#1
I am a guy who has gotten tired of his cheap, n00b ibanez guitar. (I play metal, to jazz, to punk, to alternative to pop). It is time for a new one. I want one under these conditions:

- Versatile! (From good cleans to high gain metal distortion, and to medium/medium-high rock distortion)

- Price Range: ($300-$450)

- ANY type of shape EXCEPT for exotic shaped guitars (V shape, Jackson warrior shape etc.)

- Preferably a straight forward, yet attractive paint finish (White, Dark Red, Sunburst, anything that is not dull like all black)

- With or without whammy bar, if whammy bar, a type of tremolo (like Floyd Rose) that stays in tune well is preferred

- NO ACTIVE PICKUPS (I have a solid state amp, and active pickups do not sound good through solid state)

- Can be ONLY bought at Guitar Center

- Any pickup configuration, but HAS to have at least one decent, high output humbucker

Thank You.
Ibanez IJX121
Last edited by PunkGuitaristx at Jun 25, 2010,
#3
Look into an Ibanez S-series.

That single coil in the middle sounds great for clean stuff, it's light, and packs a punch.
They also have good locking trems on them (unlike the RG series)

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- MXR Micro Amp
#4
What type of music do you play?
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#5
yeah go and try 'em, also those are a sh*tload of demands to be made for people to look through guitar websites and stuff just to help you, i ain't doing that! next time you post a question like this on a forum, just say something like your pricerange, eg. £200-£400, and your preffered style, we're a lazy bunch and we don't work for you. k?
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#6
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What type of music do you play?

he hasn't said but his name is "punkguitaristx" i'd take that as a hint and say... punk?
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#7
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he hasn't said but his name is "punkguitaristx" i'd take that as a hint and say... punk?

I noticed his name after I posted that.
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#8
Quote by offthewall91
What type of music do you play?


I was JUST a punk rock guitarist when I made this account, but now, I play literally everything from punk, to metal, to jazz, to alternative, to rock, to pop, to country, EVERYTHING! But I lean more to the rock, metal, and jazz side
Ibanez IJX121
Last edited by PunkGuitaristx at Jun 25, 2010,
#9
Quote by PunkGuitaristx
I was JUST a punk rock guitarist when I made this account, but now, I play literally everything from punk, to metal, to jazz, to alternative, to rock, to pop, to country, EVERYTHING!

I would say go for a Telecaster Deluxe. It's very versatile. But it's out of your price range

I'm in the same boat you are in terms of the music I play and my Tele Deluxe has never let me down.
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#10
dunno if it helps but i got myself a kramer FR-422SM neck is beastly fast, pickups are off the funking chain, its super versatile; from jazz to death metal and it only cost me £160 which is a steal.
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#11
Quote by aRandomSandwich
dunno if it helps but i got myself a kramer FR-422SM neck is beastly fast, pickups are off the funking chain, its super versatile; from jazz to death metal and it only cost me £160 which is a steal.


I tried that at exact same kramer lol, it's good, I may consider it.
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#12
Quote by aRandomSandwich
yeah go and try 'em, also those are a sh*tload of demands to be made for people to look through guitar websites and stuff just to help you, i ain't doing that! next time you post a question like this on a forum, just say something like your pricerange, eg. £200-£400, and your preffered style, we're a lazy bunch and we don't work for you. k?


Dude, look at the first post dummy xD.
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#13
Quote by PunkGuitaristx
Dude, look at the first post dummy xD.

anyone can name a list of guitars they've played in seconds, he didn't go through your criteria and decided on which one to list after hours of research sorry if i sound like a tw*t, but i got sh*t going on and i can't sleep so I'm trolling about the forums
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#14
Quote by aRandomSandwich
anyone can name a list of guitars they've played in seconds, he didn't go through your criteria and decided on which one to list after hours of research sorry if i sound like a tw*t, but i got sh*t going on and i can't sleep so I'm trolling about the forums


Oh, sorry, it's okay. I said "dummy" jokingly, not intended for verbal insult.
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#15
What is it you don't like, the sound or the feel? If it's the sound, the conventional wisdom around here is it's probably your amp, not your guitar. I could be snarky because frankly I hate the things, but there's probably nothing objectively wrong with your Ibanez.

A few other points to consider: First, you might want to save up a bit more. You're really limiting yourself in that price range. Second, any tremolo system will stay in tune if you set it up correctly and use it as intended (you don't want to go dive-bombing on a Bigsby, for example).

Third, you aren't likely to find a single guitar that's perfect for everything, especially not on that budget. Some may give you more versatility than others, true, but I doubt the same guitar is going to handle sparkling cleans and crushing overdrive with equal aplomb. Rather than replace your first guitar, why not keep it around and look for something completely different for the second?

My own suggestion: Do something crazy. Be different. Buy a Gretsch. They've always had their own unique character, maybe a little outlandish and yet classy. Maybe a bit above your price range -- even the lower-priced Electromatic line -- but well worth it. I can't say enough good things about my G5120 hollowbody -- great sound, even through my cheap old solid-state amp, and hands-down the most comfortable guitar I've ever played (and I've played a lot, including lots of high-end/vintage). They make solidbodies too, if that's more your thing.

The Electromatics use very high-output passive humbuckers -- the neck pickup on mine blows my bass away if I don't EQ it properly! A little bit twangy, not quite as much as the classic Gretsch sound, great clean tone with both pickups on. They're not voiced for metal, but I think they could probably handle it. Usually either a Bigsby vibrato or a hard tailpiece. Great finishes, very distinctive, and absolutely impeccable build quality (Fender owns 'em). And yes, they should be available at Guitar Center.

TL;DR: Just read the damn thing. There's a lot there, and it's not that long.

Anyway, just my two cents
#16
Quote by offthewall91
What type of music do you play?

if you read, everything. and id go with a ESP, but im loyal to them so it might not be your guitar. do like most say and play around on some in a store.
#17
I wouldn't get the S or RG unless high gain or even active pups where next on the list. So little wood, and basswood sucks.

Try something with a bunch of wood behind it, maybe an Epiphone or even a bigger Ibanez.

I found this auction on ebay, check it out. $50 more then your budget. Case, and free shipping also. Cool!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Ibanez-SG-Lawsuit-Electric-Guitar-/270596596815?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Guitar&hash=item3f00d0644f edit: If only I had $500 laying around... I suppose it couldnt be worth too much more then my DT-400, and that was $300?
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#18
for $500 you could definitely get a used Gibson SG Special at guitar center, they had 2 of them when I was in there the other day, one of them was the moon inlay edition. Or some type of RG might be good. Maybe an Epiphone Les Paul Standard?

but it would be wiser to get a better amp first, and then save for a guitar later. It might sound dumb now, but you will thank yourself in the longrun
#19
In my opinion, look into anything with a Humbucker - Singlecoil - Humbucker setup. They're usually pretty versatile.
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#20
Quote by demondown666
if you read, everything. and id go with a ESP, but im loyal to them so it might not be your guitar. do like most say and play around on some in a store.

If you notice, he edited his post, then posted what type of music he played. When I posted that last night he did not have that information posted.
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#21
300-450 us?
I reccomend schecter, B.C rich, epiphone.
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Gear:

Guitar(s): .Shecter Tempest EXTREMEEEEEE
--------------Maton CW-80

Amplification: Randall RG75 G3
#22
Quote by obeythepenguin
What is it you don't like, the sound or the feel? If it's the sound, the conventional wisdom around here is it's probably your amp, not your guitar. I could be snarky because frankly I hate the things, but there's probably nothing objectively wrong with your Ibanez.

A few other points to consider: First, you might want to save up a bit more. You're really limiting yourself in that price range. Second, any tremolo system will stay in tune if you set it up correctly and use it as intended (you don't want to go dive-bombing on a Bigsby, for example).

Third, you aren't likely to find a single guitar that's perfect for everything, especially not on that budget. Some may give you more versatility than others, true, but I doubt the same guitar is going to handle sparkling cleans and crushing overdrive with equal aplomb. Rather than replace your first guitar, why not keep it around and look for something completely different for the second?

My own suggestion: Do something crazy. Be different. Buy a Gretsch. They've always had their own unique character, maybe a little outlandish and yet classy. Maybe a bit above your price range -- even the lower-priced Electromatic line -- but well worth it. I can't say enough good things about my G5120 hollowbody -- great sound, even through my cheap old solid-state amp, and hands-down the most comfortable guitar I've ever played (and I've played a lot, including lots of high-end/vintage). They make solidbodies too, if that's more your thing.

The Electromatics use very high-output passive humbuckers -- the neck pickup on mine blows my bass away if I don't EQ it properly! A little bit twangy, not quite as much as the classic Gretsch sound, great clean tone with both pickups on. They're not voiced for metal, but I think they could probably handle it. Usually either a Bigsby vibrato or a hard tailpiece. Great finishes, very distinctive, and absolutely impeccable build quality (Fender owns 'em). And yes, they should be available at Guitar Center.

TL;DR: Just read the damn thing. There's a lot there, and it's not that long.

Anyway, just my two cents



Thanks! Right now, my price range is really really strict. I don't want to increase it. Right now, I am looking at Ibanez RG's. Are those good? Or are there better guitar models in the same price range.
Ibanez IJX121
#24
the only problem with the RG guitars is thier floating trem. The Edge III is a really poorly made trem, and WILL wear down and not stay intune anymore. I'd recommend the S series before the RG. You can also pickup a nice RGA7, for pretty cheap if you look around, and then u'll have SEVEN strings.

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- late 70's vintage Fender Stratocaster (USA)
- VOX VT100 Amp
- Digitech Whammy Pedal
- Weeping Demon Wah Pedal
- Visual Sound Volume Pedal
- MXR Micro Amp
#25
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#26
Your wants/needs are too broad. It is time to get out of the house and go guitar shopping. Just picking random guitar XYZ on the recommendation of some goofball on the internut and buying sight unseen will more then likely lead to more heartburn then anything else.Go forth and play EVERY guitar you can get your grubby paws on.Also take your own amp. The reason I say that is, what will you be playing through when you get home? What is at the store or what is sitting in your music room?
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