#1
As the title says, im looking for a guitar that will range from hard rock to metal. Something around $600, give or take $50 or so if it's worth it.

As for tone, i'm looking for something that will range pretty widely for rock. Some classic rock like Zeppelin, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, ect. Also some of the good early 80's-90's metal bands like Priest, Maiden, Metallica. And finally grunge/modern bands like Alice in Chains, Alter Bridge, Wolfmother.

Anything come to mind guys? I've looked at various guitars, MIM strats, Faded V's, Epi Explorers, and I havn't really picked an all out favorite for what I want.

I plan on going to guitar center sometime within the next month just to check out some of my options, but I was just wondering where I should start, or models to check out first.
#2
I personally like (love) Ibanez, the s series

but I have herd schecter, jackson and ESP are awsome
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#4
I dislike my S, I want something with a little more meat on it's bones, something that doesn't feel fragile.

I've looked into ESP LTD's, mainly the EC Deluxe series.

Would it be smarter to get the EMG 81/60 combo models, or the Seymour ones?
#6
Check out the Jackson Pro Series. they are MIJ and have awesome quality, good trems, and nice Seymour Duncan pickups. The Dk2m and DK2 are excellent places to start
#7
Quote by Sound Mind
that's cause you have a crappy, entry-level Ibanez S Series. get a high-end one, i love my S520ex.
Uh....S470's were $630, isn't your's $600?

If I were you i'd read up on S series guitars...for the most part they're all the same, there's no "entry level", and the high end Prestige models have very little differences.
#8
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-Viper-400-Electric-Guitar?sku=516660
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Schecter-C1-Hellraiser-Electric-Guitar?sku=513105
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Schecter-Hellraiser-C1-FR-Electric-Guitar?sku=513134

(although be careful about faded gibsons, some are awesome, some can be iffy)
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Faded-Flying-V-?sku=517336
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gibson-Faded-SG-Special-Electric-Guitar?sku=517222

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-Showmaster-Quilt-HH-Electric-Guitar-?sku=511329

they can all handle hard rock to metal. Its really a matter of preference. Personally id recommend against a floyd rose, but thats just my opinion I just dont like them, haha. Id go with something with humbuckers, and active pickups isnt a must, but for some tones it maybe wanted.

I like the ESP viper, the sg looking one, but then again I just really like SG's. The best suggestion I can give you, is try as many guitars as you can... LP's, SG's, strats, esps, ibanez they all have guitars that can do hard rock and metal you just gotta get the one that feels right to you

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#9
Yeah I dont want a locking bridge. The ESP LTD's look pretty nice, I used to want both the EC/Vipers, so I might look into them again.
#10
I'm diggin' the Viper 400. Are they as big/thick as SG's? I want the white one, but it has EMG's.

Is the 81/60 combo good for classic rock? I know it's awesome for metal...
#11
Quote by TJM2482
If I were you i'd read up on S series guitars...for the most part they're all the same, there's no "entry level", and the high end Prestige models have very little differences.

If I were you I would stop lying to myself about the quality of my guitar. GSA60 is a crappy entry level guitar. If you think that it is anywhere close to a real "S" guitar especially the prestige series ones, you are severely mistaken.
#12
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If I were you I would stop lying to myself about the quality of my guitar. GSA60 is a crappy entry level guitar. If you think that it is anywhere close to a real "S" guitar especially the prestige series ones, you are severely mistaken.

Uh im talking about my S470....
#14
I would get either an LTD EC or Viper, anything 400 series or above.
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#15
look for the ibanez rga 121 on sale.......try a sam ash. Awesome and very solid guitar!
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#16
I would suggest getting a Jackson DK2T Dinky. Great guitars for the money. plus they are MIJ!
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#17
if you like the feel of strats, i would get the showmaster. it has 24 frets, and it can give you that mohagany gibson classic tone that all the bands you listed utilize.
EDIT: EMG's will destroy your classic rock tone. the pearly gates is perfect for what you want, its on the showmaster, and a great description of it is in my sig.
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#18
Quote by TJM2482
I dislike my S, I want something with a little more meat on it's bones, something that doesn't feel fragile.

I've looked into ESP LTD's, mainly the EC Deluxe series.

Would it be smarter to get the EMG 81/60 combo models, or the Seymour ones?


Is it the thinness of the body you don't like?
#19
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I would suggest getting a Jackson DK2T Dinky. Great guitars for the money. plus they are MIJ!


Indeed.
#20
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Is it the thinness of the body you don't like?

Yeah I want something thicker that feels less fragile and paper thin.

Right now im considering a MIM Strat w/ new HSH pickups, LTD Viper 400, and a couple others.
#22
Quote by Shabalaba
EX 400 is good for metal and hard rock, i love Ibanezs aswell, i think this would also be a good choice.

ESP EX 400
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-EX400-Electric-Guitar?sku=512028

Ibanez RG4EXQM1
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RG4EXQM1-Quilted-Maple-Top-Electric-Guitar?sku=519785

Does anyone know if you can swap out the LFR in that Ibanez for an OFR?
#23
The LTD Viper 400 is about 1,5 - 2 times as thick as a normal SG. But the EMG pickups might not totally give you the sound you're after.
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#25
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Does anyone know if you can swap out the LFR in that Ibanez for an OFR?

Yes it has an Edge III, so an OFR fits in perfectly with no routing.
#26
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Les Paul is the obvious choice.
Well I only have up to about $650 that im willing to spend.
#27
If you really like the Viper/EC just buy that sell the pickups and get some Swinesheads or something.You could easily make $250-$200 off the EMGs