#1
So a buddy of mine just introduced me to Andy James and needless to say I'm blown away. I've been primarily a blues player for the last decade and am now interested in trying something heavier. I'm looking at two guitars locally and I was just wondering what everyones opinion would be on which is the better guitar.

Ibanez RG321MH upgraded with Dimarzio D Activators.

Schecter Damien Soloist elite Diamond Series, all stock with EMG 81 & 85 pickups.

What would you get and why?
#2
Andy James is an EMG endorser, so pickup wise the Schecter will sound closer to his tone than the Ibanez. However, me being not only a DiMarzio fan boy and a closeted Ibanez fan boy I say the Ibanez is a better choice. Thinner neck which is more comfortable for me and I like DiMarzio pickups and their sound a lot better than I like EMG's.
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#3
I'm kind of leaning towards the Ibanez as I don't know much about Schecters.
#4
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So a buddy of mine just introduced me to Andy James and needless to say I'm blown away.


"Hi, I'm andy james"





seriously, though... I dunno. the ibanez is sort of the lower level ibanez, the ones i've tried were alright but not really anything special. I haven't tried the schecter (and it's not on the schecter website) but I suspect it might be a slightly higher-end model (but whether that actually makes it any better for what you want is another thing).

what amp are you using?
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#5
My amp is the same one I've had for the last 15-20 years, Peavey Transtube Bandit (all black model).
#6
Ah ok. I'm not that familiar with them but I think they get a rep as one of the better-sounding (and reliable) solid states.

It really just depends on how close you want to get, and how much money you're willing to throw at it. EMGs tend to sound better into tube amps where they drive them harder (that's not to say the guitar and pickups aren't important with a solid state amp, because they are too, but they tend to make even more difference with a tube amp and most of these things were sort of designed with a tube amp in mind).

So I guess, how much money are you willing to waste/spend?
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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Et tu, br00tz?
#7
Well I'm not going out and buying a new amp right now, so I'm thinking the Ibanez will fit my current setup better.
#8
No worries. That might be true (I haven't tried d-activators but I think they were aimed at getting an EMG-ish tone in passives).
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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Presumably because the CCF (Combined Corksniffing Forces) of MLP and Gibson forums would rise up against them, plunging the land into war.

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#9
I ended up getting such a good deal... I bought both... and a Roland Cube 15 for a small practice amp.
#10
LOL awesome
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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