For Metal/Shredding/Hard Rock

Also want a rhoads/evh tone/brown sound

I've been looking at the VMNT alot lately, but that does not have a whammy = no divebombs

Requesting experiences/advices
I would recommend you a Schecter C-1 Hellraiser FR. The EMG pickup set is made for metal and shredding. It has Original Floyd Rose. Beside I've seen lots and lots of people talking about it and not a single complaint so you can betcha it's good guitar.

Consider the amp also if you are looking for specific tones.

ESP Standard Eclipse I CTM VW
ESP LTD Deluxe H-1001
ESP LTD Deluxe Viper-1000 STBC
ESP Edwards E-EX-100STD
Warmoth Paulcaster "Tiger"
Tanglewood TW170 AS
Vox Tonelab ST
Blackstar HT-1R

whats your budget?

*edit* lol, i just remebered the title...
Well, i'd say a Jackson RR24, or a SL2H second hand, if you can find one for 1300. The Japanese version SL3 is great too.
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