#1
TL;DR
buying a guitar in a few months. play rock/metal. budget between 300-400 (or 300-600 not sure)

(keep in mind im not buying this for a few months. but itsgnna be the last guitar i buy for quite some time so id like to make sure I got it right the first time.)

Hello this is my second post on this website. I am looking for a guitar to bu y in a few months. The reason I'm looking so early is that if i know what I want in advanced i can look out for deals on used ones over the next few months. Getting to the official stuff this is some information.

-I play rhythm guitar in my band
-I play rock/metal (3DG, guns, Breaking benjamin.) but in my free time I wouldn't mind experimenting with other types of music.
-My budget is strange. Its AT LEAST 400 dollars. but depending on whether or not i can sell some stuff (video games, other items) it can be raised to 600 dollars. so something between 300-600 dollars I suppose?
-I would like to learn how to shred if that helps at all.
EDIT- The amp I will be running it through will be a VOX VT15

I know people will say pick a guitar you like when you play it, but I would like to have a general ballpark idea of what to look at. Also I know it probably won't be possible to get all of that stuff in one single axe, so pay the most attention to #2 and #3
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Last edited by CasualRG at Aug 4, 2010,
#2
ibanez rg's are perfect for what you want, if you look around you should be able to find a used prestige model
#3
I think an older mh-1000 fixed bridge with jb and 59 is really good option for you. if you go on ebay you might be able to pick up a couple year used for 300-500 bucks. New maybe 550-650
#4
Quote by CasualRG
TL;DR
buying a guitar in a few months. play rock/metal. budget between 300-400 (or 300-600 not sure)

(keep in mind im not buying this for a few months. but itsgnna be the last guitar i buy for quite some time so id like to make sure I got it right the first time.)

Hello this is my second post on this website. I am looking for a guitar to bu y in a few months. The reason I'm looking so early is that if i know what I want in advanced i can look out for deals on used ones over the next few months. Getting to the official stuff this is some information.

-I play rhythm guitar in my band
-I play rock/metal (3DG, guns, Breaking benjamin.) but in my free time I wouldn't mind experimenting with other types of music.
-My budget is strange. Its AT LEAST 400 dollars. but depending on whether or not i can sell some stuff (video games, other items) it can be raised to 600 dollars. so something between 300-600 dollars I suppose?
-I would like to learn how to shred if that helps at all.
EDIT- The amp I will be running it through will be a VOX VT15

I know people will say pick a guitar you like when you play it, but I would like to have a general ballpark idea of what to look at. Also I know it probably won't be possible to get all of that stuff in one single axe, so pay the most attention to #2 and #3



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Epiphone Les Paul Standard?

Fender Telecaster Standard?
#5
Quote by britishsligean
ibanez rg's are perfect for what you want, if you look around you should be able to find a used prestige model


Meh, if he's a rhythm player he might look more towards the S series, basswood to me tends to be more suited towards lead type tones because of it tends to be more midrangey. The S series are mahogany bodied and I think a bit better suited towards the rhythm end of things. Not to say they can't be played for leads, but basswood to me isn't able to do both as well.
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#6
British- Yes, I have played RG's (not the prestige models.) and they were actually pretty great guitars.
imbaguitar- Is that an ESP guitar? I've seen them before but they were a little out of my price range although I'm not too sure so I will see again. Thanks.
Wassel -there was a REASON i said other items. Theres no need for you to go put that out there haha. and I will check out the telecaster for sure although idk about the LP
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#7
That's fairly broad. You should definitely check out things like the Schecter C-1 or Hellraiser, LTD EC-400/401 or MH-350 or M-300 or Sterling JP50. There are also many Ibanez models. You should also consider an Epi LP or a Strat as well, if you want a more versatile guitar for future use.

You should spend time scouring eBay and such - there are bargains to be had all the time if you know what you're looking for.
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Last edited by seemeel at Aug 4, 2010,
#8
I second the Ibanez RG recommendation, and add the Ibanez S series to it as well if you like a lighter guitar. The reason for this is that, in my opinion (as well as several others I know) Ibanez gives about the highest value in a guitar of any manufacturer out there currently, with the exception of building for yourself. By that I simply mean you get the most for your money, not that they are the best guitars in the world. On top of that, they are generally rock/metal based as far as pickup response goes, but use passive, DiMarzio or clone pickups that are a good bit more versatile than the active EMGs you will find on many purpose-built metal guitars.

In the budget range you are looking at you will find both RG and S series with good features for what you are looking for, and I also agree with the above poster that it hits the nail on the head for your criteria.

That said, there are other options if you don't like the Ibanez necks (I love them, some hate them). If that is the case, try out Schecter (thicker, coated necks and similar feature sets, also very high value). I will leave ESP/LTD and Jackson out of this as they tend more towards the fully metal-based pickup sets, but you can take a quick glance through their catalogs if you are spending time shopping anyway.

I leave Fender and Gibson (and their clonebrands) out of this simply for value's sake. If you are looking for a good all-rounder, they do not provide terribly high value in versatility despite their high quality.

TL;DR - check out Ibanez RG and S Series as first choice, follow up with a look at Schecter if you don't like Ibanez necks.

Edit - as for the basswood midrange tones of the RG, I find mine is easily tamable rolling off the tone and scooping mids on the amp, something the Vox should handle decently (just don't try it with Marshall!). Though I do agree about the S series, hence my inclusion of them here. Good point to make, for sure!
Last edited by AJDrac at Aug 4, 2010,
#10
Quote by seemeel
That's fairly broad. You should definitely check out things like the Schecter C-1 or Hellraiser, LTD EC-400/401 or MH-350 or M-300 or Sterling JP50. There are also many Ibanez models. You should also consider an Epi LP or a Strat as well, if you want a more versatile guitar for future use.

You should spend time scouring eBay and such - there are bargains to be had all the time if you know what you're looking for.


Will do.
Since you mentioned Schecter what do you know about the omen? I had someone recommend me to an omen before but i never actually saw one in a store.
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#11
Quote by CasualRG
Will do.
Since you mentioned Schecter what do you know about the omen? I had someone recommend me to an omen before but i never actually saw one in a store.


The omen is Schecter's low end metal/rock guitar, though certainly not bad. I find they feel a little less than solid (just a feel thing, nothing wrong with the instrument) and don't like them, but you might and if so would be able to save some money. I also second the Hellraiser from them if you like their necks.
#12
AJdrac- thanks for the post. After everyone's recommendations I will make sure to check out every Ibanez in my price range. They sound great for me with Schecter as a second.
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#13
Quote by CasualRG
AJdrac- thanks for the post. After everyone's recommendations I will make sure to check out every Ibanez in my price range. They sound great for me with Schecter as a second.


Good luck! Glad you are taking your time with it. I find that some of the fun ends early if you buy too soon, so enjoy the search.
#14
Yeah, the mh-1000 is made by ltd/esp. The esp horizon is like 1200 bucks and is pretty much the same as the mh-1000 which is lesss than half the price. i dont' think you want emgs, so i think the passive seymour duncans would be a good choice.
#15
Anybody have an opinion on the SG?
I've always been fascinated with them and wouldn't mind adding one to my collection.
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Agile Al-2000
Vox VT15
#16
Quote by CasualRG
Anybody have an opinion on the SG?
I've always been fascinated with them and wouldn't mind adding one to my collection.

they're alright the necks tend to be abit thick, and it has an awfull amount neck dive
#17
So i went out and played some guitars and then found 3 that really stood out to me. then i came home and researched em a bit.

The Ibanez RG4EXFM1 was very sick . (although oddly enough its apparently a guitarcenter exclusive) . 450 dollars. not bad.
The RG350m was pretty sick as well but only with the distortion. It sounded pretty bad clean, but that didn't surprise me.
Then there was the schecter solo-6 standard which was by far the best guitar I played today. 600 dollars though so im gnna need to do some serious saving to afford this.
Anybody hear anything of these three that I should be aware of that i probably didn't come across online?
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#18
Honestly, for the money and the genre you play I'd put the money towards and amplifier. You'll be much, much happier with the results, and you won't struggle to be heard over your drummer.


EDIT:


Check out what you can get for the same cash as that Schecter

http://www.samash.com/p/6260%20212%20Guitar%20Combo%20Amp_-49989977
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Last edited by rooster456 at Aug 5, 2010,
#19
I play rhythm also, and like the same bands. I got an Ibanez RG. REally great guitars.
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