!! The Swamp Ash Special is very versatile, as is the CU24. You'd probably like the Wide Thin neck profile. With some slightly higher output pickups I could play literally anything on my PRS with a good amp, from country twang which is almost tele like to Full on metal chug. Only problem with the SAS is that is only comes in a Wide Fat neck. I'd look at a CU24 if I were you - especially one of the 25th anniversary ones out in 2010, as they will hold their value very well and are frankly beautiful!!!
#4
ESP eclipses are nice, they have a model with seymour duncans. You still might want the bareknuckles though. It isn't one piece but then again I don't know any guitars that are, do you mean set neck/neck through?
#6
You might look at having a guitar done by someone like GMW, especially if by "all one piece" you mean a neck through design.

Another really versatile guitar is the EBMM Luke.

For PRS, look at whatever you can get your hands on. My personal favorites are the SAS, CE, EG, Custom 24, Standard 24 and McCarty. Some are discontinued.
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#7
I would say custom... or if not a good american strat is pretty much good for everything...
but any PRS is pretty sweet too
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#9
Like most people seem to be saying, if you have that kinda cash you might strongly consider custom.
If not, the 513 is an EXTREMELY versatile guitar.
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#10
well another thing i was considering for custom, is get something high build quality like a prs custom 24 or something, and, like my brother, get the variax electronics put inside, so i have a prs that i can use the magnetic pickups with, but also switch tunings and stuff with the variax part
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dude...... i think this is the most intense fret board i've ever seen....


http://www.prsguitars.com/25thdragon/index.html
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Ormsby or Vik guitars

They're both members on here and make some sweet stuff.
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#15
at that kind of money, custom is definitely an option.

if you want to stick to off-the-shelf, check out tyler, tom anderson, suhr, huber, collings, etc. etc. etc. in addition to the bigger brands like PRS. you might prefer them.
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dude...... i think this is the most intense fret board i've ever seen....


http://www.prsguitars.com/25thdragon/index.html


That fretboard is horrible
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#19
how about go for a pretty guitar made of nice wood with a nice feel to it and upgrade the pickups and hardware yourself?would definately come shy of $3500 could spend some of the rest of the money on upgrading other parts of your rig
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#20
i think a Petrucci Ball Family reserve would be a good bet, it can do pretty much every style out there mainly cos dream theater seem to incorperate every style into their music (IMO). PRS do make some quite frankly beautiful guitars that will do everything as well (and the coil tapping is very useful as well on the models that have it) something like the sunburst series perhaps, or the custom 24. you could also go custom, but i dont know much in that line bar the ESP Custom Shop.
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#21
music man John Petrucci BFR Baritone is what i would get
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peavey valveking.

1. this isn't an amp thread
2. even if it was, Peavey Valvekings are cheap and need lots of mods to make them sound roughly passable as a good amp - compared to the sort of amp you could get for $3500 its utter sh1te, so your post was not only totally irrelevant it was also stupid.
#24
As the others have mentioned, going custom is a great idea, look up Ran Guitars for custom work.

Otherwise if you are willing to get your hand dirty, getting something from Warmoth can get you a massively tricked out guitar for well under 3.5k.
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1. this isn't an amp thread
2. even if it was, Peavey Valvekings are cheap and need lots of mods to make them sound roughly passable as a good amp - compared to the sort of amp you could get for $3500 its utter sh1te, so your post was not only totally irrelevant it was also stupid.


hahahah Ok.you proved your point!

maybe Line 6 Spider 3?


I would go with a PRS or a Gibson
#27
I'd personally go with a Suhr, Anderson or Tyler.

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well another thing i was considering for custom, is get something high build quality like a prs custom 24 or something, and, like my brother, get the variax electronics put inside, so i have a prs that i can use the magnetic pickups with, but also switch tunings and stuff with the variax part


The installation would be the biggest pain in the ass ever. And paying someone would be ridiculously expensive.
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#28
I would recommend going with a couple guitars, even three, to properly hit those genres right.
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hahahah Ok.you proved your point!

maybe Line 6 Spider 3?


I would go with a PRS or a Gibson
Obvious troll.

Ignore him.

I will agree with the others and tell you to do custom. For 3 grand, I would not settle for anything less then what I exactly want.
#30
I would get a nice vintage guitar
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#31
In my opinion one guitar could be good at everything, but great at nothing... I honestly agree with acdclandon and would get somethin like a strat and an ibanez.
But if you do want only one guitar, look at musicman and the JP sigs/silhouettes, or a jem/satriani sig from ibanez... Or you could get a nice old les paul, strat or something
And definitely consider custom: Ormsby, ESP, warmoth etc
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dude...... i think this is the most intense fret board i've ever seen....


http://www.prsguitars.com/25thdragon/index.html

That is amazing !!!!!!!!!!
I would go for the 513 if your in need of alot of different sounds.
And since you think that PRS is intense then you should check my profile pic.
#33
with that much money, definitely go custom.
though i personally think ESPs are overpriced.
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#34
If you're willing to spend that much, get a Suhr or a Tom Anderson. You can choose everything you want, body wood, finish, neck, electronics, hardware, etc. Both companies make amazing guitars. I personally like the feel of the Suhr's necks better. But everybody is different. Find someplace that carries them and check them out for yourself.
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#35
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I would recommend going with a couple guitars, even three, to properly hit those genres right.


that would also be worth considering. it's definitely a judgement call; if you can get 3 good-enough guitars for $3500, and you play a wide range of stuff and need a wide range of tones, then it might be worth it. But if you don't, or think you might still have to upgrade those guitars later, then stick with one (or maybe two). as i said, judgement call.
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