#1
Hey all,

I've been playing a Fender Strat pretty much since I first started about a year and a half ago. Don't get me wrong, I love the guitar, but there are just some things I can't make it do. Basically, I want a guitar that I can use to play Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Metal and the likes. I almost definitely want a HH configuration on it.

I've heard many people say that Gibson guitars aren't worth the price and others say you get what you pay for. So, basically, I'm just looking for opinions on the best way to go. I am on a "students" budget, so please don't get too outrageous on the prices. Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks.

Note: I'm very partial to SGs. (I'm a Sabbath fan).
#2
i think an ESP/LTD would be right up your ally, try to get a model above the 400 series, also jacksons are very nice guitrs with HH config aswell
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#3
The Epiphone G-400 is a great buy for its price
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#4
SG all the way.

even if you don't have the money for a gibson, go with an epiphone sg (g-400)

believe me, it'll be worth every penny. i have and epi. one right now. it's so versatile, it can do anything. and i basically play what you do.
#5
i just noticed u said u were partial to SGs, in that case def look at an ESP/LTD viper
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Hey all,

I've been playing a Fender Strat pretty much since I first started about a year and a half ago. Don't get me wrong, I love the guitar, but there are just some things I can't make it do. Basically, I want a guitar that I can use to play Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Metal and the likes. I almost definitely want a HH configuration on it.

I've heard many people say that Gibson guitars aren't worth the price and others say you get what you pay for. So, basically, I'm just looking for opinions on the best way to go. I am on a "students" budget, so please don't get too outrageous on the prices. Any and all help is appreciated. Thanks.

Note: I'm very partial to SGs. (I'm a Sabbath fan).


Go play some Epi's and see how you like them. I've heard alot of people say bad things about Epiphones but I played my cousin's Epi Les Paul Standard over the summer and it was spectacular. Then again, he is at playing guitar.

But I have a MIM Strat, and a Crate ap. Even though I hate my amp, I will admit that it can make a Strat sound pretty mean with it's distortion. Maybe check-out some amps, too. What amp are you currently using?
#11
^Agreed. A amp with harder distortion, or even a metal petal, will give you more of a metal sound then a whole new guitar imo. Even with single coils a strat can sound pretty nasty with the right amp/pedal.
#12
I'm actually really happy with my amp right now. I bought a Line 6 Flextone III and I'm really diggin' it. Pedals are definately an option though.

I considering the Epiphone SG 400 (Black, of course). But, I've often heard that it's a good idea to replace the pickups in them. If someone could recommend me some good pups (with a price range if you don't mind), that'd be awesome.

By the way, how hard is it to install new pickups? I'm not really aware of the process.

I'll probably head over to Guitar Center tomorrow to try a few guitars out. Until then, thanks to all who have helped and to all who do in the future.
#13
Was at my Epiphone dealer yesterday , saturday and they had a sg style guitar white with active emg's. Don't know if it was a g-300 or 400 . He said it was a limited edition. cant find info on the Epi site.
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Yeah i think you should go with the g400 shouldnt be a bad guitar, Also look at schecter, washburn etc Just get whatever feels nice.
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#15
I would go for a schecter c-1 hellraiser. Complete opposite of a strat, which seems to be what you're looking for.
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#16
most deffinatley an Epi LP or SG, and the white one with EMG's is on musiciansfriend for either 5 or 6 hundred i think, but i'd get the G-400 and put a Duncan Custom or JB in the bridge and a Jazz or '59 in the neck, my personal favorite combo is the Custom/'59
#17
The more expensive Epis ($400 and up) are pretty good.
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#18
I also recommend the Epi G-400. The limited edition Arctic White G-400 one with EMG's should be able to cover that tiny bit that your Strat can't.
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ibanez sz 320 good for everything basically i love it i have one
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#22
Just pick up a mid-range ($400 - $800) Epiphone Les Paul or SG. They should get be able to get you the sound you're looking for.
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