#1
Hello, I am looking for a new guitar, preferably under $700

Budget: Preferably under $700 (Meaning, less is better, but I am willing to pay 7)

Favorite Artists: Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, etc. (Also Keith Merrow, Jeff Loomis, and Ola Englund, but, Im not looking for a 7/8 string )

Pickups: I am open to options, but, I would prefer humbuckers.

Shape: I am open to shape, but, please, no Ibanez S Shaped guitars.

New or Used: Either is ok, but, if I can get a nice guitar new, I would prefer that

Location: Piedmont NC area, closest GC is Greensboro

Current gear: I was planning on purchasing a new amp soon (And I am, A Blackstar HT-5), as I just still have some random brand beginning guitarist 15watt amp, and I also sometimes use the iOS app JamUp Pro XT, but, my guitar, I am just sick of it, which is why I am purchasing a new guitar before the amp. I know, a good amp can make any guitar sound good, but I have some reasons:

The Guitar I have: ESP LTD Viper 50

I HATE the neck profile. I hate it so much that it sometimes hurts to play it! (it will sometimes give my hands cramps). From what I know, it is a "Thin-U" neck contour, but, I am not sure, as my guitar is at least 2 years old, not sure if ESP used that shape then.

Also, the bridge pickup has been having some issues, often requiring me to switch pickups a couple times to get it to work.

And, most of all (In my opinion), It just quite simply dosent drive me to play. Its not the kind of guitar that I would wake up each and every day to play and love. It just dosent send of those kind of vibes to me, which, in turn, has been making me play less and less.

Anything else: I would prefer no trem, and, I would rather have nicer looks (See: PRS) than nicer pickups, as I am willing to get them changed.

Please, recommend whatever you want, its your opinion. You can recommend other guitars that dont have the features I listed if you want.
#2
If you hate the thin-U, well, good news! It doesn't make an appearance on too many guitars. I have an LTD 1000 and it has the thin-u. I like it, but it can make my hand tired.

I recommend moving to a modern-C (or slim-C), or a soft V-shape. So you can either read up on various neck profiles and try to figure out how to measure neck profiles from seller descriptions, OR you can go to the shops in person and try a bunch of guitars. If you find one where you really like the neck, most of the time I suspect you don't need to buy that EXACT guitar. You can go online and buy the same model (go to GC used section) and you should receive the same neck profile.

If you're not close to a GC and you feel you can risk it, you can always have them ship directly to your house. Yeah yeah, horror stories, but I did that with my recent Tokai strat purchase and my only complaint was the guitar strings hadn't been loosened prior to shipping. But everyone else was perfect.

To start, I would look at used Gibson SGs. You can probably find a used SG Standard within your budget if you are lucky or patient. Gibson has great pickups for harder rock and metal. I've got a set of some sort of gibson pickups in my epi SG and they rock the ass off my Viper. There's also the newer LPJ and SGJ, which cost less but look really ugly IMO.
#3
Quote by samuraigoomba
If you hate the thin-U, well, good news! It doesn't make an appearance on too many guitars. I have an LTD 1000 and it has the thin-u. I like it, but it can make my hand tired.

I recommend moving to a modern-C (or slim-C), or a soft V-shape. So you can either read up on various neck profiles and try to figure out how to measure neck profiles from seller descriptions, OR you can go to the shops in person and try a bunch of guitars. If you find one where you really like the neck, most of the time I suspect you don't need to buy that EXACT guitar. You can go online and buy the same model (go to GC used section) and you should receive the same neck profile.

If you're not close to a GC and you feel you can risk it, you can always have them ship directly to your house. Yeah yeah, horror stories, but I did that with my recent Tokai strat purchase and my only complaint was the guitar strings hadn't been loosened prior to shipping. But everyone else was perfect.

To start, I would look at used Gibson SGs. You can probably find a used SG Standard within your budget if you are lucky or patient. Gibson has great pickups for harder rock and metal. I've got a set of some sort of gibson pickups in my epi SG and they rock the ass off my Viper. There's also the newer LPJ and SGJ, which cost less but look really ugly IMO.


My closest GC (And basically its the only decent guitar shop in my area that I know of) is over an hour and 30mins drive away ;_;.

SG's? Ive considered them before, but, well, as I already had a Viper, I wanted to try a different shape.

And, yes, Ive seen the LPJ/SGJ. I just dont think I could justify getting them when I could get a guitar with more features/better looks for less money.
#4
See the Fret-King Esprit 5: after they adjust the taxes and ship it, it will still be under $700.

http://www.fretsguitarcentre.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d383_Fret-King_Electrics.html

Consider the Fernandes Ravelle and Vertigo lines. They start at $300 and go up over $1200 in each line, so you should be able to find a new or used one in your price range:
http://www.fernandesguitars.com/products/guitars/ravelle.html
http://www.fernandesguitars.com/products/guitars/vertigo.html

From Reverend, primarily consider a Sensei, a Bayonet, or Volcano. Others- like the Charger- might work, too. You might have to go used, but because they're a small brand, occasionally they can be gotten for bargain prices if you scour the web:
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/sensei-hb/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/sensei-ra/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/bayonet/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/volcano-ra-fm/
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!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Nov 2, 2013,
#5
Quote by dannyalcatraz
See the Fret-King Esprit 5: after they adjust the taxes and ship it, it will still be under $700.

http://www.fretsguitarcentre.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d383_Fret-King_Electrics.html

Consider the Fernandes Ravelle and Vertigo lines. They start at $300 and go up over $1200 in each line, so you should be able to find a new or used one in your price range:
http://www.fernandesguitars.com/products/guitars/ravelle.html
http://www.fernandesguitars.com/products/guitars/vertigo.html

From Reverend, primarily consider a Sensei, a Bayonet, or Volcano. Others might work, too. You might have to go used, but because they're a small brand, occasionally they can be gotten for bargain prices if you scour the web:
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/sensei-hb/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/sensei-ra/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/bayonet/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/volcano-ra-fm/


I had saw Reverend's on a few other forum posts, they seem pretty nice.

If anyone knows, how are Halo custom guitars? They have some reasonably priced double cuts.
#6
If you do get a chance to try a Reverend, pay close attention to the neck: one of the design decisions they've made is that nearly all of their bolt-ons have the same neck profile, and nearly all of their set-necks have the same neck profile. That means you'll have an idea of what the necks of others in the line will feel like.

So if you find you like the neck, but not a particular model, you can continue to look. If you don't like the neck, ignore the rest of the product line.
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!
#7
Anyone have an opinion/any experience with the Epiphone 1984 Explorer reissue? It seems to have pretty nice features for the price. EMG's, the classic 84 shape, what seems to be a nice neck profile (as I dislike Thin-U), and it would give a nice Metallica like vibe.