Well, i have been playing my Ibanez http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RG7321-7String-Electric-Guitar?sku=518876
Yes its a pretty crumby guitar, for over a year and was wondering what every1 else thought would be a good guitar to buy for around 400$.

I listen to alot of stuff from a7x to disturbed to guns n roses acdc... nething with a guitar and a cool riff really.

I have heard alot of good stuff about Ibanez and such and have got a decent amp... I think: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Marshall-MG15DFX-Combo-Amp?sku=483187

Still beyond this I was wondering what everyone else was thinking or what they love with a fairly cheap price... i could prolly go up to 700-800$ USD.

I can tell you now thats not a decent amp. Seriously get a new amp first your guitar isnt bad but you NEED a new amp.
The only thing I don't like are the pickups. Ceramic coils are a little iffy but the rest of the specs were good. If you can spare a few more dollars you can do better. Look at $400-$500 LP and PRS knockoffs those are really nice and some hardware and pup changes would imo give you a low end Gibson or Low end PRS when you're ready for that. Those guitars should keep you set for a few years.
So all these guitars are the knockoffs is what your saying, correct?

Also, im pretty new to the in-depth part of swapping pickups etc, would all these need more improvements?
Any guitar that isn't an original design is a knockoff but there's more to a guitar than the brand name.

Some of those come with Alnico pickups which are pretty decent. Most guitars in that price range come with something fairly mediocre standard anyway. What you wanna look at is the wood of the guitar first, then the neck (is it bolt on, set, or thru) then electronics then hardware(Trems, locking nuts, bridge). The wood of a guitar you cannot change. Most everything else is replaceable.

Seems really nice. Price is fine, but im concerned whether a new amp would be better. As for the pick-ups they seem to lean more to metal play. The set-thru neck would I assume give a more full sound also. Let me know what you think.

what's the difference between a graphite nut versus the other option (bone, i think)?
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You should consider getting a new amp before you get a new guitar. It'll do alot more for your tone
Ibanez PGM301
Ibanez GRG170DX
Fender Telecaster MiJ - 1986
Swing T-Through

Ibanez TS9DX
Sovtek Small Stone - c.1985
EHX Big Muff
Kimbara Wah - c.1974
Boss GE-7

Orange Rocker 30 Combo

K, I have even less insight into what kind of an amp would sound nice... going to college very soon so anything more than 30watts seems outrageous.

I'd like an amp that can sound like sweet child - to - Down with the sickness... some variation for ya' eh?
I checked the couple site i know and have dealt with and found a couple amps around my price range. One or both em are transtube amps i believe.



Found this guitar as well, seems like a really good deal.

http://www.zzounds.com/item--IBARG370DX - i like the electric blue.
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That tube amp would be ok for the price i feel. (I read the commandments) lol.

What do you think about that axe tho?
Like I said I hate active pickups. They don't sound natural to me. Essentially they are to pickups what digital amp modeling is to amps. To me anyway some people love them. If metal is what you want it's a good deal but the amp is a steal at that price and I may have to get one for myself.
If you like the sound of your current amp then stick with it, you don't *need* a valve amp like sound of these guys insist, although you will probably want one in the future.
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What I'm mainly concerned with is if buying the RG370 is an upgrade from the ibanez i use currently, I felt my amp was ok.

My guitar however seems to have alot of buzz and little to no sustain, plus the trem on the 370 would be nice.
That's not a bad amp ninja, I've tried it. But this guy's into Disturbed...I couldn't get that sound out of this amp.
Tube's the way to go, I won't argue with you there. But to get that bone-crushing sound you definitely have to go with the higher end stuff and that's way out of his range.
If I had to settle for next best to tube, I'd go with Line 6. The new Spider III series is a good modelling amp for a good price, and it kinda caters to the harder rock/metal crowd. This fella's headed to college...he needs something with a headphone jack and once he graduates, he can afford any tube amp he wants!! LOL.
For a different guitar, check out the Peavey V-Type: http://www.peavey.com/products/browse.cfm/action/drill/cat/45/V-TypeSeries.cfm
I have the non-trem version, and this thing is nice. It's got the ceramic pickups in it, which for stock are HOT...they get great crunch and distortion. It's 24 frets, and neck-thru. Neck thru gives great sustain and tone...HOWEVER their only drawback is if something REALLY bad happens to the neck, the whole guitar is finished.
If you wanna hear my V-Type in action, go to http://www.myspace.com/dollarznsense and check out the song "Dark Horizons" That's the V-Type thru my Line 6 POD XT Live and Line 6 Flextone III 120 watt 2x12 amp.
But in all reality, ninja nailed it. Tube rules....some of us just can't afford that...LOL.