I will be using this guitar to play in D. I need one that DOES NOT HAVE A TREM OF ANY KIND. I am looking for one that is good for shredding and good riffing. I am looking for guitars that are $500 new so I can get them used for cheap. I am currently onto the new budget Xiphos http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-Xiphos-XP300FX-Electric-Guitar?sku=620741

I would prefer guitars that aren't super strat style.
look at some schecters
Epiphone SG G-400

Vox Valvetronix VT30
Marshall MS-2 Micro Stack

Zakk Wylde ZW 45 Cry Baby Wah
Boss Metal Zone MT-2
Agree with Jackamedmos, those ESP's are lovely!
Jackson's are nice too.
Wouldn't go for a BC Rich, their lower end stuff isn't that good.
can there be a "no best ________" rule? oh, wait, is there already one?

either way, it's preference, lots of people like schecters, i absolutely hate them. they feel cheap to me, heavy, but cheap. i prefer ESP's for the low cost, so i would go with an ESP LTD.

Ibanez RG7621
Ibanez RG121
I am looking into the Schecter Hellraiser V, the EC-401 and now the V-200. Any more suggestions?
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ltd ec-401
les paul shape with emgs
great guitar

This LTD surely and many others or a ibanez rg fixed bridge or tremelo if you can handle the hassle.
Gibson SG Standard
Gibson Les Paul Studio
Fender Partscaster
Bugera 6262
Jcm900 1960A
Ibanez RG321MH. man I've must of said that 100 times on this forum. This is the BEST metal guitar for the price. Built VERY solid and should last a long time.

I traded mine in a long time ago and it was my biggest regret. I MAY just have to buy another one of these days. Stupid me for trading it in :/
-Orange Tiny Terror head
-Avatar 112 Cab
-Roland Cube 20x
-Ibanez SA
-Ibanez RG7321
-Fender MIM Strat
-EB Music Man SUB 1
Used Avenger Hellraiser, used Flying V Hellraiser, used Les Paul Hellraiser.
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Ibanez RGA42FM, Ibanez RGA32. If you're lucky, a used RGA121 prestige.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400 with Gotoh GE1996T (EMG 85/60)
PRS SE Custom 24 (Suhr SSH+/SSV)
Ibanez RG3120 Prestige (Dimarzio Titans)
Squier Vintage Modified 70s Jazz V
Audient iD22 interface
Peavey Revalver 4, UAD Friedman BE100/DS40
Adam S3A monitors
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You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.