#1
deluxe strat is like 1500 and its awesome realy cool features plus its an american strat so it will sound good

But theec-1000 is the best looking guitar i have ever seen IMHO plus its 600 used

i play anywhere from clean blues to hard rock
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#2
For what u play, Id go LTD
Duncans will be good for hard rock and clean blues, especially on the neck
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I'd say LTD, you can probably play more varied styles and have them sound well. And I really want an ESP...
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A new amp doesn't matter for shit unless he gigs.... ****ing new amp nazis....

Anyway, TS, if you gig, I'd get a new amp and a used EC-400VF. They float around on eBay and Craigslist pretty often, and I've seen a bunch in chain music stores. Or go for a Raven West Guitar on eBay.

If you don't gig, I'd get the EC-1000, probably with Duncans.

But either way, you should go see if you like the feel of these guitars.

EDIT: but if you can find a used Ibanez Radius guitar you should DEFINITELY go for it. It fits what you're looking for PERFECTLY. They're amazing guitars that were discontinued because Ibanez consistently discontinues their best products
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#8
i dunno, $1500 is a lot to spend on a guitar when you have a beginner amp (even if it's a pretty good beginner amp), even if you are only playing at home. Unless you really do have to keep the volume around about zero...

I mean, I agree that a new amp isn't always the correct solution, but a lot of the time it is. It's not "new amp nazis", it's that we get a heck of a lot of threads in here from people looking for suggestions for $1000+ guitars when they have $100 amps.

If you are gonna blow it all on the guitar, i'd maybe get the HSS version of the american deluxe strat. USed MIJ ibanez superstrat would be a good call too. And put the rest towards an amp.
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#9
I recomend fender billy corgan. I played it on renegade 212,good guitar for metal/hard rock,and for jazz also.. it's cheaper than deluxe series.

Edit: also,i would go with esp les paul,with duncan pickups. it's about 1100$.
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#10
I have an epi shertaton 2 and wanted some single coil stratty sounds but the ltd is Sexy im looking at the sunniest one with duncans
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A new amp doesn't matter for shit unless he gigs.... ****ing new amp nazis....

Anyway, TS, if you gig, I'd get a new amp and a used EC-400VF. They float around on eBay and Craigslist pretty often, and I've seen a bunch in chain music stores. Or go for a Raven West Guitar on eBay.

If you don't gig, I'd get the EC-1000, probably with Duncans.

But either way, you should go see if you like the feel of these guitars.

EDIT: but if you can find a used Ibanez Radius guitar you should DEFINITELY go for it. It fits what you're looking for PERFECTLY. They're amazing guitars that were discontinued because Ibanez consistently discontinues their best products


I was not aware that new amps don't sound better unless the player is gigging.

Also, how dare guitarists be amp nazis when amps have the biggest effect on the sound of a guitar.

Anyways, I'd probably go with the LTD as well, although I'm a big fan of the Deluxe Strats. If your budget is high enough to afford a new Deluxe Strat, you can score that LTD and probably do a pretty nice amp upgrade too. Even though the amp upgrade will not matter whatsoever unless you're playing in front of a crowd. Because I know none of us care what our tone sounds like unless we're gigging.
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I was not aware that new amps don't sound better unless the player is gigging.

Also, how dare guitarists be amp nazis when amps have the biggest effect on the sound of a guitar.

Anyways, I'd probably go with the LTD as well, although I'm a big fan of the Deluxe Strats. If your budget is high enough to afford a new Deluxe Strat, you can score that LTD and probably do a pretty nice amp upgrade too. Even though the amp upgrade will not matter whatsoever unless you're playing in front of a crowd. Because I know none of us care what our tone sounds like unless we're gigging.


I didn't say they don't sound better, I said they don't matter. I agree they have the biggest effect on the sound, but the better the guitar, the quicker the skill progresses. Amps don't really help facilitate progress as well. If you're not gigging, a much better sound isn't that necessary until the guitar situation is taken care of.
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I am doing some light gigging just want to expand my final capabilities
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#14
I would say you're best not splitting your money up. Why split your money up and buy a mediocre amp and a mediocre guitar? Then you'll just need to upgrade them later on. But a great guitar and save up for a great amp.
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By the way, if you have $1500 to spend, I'd say **** it and get a Warmoth. You'll never need an upgrade again. You can buy different types of guitars later on, but you'll never need to get a better one.
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I would say you're best not splitting your money up. Why split your money up and buy a mediocre amp and a mediocre guitar? Then you'll just need to upgrade them later on. But a great guitar and save up for a great amp.


LTD -1000s aren't mediocre.. and if he can get one for $600, that's a good deal. Then he's also have $900 for an amp, or just to hold on to for something else. You don't have to spend an absurd amount of money to get a "main" guitar. And it sounds like he really likes it, which is what really matters. No sense in spending a ton when it's not necessary.
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LTD -1000s aren't mediocre.. and if he can get one for $600, that's a good deal. Then he's also have $900 for an amp, or just to hold on to for something else. You don't have to spend an absurd amount of money to get a "main" guitar. And it sounds like he really likes it, which is what really matters. No sense in spending a ton when it's not necessary.


They aren't mediocre, you're right. But being able to get a custom guitar of the highest quality means he would never have to get another guitar. I've NEVER heard of anyone being less than completely satisfied with a Warmoth.
#18
Get the EC100 and coil tap the p/u if they havent been already. But I'd check them out first some people hate the ESP necks, just like every guitar is not for everyone.
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They aren't mediocre, you're right. But being able to get a custom guitar of the highest quality means he would never have to get another guitar. I've NEVER heard of anyone being less than completely satisfied with a Warmoth.


I guess the way I'm looking at it is if you can get a high-quality guitar for $600 and have $900 left over for an amp, I'd much rather have that than a guitar and OP's amp. But, I've also always been someone who will always want something else.

There isn't a wrong answer here, just a difference of opinion. I like the LTD + $900 amp combo.
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#20
They're both good scenarios. I just feel that for someone who doesn't really gig, a $900 amp is a ridiculous waste.
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A new amp doesn't matter for shit unless he gigs.... ****ing new amp nazis....

Anyway, TS, if you gig, I'd get a new amp and a used EC-400VF. They float around on eBay and Craigslist pretty often, and I've seen a bunch in chain music stores. Or go for a Raven West Guitar on eBay.

If you don't gig, I'd get the EC-1000, probably with Duncans.

But either way, you should go see if you like the feel of these guitars.

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