#1
I'm in the market for a guitar that meets theses specs:

Under 1000 USD
Floating Floyd rose (or similar system)
Medium frets (I can't STAND jumbo frets)
Thin neck

Any suggestions? Almost all schecters and ibanez's I've looked at have massive speed bumps for frets and somewhat fat necks. I like the playability of fender strats (what I play now) and les Paul's mostly because of the medium fees an thinner necks. Are there any guitars equipped with the more "aggressive" features like the FR that play like those two?

Thanks!
#2
Normally, I'd suggest Fernandes as a substitute for Ibanez. But while they have most of the features you want, they have jumbo frets.
http://www.fernandesguitars.com

Reverend has these models- medium jumbo frets, all- but I'm not sure the Wilkinsons on them are as "aggressive" as the Floyds.
www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/reeves-gabrels-ii/
www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/gil-parris-ii/
www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/jetstream-hb/
www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/kingbolt-ra-fm/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/bayonet-fm/

Godins like these might work for you:
www.godinguitars.com/godinxtsap.htm
http://www.godinguitars.com/godinfreewaysap.htm
http://www.godinguitars.com/godinredline3p.htm
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Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Sep 2, 2014,
#3
Thanks for the suggestions! I'll look into all of those.
Any input on the PRS SE custom 24 'Floyd'? Played one today at guitar center and I really liked it. Has the playability and feel of the strat I'm used too along with the Floyd I want. They had it for 700. Yay or nay?
#4
My bottom line is this: if you find something in your budget that is well made and meets your criteria, go for it! Brand doesn't matter after that.

PRS makes quality axes, no question. I think some may be a tad overpriced- mostly on the high end- but not as much as Gibsons or Fenders I've seen.

In your position, with your criteria, I'd give it a hard, hard look.
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#5
Thanks. One last question. Anyone ever tried a fender blacktop strat? Apparently it's a MIM strat equipped with a Floyd rose. And it's quite a bit cheaper than the PRS. Unfortunately my guitar center doesn't have any, so I can't try one. Anybody have any input on these?
#6
The Blacktop Strat doesn't have a Floyd; it's just the classic Strat-style vibrato.
#7
I wouldn't say that a Floyd definitely has to come with jumbo frets, but most floyd guitars do. I can't think of any offhand which don't. I get the feeling I'm forgetting something really obvious, though. Oh yeah, Vigier. Probably well over budget, though.

It'd be worth seeing how much a luthier could maybe file down the larger frets for. that might be cheaper than trying to find something which has the fret size you want.
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