#1
Sorry for doing this to you lot, but I would also like some advice on a rig!

It will be my first electric setup, I have been playing acoustic for a year now. I will almost exclusively be playing metal (especially death/grind and black). I've narrowed down my options, would like opinions on any of them or on gear I could have overlooked!

Guitar: budget- about £200, want- humbuckers, no trem
Ibanez GAX75
Epiphone G310
Jackson JS30-DKT (not sure about finding this left-handed)

Amp: budget- £40-70, 15watts is fine as I will be living in college next year
Roland Cube 15
Marshall MG15CD

Pedal: budget- £30-60
Ibanez DS7
Boss DS1 or DS2
Digi-Tech Death metal (is this worth the extra money??)

Any help much appreciated!
#2
You might want to give a bugger about that those pedals, increase your amp budget to 200, and lower the guitar budget to 150.

Edit: Since the amp is the main source of your sound, and you can get a decent guitar for 150.

Edit 2: And you don't really need pedals so early on, especially with so tight a budget.
#4
Thanks guys, the Ibanez rg321mh looks great, although getting anything like that left handed will probably be difficult.

guitarforever<3 - I think at the minute I would rather spend my full budget on the guitar. In college next year I would be practicing in my room and probably using headphones a lot - also the music room has a couple of bigger amps that I could use if I wanted too. I would look to buy a better amp after leaving college, when sound would be more important. Is it not better to need to upgrade an amp than a guitar?

Thanks for the help!
#5
Well, if you wanna become a serious hobbyist, or a serious player, you will be upgrading both in the future anyway. But if you've got amps there that you can borrow, You might as well spend more on the guitar
#8
Quote by azn_guitarist25
get a roland cube and see if you can get a rg321mh

My thoughts exactly
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#10
Yeah being left-handed seriously stops you from going into most shops and being able to just play - I tend to take a right hander with me so I can at least hear what models sound like. I will forget about pedals for a bit, possibly ask for one as a birthday present, seems like the Roland is the consensus amp! Thanks a lot.
#11
i wouldn't get a jackson the cheap ones suck but schecter makes a damn good guitar for around $400 i'd go for one with seymours just dont get a bolt on
#12
Quote by DeathMetal18
i wouldn't get a jackson the cheap ones suck but schecter makes a damn good guitar for around $400 i'd go for one with seymours just dont get a bolt on


whats wrong with a bolt on
#13
Axe: All three of those suck. Especially the JS30. Yesssh.

Amp: Cube 15 > > > > > MG15

Pedal: You don't need one if you get the Cube.
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#14
There's nothing wrong with bolt ons. Hell, there are $2000 American Stratocasters with bolt on necks!! You can't possibly say those suck!! And yah, being left handed is going to seriously dimish what you can choose from. Sorry.
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#15
the digitech death metal is nothing special at all.
i would reccommend HIGHLY that you buy a digitech DF-7 distorion factory, as you get every type of distortion ever made in the one pedal.
it costs more but youll never be displeased with your distortion

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#16
Since it's your first electric... Forget about distortion. Forget pedals.

So your budget, then, is £300-£330.

I'd say, get the Orange Crush10 for about £50. It's a damn fine little amp. If you want a little more power, the Crush15 goes for about £75.

As for guitar...

There's the ESP LTD Viper 50 for £245 at GAK.
There's the Yamaha RGX1215 Left Handed. It's a super-strat configuration, very Ibanez-looking body, goes for £179.
Epiphone do their G400 in left handed, for £239.

For Metal, I can't really see many other guitars... GAK has a decent selection, but £200 is not a lot to spend on a guitar, and even less to spend on a left hander.
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#17
Excellent guidance! Yes im looking to spend £300ish, I think im going to get the cube which will set me back £60 and that leaves me just about enough to stretch to an Epiphone G400, ESP LTD EC-50 or ESP LTD Viper-50. Am I correct in noting that there is no difference between the ESP's besides body wood (Basswood or Agathis)?

I think I would lean towards an ESP, and if the two woods offer no real difference, probably the EC-50.