#1
Sooooo it's about time for me to buy a new guitar. I'm going to be starting to play a more blues, jazz, and classic rock oriented style, since I'm a heavy metal player at the moment. The current guitar I own is an Ibanez Xiphos. What I'm most likely going to end up doing is leave the Xiphos in dropped C tuning (with thicker strings) and use the blues guitar more.

My price range is something around $500 (not too much more). I've had my eye on the MK Patriot Glory (I'm big on inlays). Any other suggestions?

EDIT: I'm rolling with a VOX Valvetronix AD15VT amp
Last edited by gacharya at Jun 16, 2010,
#3
i would look at something with at least one humbucker or splitable humbuckers
#4
Well to make your adjustment a little easier on your mind and ears I suggest an HSS of some kind. I went straight from playing hard rock to an SSS strat and was like AHHH I need more pickup! So yeah, try an HSS MIM strat out and that will br right up your alley, sound and price wise.
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#5
michael kelly guitars are great, but thats more of a rock guitar. you could use it for anything though.

I mean i use, a telecaster for blues & funk. Nothing wrong with it, sounds great.
Most sane guitars can handle blues.
Ones out of it, well you know ofc.

Play some, see which ones you like. i mean the Xiphos is a 25'5 scale neck, you're looking at a 24'75 scale neck guitar there.

Try a bunch out at stores, if you're still not satisfied, look online again.
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#7
Check out a semi-hollow guitar like an Epi Dot, Wildkat or one of the Ibanez Artcores.
#8
Thanks for the replies!
So the MK Patriot Glory is a no-go? I really (really!) like the looks of it, and it feels pretty nice too the one time i got my hands one on.
#10
For blues only, a classic semi-hollow design like an ES-335 would be good.
For blues-rock, a low gain Les Paul. You can also use a semi-hollow or a strat, but I think when it starts getting into rock territory an HB solidbody guitar w/ low gain pickups would be good (what's considered low gain in the humbucker world).

For jazz, it's either an LP or a semi-hollow. A semi-hollow would be more suitable for jazz in terms of looks.

Anyway, you can't describe classic rock in one tone. Some used Fenders and other Gibsons. The amp also matters.
#11
Why not a Les Paul / good Les Paul copy? They are perfect blues rock guitars.
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#12
I think you may like a Les Paul with some coil-splitters or a good telecaster with maybe a splittable bridgebucker like a DiMarzio Chopper or something.
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#13
Oh by the way....I'm rolling with a VOX Valvetronix AD15VT amp

Are there any specific models people can point me towards? I've been hearing a lot of Les Paul and Stratocaster... but there's a really wide range of those guitars. Oh, and I'm going to buy used if I can.

While Les Pauls do sound nice, I've never really liked the look of them...anything else?
Last edited by gacharya at Jun 16, 2010,
#14
The SG worked for clapton.

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#15
What about the Fender Lonestar/Roadhouse? Virtually the only difference between the two is that the Roadhouse has a bridge humbucker, while the Lonestar has all 3 single-coil pickups.

Is my amp alright for blues-y stuff?
#16
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michael kelly guitars are great, but thats more of a rock guitar. you could use it for anything though.

I mean i use, a telecaster for blues & funk. Nothing wrong with it, sounds great.
Most sane guitars can handle blues.
Ones out of it, well you know ofc.

Play some, see which ones you like. i mean the Xiphos is a 25'5 scale neck, you're looking at a 24'75 scale neck guitar there.

Try a bunch out at stores, if you're still not satisfied, look online again.

No it isn't, it's a guitar, you can play anything you like on it.
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#17
No it isn't, it's a guitar, you can play anything you like on it.


I think he meant that it's meant more for heavier sounding music (and therefore not the one I'm looking for)