#1
I need a new guitar, I like playing hard rock and some metal. I'm currently playing on a very cheap strat copy with cheap humbuckers the produce a load of unwanted noise. I get lots of buzzing from the selector switch too. I think it's time for an upgrade?

I don't want to spend much at all. I was looking at these few guitars, which one from these would you reccommend most?

http://www.gak.co.uk/en/dean-vmntx-dave-mustaine-united-abominations/17640
http://www.gak.co.uk/en/jackson-js30-rr/3666
http://www.gak.co.uk/en/schecter-omen-6/33753
Also been told Kramer guitars are good? http://www.gak.co.uk/en/kramer-pacer-classic-pearl-white/30678

Playing on a VOX AD30VT or Laney TF300. Using a BOSS-DS1.

Basically I want a guitar with good humbuckers to get a powerful, heavy tone. I am willing to spend money on pedals also as I cannot afford a new amp at this moment in time... If you can reccomend any other guitars than what I've been looking at, please do. GBP£250 max, MIGHT stretch to 300, and I will buy second hand.
Last edited by DanJames93 at May 9, 2011,
#4
forget the dean, cheap deans are horrible and the graphics are even worse
Schecters are popular but i dont know about the cheap ones
The jackson js series are really just starter guitars although Ive heard they are good for modifying
Kramers are great guitars altho you may want to swap out the pickups in future and if the floyd rose is licensed as opposed to original itll be a bitch to keep in tune.

Definetly go used, you should be able to find far better guitars in your budget
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#5
Go used then, none of those are great upgrades from your cheap Strat...or save up and double your budget for a real upgrade.
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#6
Thanks for the advice, I do like the Kramer. Unfortunately I'm a beginner, so would you all be able to give some guidance? Link to some guitars maybe.
#8
Okay I've decided against the Dean, people say it's not amazing and it also looks like absolute shit. I was thinking, how about the other three? (I really like the Kramer and Jackson)

Use the stock guitar for the time being, and at a later date add these Zakk Wylde signature pickups: http://www.guitar.co.uk/accessories/pickups/141-emg_zw_set_zakk_wylde_active_pickups

or these: http://www.guitar.co.uk/accessories/pickups/2075-seymour_duncan_ahb1_blackouts_humbucker?page=2


Or these
I studied D&T and know electronics, so fitting them would be piss easy.
#9
the schecter-omen for sure, all the other ones have cheep crappy tremalos on which will go out of tune all the time suck your tone and just generally be a POS, the hard tail would be a much better option, also more of the production costs can go into making the guitar better as a whole rather than putting a trem into it.

HTH

EDIT: the jackson doesnt have a trem, ide go for that, i loved my old jackson, also cheep deans are usless
Last edited by wozzsta at May 9, 2011,
#10
Quote by wozzsta
the schecter-omen for sure, all the other ones have cheep crappy tremalos on which will go out of tune all the time suck your tone and just generally be a POS, the hard tail would be a much better option, also more of the production costs can go into making the guitar better as a whole rather than putting a trem into it.

HTH

EDIT: the jackson doesnt have a trem, ide go for that, i loved my old jackson, also cheep deans are usless


I've been hearing some good reviews on the cheap Jacskon. I'm sure even the stock pickups on cheap Jacksons would be better than the ones I have now. I mean, I payed £50 for my current guitar; it's got a humbucker and two single coils. I'm sure they're terrible.

I'm seriously considering the Jackson and then purchasing a set of the Zakk Wylde EMGs in the future.
#11
sounds like a good choice, but ide stay away from the Zakk Wylde EMGs, plus afaik, they are active pickups right? which would mean that you would have to rewire the whole guitar, and try and find space for a 9v battery, you would be better off getting a setup passive pickups, for a guitar like this i would suggest Irongear pickups, they are great pickups but quite cheep.

I think these would work well for you

http://www.irongear.co.uk/irongear_024.htm

HTH James
#12
Don't buy any of those. If you like the shape of the JS30 you could get a used Jackson RR3 for the same money
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#13
I was reading about the EMGs, even though I know a certain amount of electronics, the schematics for that look rather confusing, so I'd have to replace everything like the dials and selector switch?

So if I buy ones that are not active pickups, I will only have to rewire the pickups?
#14
yeah u will have to change the lot, maybe not the selector switch but everything else, yeah if u get passive, it will just be a case of popping the old ones out and putting the new ones in.
#15
Well it looks like I'm going to get a cheapish guitar with a good body, probably a hardtail and it does not have to have good pickups as stock. I'll resarch passive pickups and find some nice ones.
#16
The EMG set should come with the 25K pots and cap you need...you will reuse your selector switch. Just need to ensure the shaft length on the new pots are equal to the stock shafts so your knobs will fit right. They're not hard to wire and come with instructions...the battery can just fit in the electronics cavity...that's where I put mine when I added a second battery for the 18V mod in my Ibanez.

That said, and this is off track a bit, if you want active pups, I prefer the SD Blackouts to the EMGs...have had both in my Ibanez and the Blackouts are far more impressive. Or, you could just try adding the Blackout preamp to the stock pups and get a juiced up improved tone that way for far less cash. http://www.seymourduncan.com/blackouts/ It's running $44USD online and gets a thumbs up from my guitar instructor (he's got it wired to the Screamin' Demon and a YJM stacked HB.
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