Poll: What do I choose?
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View poll results: What do I choose?
Gus 600 with Seymours
7 47%
Gus 600 with EMGs
3 20%
Gus 200 with Stock ESP pickups
0 0%
Gus 200 with EMGs
0 0%
Something else altogether
5 33%
Voters: 15.
#1
I feel like I've got to the limit of what i can achieve with the guitar I have, and feel its time to move up to a Signature Gus G guitar so I can move up the ladder a bit and have a top-end guitar (http://www.google.co.uk/products?q=gus+600&hl=en&aq=f)

I need a bit of guidance though:

1) Is it worth spending around 800 quid on a Gus 600, when I can pick up a Gus 200 for around 400?

2) Is having a Floyd Rose really that important (for heavy/death/power metal) when looking at a top-end guitar?

3) If and when I get the 600, would it be worth risking the guitar by fitting EMGs (passive obviously) to get a more 'metal' sound rather than the Seymour Duncans than it comes with?


Any help would be appreciated, I'm having to come up to decision time soon
Gear:

Vintage VS6
Roland Cube 20X
Zoom G1X
#2
I think the 600 would be better. There are a lot of upgrades to take into consideration. Pickups, tuners, body wood, etc. Any 200 series I have ever played just felt weak and cheesy to me. 400 and up series have always felt good to me. Is the 600 a neck through or set neck and the 200 bolt on?
#3
personally i would never waste my time on a signature series. the 'signature' basically means add a couple hundred bucks.
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#4
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personally i would never waste my time on a signature series. the 'signature' basically means add a couple hundred bucks.

I don't think you can get that exact body style without being a sig though. Otherwise normally I would agree.
#5
Quote by cranium2001
Is the 600 a neck through or set neck and the 200 bolt on?


Yeahh the 600 is set-thru and the 200 is bolt-on
Gear:

Vintage VS6
Roland Cube 20X
Zoom G1X
#6
1) The reason the Gus 600 is more expensive is because it's better.

Just look at the specs

GUS 600
Set-Thru
25.5” Scale
Alder Body
Flamed Maple Top
Maple Neck
Rosewood Fingerboard
42mm Standard Nut
Thin U Neck Contour
22 XJ Frets
Black Nickel Hardware
ESP Locking Tuners
Tonepros Locking TOM & Tail
Seymour Duncan Distortion Bridge & ’59 Neck Pickups with Coil Split Mini Switch

GUS 200
# Bolt-On
# 25.5” Scale
# Basswood Body
# Maple Neck
# Rosewood Fingerboard
# 42mm Standard Nut
# Thin U Neck Contour
# 22 XJ Frets
# Black Nickel Hardware
# ESP Tuners
# TOM Bridge & Tail
# ESP LH-150 (B&N) p.u.

In the long run it makes more sense to get the Gus 600.

2) A floyd rose is only for people who actually use them often. I never touched mine so I blocked it. It takes at least 20-30 minutes (longer for new people) to change strings and it's very limiting in your tuning freedom. I only recommend floyds when you only play in one tuning and never change it. They do make a GUS 600 with a TOM bridge and if you're skeptical about the floyd then it makes more sense to just get the TOM GUS 600.

3) Passive EMGs suck. Everyone i know who had them swapped them out for ironically Seymour Duncan passives or Dimarzios. Those Seymour duncans HAVE a metal sound lol. Have you ever even listened to Firewind?

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It makes no sense to get the Floyd model unless you only play in one tuning.
And the GUS 200 doesn't even compare to the 600.

http://www.totalmusicsupply.com/Models.aspx?PartnerID=2&ModelID=103714

There's the TOM model and if you searched more you can find it for a better price. I found a floyd model for 700 instead of 800.
#7
Cheers siverstorm, thats pretty much cleared up everything for me

And yeah, I'm a massive Firewind fan, to the stage of obsessiveness. It's just I had a feeling that maybe the EMGs would be a bit more diverse if I want to throw a bit of classic metal into it, because Gus uses similar pickups in his Eclipse when playing with Ozzy. If they suck though, I'll stick with the Seymours xD
Gear:

Vintage VS6
Roland Cube 20X
Zoom G1X
#8
I just recently got into Firewind, started listening to them when I saw Gus G playing with Syu for an ESP anniversary or something .

I think Gus actually uses Seymour Duncan Blackouts with Ozzy which are active.

Either way actives are notorious for having bad clean tones. stay away if you want versatility.
#9
Firewind are just incredible as a band, they've moved a hell of a long way from the early 'cheesy' stuff to now.

Ahhh i just saw the black-out and instantly thought EMG xD
Gear:

Vintage VS6
Roland Cube 20X
Zoom G1X