#1
Hey! Right now I've had a cheap squier strat for 3+ years I think it is due for an upgrade. Right now I am looking at the Ibanez s521 BBS. This guitar is right about in my price range ($400) and should fit my needs. It has 24 jumbo frets and a thin neck and looks absolutely dope. Its versatile so I should be able to play progressive from metal to christian music at church. Please let me know If you've ever played this or if you have a suggestions.
#2
Quote by billrich314
should fit my needs.


What are your needs? If you're looking at Ibanez for a shred/rock/metal machine you might look elsewhere in that price-point, especially if you're willing to go used. I would definitely recommend ESP/LTD guitars in that bracket: better hardware, better pickups (Duncan, EMG), and almost always better fretwork.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/ESP-LTD-MH-327-27-Frets-Electric-Guitar-Black-with-Original-ESP-Case-/252124104339?hash=item3ab3c48693:g:VhAAAOSwA4dWHWxe

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ESP-LTD-M-300FM-Electric-Guitar-/262200116675?hash=item3d0c5845c3:g:ErAAAOSwSdZWdecj

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ESP-LTD-H-500-Electric-Guitar-with-EMG-Pickups-w-HARD-CASE-/272086358840?hash=item3f599c5b38:g:kIkAAOSw3KFWfFWS


At the end of the day you should buy the guitar that you're more likely to pick up and play most often. Playability and tone (fretwork and pickups/tonewoods) are usually what make me pick up a guitar to play it, but sometimes its looks. I've owned guitars that were perfect for my needs as far as specs go, but were so ugly I just couldn't get excited about playing or practicing with them and I had to move them on. Be honest with yourself, and if a guitar's "idea" (looks, mystique, "my guitar hero plays one", whatever) is what you believe will draw you to play it more often then that's the guitar for you.
Last edited by lumberjack at Dec 28, 2015,
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Would you consider buying used? You get a lot more bang for the buck used.
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#4
Are you willing to go used?
Are you settling for a fixed bridge specifically?
Where are you located?
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Are you willing to go used?
Are you settling for a fixed bridge specifically?
Where are you located?

Yeah, fixed bridge is what I want, I want to easily switch between different tuning. I am definitely willing to go used, and located in the Indiana/Michigan area
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What are your needs? If you're looking at Ibanez for a shred/rock/metal machine you might look elsewhere in that price-point, especially if you're willing to go used. I would definitely recommend ESP/LTD guitars in that bracket: better hardware, better pickups (Duncan, EMG), and almost always better fretwork.


http://www.ebay.com/itm/ESP-LTD-MH-327-27-Frets-Electric-Guitar-Black-with-Original-ESP-Case-/252124104339?hash=item3ab3c48693:g:VhAAAOSwA4dWHWxe

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ESP-LTD-M-300FM-Electric-Guitar-/262200116675?hash=item3d0c5845c3:g:ErAAAOSwSdZWdecj

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ESP-LTD-H-500-Electric-Guitar-with-EMG-Pickups-w-HARD-CASE-/272086358840?hash=item3f599c5b38:g:kIkAAOSw3KFWfFWS


At the end of the day you should buy the guitar that you're more likely to pick up and play most often. Playability and tone (fretwork and pickups/tonewoods) are usually what make me pick up a guitar to play it, but sometimes its looks. I've owned guitars that were perfect for my needs as far as specs go, but were so ugly I just couldn't get excited about playing or practicing with them and I had to move them on. Be honest with yourself, and if a guitar's "idea" (looks, mystique, "my guitar hero plays one", whatever) is what you believe will draw you to play it more often then that's the guitar for you.


Thanks those are good suggestions. My needs are a fixed bridge, and a guitar that can not only can shred but is also versatile in appearance so I don't have a deathcore pointy guitar while I'm playing at church nor shredding progressive metal on a tele. I don't have much knowledge on guitar pickups.
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You can usually pickup a nice used Jackson DKMGT for $300 to $400 I have one and it is great! My friend just picked one up at a pawnshop for $250 it has a few blemishes but is mechanically sound and plays great. We live in Indiana
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#9
My most recent guitar is an Ibanez S 421 it is a player. I would recommend one of those over the 521 because of the beefy gibralter bridge. I did swap out the pickups the bridge is a bit too metal for me wanted something with a better clean tone.
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You can usually pickup a nice used Jackson DKMGT for $300 to $400 I have one and it is great! My friend just picked one up at a pawnshop for $250 it has a few blemishes but is mechanically sound and plays great. We live in Indiana


+1 i recently picked a DKMG for a friend for $250. Damn nice guitar for the money.

I used to have a DKMGT a few years ago and it was pretty solid.
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