Would it be an even trade to go from a kramer striker 424 to a ltd MH50 with emg 81/85 pick ups?

I mostly play metallica music
If you're looking for Metallica tone, find a Mesa/Boogie Rectifier and put some EMGs in your guitar.


Ibanez RG2550Z/SRX430
Alesis Core 1

I'm a student. I've got no time or space for an amp!
Well, I know that Kirk uses what amounts to an upgraded MH guitar for his signature models. If you want the same sound as Metallica gets, the ESP put you closer than the Kramer, I think, especially with those EMGs.

Of course, the guitar alone won't make your sound suddenly the same as theirs. Both guitars look like they could handle Metallica pretty easily, so I'd recommend you get the one that feels more comfortable to play.