#1
Hi guys this is my first post here. I've visited these forums a lot in the past and thought I should sign up. Anyway to get to my point:

Basically I'm looking to buy a new guitar and after looking online I've gathered a few that I'm interested in. I'm currently playing an Ibanez RGA121 Prestige which is a great guitar though it has a fixed bridge (which is great because I change tuning often) and I want to get a guitar with a tremolo. It has a natural flat wood finish and my friends (bandmates) keep bugging me that it looks geeky though I really like it myself and intend to keep it. I used to own a BC-Rich Warlock neck through model with an Original Floyd Rose and I miss all the whammy effects. I'm playing mostly metal at the moment but I'm still on the search to find a tone that suits me as I listen to/play many different styles and bands etc.

My problem is that where I live (Greece) We don't really have huge guitar stores with every single guitar you could hope for so I don't really have the option to play the guitars before I order them so I'll probably be ordering from the guitar store in the links further up who has good prices and a 30 day money back guarantee so I can ship the guitar back if it ends up not suiting my taste.

Anyway on to the guitars. I'm between these 4 at the moment:

Ibanez RG3520Z prestige
ESP Horizon FR-2
ESP M-II EMG Neck through
ESP SV standard (Maybe)

The Ibanez is very similar to my current guitar with the exception of the DiMarzio pickups (my guitar has Ibanez V8/V7s in it) So I expect it to sound pretty close with the benefit of having a Tremolo. I read that the Edge Zero Tremolo Is pretty good though I also read that you can't bend all the way down as you can with an Original FR so if anyone has any experience playing this guitar or even a guitar with this tremolo could they give me some feedback on this? I know that there is an Ibanez Dealer somewhere close by so I'm going to go take a look and see if they have this model at some point.

As for the ESPs I don't think there are any dealers close to where I live (or even in this country for that matter) but I've read/heard nothing but good words about them and I've tried to watch as many videos or listen to sound clips of people playing these guitars as I can and they sound great, but of course everyone has different gear etc and It isn't the same but as I said I can always return the guitar If I'm not happy with it.

At the Moment I'm leaning towards the ESP M-II though I find the flat black finish a little dull and I prefer the looks of the Horizon, though I don't have any experience with Seymour Duncan Pickups.

Generally I'm looking around the price range of 1500-1700 euros (2000+ USD?), or basically a top end guitar without being overpriced. My ideal Guitar would be Alder body, Maple neck, Original Floyd Rose trem, 24 jumbo frets with a thin neck for fast leads, an EMG 81 in the bridge and EMG 83/60 in the neck position, but it's really hard to find a guitar with everything I want so these 4 are the closest I could find that I also really like visually. The SV is kind of a special case because though I really like the way it looks I'm not quite sure I want to get a V shaped guitar at this point.

Any advice on this matter would be quite appreciated.
#5
Quote by WARLOCK123
why did you get rid of your bc rich warlock

Maybe because they're shit probably.
#6
You should look into one of the new Ibanez S-Prestige or SV-Prestige. 24 Fret, Wizard Prestige neck, ZPS trem.
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#7
out of the ones you mentioned I would go for the horizon, but I can really attest to the quality of jackson guitars. I bought a second hand flying V (not expensive really, but I planned on doing it up) and even though its not one of the expensive models, the build quality and playability is excellent.
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#8
Horlicks: I'm not so sure about the jackson because it has a Licensed Trem and as I understand those are lower quality than Originals though I think I might be able to find one to try out so I'll see.

Warlock123: Though it was a great guitar I found it to be a little heavy and it was quite big in size though It sounded great and played really well. I got a good deal trading it for my current Ibanez so yeah.
Last edited by chaosbringer99 at Jun 21, 2008,
#9
Quote by Horlicks
Maybe because they're shit probably.


i know some of them are **** but he said he liked the whammy effects. if you liked a guitar would you get rid of it.
#10
Quote by chaosbringer99
Horlicks: I'm not so sure about the jackson because it has a Licensed Trem and as I understand those are lower quality than Originals though I think I might be able to find one to try out so I'll see.

It's a decent trem, I wouldn't see licenced vs. OFR as a black and white argument. There are many trems out there that are arguably better than the OFR. I would say the JT580LP is a very good trem, maybe not as good as OFR but still great.
#11
Quote by Ljk825
You should look into one of the new Ibanez S-Prestige or SV-Prestige. 24 Fret, Wizard Prestige neck, ZPS trem.


Yeah I've given them a look when I was looking at other Ibanez Models and though they look great hardware wise I don't really like the color/finishes and It's kind of an important factor for me. I'm generally looking for a black or see through black guitar, though of course if I see something else that I think looks good I'll make an exception. I don't really like bright colorful guitars. The Ibanez S5470 prestige looks quite good in biker's black though I don't really like the texture of it.
Last edited by chaosbringer99 at Jun 21, 2008,
#12
There was meant to be an issue with the Ibanez S series trem though. Something about really bad sustain, like REALLY bad
#13
Quote by Horlicks
There was meant to be an issue with the Ibanez S series trem though. Something about really bad sustain, like REALLY bad


ouch... well anyway I'm pretty sure there's an Ibanez dealer around so I'm going to go give em a visit and see what they've got. I'll also take a look at the jackson if I can find it. Anyone have any experience with the ESPs though?
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Quote by chaosbringer99
Yeah I've given them a look when I was looking at other Ibanez Models and though they look great hardware wise I don't really like the color/finishes and It's kind of an important factor for me. I'm generally looking for a black or see through black guitar, though of course if I see something else that I think looks good I'll make an exception. I don't really like bright colorful guitars. The Ibanez S5470 prestige looks quite good in biker's black though I don't really like the texture of it.



Well this is not a 24 fret, however it is still an S-series.... Personally, I love this finish but dont want anything to do with EMGs or EMG designed pickups. I bought an '03 S470 in All Black gloss, because I didnt like the current S-series colors... It did take me 3 weeks and an eBay purchase to get it, but I ended up paying $330 and it was brand spankin new.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-S620EXQM-Electric-Guitar?sku=512501
Gear

EB MusicMan JP6 - Pearl White
Gibson LP Studio - Silverburst
Schecter C-1 Classic - Quilted Blue
Schecter Banshee (x2) - Marine Blue
Taylor GS-Mini
Blackstar HT-5 Mini Half Stack
Line 6 HD500