#1
Both these guitars are in my Budget; and these are the two I've narrowed it down too, So I'll ask you guys. Which one would you rather get and why?

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-EC100QM-Electric-Guitar?sku=516637

OR

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RG321MH-Electric-Guitar?sku=620737

I'm an Ibanez lover so, I'm leaning toward the Ibby, but what do you guys think?
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#2
Personally neither of them really speaks to me. I would probably get the ESP just because there's no way I'm playing one of those uncomfortable "wizard" necks for more than about 5 minutes.
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Personally I'd get the Ibby, not only do I love the wizard neck but the switching options for the pickups means you can get more tones out of it.
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#4
I dislike Ibanez vehemently, and I dislike singlecut guitars... so neither.

But if those were the only two guitars left on the planet and I had to choose between the two, I'd probably go with the ESP. It probably has better stock pickups and definitely has a more comfortable neck.
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#5
Based on looks I would get the ESP. I like the top.

But this means nothing.
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It probably has better stock pickups and definitely has a more comfortable neck.




completely moot point.."comfort" is highly subjective..he said he likes ibanez

I'd get Used ibby if I were you(or any other brand for that matter)..
#8
ibanez all the way. great quality guitars. but i don't really know anything about LTD
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Personally neither of them really speaks to me. I would probably get the ESP just because there's no way I'm playing one of those uncomfortable "wizard" necks for more than about 5 minutes.

I'd second this. =P Wizards are NOT my thing. But otherwise I'd probably go with the Ibby, not a big LTD fan from the time I've spent with them.
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#10
I love the flat wizard neck on my RG3; and Ibanez absolutely sings with some DiMarzios and a the right wiring. But I love the way the ESP looks, and this guitar will be primarily used for D-Tuning so, ESP would be a heavier tone if I'm correct
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#11
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so, ESP would be a heavier tone if I'm correct
Nope. The LTD has a basswood body, which has a somewhat brighter tone than the mahognay of the Ibanez. However, since both are bolt-on construction most of the tone is coming from the very brightly-toned maple necks anyway. Regardless, the Ibanez will be slightly more suitable for excessive down-tuning due to the longer scale length. If you're just tuning to Drop D or down a full step or something like that then there's no real difference between them.

Buy whichever one has the neck/scale length/fretwire you find most comfortable.
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#12
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Buy whichever one has the neck/scale length/fretwire you find most comfortable.


This is really the answer. In that price range there is no substitute for getting your hands on the guitar and figuring out how it will feel TO YOU. It's all well and good to ask us what we would buy, but we're not you. While you're at it, you can check the guitar for obvious build flaws, which are not unknown on guitars in that price range.
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#13
or look used and get a better guitar for the money. if you are an ibanez guy you could get a mij ibanez for about that. my friend sold an "assembled in USA of MIJ parts" ibanez S (sabre) for about $300. that was one of the nicest ibanez guitars i've ever played, and i like the brand.



just my .02
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#16
It really depends. Have you played either, and (if yes) which do you like more?

Ibanez has a great rep, but ESP/LTD is really good too. Both the guitarists in my old band played LTD. I don't know how that model ESP sounds, but it should sound pretty good. I didn't notice, does it come with EMGs?
#17
the ibanez , no competition.

trust me ,I've played both manufacturers low-end models, and when you like Ibanez, you will love the RG321MH.
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#19
waste your money on a new made in china pos ibby. but for $300 you could do a lot better.

just because these guys didn't, doesn't mean make the same mistake.

good luck.
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waste your money on a new made in china pos ibby. but for $300 you could do a lot better.

just because these guys didn't, doesn't mean make the same mistake.

good luck.



ugh,

1. The lower end ibanez models are Indonesian made, BIG DIFFERENCE.

2. Sure you can get great used guitars for that price, I got my MIJ RG548 for only 300.
But buying used is taking a risk, the neck might be warped, bridge knives might be dull, frets might be worn.
If all these things are still good, you probably still need to disassemble the whole thing and clean it up to get it playing like a new guitar.
If you don't have a lot of experience yet and don't know how to check all these things, buying new might be your best shot.

Also, my friends RGA32 is amazing for the price.
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#22
ESP any day over the ibby bro. It's just smecks sex c:
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#23
I don't think these people who went for the LTD have actually played the cheaper LTDs. In my experience, they're systematically quite shitty. Indonesian Ibanezes are far superior, especially the fixed bridge ones (no Edge III to worry about). There's no contest as far as I'm concerned.
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#24
The Ibanez, I've had my eye on an RG321 for a long time...
The only thing about it that i hate is the fact that it has dot fret markers, I'd much rather have the trademark ibanez inlays.

Also if you're using a decent tube amp, buy it and replace the pikcups to a pair of EMGs or Seymour Duncans
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ugh,

1. The lower end ibanez models are Indonesian made, BIG DIFFERENCE.

2. Sure you can get great used guitars for that price, I got my MIJ RG548 for only 300.
But buying used is taking a risk, the neck might be warped, bridge knives might be dull, frets might be worn.
If all these things are still good, you probably still need to disassemble the whole thing and clean it up to get it playing like a new guitar.
If you don't have a lot of experience yet and don't know how to check all these things, buying new might be your best shot.

Also, my friends RGA32 is amazing for the price.

not a huge difference, both pretty much suck ass.

if you have bought a guitar before, you need to look for the same things with new guitars. these "$300 new" guitars tend to come with issues as well.

the $300 mij ibby i posted earlier wouldn't need shit.

my point stands, for $300 new you pretty much get crap, for $300 used you have a chance at a decent ax.
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my point stands, for $300 new you pretty much get crap, for $300 used you have a chance at a decent ax.



true..when I said that you gotta spend atleast 400 bucks to get a decent used guitar people started flaming me....

whats with UG these days?
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true..when I said that you gotta spend atleast 400 bucks to get a decent used guitar people started flaming me....

whats with UG these days?

ZOMGWTFBBQ!! my jackson is emmmazzzzing for $199.99!!!

EG is full of idiots. anyone that would rather have a chindonesian pos over a mij instrument deserves one imo.