Budget? - 200usd give or take 25-50

Favorite Artists? - Shred, jazz, etc.

Preferences? - Before I quit I loved Ibanez S series, but it's a bit out of my budget. Preferably no floating trem though. 24 frets is also kind of a must.

Pickups? - Passive, humbuckers and single

New or Used? - Either

Location? - South Bend, IN

Current Gear? - Few pedals, nothing relevant

Stopped playing for awhile, looking to get back in on a budget. I use to play an Ibanez S570 and loved it. Would prefer Ibanez again, but not sure what is going to get me close to an S series for my budget.
Last edited by Guitarbaddie at Dec 31, 2015,
Used gear is your friend when working with a budget. A lot of RG and even some S series from Ibanez an be found in your budget range. If you are able to hold out a bit longer, save up a bit more cash, you will have even more options available.

If you like Ibanez, and that is what is most familiar to you, it makes sense to go that route if you're starting to play again. Not saying you have to, but my advice is to go with what you know.
Gear: Gibson Les Paul Studio, Gibson SG Special, Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Fender Jazzmaster, Gretsch Pro Jet, Carvin C350, Epiphone ES-339 P90, Epiphone ES-335 Pro. Peavey 6505, Sovtek MIG-100, Vox AC30, Peavey XXX.
Here is an Ibanez S series but it has a FR. You can easily block the trem though or make it dive only so changing tuning, string changing and breaking strings isn't an issue

and get a trem stopper
2002 PRS CE22
2013 G&L ASAT Deluxe
2009 Epiphone G-400 (SH-4)
Marshall JCM2000 DSL100
Krank 1980 Jr 20watt
Krank Rev 4x12 (eminence V12)
GFS Greenie/Digitech Bad Monkey
Morley Bad Horsie 2
MXR Smart Gate
Last edited by Robbgnarly at Dec 31, 2015,
Wander over to the Rondo Music (dot com) website. You should be able to find several options within your budget.
Rondo is a good option. Used RG, too. Although, those are hard to find without a Floyd (or derivative)
If you want fixed bridge, check out Schecter Omen series, too. A used Omen 6 is well within your budget. I have one that I keep downtuned and i love it.
Harmony: Stratocaster
Alvarez: F-200
Schecter: Omen 6
Fender: BXR-60
Dean: Metalman Z Bass (Betty)
Egnator: Tweaker 15
Pearl: Maximum
Custom: Harley Quinn Bass
Custom: TK-421 Explorer
A steadily growing supply of pedals
Well, I DID used to own an S570 which had a floating trem. So it's not as much of an issue as I might have made it out to be. I just rarely used it, and it made setup more of a pain than it needed to be.

That GC link is great and I'll keep an eye on it to see if it goes anywhere. I've used Rondo before, not sure if they have anything in my price range that is worth it. The Agile guitars start closer to the 300 price mark, no?

Only ever tried one schecter and I hated it, honestly. Then again is was some 100usd model so I'll give them another shot.