#1
I've been wanting to play more rock and metal stuff which my Fender American Strat can't handle. Anyway if you'd be so kind as to suggest some models for me to check out, based on the info I give you, that would be great. Thanks.

Bands that I would like to be able to get tones similar to:
Opeth, Camel, Focus, Porcupine Tree, Extol, Rush

Guitar Spec stuff:
Prefer Ebony or Maple fretboard
No floyd rose, preferably no trem at all.
Humbuckers.

That's it. Hope you guys can help me out.

Also, I'm playing through an Egnater rebel 20 head and cab. I'm willing to buy pedals if really necessary as I see fit, but in the meantime I am just looking for guitar advice.
EDIT: I do not use dropped tunings.
Last edited by BMP at Jul 31, 2010,
#2
Epiphone Les Paul, or a used Gibson Les Paul?
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#3
If your strat can't handle it....you're not doing it right. But, getting Ebony on a guitar in that price range will be hard. You could look into the Chapman ML series. I believe the new ML2 will have Ebony? The ML1 does.
Also, used PRS CE 22? Has a trem but it's easily blocked and is a stellar guitar.
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#4
http://www.espguitars.com/guitars_deluxe_ec.html
http://www.espguitars.com/guitars_deluxe_viper.html

take a look at the rest of the line as well, but those two instantly fit your specs i thought
http://www.espguitars.com/guitars.html

btw, i have an ec 1000 and its my favourite guitar under $3000 that i've played. i love that thing to death! (its in my hands right now )
#5
Schecter Blackjack's fit your description. I'd recommend them over Les Paul type guitars because of their standard scale length. If you ever want to tune down, it wouldn't be very fun with a short scale.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Schecter-Guitar-Research-Solo-6-ATX-Electric-Guitar-583255-i1480446.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Schecter-Guitar-Research-C-1-ATX-Electric-Guitar-104918099-i1386631.gc
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#6
This should cost less than $1000, it's around €700-800 over here in Europe. But it has a trem, it could be worth a look though.

http://www.prsguitars.com/semikaelakerfeldt/index.php

You could try this aswell. I don't really like the finish though.

http://www.prsguitars.com/mushok/index.php
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#7
Quote by ChucklesMginty
I'd go with a used PRS of some kind.



They are not anywhere near his pricerange.
Try looking at some Gibson studio's - maybe second hand, Washburns, or even Ibanez.
If you're looking for a similar tone to what say, Opeth use, then you're going to need a warmer sounding guitar, PRS or anything with mahogany in it should be your prefference.
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#8
The LTD Deluxe line perhaps? Depending on how you feel about EMGs or the availability...
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#9
could you change the pick-ups on your strat? .
But otherwise maybe get a used Gibson.
Any spare money could go towards an amp :P
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#10
Jackson SLSMG i want this one so badly

http://www.woodbrass.com/images/woodbrass/JACKSON+SLSMG+BLACK.JPG

ESP LTD EC-1000 (vintage black) I have this and from experience, this thing is amazing. She won't let you down.

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Both guitars are very good, but the ESP is cheaper. However it comes with locking tuners and an ebony fretboard, so you can't go wrong.
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#11
Can't believe no one has mentioned Carvin yet.
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#12
a les paul studio from the early 90s, they all had ebony fretboards and can be bought for around $700
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#13
Quote by I am wet
a les paul studio from the early 90s, they all had ebony fretboards and can be bought for around $700


I didn't know that they had ebony boards, I might look into that.
Also on a sidenote to all the other posts, thank you for your input. I have been looking around at most of the more mainstream companies to find stuff, however I was interested in trying to see if you guys had some stuff I hadn't seen before. You guys did point out a couple things I hadn't checked out, which was very helpful.
#14
Quote by PerpetualBurn
Can't believe no one has mentioned Carvin yet.


Carvin costs well over $1000, unless you have basically nothing nice on your guitar.

The ones I build for fun are always between $1200 - $1500.
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#16
Quote by Offworld92
Schecter Blackjack's fit your description. I'd recommend them over Les Paul type guitars because of their standard scale length. If you ever want to tune down, it wouldn't be very fun with a short scale.


sorry but imho you are completely wrong on the short scale bit, TS if you ever do want to tune down get short scale because the intonation wont go off as much, if the intonation is off, higher string tension wont do (black) jack to help your playing
#17
imo an epiphone les paul prophecy ex may be what you so violently seek, vvveeeerrrrryyy high quality for 600