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Hey I've got a question.
I'm a guitarist who plays mostly classic rock but am just getting into shred. I currently have an SG special faded but am thinking of getting a Les Paul. The only problem is that the SG doesn't do so well with shred.
Now the question: Will shred work better on the LP or should I get a 'shredier' guitar like an Ibanez? Also, how do Ibanez sound on classic rock like Zep and VH?
By the way, am I right about the SG or do I just suck at shred?
Thanks
#3
Ibanez, Jackson, and ESP are the best shredder guitars out there dude I think..The necks are very sleek and thin, and they play fast. Also, the body types and everything else about it is more comfortable. Go to a guitar store and try out different guitars to see
#5
I've heard his name somewhere. Was he in whitesnake or thin lizzy?
#6
well, it really comes down to a matter of taste & personal preference of feel on the neck

personally, SG's are better than LP's fer a shredding feel (& look)

but furthermore, I'd prolly go fer an Ibanez like u were saying because an LP won't necessarily "help u shred better"...
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#8
What about amps? I'm pretty sure about going for a tube. Anything suggestions?
#9
LP's arent great for shredding.
It's harder to reach the 18+ frets because of the shape.
But it's still a d*** fine guitar.
I have one myself, and i love it.
But go with an ibanez or ESP.
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I've heard his name somewhere. Was he in whitesnake or thin lizzy?


Les Paul, the jazz guitarist? There's a thread with a video of him in Blues and Jazz.
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#12
It's not either, I know plenty of people who can shred on a Les Paul. No electric is REALLY alot more "sheddier" than another. People will probly argue with me, but remember, the xception proves the rule...and no one sucks at a playing style, just inexperienced. Get experienced.
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Les Paul, the jazz guitarist? There's a thread with a video of him in Blues and Jazz.
he is referring to John Sykes and bout shredding it's a technique not genre so it doesn't matter what genre u play and u can even shred on rap.
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That's a custom model with a longer scale length and a thinner, wider neck.
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#16
I have an ESP Eclipse (Les Paul shape) which is great for shredding i find, the neck is relatively thin and it has a great classic rock tone........ It sounds awesome through my Laney GH50L.....
#17
Super strats with fastnecks. But hey if you can make it work on a SG( seeing as its SUPPOSEDLY harder to shred on) then think what you can do on a more shred suited guitar.
Matt heavy also uses a non-conventional shred (lespaul). Interpret that how you like. I think he is an awesome guitarist tho
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#18
i find shredding hard on a LP especially the on upper frets, try the wizard necks on ibanez guitars :p
#19
i would say if your wanting to get better at shred go for the typical ibanez, jackson esp so on, but les pauls can still shred, just look at buckethead
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but les pauls can still shred, just look at buckethead


Just look at Tom's post...


Anyway, I think you're going to get a lot of similar responses on this. Jackson's, Ibanez's, Suhr's, ect..
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#21
its not the guitar..its the players ..i am sure Vai , petrucci or any other shredder could shred on a les paul...its fine
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Quote by Hidde
Hey I've got a question.
I'm a guitarist who plays mostly classic rock but am just getting into shred. I currently have an SG special faded but am thinking of getting a Les Paul. The only problem is that the SG doesn't do so well with shred.
Now the question: Will shred work better on the LP or should I get a 'shredier' guitar like an Ibanez? Also, how do Ibanez sound on classic rock like Zep and VH?
By the way, am I right about the SG or do I just suck at shred?
Thanks

Aren't SG necks supposed to be faster than LP necks???
#23
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Aren't SG necks supposed to be faster than LP necks???


that's what I thought (and still think)!
but each to their own I guess...
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#24
ask SGrocker, he seems to do fine with one for metal and shred.

Yeah, i would get a variety of guitars and go for something different instead of another gibson but it would work.
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Quote by Hidde
Hey I've got a question.
I'm a guitarist who plays mostly classic rock but am just getting into shred. I currently have an SG special faded but am thinking of getting a Les Paul. The only problem is that the SG doesn't do so well with shred.
Now the question: Will shred work better on the LP or should I get a 'shredier' guitar like an Ibanez? Also, how do Ibanez sound on classic rock like Zep and VH?
By the way, am I right about the SG or do I just suck at shred?
Thanks


Zakk Wylde, Buckethead, George Lynch, Marty Friedman and Randy Rhoads all have wicked chops and each have played Les Pauls, or similar guitars, they made it work and so can you.

However on that note if you want something thats easy to shred on, and can get a good classic rock tone, I sugest getting an Ibanez along these lines

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/world/country/frame_cbwi.html

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/world/country/frame_cbwi.html

http://www.ibanez.co.jp/world/country/frame_cbwi.html

The pups are kinda lame though, but when you have money you can change them.
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yea, zakk wylde shreds on a les paul. also consider deans.......the schenker(sp?) brothers play deans and so does zakk.
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yea, zakk wylde shreds on a les paul. also consider deans.......the schenker(sp?) brothers play deans and so does zakk.


Zakk Wylde's Les Pauls have differently carved necks....
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^They're shaved for optimum velocity

I love the Zack Les Paul.......
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#29
I have 2 Les Pauls and They are both great for shredding IMO.

Has no one ever tried out a Musicman Axis. They have to be one of the best sounding and feeling guitars around at the moment.
#30
I was considering the same thing because I'm in the same position as you...then I watched Buckethead, Randy Rhoads(creamLP) and Zakk Wylde. I love the LP sound and I love to shred so I'm staying with LPs.
#31
Too bad you get cramps after jumping from speaker cabinets and **** after wearing this fooking heavy guitar and ****..................ahh the cost of tone
Tone is all ...... well probably 75%, in your fingers.
The rest depends on your wallet's thickness !!

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#32
well, I figure it's worth it


after all: "no pain, no gain"...
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#34
Yeah but it's fookin' heavy !!!!!!!!!!

I recommend against it unless you play sitting down, step on a monitor and rest the guitar on your thigh (Petrucci style).................................... which I totally dig !!
Tone is all ...... well probably 75%, in your fingers.
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#36
i used to have a LP it wasn't the greatest for shredding, i have a jackson kelly now. Jackson and Ibanez are ideal for shredding. my mates RG handles classic rock really well, its a pretty consistent guitar, really versitile
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That's a custom model with a longer scale length and a thinner, wider neck.


Then in theory wouldn't be even harder to shred on with the larger fret width/ scale length?
Making a traditional les paul even more of a shred guitar.
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#39
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Then in theory wouldn't be even harder to shred on with the larger fret width/ scale length?
Making a traditional les paul even more of a shred guitar.


Well..., lets just say Buckethead hands are ginormous. Mostly because he's around 6'6"-6'9".
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I own a les paul and dont suggest it for shred metal. It will work but its better to use jackson or esp (personaly dont like ibanez). Les pauls have the sound though.
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