#1
So I've compiled all of the specs of what I want in a new guitar, and need some ideas of which guitars can fit in the range to try out

It must have:
Mahogany body
At least 22 frets
Alnico V humbucker in neck, ceramic in bridge (these can be put in)
Hardtail

It must not:
Be over $1800
Extremely heavy
Have an extremely thick neck (nor thin, I want somewhere in the middle)

I play anything from softer pop-rock to metal.

(keep in mind I AM going to try before I buy, this is just to get an idea of what I should be trying )

Thanks for the input!
#2
Try an Ibanez Artcore. Trust me on this.. I play from very light to very heavy music. Since it's semi-hollow it isn't heavy, and it's WAY under your price range. You could get new pickups if you like (I recommend Rock Monkey pickups.. they're custom wound) and a new amp as well.

I swear by my AS73/Classic 50 combo, because IMO it's the best combination of versatility and simplicity. Look into it.

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#3
I'm planning on getting an Orange AD30, so amp is kinda decided on

I planned on trying a few Ibanez's, but was afraid that they may be too hot for the softer stuff... but I will definitely take this into consideration!
#4
im not even a huge fan of ibanez's stuff but the Artcores are really nice guitars. They feel and sound really good
#6
PRS, if you can deal with the wide neck.

try one out.
SRV R.I.P.
#7
Quote by ERA
I'm planning on getting an Orange AD30, so amp is kinda decided on

I planned on trying a few Ibanez's, but was afraid that they may be too hot for the softer stuff... but I will definitely take this into consideration!

Trust me, with a set of medium-output pickups it will work well. The stock pickups are actually very nice. I would say that the guitar is pretty close to an ES-335 without the price tag

EDIT: And very very nice pick for the amp. Oranges are amazing.

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#8
Schecter C-1+
My Gear
Guitars:
-Gibson Les Paul Studio
-Ibanez "lawsuit" Les Paul
-Ibanez S470
-PRS SE Custom

Amp:
Marshall TSL100
Marshall 1960a cab

Effects:
Dunlop 535q wah
Visual Sound Liquid Chorus

Pickups:
Guitarforce
MHD
#9
I personally think that the Gretsch's hollow(or solid) blow the artcore's away.
people with large sig's are clearly compensating for something.
#10
Quote by andy331
get a gibson les paul....


I was thinking of getting the studio and putting some alnico 5s and ceramics in it... or an sg.

Schecter's are also on my list.

Which pickups would you guys recommend?
#11
SG's have thin necks, I was gonna say an SG, but you said you wanted a medium kinda neck. i guess they aren't as thin and flat as an Ibanez Rg or sommit.

I think an SG would be a good decision, personally. or if you were to veer towards the metal side, maybe an Explorer.
#12
Quote by ERA
I was thinking of getting the studio and putting some alnico 5s and ceramics in it... or an sg.

Schecter's are also on my list.

Which pickups would you guys recommend?

I think I already mentioned rock monkey pickups. Go to rockmonkeyguitars.com and look at the selection. The pickups are made by CorduroyEW, who is a member on UG who will give you a discount. They're hand-wound and honestly I don't know any better pickups for the price.

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