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The rhythm guitarist in our band is buying a new guitar, probably in the $500-700 range, but he said he could go as high as $900. He asked me for recommendations so I thought I'd throw it out here. He prefers to play heavier stuff (metal/hard rock). I was thinking he'd probably be into something by Ibanez, Schechter, or ESP (LTD). He was originally thinking of getting an Epiphone Les Paul but I haven't heard good things about those. Obviously I know he needs to play the instruments before he buys them but I'd like to give him some guidance. Suggestions? Thanks
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f he's in the UK, don't got with schecter. hugely overpriced over here.

Hamer are pretty good. Ibby can have some nice ones but I'd avoid ESP's lower end. Epiphone are inconsistent. Carvin have some fairly low end good ones IIRC but I might be getting that confused with another C____ brand(?)

avoid Dean.
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Ibanez RG550 and switch to EMGs? Or RG Iron Label comes with EMGs stock.
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#4
Schecter a few guitars with Active EMGs in that price range. Such as the Damien Elites, Damien Platinums, and Hellraisers. (I'm a little biased there. I own a Damien Elite.)
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The Prophecy series Epiphones might work well. They've got plenty of features for the price (either EMGs or Gibson Dirty Fingers), and they come with a hard case as well. I haven't heard anything bad about that range in particular, so I wouldn't worry too much about inconsistency.

I wouldn't recommend ESP's ranges from 330 below to a metal guitarist unless you plan on changing the pickups, my EC330FM is more suited for clean stuff and gets a little muddy when you turn up the gain.
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in the USA, look for a Used PRS CE24. You can find 'em for $900
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The rhythm guitarist in our band is buying a new guitar, probably in the $500-700 range, but he said he could go as high as $900. He asked me for recommendations so I thought I'd throw it out here. He prefers to play heavier stuff (metal/hard rock). I was thinking he'd probably be into something by Ibanez, Schechter, or ESP (LTD). He was originally thinking of getting an Epiphone Les Paul but I haven't heard good things about those. Obviously I know he needs to play the instruments before he buys them but I'd like to give him some guidance. Suggestions? Thanks


Godin's discontinued HSS shredder, the Velocity, has hot pickups and a slender neck- they're made in Canada with a high level of QC. Good guitars. GC and some other places still have some new ones for just under $900, but they can be found used in excellent condition for $450-550. They also offer the moderately priced Redline HB, a $500 hardtail shredder, and other Redline models with EMGs for a little bit more.
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Godin-Velocity-Electric-Guitar-107222283-i1388019.gc?source=4WWRWXGP&kwid=productads-plaid%5E32411555561-sku%5E107222283@ADL4gc-adType%5EPLA-device%5Et-adid%5E13625726801

Almost all of Fernandes' entire line is aimed at the heavier genres of rock, and they are currently selling certain models at a discount on their direct-sales online shop. Look for an Elite, Deluxe, or even one of the SHIN series. Well made, and most are currently in the right price range. (I own a Ravelle Elite, and am considering adding a Dragonfly and/or a SHIN Ravelle to my collection.)
http://www.fernandesguitarshop.com/

Dean Zelinsky's first comoany, Dean, is another meal-centric brand with a direct-sales online shop. Should be good as long as you say above the $500 mark. (I like their Cadillacs- I own a TC one, and have my eye on a mid-level one for a modding project.)
http://shop.deanguitars.com/c/electric

Dean Zelinsky's second company, DBZ's designs also tend towards a sonic and visual design aesthetic found in harder genres of music. Most model are available under $900.
http://www.dbzguitars.com/guitars/electric-guitar#sthash.Sk14ADF6.dpbs

Reverend has a unique quasi-retro style, and their sound for most of their guitars is perfect for classic rock, blues, and non-metal hard rock. However, some models have their new RailHammer Chisel and/or Anvil pickups, which definitely have the output for all butmthe heaviest of metal genres. Consider the Bayonet, Sensei RAs, the Kingbolts, and Volcano RA. The Reeves Gabrels sig II would also be a good choice, but it is out of your price range by a couple hundred dollars.
http://www.reverendguitars.com/category/guitar/

Malden is a brand that popped up on my radar several years ago, and I finally bought me one. Originally, I was going to buy the Subhuman- I saw some GREAT demos- but decided its body wouldn't fit mine. Instead, I bought a Bad Karma, the more aggressively voiced cousin of the Karma LP-style guitar. Only downside so far: its physical dimensions are such that it won't fit in a traditional LP case, and Malden's agreement with a custom case maker has expired, so you're on your own in that regard. (Mine is in a Gretsch case.)
http://maldenguitars.com/

A couple of industry vets have resurrected the Electra guitars brand, and right now, have some intro-price deals on their Omegas. Nice LP-style guitars with a subtlely different aesthetic.
http://www.electraguitar.com/shop/
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Epiphone is a brand you really have to try before buying. You can get amazing Epiphones, but you can also get bad ones. Aside from that, they're perfectly solid guitars generally. Good hardware, good construction. An Epiphone Prophecy guitar has good pickups and an Ibanez-thin neck if he likes that sort of thing.

Ibanez might be good for him if he likes floyds and super thin necks. They're generally made decently, but some of the cheaper guitars have poor hardware and pickups.

Schecters are way overpriced in the UK, but in the US they can be had for pennies. I honestly don't like them, but a lot of people do.

LTD is another good option. I personally don't like them, but a lot of people do. Try to get a used old 400 series LTD. They're great guitars for how little money they are. But it depends on what kind of preferences he has.
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I have to say that I like my Epi. When I got it, the inlays were popping out but another $20 at my favorite luthier fixed that last year and it's been great since then.

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#10
In that price range you can get a good used LTD EC1000, or a new EC401. I really like both.
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I will sell you a schecter hellraiser extreme FR for $900

Active EMGs, Coil Taps, Licensed Floyd rose trem, quilt top in the black finish, ebony fingerboard

Nearly in brand new condition

Going rate on these is 1100
MSRP is 1550

If you want you can talk to me about it and I can list on ebay for you to grab or something like that.

The reason I am willing to sell is that actives are really not my thing.
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I will sell you a schecter hellraiser extreme FR for $900

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Malden is a brand that popped up on my radar several years ago, and I finally bought me one. Originally, I was going to buy the Subhuman- I saw some GREAT demos- but decided its body wouldn't fit mine. Instead, I bought a Bad Karma, the more aggressively voiced cousin of the Karma LP-style guitar. Only downside so far: its physical dimensions are such that it won't fit in a traditional LP case, and Malden's agreement with a custom case maker has expired, so you're on your own in that regard. (Mine is in a Gretsch case.)
http://maldenguitars.com/


I forgot: Malden has a direct-sales section on their website that stocks some of their new guitars, as well as some factory seconds/b-stocks.

http://maldenguitars.com/store.htm
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