#1
Hello fellow UG members!
I'm currently looking for a new axe but don't know what to choose because of endless of brands and looks of guitars.

I currently have a Jackson JS1 Dinky, pretty solid beginner guitar but the sound starts to sound awful (or is it me that plays sloppy who knows)

What Im looking for:
ST-model
Humbucker Humbucker Passive or active
No tremolo / FR style tremolo (I like to experiment with different tunings, i think im gonna hardtail FR tremolo)
And same witdh size of the fretboard (short fingers)
Budget: 500euro / 670 dollar (it's not absoulute budget, I can go over the limit)

It would be a plus if its found in thomann.de

What I like to play:
Lamb of God
Metallica
Megadeth
RCHP
Pantera

And if you could, recomend an combo amp. right now im thinking about buying Line 6 IV 15w. because Im not going to gigs, just practicing at home.

edit: Forgot to add budget

Cheers!
Last edited by ieye at Oct 27, 2013,
#4
What amp do you currently have? Because if you consider a 15 watt Spider to be an upgrade I'm guessing it's pretty crappy, and that's certainly going to be the reason things sound bad..you might want to re-jig your budget and spend a bit more on the amp.
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#5
Quote by ieye
Are those only sold in US? I live in Sweden and I've never heard of that brand, but the guitar looks so ****ing amazing.

Godin is a Canadian brand, and in the USA, the Redline HB is usually priced around $499.

I know Thomann has sold some Godins in the past- usually Sessions (a HSS style Strat)- and so do other websites that ship internationally, like Sweetwater. If you like it, contact Thomann snd see if you can order one.
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#6
Quote by steven seagull
What amp do you currently have? Because if you consider a 15 watt Spider to be an upgrade I'm guessing it's pretty crappy, and that's certainly going to be the reason things sound bad..you might want to re-jig your budget and spend a bit more on the amp.


the amp I had with my JS1 dinky before I sold it was and Peavey Rage 158. Should I instead go for the IV 75 instead?
#7
We have similar taste my friend. Here, these are my options for you within you budget:

- Something from the Fender Blacktop line. (if the one you like has a tremolo just block it)
- Charvel Pro-mod Series San Dimas Style 1 HSHT but is HS
- The ESP LTD H, M or MH series might have something you like.
- Check out Sterling By Music Man models, they might have something for you.
-Rasmus by Suhr is an option but they are hard to find

Good luck, and Cheers
#10
Im not going to play live for an audience or similar, just to have it home for practicing. Also I live in an apartment top floor so I dont want to have to blast the amp in full for good sound.

I dont know the difference about tube valve etc as long it's maintenance free im good

Maybe Line 6 IV 30w ?
#11
Quote by marianoarnaiz


I know tube amps are awesome and all but they're also loud as hell. He stated he's a bedroom player only right now.

As far as practice amps go I've heard good things about the Peavey Vypyr series, the Roland Cubes, and the Fender Mustangs. - and most of these come in a 40 watt version which would be loud enough to play with a band and quiet enough for the bedroom, plus they have headphone jacks.
#12
Quote by demonhellcat
I know tube amps are awesome and all but they're also loud as hell. He stated he's a bedroom player only right now.

As far as practice amps go I've heard good things about the Peavey Vypyr series, the Roland Cubes, and the Fender Mustangs. - and most of these come in a 40 watt version which would be loud enough to play with a band and quiet enough for the bedroom, plus they have headphone jacks.



Thanks, I'll look in to those models
#13
If "loud" is a concern, consider getting a good set of headphones and something like one of these portable digital modelers:

Boss Micro-BR 4 track
http://www.guitarcenter.com/-i1169092.gc

Pocket POD
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Line-6-Pocket-POD-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104391875-i1173933.gc

Tascam GT-R1
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-GT-R1-Portable-Guitar-Bass-Recorder-105125306-i1401677.gc
http://www.guitarcenter.com/TASCAM-DR-1-GT-R1-Accessory-Kit-105020473-i1402140.gc

Korg Pandora Mini
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-Mini-PXMINI-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-H70754-i1746466.gc

Korg Px4
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX4D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-103381554-i1124641.gc

Korg Px5
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Korg-Pandora-PX5D-Guitar-Multi-Effects-Processor-104821715-i1387080.gc

Here is a visual comparison of (left to right) Tascam, my PX-5 and one of my Px4s to my old Aiwa cassette player:



Only the Tascam has decent acoustic recording capacity. All DO have features like tuners, metronomes, drum synthesizers, and digital amp & pedal modeling.

So with decent headphones, you can rock out like you were playing Texas Stadium. And yes, they are all about the size of an old Walkman.

The ones I own: the Tascam has the external mics, a phrase trainer (loop & slow down stuff for practicing), and takes SD cards. Both it and the PX5 can connect directly to your computer via a USB port. The PX4 is discontinued, but it can still be easily found. It is less powerful than the PX5, but, oddly, the PX5 does not have a belt/strap hook.

The ones I don't own: The Line6 PocketPOD is, I believe, the most popular device like this; the Boss might be the most powerful (and priciest); the Pandora Mini is the smallest (its about the size of a stack of business cards), cheapest, and least powerful.
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!