#1
Hello UG,

I've been playing for about 6 years, and am currently saving up to buy myself a top-end guitar, particularly if all goes well with my band and we meet with a bit of luck and success. Here's what I'm looking for:

- Double cutaway.
- Light if possible.
- Mahogany with some kind of maple cap.
- Carved top.
- Warm tone, but not too warm - I still want it to be aggressive, crunchy and fat sounding.
- Not really a fan of bitey treble/mids.
- Fat bass response so lots of crunch and chunk on palm muting.
- Smooth, fast neck, but not too thin - I have reasonably large hands so I need to be able to feel the neck in my hand, but obviously not too fat.
- Dual humbucker.

Any suggestions? Thanks. Any more questions, ask 'em!

#2
What sort of music do you play, and with what amp?
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#3
Lightweight mahogany guitar. Oxymoron.

Looks like you might want a Gibson Les Paul Standard or Custom.
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#5
Oh yes, of course, sorry. I play hard rock/alternative. With my band, it's sort of punk, but very hard and aggressive, lots of palm-muted chugging riffs, almost Metallica-esque. I suppose a good comparison would be early Thrice only without screaming?

But yes, most stuff I play is punk, hardcore, and some metal.

At the moment I have an ENGL Screamer amplifier.
#6
ESP Horizon is what you want mate. Check thomann.de they're usually pretty good on prices.

You wont get a standard Gibby LP for that in this country.

link

that + EMGs = oooh. it has a mahogany body, the spec on that site is wrong for some reason.

or if you want a maple cap, check musik-schmidt.de

they have more of a choice of stuff like that, and they're still pretty reasonable on the prices.
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#8
Nice amp! Maybe look into Ibanez JS models, PGM301, RGs and JEMs - these have mostly basswood bodies though, may not be to your liking as they aren't as bass-intense as mahogany but it's a fairly balanced wood.

Perhaps an ESP? They do double-cutaway Strat models in both the ESP and LTD range, all of which are pretty formidable. Definitely worth looking into if you want the fatter neck and mahogany .
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#9
maybe a schecter c-1 elite?
Gear:
Jackson DKMG Dinky (EMG 81/85)
Ibanez GIO (i put a Dimbucker in the bridge)
Crate GT65 (65 watts) to be upgraded soon, suggestions welcome (must be tubed)
Floor Pod (for sale)
#11
Erm... I am just guessing, I don't know if it sounds near like what you want, but what about a Gibson SG?
Tear me if I am wrong, I only know, it's a double cut guitar, with humbuckers.
#12
C1 Hellraiser.

Dual EMGs, fast neck, double cutaway, good for crunchy tone.

Alot of Schecters are nice too.

EDIT: Oops i forgot about the price, how many dollars is 1200 -erm- euros? (i think thats what that symbol is) Is it like ~ $1600?
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#13
Cool cool, lots of good suggestions, keep them coming and I shall find somewhere that stocks them all and try them. No one's mentioned PRS's yet, which surprised me, are they not well regarded?

EDIT - that was a pound sign hehe, and £1200 roughly equals $2400. I think the exchange rate is about double at the moment.
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#14
PRS are well regarded, just expensive, particularly in the UK. You could only really get a CE at that price new, and it'd need some pickup changing to get metal tone, as opposed to the Ibanez I recommended which have great stock pickups.
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#16
Dean Hardtail. It fits all your needs. You'll get a great axe, just as good if not better than a PRS, Les Paul, or SG. Its made out of African Mahogany with a beauty of a quilted maple top. And its a bit lighter than a LP. The stock pups are Seymore Duncans JB Bridge and Jazz neck.
Its a neck through body and the fretboard is ebony, a bit smoother than rosewood.
#17
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Dean Hardtail. It fits all your needs. You'll get a great axe, just as good if not better than a PRS, Les Paul, or SG. Its made out of African Mahogany with a beauty of a quilted maple top. And its a bit lighter than a LP. The stock pups are Seymore Duncans JB Bridge and Jazz neck.
Its a neck through body and the fretboard is ebony, a bit smoother than rosewood.


I second the Dean Hardtail. Make sure to get a used one. I've played one and it felt like butter on something very beautiful.