#1
Sorry for another "recommend me a guitar" thread, but seeing some suggestions can only do good. I'll try to be the more precise I can to make the task easier.

I'm searching for a guitar under 800$. I'm a lead/rhythm guitarist in a band and my tastes are around hard rock/punk rock/metal/instrumental stuff. So I mostly need a good lead tone.

For the guitar feeling, I have to precise that I have little hands... So I need some ease of access for the higher notes since I'm a lead guitarist .

I know that for that price, I can't get anything incredible, but I can manage getting a good tone without fancy stuff. The reason why the guitar I have right now can't make it is because it's bridge pickup tone is too harsh, and the neck pickup is too mellow/bassy/ almost muffled. I did try fixing it by changing pickup heights and setting it up, but no results. Also, I don't like the feeling of that guitar. It's an ibanez SZ520QM by the way, with a custom seymour duncan/ibanez pickup on neck and a seymour duncan JB for the bridge pickup. Switching pickups while playing a song makes everything sound so bad because the pickups are very different (came like that when I got the guitar).

I was thinking about getting an ESP LTD or an Ibanez with a fixed bridge of course. Maybe an epiphone also, but I haven't heard good stuff about them.

Thanks in advance, I'll sincerely appreciate your help
#2
If you are going to get an LTD, try to go used and get one of their older ones. Every LTD that I've played that's at least a few years old has been better than their current models. The Ibanez sabers are also very awesome, but you would most likely end up needing a pickup swap because stock Ibanez pups are just disastrous in my opinion.
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If you are going to get an LTD, try to go used and get one of their older ones. Every LTD that I've played that's at least a few years old has been better than their current models. The Ibanez sabers are also very awesome, but you would most likely end up needing a pickup swap because stock Ibanez pups are just disastrous in my opinion.


I agree with the pups point, I already planned doing that anyways since most guitars at that price don't come with any incredible pickups lol. How many years old minimum do you think I should look for?
#4
esp ltd mh-1000nt or esp ltd ec-1000 with seymour duncans
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#5
Any other suggestions, or advices? I know it's been a while, but now that I've settle some stuff, I'm getting that guitar soon :P
#8
That link doesn't work, but I guessed it was about an ibanez s5ex1 :P

Schecter, maybe. Jackson, I'm not sure, never really tried them... By the way, I have tiny hands and I heard that jackson necks are a bit bigger than other necks.
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That link doesn't work, but I guessed it was about an ibanez s5ex1 :P


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#10
Well I have small hand's as well, when I had my Jackson( 1st guitar ) I didn't really pay attention to the neck size. Now when I got my Schecter I noticed the neck was a little bigger but I loved it, now when I play my Jackson the neck is just to thin for my liking. For Schecter I would look at the hellraiser series or custom series for Jackson I would look in your price range as they do have some great guitar's as well.
#11
When I say tiny hands, it's like, realy tiny :P I'll try to check them out. I saw ltd ec-1000, would the deluxe version(vintage black) be alright? I found someone selling one for a good price (750$)
#13
pics of hands?


just go try out the guitars yourself though, we cant tell you what will work for your hands
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#14
The store I went didn't have great jacksons, but the schecters really impressed me :P . They didn't have any LTDs, but I'm going to another shop today try some. I really like the knob taps for the pickups and it feels great for me, so I don't really see where an LTD could beat it or any other guitar. But I'm not 100% sure, when it's too good to be true, it probably isn't true xP. Any critics on the c-1 hellraiser or any advice on any other guitars?

And les paul shaped guitars just aren't for my hands xP (for the higher notes).
#15
schecters are made in the same korean factory as prs se's are. schecters are probably the best guitar for the money that you can buy (reverands are nice too). i have a 2010 amer standard strat and a 2011 lp studio, and the neck/action of my schecter c1 hellraiser is better than both. also the build quality is better than the fender (not the gibson tho) and a c1 or c1 hellraiser is about half the price of the fender. or consider a prs se. spectacular guitars.
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#16
How about a Fender Strat. They are quite versatile and can be used for the purposes you have stated.

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#18
After trying a bunch of guitars, I fell in love with this LTD H-401 FM. After trying it, I couldn't feel comfortable with other necks like the hellraiser's. The only thing on it that doesn't look reliable, though I didn't have any problems with it yet, are the tuners. Other than that, I feel like it's a pretty good guitar. Any opinions on it?
#19
Ibanez RG1451 maybe? Love that thing. Or Esp Ltd ec-1000?
#20
Not to rep my guitar, but if you can get a used PRS SE Torero, you CANNOT go wrong. It's neck through and has GREAT upper fret access.

Having said that, the LTD you mentioned is also a good guitar, so if you want that and you like it, go for it .
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#21
the lower end jackson pro series should fullfill all your needs, I own a RR3 which actually sounds like it would fullfill your needs (if you don't mind a lincensed FR that is)



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#22
look at schecter C-1's. They are great guitars for there price and are very well equipped in my opinion, and they seem to be catching on with a lot of modern guitarists