#1
I am on a budget for a new shredding machine. Big fan of Metalica and am looking to get a good heavy metal tone. The ESP ltd snakbyte is a bit to costly for so I am looking at the lower end of the market.
I think both the Epiphone 1984 EX and the EX-360 look like pretty decent guitars but which is superior to the other in terms of build quality and most importantly sound. The Epiphone is running a EMG 85/81 where as the ESP is running EMG 60/81
So which produces a better Metalica tone?

Also I have heard that the epiphones fret board can be a bit to thick and wide

My current gear:
Jackson warrior js32
Marshall MG15FXMSDM
Bad monkey distortion pedal
#2
Metalica tone ..

Which one?
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#3
You're not going to get a good tallica tone with that amp. So plan on upgrading to a good high gain tube amp first like the 6505 combo. As for the guitars I can't speak for the epi, but if you look around you should be able to score a used 1000 series Ltd if you're patient enough. The ex that I tried though was a good guitar and well built but still not up to par with my 1000 series Ltds.
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#4
Out of the two I'd go for the Epi. But the biggest difference to your tone would be a new amp. I disagree with the 6505 recommendation. It sounds too modern for Metallica.
Perhaps a Marshall JCm900 combo or something similar would be good?
Or a Jet City.
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#5
The Epiphone is a really good guitar for the money. But I think the smarter thing to do is to get a used Gibson Explorer.

I think the 6505+ is a great amp for what you want. It'll do modern Metallica really well. The Jet City is a good recommendation as well, if you live in Europe.
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Perhaps a Marshall JCm900 combo or something similar would be good?

Not a great-sounding amp imo.
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The Epiphone is a really good guitar for the money. But I think the smarter thing to do is to get a used Gibson Explorer.

I think the 6505+ is a great amp for what you want. It'll do modern Metallica really well. The Jet City is a good recommendation as well, if you live in Europe.

Not a great-sounding amp imo.

I didn't mean a Dual Reverb. I mean the Sl-x or whatever it's called. Oh, and If TS doesn't have money for an LTD snakebite(which costs 800 quid), I doubt he would have the money for a Gibson. Finding one would be a miracle.
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I said he could get one used. You can find those for about $600, which isn't beyond the realm of possibility.
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Epi Explorer + 6505 combo.

Good Game.


Honestly, if you like metal you cant go wrong with a 6505.
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