#1
Hey everyone! I would really appreciate some advice here, I play in a metal band (think august buns red/lamb of god style) and we're getting ready to start playing live shows. I need a second guitar to use live because we use multiple tunings. I can't really exceed $400, and while I know I can't get an amazing guitar at that price, hopefully I can get some advice on something that'll be decent enough to play live with. I was thinking that spending 300 on the guitar and using the extra 100 to upgrade the pickups might be the best way to go, but anyway I would love to hear some advice on what to look at. Thanks in advance!
#2
schector offers some really nice guitars for your budget. plus they seem to be really popular among UG metal players. check out there website for info.
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#3
Thanks, I'll check those out. One other specific guitar I was looking at was the Jackson JS32 King V, which is cheap enough that I could upgrade the pickups. Any experiences with this guitar?
#4
The Godin Redline HB is a good guitar for metal. It sells new for @$500, and can be found used on eBay for under $400.
http://www.ebay.com/ctg/Godin-Redline-HB-Electric-Guitar-/78627946#alurl-/ctg/78627946?LH_ItemCondition=3000&_pppn=v3&rt=nc&_clu=2&_dmpt=Guitar&_fln=1&_pcategid=33034&_pcatid=445&_pdpal=1&_sgz=1&_ssov=1&_trksid=p5877.c0.m1539-state-15_all_qqq_75019

Fernandes makes great guitars for hard rock & metal, and they're doing a clearance sale on limited numbers of their guitars. The Dragonfly Standard usually sells for hundreds more, and its sale price is within your budget.
http://www.fernandesguitarshop.com/standard/76-dragonfly-standard.html

Reverend makes killer guitars, and this used Volcano could be a good choice for you.
https://reverb.com/item/63497-reverend-volcano-v-2000-black
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#5
First place I would look is the used guitar wall at Guitar Center. You could probably find a used Korean made Schecter or LTD for around $300-$400. Some of them even have EMGs or Duncans already installed.
#8
Definitely check out used. I just got an Ibanez Prestige RG1570 in great condition the other day for $500 from Guitar Center. It even had the original pickups changed for some DiMarzios.
Ibanez RG1570 (Tone Zone/Evo neck)
Ibanez RG920 (X2N/Evo neck)
Ibanez XPT700 (D-Activators)
Ibanez AR420
Ibanez GRG270 (heavily modded)
Dean Deceiver (EMG 81/85)
ESP LTD V-200 (Dimebucker/59)
ESP LTD H-1001
Fender Blacktop Strat (JB/Jazz)