#1
I'm after a versatile electric guitar, and so far I'm looking at a Fender American Strat HSS, and an Ibanez RG2550E. Ideally I want one with single coil and humbucker pickups, which is why these two have caught my eye.
Can anyone recommend anything else, or perhaps offer their views on these two guitars?

My playing style is mostly rock, of the harder variety, although I do vary it alot, hence I'm after a versatile guitar.

My budget is just about £800.
#2
any Fender HSS strat will do.
the sound of your amp is more important.
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#4
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#6
depends on what type of sound you want or what type of music you're playing, if you wanna do metal then the Strat is probably too twangy for you, in which case I would totally go for the Ibanez, but if you want to play more rock or blues type stuff then go for the Strat all the way
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#7
i personally own a fender american strat hss and its a phenomenally versatile guitar, i love it and will never need to buy another one again. I play both blues and metal so i need the single coil sound as well as the humbucker and this guitars sound for both of those styles, in my opinion are top notch. I don know much about the ibanez but if you want to play anything either than hard rock, aka blues or jazz you would probably want to go with the fender because of its versatility.
#8
I am a huge fan of Ibanez. I think the make great guitars for the price. The Ibanez will likely be a bit of a darker and warmer tone. Based on what i read here http://www.zzounds.com/item--IBARG2550E it looks like it would also have higher gain pick ups.

The fender will be much brigter with more twang. It's really up to you, a good American strat will play just as good. I recomend going to a shop and playing. What ever feels right!
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#9
hey redneck... I like the gear your running, looks kinda familliar...
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Guitars
Thineline tele with SD lil '59

Ibanez Artcore AM-73

Line 6 Variax 500


Effects

Line 6 X3 live
Digitech RP-500
Ibanez Weeping Demon


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Roland JC-120
Rocktron VT-60
#10
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-American-Special-Mahogany-HSS-Stratocaster-Electric-Guitar?sku=511165

i own that HSS strat. has to be the most versatile guitar i have ever played. everything from jazz to blues to classic rock to hard rock sounds great on it. only thing is the bridge PU is a tad weak IMO (for hard rock and metal), so I would replace it (I'm going to drop in a SD as soon as I return to the US).
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#12
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hey redneck... I like the gear your running, looks kinda familliar...



no kidding, did you get the artcore in transparent cherry?
and ive actually been lookin at the rocktron velocity for some more hard rock and metal tones, do you like it? and wtf is the difference betweent the 50d and the 50c?
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You could get $1000 custom made pickups hand wired with Eric Johnsons pubic hair, and they'd still sound pretty bad through a ****ty solid state practice amp.

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Really? I thought Frontmans where highly respected around here?!