#1
Hey, I've been playing guitar for around a year, and It's about time I upgrade my guitar... I think. I have an Epiphone SG Special, that seems to need repairs every month. I've spent more on fixing the guitar then the guitar itself. So... Yeah.

I play about every type of music, but I really want to prioritize the tone and sounds I get from the guitar while putting a lot of gain on it. I also need a smooth (humbucker) sound in the bridge for solo's and etc.

But my budget is only $300.

I've looked at an Ibanez RG3EXFM1 and i really like most of the sounds I can get out of it, and Ibanez's neck is great for me.

Any basic suggestions? I NEED to be able to play it first (before buying), so make sure it's something I'll be able to find at Best Buy/Guitar Center. (I dont need to play the actual guitar, but the same model, I am fine buying used)

Thanks
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#2
The Ibanez RG321 is a great basic guitar that's reliable and well made for your budget. You should also look into Schecter as well.
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#3
My advice would be to hit the local craigslist and see what's out there. Used gear is nice because it's on the cheaper side and you can test drive it yourself. Plus you might come across an option that you wouldn't have considered before.
#4
^Used gear is good, but make sure you know enough about guitars and the like that you won't get 100% screwed.

Just advice from experience in hindsight.
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#5
Hate to say it, but anything new for $300 isn't going to be much of an upgrade. Maybe a bit, but not enough to justify spending the few hundred bucks.

If you can go used, though, check out PRS's SE line. Best damn playing guitars for the price, hands down (IMHO). Maybe also look at used Schecters? Or a Fender MIM Strat w/ a humbucker.
I personally wouldn't touch an Ibanez under $500 - I used to think they were cool... until I borrowed one for an extended period of time. "OMG FAST NECK" quickly turns into "Lifeless P.O.S."

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Hate to say it, but anything new for $300 isn't going to be much of an upgrade. Maybe a bit, but not enough to justify spending the few hundred bucks.

If you can go used, though, check out PRS's SE line. Best damn playing guitars for the price, hands down (IMHO). Maybe also look at used Schecters?
I personally wouldn't touch an Ibanez under $500 - I used to think they were cool... until I borrowed one for an extended period of time. "OMG FAST NECK" quickly turns into "Lifeless P.O.S."

EDIT: +1 to Craigslist. Also check pawn shops (not to be confused with porn shops or pork chops).


Mmmm agreed on the PRS SEs if you can track one down a bit cheaper/find a local music shop that's willing to wrangle a bit on the price. I don't know what they do to the necks on those things, but they play unbelievably, price regardless. Some kind of crazy voodoo shaman magic is my guess.
#7
yeah, $300 isn't going to get you anything much better than what you already have


try looking used. you should be able to get an epi les paul or a PRS se for around $300.
#8
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The Ibanez RG321 is a great basic guitar that's reliable and well made for your budget.

This. I think the version with mahogany body cost the same as the standard model too.
#9
The RG321 doesn't have coil tap, which I guess is something I'd like. and yes $300 is my budget used. I'm not loving the body style of PRS SE's but I'll have to go play one.
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yeah, $300 isn't going to get you anything much better than what you already have


try looking used. you should be able to get an epi les paul or a PRS se for around $300.


+1 on Creighslist

I hate to say this. Save up and to get to the next price point.

The difference between a sub $300 guitar and a $500-600 are really applicable in pretty much any measurable way.
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#15
for $300 look at the epi G-400 in the worn finish. They are great for the price I own one and it is my main guitar now(because of the tuning I use), and I own several high end guitars(PRS CE22, Gibson LP Studio) and with a little tweaking it is an awesome guitar. They are set neck, all mahogany, and come with grover tuners. Now don't get me wrong it is not a $1000 axe, but it is a very good budget guitar. You can mod it to make it a fire breather or leave it stock for a more "vintage" sound. But like was said $300 is a hard budget to find a "quality" guitar. h ope this helps
#16
I would save up a bit more and either go for a prestige or mid range Ibanez (if you like Ibanez) or if you are into the Gibson stuff, it is hard to beat an epiphone standard LP or SG.

Also schecter has some good stuff like the C-1 Classic and C-1 Blackjack, But I would stay away from the cheap stuff.

Or a MIM Fat Strat would be good too.

Personally, for $300 I would save up until you have around $500-$600 and get something really nice.
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#17
Yeah, maybe you guys are right. A $500 Guitar may set me back until late Summer, but it should be worth it... thanks
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#18
that C1 that you found used is a very good guitar for the money. definitely worth playing if you can get your hands on it