#1
Yeah, I already have a MIM strat with lace sensors (gold) I put in last year. It sounds pretty good and should be good enough for what it does until I finish school. That being said, I want another guitar that has humbuckers so that I can get a little grittier tone for metal and harder stuff (I actually get stellar tone out of the strat but any excuse I can make to get another guitar works in my favor ). I've looked at some Ibanezs and Jacksons and I'm not against any of them though I am confused on the model numbers and its hard to tell which ones are decent. I would probably use this guitar for playing shred and the like. Another option I'm not against is getting an Epiphone Les Paul but I can't remember which ones are the crappy ones and which ones are good. So, do you guys have any recommendations off the top of your head?
#2
shredding and the like eh? you should consider esp/schecter. i like the c-1 hellraiser. of course that is 650 new but you could find a good used one for about 400.
#3
^ i agree with that lad

if you go for an ESP though, stay away from anything under the 400 series, but i think that might be out of your price range.