#1
I play mostly megadeth, slayer, metallica and some classic rock like led zeppelin and ac/dc.
Budget $1200 - $ 2500
In USA
Have been looking at Jackson's, gibsons and some prs's.
Is prs worth the extra money? Are Jackson's poplar/alder bodies suitable for thrash metal? Can les Paul's handle thrash metal? What are some other brands I should check out?
Currently playing through a blackstar ht stage 60.
Thanks
#3
I think it really depends on what amp you play than what guitar when it comes to thrash music. Quintessential bands have used strats, super strats, explorers, flying v's, les pauls, jacksons, ibanez's, dean's. I would think that as long as you have a solid body, decent pickups, and an amp with enough gain and tone you can play any guitar. I can't think of anyone using a semi hollow for thrash music.
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I play mostly megadeth, slayer, metallica and some classic rock like led zeppelin and ac/dc.
Budget $1200 - $ 2500
In USA
Have been looking at Jackson's, gibsons and some prs's.
Is prs worth the extra money? Are Jackson's poplar/alder bodies suitable for thrash metal? Can les Paul's handle thrash metal? What are some other brands I should check out?
Currently playing through a blackstar ht stage 60.
Thanks

PRS are great they have the older CE22/24 which are bolt-thru necks but are identical to the custom 22/24 other than that. They start at $900ish typically.

The Jackson Soloist its a great guitar for thrash.

Check out some Charvel's They are good for thrash also.

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#7
Jackson and Charvel are actually the same company, and were started by Grover Jackson.
The first Jackson was the Concorde, which was made for Randy Rhoads.
He put his name on it, because he didn't think it was the right thing to put Charvel on.


Go play a bunch of guitars and see what you like.
#9
Get an EVH 5150 III. That amp makes a sewing machine sound metal. You could even buy a used Gibson V with the change.
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#10
Jackson and Charvel guitars pretty much dominated the Thrash metal genre back in the day, and still do to an extent. For the money, they are hard to beat. Really the only question is do you like the necks on them? Some people find the necks on those too wide and don't like the compound radius. Try 'em out and see if you like it.

For the money you are willing to spend, I would go straight for the USA series of guitars, or one of the Charvel Custom Shop models.

Other good brands to look for would be ESP and Kramer, but neither of those are made in the US (Japan and Indonesia I believe). They are killer guitars none the less.
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Jackson SL-2H. Beautiful guitar. Very pricey, but USA Jacksons are dreams.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SL2HMBK




If you're willing to go Japanese, look at the ESP M-II as well. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/EMIISTDMBLK?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=none&device=c&network=g&matchtype=&gclid=CNLbp7-y-bcCFcU5QgodO24AhQ
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#13
Anything that feels good to play will suffice as long as the amp/pickups suit the sound. Just go try some out.

I like PRS, but it's not like you need one.
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#14
I like to play thrash on my 335 copy

It really comes down to personal preference, go play a bunch and see what you like best.

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#15
For some reason I just can't fathom people thrashing on a PRS. They've always been daddy-rock guitars to me, you know, polish after every use.

Thrash like a sir.
#16
I can't typically see people chugging around in drop B on a Fender either, but Jim Root pulls it off.

Thrash does have that certain "look" to it, but there's no rulebook here.
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#17
To be fair, Fender bastardized both his Tele and Strat to pull off that metal look.

Also, it is a rule. If caught, Kerry King will personally come and kill you with his beardfist.
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Jackson SL-2H. Beautiful guitar. Very pricey, but USA Jacksons are dreams.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SL2HMBK




If you're willing to go Japanese, look at the ESP M-II as well. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/EMIISTDMBLK?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=PPC&utm_campaign=none&device=c&network=g&matchtype=&gclid=CNLbp7-y-bcCFcU5QgodO24AhQ


I haven't gotten to try a soloist yet, as I will have to wait, the closest jackson dealer is 90 minute away. I have tried other "superstrats" and though they felt kind of small. Do you think this would be the same case? And I'm not big on their woods or their nuts they use, is this something that I should still consider cause I'm not a big poplar or basswood guy.
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Depends on the style of thrash he's after.
Modern thrash like Evile, then yes. 6505.

Old School, and Old school styled like Kill em All, Ride the lightning metallica, Kreator, Slayer, and modern acts like Gama Bomb are Marshalls JCM800s, and, in Gama Bomb's case, a JCM2000 DSL
#20
the TS is using a Blackstar HT-60, so pretty close to a JCM2000 era type marshall in some ways i'd guess.
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Jacksons are great for thrash


x2000.

Jackson FTW for metal. Soloists are great. I have a MIJ one and a KV-2 for neck thru models. Nothin wrong with bolt on.

Avoid the MIC basswood ones. Basswood is like balsawood.... Not dense. Admittedly I haven't had a chance to play one an see how it sustains and feels.

My vote is for any MIA model. RR, KV, KE and soloists are all great. I love the frets and necks.
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#23
jackson and charvel are probably worth a look.
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#24
With that kind of budget you could pick up an original thrash machine, like an '81 Flying V or something. Or it you want one of the arguably most well-built axes conceived, you could land a nice Chicago-era American Dean for that.


You have countless options, both modern and vintage. It's impossible to tell you what would be best, so get out and try gear. With that budget dropping a couple hundred in gas to try stuff out isn't a big deal to find out what works best for you.
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#25
Definitely try before you buy. Neck profile and frets are important.

Nothing like dropping 2K and getting a wrist cramp or a guitar that plays like shit to you.
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#26
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Avoid the MIC basswood ones. Basswood is like balsawood.... Not dense. Admittedly I haven't had a chance to play one an see how it sustains and feels.


The Musicman JP6 is made of Basswood, plenty of tone there. It's a different kind of Basswood than normally used in cheaper guitars though.

That's my vote, Music Man Petrucci of some sort. Fast Ibanez wizard type neck, killer pickups, fantastic term that always stays in tune. Jacksons and charvels are excellent for thrash of course, but for that kind of money, you could get an EBMM that's very versatile as well.
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#27
Jacksons or Schecters are killer for metal. Certain Ibanez models as well
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