With Tax time coming around. its time for me to start guitar shopping. I play mainly different types of metal. Location is midwest, usa. Budget should be less than 4 or 500. As I will be getting a new amp as well. Im used to the emgs now. But trying a jb set wouldnt be terrible. I really like the explorer shape, feels comfortable to me. One shape I cant get into is the fender style strat shape. just slides off my knee too much. explorer stays perfectly.

Ive been looking at a godin redline 1, ltd 400 and 1000 series, gibson flying v. Not interested in getting a FR because ive never tried one. any other suggestions? Oh yeah i mainly only buy used. I get new gear once a year and this will be the time. maybe some explorer copies with quality build. thatd be fine. thanks.
Ibanez VBT700
Randall Diavlo RD5H
Peavey Vypyr 112 (WGS Veteran 30)
Boss SD1
Zoom G1on

Squier Chris Aiken Precision Bass (EMG GZR)
Ampeg 108B