#1
I finally get to buy a new guitar, and I'm having trouble with narrowing down the options. Can't cost any more than 1k U.S.
I really want a maple fretboard as i find them pleasing to the eye, and i have the least of them.

I'm not really particular about brand, and would like it to be a fairly versatile instrument.

I've looked into an SL2 soloist, and a few ltds but I've not came across anything i either don't already have or it just isn't appealing.

Pickup configuration isn't of major importance as long as there is a dual coil at the bridge. (I've got plenty of SSS and HH guitars)

I do not like super slim necks, i have fairly large hands and prefer some heft to the neck.

Body shape is of little importance.

Finish isn't really any concern either.

Basically i want versatility/playability with a maple fretboard and that's about it.

Any suggestions are appreciated.
#3
Charvel San Dimas or a Jackson Adrian Smith.
Jackson DK-2 [2004 MIJ] (EMG 81/SA)
Jackson RR-3 [2007 MIJ] (EMG 81/60)
Ibanez RG370DX [2009] (EMG 81/60)
Epiphone Les Paul Custom [2004] (EMG 81/85)
Ltd/Esp M-17 7-String [2013] (EMG 81-7 set)
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#4
Quote by Chaz-6(sic)6
Charvel San Dimas or a Jackson Adrian Smith.



I've looked into a few Charvel super strats both a So cal and a San dimas.


I'm kinda digging a Rhoads V only because I've never owned a V. Bad part is there extremely uncomfortable to play while seated.
#7
^given a few some thought... I'm just not a huge fan of the super slim U profile necks.
#8
yeah its all about personal preference, how would you rate your SSS strats? Been eyeing up some for a while...
Gear:

-Epiphone Plus Top Pro Les Paul
-Ibanez S Series
-Marshall Valvestate S80
#9
Quote by jhelkaa
yeah its all about personal preference, how would you rate your SSS strats? Been eyeing up some for a while...


One of them i hand biult, and its a joy to play.

It really depends on what and how you play...

A single coil strat is NOT for everyone and most people who have them either love them or love to hate them.

I've always thought of strats as a "tool box" guitar. Play it a while then throw it in the "tool box" amd so what if it gets dinged up. They are a workhorse.

But in my experience they are extremely hit or miss as far as playability/biuld quality...

I can honestly say that all in all Leo got it right.
#10
Used peavey USA wolfgang.

Used ibanez prestige.

Used ESP (not ltd) used in the shape of your choice.

used PRS CE.

There are sooooo many. Lol.
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#11
Okay Thanks a lot, I've been deciding between a Gibson Les Paul Studio Pro Or A Fender Strat. It seems like you're a pretty experienced guitarist so maybe going with a guitar thats a bit more out there, like one of those 12 string double necks.
Gear:

-Epiphone Plus Top Pro Les Paul
-Ibanez S Series
-Marshall Valvestate S80
#12
Quote by trashedlostfdup
Used peavey USA wolfgang.

Used ibanez prestige.

Used ESP (not ltd) used in the shape of your choice.

used PRS CE.

There are sooooo many. Lol.



I actually came close to pulling the trigger on a Wolfgang.

And real ESPs are hard to come by.

I'm really wanting to stick to new (only because i have never ever bought new!)

Iv owned probably 80 guitars over the last 20yrs and I have never once bought one new.
#13
Quote by jhelkaa
Okay Thanks a lot, I've been deciding between a Gibson Les Paul Studio Pro Or A Fender Strat. It seems like you're a pretty experienced guitarist so maybe going with a guitar thats a bit more out there, like one of those 12 string double necks.



I've actually owned an SG double neck (way heavy and akward)

And in my opinion before you buy a low end Gibson buy a high end Epiphone you would be suprised how great some of them are.

In fact my guitar that i play THE MOST is a Epiphone Dot studio and i absolutely love it.
#14
Quote by Dick Savage
I actually came close to pulling the trigger on a Wolfgang.

And real ESPs are hard to come by.

I'm really wanting to stick to new (only because i have never ever bought new!)

Iv owned probably 80 guitars over the last 20yrs and I have never once bought one new.


I have gone through over 60 and maybe five were new. They were lower end and I was inexperienced.

If you want new, i will probably not much help to you .

Good luck!
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#16
Quote by GTRFreak1996
Try a telecaster with the Bucker in the bridge



That is a very tempting option i have never actually owned a tele I've borrowed/played several but never owned one.

And i have never played one with the bucker at the bridge. May have to give it a shot.
#17
How about this LTD?

Strat shape, Floyd, Maple Board, EMG 85 and 2x SA in a HSS setup.

http://www.espguitars.com/products/16248-sn-1000fr-fm-maple-aqm?category_id=1967930-sn-series-guitars

Meets everything but the Thin U neck.
Guitars:
Jackson Kelly KE3 - MIJ (Distortion/Jazz)
Jackson DKMGT Dinky (EMG 81/85)
ESP E-II Eclipse Custom (JB/'59)
ESP LTD EC-1001FR (EMG 81/60)
Fender MIM Strat

Amps:
Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier Roadster 212
Laney IronHeart IRT-Studio
Peavey Vypyr 30
Peavey ReValver Amp Sims
TOOOO many T.C. Electronic Pedals. . .
#18
Quote by metalmingee
How about this LTD?

Strat shape, Floyd, Maple Board, EMG 85 and 2x SA in a HSS setup.

http://www.espguitars.com/products/16248-sn-1000fr-fm-maple-aqm?category_id=1967930-sn-series-guitars

Meets everything but the Thin U neck.



That looks like a seriously bad bitch (me likey)

I am totally gonna have to hold one of those in the near future! I hope (cringe) GC can order one for me to try and possibly buy.
#19
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#20
Those reverends look sweet, I've honestly never looked at any of those and i have to say i like the shapes they are original and pretty sexy looking. And the access to the higher frets looks phenomenal. Not to mention it's got a P90 which i love!!
#21
They're a small but growing brand. The necks are fairly uniform across models, too, so if you find one to try, even if it isn't one you're looking for, you'll have a good idea of what to expect.*

I have to say that most of the guitars I own with P90s are Reverends, and I think theirs are among the best P90s I've played through. Only one I got from The Creamery has bested them so far.


* I've got 5, made over 8 years of production.
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#23
Another good and affordable option with the HB/P90 mix would be the G&L Fallout. The USAs are made here; the Tribute line is is made in Indonesia with many of the same parts as the USA models. Tributes are G&L's analogs to MiM Fenders or certain Epiphones.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/Musical-Instruments-Gear-/619/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=g+l+fallout&_sop=15

And Carvin/Kiesel makes affordable, customizable guitars in the USA. Here's a couple already made and in stock, just to illustrate that they can be had in your price range.
http://www.kieselguitars.com/guitars-in-stock/132468
http://www.kieselguitars.com/guitars-in-stock/134038
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#24
Thanks for all the help man. When it comes to buying guitars I'm normally very indecisive.

When i make a purchase I'll try my best to upload some pics. Not sure how to do that with my phone but I'll figure something out.
#25
Quote by Dick Savage
I'm kinda digging a Rhoads V only because I've never owned a V. Bad part is there extremely uncomfortable to play while seated.


I am a huge fan of V shaped guitars and have both a King V and a Rhoads, plus a few other variations on the V shape, FWIW if you sit with your right leg tucked into the V they are not at all uncomfortable, at least not for me, there a some others who agree.
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#26
Quote by Evilnine
I am a huge fan of V shaped guitars and have both a King V and a Rhoads, plus a few other variations on the V shape, FWIW if you sit with your right leg tucked into the V they are not at all uncomfortable, at least not for me, there a some others who agree.



I've played many of them, a friend used to had an old JB player white with balck polka dot in the rhoads shape, and i liked it.

I'm just not sure i would like playing it seated for extended periods. But yeah tucking it to the inside of the thigh is mandatory when playing one seated.
#27
I wrote a blog post while back about choosing a guitar. At least, it was about why I chose to play a Strat to play Metal.

I'm not necessarily suggesting the Strat for you, but the blog here may have some useful insights.

Good luck!