#1
So back in the early 90's I bought a Jackson. I think it was a Dinky or something. I paid $450 for it.

About a month later this guy comes over with a BC Rich that he paid $250 for, and it blew the Jackson out of the water! Compared to the Jackson, it had this huge, fat, 3D quality and it instantly pissed me off (I had no idea how to pick a guitar back then). I haven't considered a Jackson ever since.

So, now I'm looking into one of these Jackson Rhoads RRXMG's, but I don't want to end up with something where I could get ten times better tone for half the price.

Any thoughts on this? I'm looking for a "shredder" guitar but I wanna get the most bang for the buck (under $700). I don't want a used guitar though--that's like marrying a hooker.

Thanks
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#2
New Indonesian Jacksons are pretty good.

That said, with the X-Series you don't get a whole lot of bang for your buck. For the $700 you would spend on the RRXMG you're going to get basswood, maple, rosewood, FR special and EMG pickups. Meanwhile someone who buys a BC Rich NJ Warlock spends $500 and gets mahogany, mahogany ebony, and a FR1000 but Duncan Design pickups.

Things do get better once you get to the Pro Series Jackson. For $200 more you can get a Pro Rhoads which is considerably better. But among mid-level guitars, you still get more guitar from BC Rich.
#3
Gonna show you 2 V's that I have personally owned around your price point and little things about both. (Well I owned a limited edition of the B.C. Rich which had a limited edition headstock and Nato body wood vs Mahogany.) Both share the following specs: Ebony fingerboards, Maple neck through construction, EMG pickups (Rich has 81/85, while the Jackson has 81/89), and both have the Floyd Rose 1000 series trems. The Jackson has an Alder body while the Rich has a Mahogany body. Both are SICK. They both played well, sounded great, and looked SEXY. I honestly preferred the fingerboard on the B.C. Rich as it was highly polished and just looked smooth. But I picked the Jackson in the end because I really preferred it's unpainted, natural finished neck and extra jumbo frets as well as the heel giving you better access to the upper frets. The B.C. Rich has 24 frets compared to the Jackson's 22 and that also gives you a much better clean due to the neck pickup placement.


http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/jackson-rrmg-randy-rhoads-pro-electric-guitar


http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/b.c.-rich-nj-deluxe-jr.-v-electric-guitar?cntry=us&source=3WWRWXGP&gclid=CM_KytLDgMgCFQGqaQoddbkCKg&kwid=productads-plaid^57301007707-sku^516096000643000@ADL4MF-adType^PLA-device^c-adid^53736456387

EDIT: I forgot to mention. The B.C. Rich's input jack placement is genius. It's on the back of the top wing.
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#4
i wouldn't buy a x-series jackson i would try to go MIJ or get the pro series.
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#5
Thanks for the replies, I'm looking into all this. I'm moving in a couple weeks and I'll be right down the road from GC so I'll be able to check some of this stuff out in person.
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#6
whats wrong with a used guitar? out of my 23 electrics, i only bought three or four new.

thats just me though.
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#7
I own one of the new Pro series Dinkys (an MIM DK2m).

It's extremely well made.
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#8
I've played quite a few in my time working in a guitar shop. In my opinion, the Pro Series models, anything made in Japan or Mexico, are very nice guitars, right on par with, or better than, anything else in their price range. The lower end models on the other hand, the X Series, and especially the JS series, get absolutely shit on by their competition at the same price points from Schecter and LTD.

Seriously consider Schecter, for that price range. Just play some.
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#9
If you missed the 2000s Pro series, then I have condolences for you.
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#10
Owned a platinum Virgo and platinum beast. Virgo had an EVH and hotrails, beast was all stock bc rich components. I also has a jackson SL1 soloist... I don't have either of the bc rich guitars any more but I am currently refinishing the jackson that I tracked down and got back s few years ago. Jackson is hands down better paying and higher quality than the bcr and played better stock for stock. That's why I sought it out to get it back.
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Owned a platinum Virgo and platinum beast. Virgo had an EVH and hotrails, beast was all stock bc rich components. I also has a jackson SL1 soloist... I don't have either of the bc rich guitars any more but I am currently refinishing the jackson that I tracked down and got back s few years ago. Jackson is hands down better paying and higher quality than the bcr and played better stock for stock. That's why I sought it out to get it back.


Unless those BC Rich were US-made, not sure how the comparison with a US-Jackson is supposed to work. The TS budget seems to be around $700 anyways.
#12
Huh?... I didnt read any qualifications in what was being compared between the manufacturers. It seems like the issue was higher dollar Jacksons vs lower dollar BC Rich's. I was just giving my experience /opinion on the two platinum BCR's and Jackson SL1.
#13
i would look into an ibanez prestige (if you don't mind a thin neck) on your budget now that i think about it. you can pick one up a used one for $500ish (on the low side) and throw some new pickups in of your choice.

FWIW, i have owned three jacksons, a DKMG, a DKMGT, and a DXMG. the first were MIJ, and excellent IMO. one had some issues with the frets out of the factory though, but the others were great.

i sold the jacksons. bought three LTD's. picked up an EC400, EC401, and an EC1000. they were different and not perfect, and maybe a small downgrade, but i liked them at the time.

i sold the LTD's. and bought three ibanez prestige's. a 3550MZ 2570DVSL and a 1570. all j-craft MIJ, and they are truly stellar. i got some really good deals ($700 NOS, $380 and $520 in order).
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#14
I will second on the Ibanez. The Wizard II neck is stellar and even their budget guitars are top notch quality.
#15
The older MIJ Pro Series were brilliant.

Even the newer Pro series seem to be pretty good.
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#16
Best 700$ jackson = charvel model 5 or 6
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