Budget: I would be willing to go up to $1400.

Fav. Artists: Kirk Hammett, Paul Gilbert, Randy Rhoads, SRV, Adam Jones, Tom Morello

Preferences: Really would prefer strat style body, but not opposed to LP/V/Explorer.

Pickups: Would prefer Passives. At least one Humbucker.

New/Used: No preference.

Location: I'm in the southern part of Illinois, USA. Closest city is Paducah, KY, then St. Louis, MO.

Current Gear: I have a Gibson Les Paul, ESP M-1, Alvarez strat H/H, Alvarez Strat S/S/S, and a Peavey ValveKing 100 Head and Peavey Windsor 4x12 cab.

Just putting this out there to see if there are any guitars I should be noticing that I haven't. I'm looking to extend my collection.
With that kind of budget, look at Carvin, US Masters, Fernandes, Reverend, Godin, G&L, DBZ, Dean Zelinsky's Private Reserve, Bowes, Rock Beach...

Also look up Jon Kammerer, a luthier in Keokuk, on Facebook (his website was killed by malware). For $1k, his standard designs are semi-customizable*, 24fret, 25.5" scale and have blind fret slots. His full customs start at $2k.

* options include pickup brands & configurations and finishes
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Ibanez VBT700
Schecter Traditional Custom (Black Winter)
Orange Micro Dark
Line 6 Flextone 112
Big Muff
MXR Micro Amp

Squier Classic Vibs 70's Precision
Ampeg BA110V2
Ibanez RG or S prestige.
Jackson DK2FS
Fernandes FR-65

Morley pro series pedal
BBE two time Delay
Empress Nebulus
Subdecay Quantum Quasar
Solid Gold FX Nitro

Blackstar HT stage 100
Marshal 1922 2x12 (V-30, Greenback)
ESP gets my vote, a good MIA Jackson too.

Mesa Royal Atlantic
Emperor 4x12 Silver Bells
PRS Swamp Ash Limited Custom 24
EQD Acapulco Gold
MXR Carbon Copy
EHX Epitome
EHX Superego
Fuzz Hugger Algal Bloom
Way Huge Fat Sandwich
A Used Jackson RR1 USA Rhoads.
Jackson DK-2 [2004 MIJ] (EMG 81/SA)
Jackson RR-3 [2007 MIJ] (EMG 81/60)
Ibanez RG370DX [2009] (EMG 81/60)
Epiphone Les Paul Custom [2004] (EMG 81/85)
Ltd/Esp M-17 7-String [2013] (EMG 81-7 set)
Bugera 333XL 120watt Tube Head, Crate BV412 Cab
Get a Jackson. I got a Jackson DK2 MIJ and I ****ing love it. Great for Metal but suprisingy all around good sound. I play any genre on it.

With $1400 you could get a killer USA Jackson. I would reccomend used.
Jackson DK2
1962 Fender Esquire
PEAVEY 6505+ 112
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used guitar for $1400? *cringe*

with that budget you can go to a music store and play every single guitar there and then buy the one you like the best. definitely check out Ibanez S series and some of the HSS fender strats
It's all about feel
You already have really nice guitars - why not use the money to get a Splawn or something instead?
Spin 'round carousel when your horse isn't screwed in.

My band:
Fractured Instinct
(For fans of Death/Groove/Prog Metal)

Ibanez RGA42E
Ibanez S420
LTD H-301
Ibanez RG520
Peavey Predator USA
Douglas Grendel 725
Line 6 Pod HD500X
That's a good point... I didn't give much thought to even upgrading my amp. iI have always wanted a Mesa. Perhaps I'm looking at this all wrong.

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions everyone. This is why it's a good idea to post here!
Ibanez RG or S or ESP.

Also, thank you for listing your amp gear too. I have a Peavey VK100 sitting here without a cab and then I googled Peavey Windsor cab. Cheapest deal was £130 with shipping. Thank you so much!

[NB - I'm not looking for amazing gear anyway - just stuff that I can gig with, including pubs and huge fields at schools]


Ibanez RG2550Z/SRX430
Alesis Core 1

I'm a student. I've got no time or space for an amp!
Last edited by Woffelz at Jan 19, 2013,