#1
I play hard rock, rock, alt. rock, soft rock, and classic rock...basically all rock haha, BUT I like to play clean a lot, softer songs and such...

I love the hellraiser, but I dont know how well it plays light music...I'm also thinking about the Tremonti SE, which I like because its cheaper...

Wut do you guys think? Feel free to suggest other guitars under $500.
#2
ibanez sz series

basically the same guitar, but they look so nice
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#3
the hellraiser is a nice guitar, but it's pretty cliche. so many people have bought that guitar due to the convenience of having EMG's already installed.

personally, I would check out the Singlecut SE's from PRS. better color options and it's the same guitar, but it doesn't have some creed dork's name on it.

the Singlecut/Tremonti will be the best in terms of versatility and they're sexy guitars. I used to own the Santana SE, and it ripped. I used it for a metal band and it got the job done with stock pups. but you can always upgrade the pups to a more suitable combo if you want.

I was ready to buy a Singlecut SE about 6/7 months ago. I went in Elderly Music, which they carried whale blue singlecut SE's. but I never experienced such terrible customer service, so I pulled out the wad of hundreds in my pocket as I let them know that I would never knowing hand over any of my money to them.

on the other hand. with the Schecter, you could always swap out the 85 in the bridge with a more clean-friendly 60.
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#4
^ actually, the tremonti is more versitile than the singlecut. its got a volume and tone knob for each pickup, instead of just one tone knob and one volume. and tremonti is a pretty nice guitarist, a lot of his stuff with alterbridge is really good.
#5
ya, thanks for the info, thus far...on a side note, I am a HUGE fan of tremonti, but that's not why I'm looking at the guitar....
does anyone have an idea of how the tremonti SE sounds clean?
#6
well the song in my profile is the tremonti SE clean, so you could listen to that if you want. i think it sound really nice clean and with some gain. not a fan of high gain, so i dont know how it works in that department.

i actually bought the guitar before i started listening to tremonti, just because its such a nice guitar.
#7
i checked it out, sounds pretty nice...another concern I have is the neck width...
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I havent played it yet, but that makes me nervous, I know a friend who dropped $800 on an acoustic, and could barely play it because the neck actually hurt to play.
#8
The guitar is amazing clean Mine gives you crisp notes and a nice low end but that all depends on how you have it set up...i normally have it in lead and i raised the bridge pickup to get closer to the highs and the neck pickup to the lows for more gain....thats nice for metal playing. I love mine...it works for everything from metal to blues to country to just jamming. its an all around versatile guitar. PRS's are great guitars.
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#9
i really like the hellraiser, but it is more for metal and heavier stuff than you like
son the tremonti or any LP will be good for you