#1
So I have an Ibanez RG prestige for $700 with EMGs, but I don't like the floyd rose-style system (its a pain in the ass to tune, and I haven't restrung it in 6 months because it's annoying), the pickups pop up every couple months, and from doing absolutely NOTHING, the tone knob broke. Anyway, I'm thinking of trading it in for an SG special, because I like Tony Iommi. I'm only spending $750 at absolute max. As the title says, I play metal. Also, do you think that I should get a new guitar, or just keep my old one. I've been playing for a few years, but I'm by no means an expert guitarist.
#2
If you like the SG, you can get the SG. Whatever guitar you own will require periodic maintenance and repair. An SG is no different.
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#3
Odd your having quality issues with a Prestige as they are typically excellent built guitars.

With the right amp and pickups you can surely use an SG for playing metal.
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#4
An SG is an excellent guitar for metal. I bought my SG 12 years ago and just love it. Am not a metal player, but play some hard rock, grunge etc. Trust me, it's a guitar that can really let rip. I think the Special comes with Gibson P94 pickups rather than Humbuckers - wonder if you'd be better with a Standard if you're only gonna play metal. Nothing roars like a humbucker.
#5
Some of the SGs are avail with compound radius necks, most i think are 12" but there are some old 10" around too i think

I'd probably stick with the prestige though, change the strings, one at a time it's actually as fast as a hard tail, learn set the FR up right and keep it right or i hate when people do this, but block it if you can't master it, also knobs don't break from nothing