#1
Well I've been looking into quite a few guitars for Christmas and I just can't seem to make up my mind. I play a lot of metal, so I'm looking for a heavy sounding guitar.

Right now my choices aree:


ESP/LTD EC500 - Right now this is my top choice because it is just within my price range and it comes with a set of EMG's. I'm also a big fan of the Les Paul shape.
Link: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-EC500-With-EMG-Pickups?sku=512885

Ibanez RG3EX1- I'm a big fan of Ibanez guitars and I'm pretty interested in this one. The red quilted top looks sick, but I just don't know about the quality.
Link: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RG3EXQM1-Quilted-Maple-Top-Electric-Guitar?sku=519784

Epiphone Les Paul Custom- Like I said earlier, I'm really into the Les Paul shape, but I'm not sure about this guitar because I play a lot of metal. I've heard some good things and bad things about it, and I'm just not sure.
Link: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Custom-Electric-Guitar?sku=518350

Any help would be greatly appreciated (:
#3
Quote by IxXRuinXxI
Well I've been looking into quite a few guitars for Christmas and I just can't seem to make up my mind. I play a lot of metal, so I'm looking for a heavy sounding guitar.

Right now my choices aree:


ESP/LTD EC500 - Right now this is my top choice because it is just within my price range and it comes with a set of EMG's. I'm also a big fan of the Les Paul shape.
Link: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-EC500-With-EMG-Pickups?sku=512885

Ibanez RG3EX1- I'm a big fan of Ibanez guitars and I'm pretty interested in this one. The red quilted top looks sick, but I just don't know about the quality.
Link: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RG3EXQM1-Quilted-Maple-Top-Electric-Guitar?sku=519784

Epiphone Les Paul Custom- Like I said earlier, I'm really into the Les Paul shape, but I'm not sure about this guitar because I play a lot of metal. I've heard some good things and bad things about it, and I'm just not sure.
Link: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Custom-Electric-Guitar?sku=518350

Any help would be greatly appreciated (:


Well, the Les Paul is a classic metal guitar. Its heavy sold body promotes sustain. With a couple of strong humbuckers it's ready for limitless distortion.
#4
I'd probably go for the LTD EC-500. You could also look into the EC-400, which can come with Seymour Duncan pickups if you choose the Amber Sunburst finish. All guitars are made in Korea (however, I am not sure about the Epiphone, perhaps made in China), so the craftmanship of each guitar should be pretty consistent. However, the EC-500 is probably the best specced guitar out of all 3 of them, seeing it has the Earvana Compensated Nut (makes tuning slightly easier as it should correct any flats / sharps problems) and the EMG's are already installed.

But!

Remember to try each guitar out; make your own opinion! Good luck!
#5
Ec500 Ftw.
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#7
get the EC500
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#9
I'm into the Les Paul shape too. I would get your first choice or do what CilenZio^_^ said.
#10
Well to answer the amp question, I currently own a Line 6 Spider 2 75 watt i think, but I'm getting a Roland Micro Cube soon..and I think I'm going to get the EC-500 although the Epiphone is tempting lol.
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