#1
I don't really want to spend a lot . and will likely buy used unless I can get a good deal on a new guitar.

Im looking to spend 200-300$ not a lot .

I want a guitar that has nice cleans , that can work well with effect pedals . The style I'll be using this guitar for would be for mainly ambient guitar. Similar to explosions in the sky. I was thinking something with single coils or p90s would work best.

Anything decent in this price range ?
#2
You want to look at your amp for that. 

What artists are you thinking of for your clean tone?
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#6
So, what IS your current amp & axe situation?
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#7
For amps I use a Peavey triple x, guitar rig 5 and bias fx. My favorite clean sounds are from Guitar rig . But the triple x sounds pretty good with delay and reverb .

My guitars are an Epiphone black beauty 3, Schecter omen 6, and Schecter avenger 7 . They all are humbucker guitars . I've never had a single coil guitar and i really like their brighter sound for clean tones .. I either want to buy another decently priced guitar with single coils or just take my omen 6 and swap out the pickups for a better clean tone .

I play ambient type music a lot, Similar to bands like Explosions in the Sky , This will destroy you , Tristeza, I think single coil guitars would work better for this style . Or maybe I should get some vintage output pickups for my omen 6?
#8
Given what you have and a $200-300 budget, I'd personally opt for a pickup swap on the Omen. My first impulses would be either Railhammer "humcutters"* of some kind or HB-sized P90s from Bareknuckle.** Other good HB-sized P90s worth your consideration are available from Lollar, The Creamery, Vintage Vibe and Rio Grande, to name a few. The only real questions would be whether to change just the neck pickup or both, and if both, a balanced or unbalanced set?


* their name for their HB-sized noiseless P90 style pickups
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#9
have you thought about putting together a partscaster? You could build a decent Strat on a budget if you have a little bit of soldering abilities or can learn via youtube. They are really fun projects, Im currently working on a junk squire strat, put a mim bridge on it and purchased some custom rose pups that were built to the sound I wanted for like $60, 20 bucks for a mia switch and pots. You can build whatever you want for cheap.
#10
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Given what you have and a $200-300 budget, I'd personally opt for a pickup swap on the Omen. My first impulses would be either Railhammer "humcutters"* of some kind or HB-sized P90s from Bareknuckle.** Other good HB-sized P90s worth your consideration are available from Lollar, The Creamery, Vintage Vibe and Rio Grande, to name a few. The only real questions would be whether to change just the neck pickup or both, and if both, a balanced or unbalanced set?


* their name for their HB-sized noiseless P90 style pickups
** because the post-Brexit £ has lost value vs the $


would p90s really provide any better, or appreciably different, cleans than what he already has? i know it's going to be a bit of a difference, but i doubt it'll be night and day.

i haven't tried them but there are those pickups like the duncan stag mag, which are two (fender-style) single coils together. but then presumably the humbucker tone isn't as authentic, and if you use the humbuckers a lot, you run the risk of losing more than you might gain.

i sort of started out agreeing with your idea of a pickup swap and now I think i've talked myself out of it. a decent strat- or tele-style guitar (doesn't have to be fender, but can be) might be a far handier solution.
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#11
Buy a used Strat or Tele - the best you can find.  I would suggest selling one of your Shecters and buying a more expensive Strat or Tele, not much point in hoarding guitars you don't use.  A good Strat or Tele will last you forever. 
#12
Dave_Mc

I don't know how big a difference it will be from the pickups in this case- I haven't played those guitars- but I do know that certain P90s can be a lot cleaner than certain HBs. And I know that some of the RailHammers and BKPs have an excellent clean tone.
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#13
good old alnico single coils take the most volume before "break up "  like a Strat or Tele , that's why they are hard to beat for clean
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I don't know how big a difference it will be from the pickups in this case- I haven't played those guitars- but I do know that certain P90s can be a lot cleaner than certain HBs. And I know that some of the RailHammers and BKPs have an excellent clean tone.


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#15
With that budget, I'd go with a higher end squier strat(or tele), by higher end I mean standard, deluxe, classic vibe. 
#17
What about some splitable pickups? I have a set of Gibson Burstbuckers in one of my guitars, that can be split with the pusppull pots, and the cleans on that thing are very good. My logic is, that with this kind of budget, you can get some very good pickups, instead of a maybe okish guitar....
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#18
Could work, depending on the pickup. The one's I'd recommend would be something like Rio Grande's Dirty Harry, Tallboy, Muy Grande, or Halfbreed HBs. i know the first 2 are made by housing a pair of SC-sized P90 or Strat-style singlecoils in a HB housing, respectively. I believe the latter 2 use higher output singlecoils than the Tallboy.

Result: when split, you get a true singlecoil sound.

But Rio Grande pickups aren't cheap- @$160 each.
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#19
Another thought could be putting that budget into a gan of compressor, boost, EQ, or any combination of those to bring the cleans out of your amp!

Preamp tube swaps to 12AT7's could help as well.
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#20
Your Black Beauty should work fine for it. Some of the guitarists in those bands use guitars with humbuckers. Just select your bridge and neck pickup together. I'm not too keen on 3-pickup guitars so I don't know if it's possible from the factory but it's an easy mod. Getting a great clean sound is more about your amp and effects. I don't think a different guitar is the first course of action you should take.
#21
i use a telecaster, a reverb pedal and a DL4 to make that kind of music.
the amp is the more important part.
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#23
My suggestions for the stuff the OP Mentioned

- Fender/Squier Jazzmasters
- Bilt Revelator
- Harmony H-802 (if you want something more Lo-Fi and Tin Canny)
- Fender Jaguar is also a good choice
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#24
PRS has one of the greatest clean tone in my opinion but with a 200 or 300 $ budget it's gonna be difficult
#25
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I don't really want to spend a lot . and will likely buy used unless I can get a good deal on a new guitar.  

Im looking to spend 200-300$ not a lot .

I want a guitar that has nice cleans , that can work well with effect pedals . The style I'll be using this guitar for would be for mainly ambient guitar. Similar to explosions in the sky.  I was thinking something with single coils or p90s would work best.

Anything decent in this price range ?

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#26
I think you should be able to find a  cheap used Epiphone Casino (p90s), or else a cheap used Telecaster (single-coils) of some type. Those are two that have been used a ton with music that tends to be very clean, and there are zillions of them around. Gazillions, actually.
#27
Off the top of my head I'd say that Peavey XXX is the culprit in your lack of clean sound,  Not exactly what it's designed for,  Or at least not out of the box, I'd try  losing the EL34's and installing some 6L6GC's before anything else,