#1
I'm looking for versatility here. I know It's only possible in a distant dream but what is the closest guitar that achieves fender like cleans with jackson/esp/gibson/ibanez type crunch?
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#2
Anything with a single coil pickup and EMG pickup?
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#3
Probably an HSS Strat with some kind of DiMarzio in the bridge, or even a normally-routed one with a single-sized humbucker in the bridge.

Or any kind of guitar routed for HSS really, I just said Strat because you said Fender. As long as it fits it works.
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#4
Try the Music Man Luke. HSS Emg pickups. It's pretty expensive though.
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#6
A tube amp with amazing cleans, like a ValveKing (I'm sure there are far better amps, but I'm not really familiar with high end tube amps), and then a guitar with an EMG 81TW/89, or maybe an 81/60.

I played a Schecter Hellraiser (81TW/89) through a ValveKing a few times, and it pretty much does what you described.
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#7
The GMW I just got does a good job of that. The EMG SAX pickups are very good for clean, and the 85X does serious distortion well. Of course then your need an amp that does both high gain and blackface cleans. The CAE/CAA stuff is the best I've ever heard at nailing both in the same box.
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HSS superstrat (not necessarily fender), and as even bigger d says, an amp which'll also do both (i haven't tried the cae, it's meant to be great for that, though).
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#9
You're probably going to need a high end tube amp that can really give out those tones. The ENGL Powerball amp head gives the best Fender cleans and hard rock/metal crunch in a single amplifier (in my opinion). Of course, it goes for about $1500-$2000 new, so it's probably out of most people's price range. I don't know many other high-quality amplifiers that are that versatile for less money. You could try a Fender combo tube amp like the Hot Rod Deluxe, and then play with different pedals to achieve the type of crunch or distortion you're looking for. That's what I do, and it's the next-best thing for versatility on a budget.

As for guitars, I have seen certain HSS Suhr and Fender guitars do very well with accomplishing the style of versatility you're looking for. PRS also does HSS configurations on some of their guitars, and they are usually ridiculously versatile.
#10
Ibanez RG470AH
Ash body for more tonal range, hsh set up and wizard II neck profile. but the guitar is only part of it, the amp you choose is gonna affect you sound more then anything.
#11
a jackson dk2 will have that diversity, or any schecter with good passive pickups, because most of them let u coil split, cuz schecter is just that awesome
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#12
You want EMG pickups, even though they are tinny - you get a pretty crunchy sharp sound off of them, HOWEVER active pickups don't reflect the tone of the guitar very well so this is a cheap fix although effective. Or you could try DiMarzio D-Activators, they're quite nice - and passive. The setup you want would be H-S-S, for the versitility and bright single coil sound.
For the guitar you want a maple neck, with an ash body, neck - thru construction will brighten the tone even more.

EDIT: as for brands, try Ibanez. They use Dimarzio pickups, and H-S-H, annnd I'm pretty sure there's one or two H-S-S setup guitars.
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You're probably going to need a high end tube amp that can really give out those tones. The ENGL Powerball amp head gives the best Fender cleans and hard rock/metal crunch in a single amplifier (in my opinion). Of course, it goes for about $1500-$2000 new, so it's probably out of most people's price range. I don't know many other high-quality amplifiers that are that versatile for less money. You could try a Fender combo tube amp like the Hot Rod Deluxe, and then play with different pedals to achieve the type of crunch or distortion you're looking for. That's what I do, and it's the next-best thing for versatility on a budget.

As for guitars, I have seen certain HSS Suhr and Fender guitars do very well with accomplishing the style of versatility you're looking for. PRS also does HSS configurations on some of their guitars, and they are usually ridiculously versatile.

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#14
A Dave Murray Signature Fender Strat?? Single Coils + Dimarzios (Y)
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