#1
Well right now I have a Fender Squier . It's good but lately I have been getting more and more into metal and I want a new guitar. I mostly play in Drop C but occasionally go to Drop B.

I was thinking an ESP MH-53? Heres the link.

http://www.samash.com/catalog/showitem.asp?
ItemPos=9&TempID=10&STRID=211413&Method=2&CategoryID=0&BrandID=1345&PriceRangeID=0&PageNum=0&DepartmentID=0&pagesize=10&SortMethod=3&SearchPhrase=mh&Contains=%2Amh%2A&Search_Type=SEARCH&GroupCode=

or you can go to the bottom of the page( I would've picked any of these guitars but the 53 was the cheapest)

http://www.espguitars.com/guitars_mh.html

Basically what I'm looking for is a guitar good for Drop C and Metal; with at least 24 frets, good pickups (although I've given up on this part since all these guitars with EMG's and Seymour Duncan's cost too much), and a whammy bar would be nice. For some reason I drifted toward ESP's so if u could suggest those it would be nice. But if there is a better guitar out there for the same price please mention it!

Unfortunately my price range is only up to about $300

But it's only my second guitar and I'm dying to get it!
#2
The MH-53 doesn't look like too bad a guitar for a second guitar, especially if you're replacing a Squier.

Obviously, the pickups let it down. I have an old LTD MH-50 and whilst the guitar itself is solid, the pickups sucked, I swapped them out for DiMarzios and now it's good enough that I still break it out live when I'm playing heavier stuff.

So that and the MH-50 are solid options for you and will serve you for a long time with a pickup swap. The downside is that the Licensed Floyd Rose on the cheaper LTDs is not a great trem, the action on it isn't too smooth and I'm not too sure how well the knife edge pivot holds up. I personally have mine blocked so it doesn't move.
#4
Maybe an ibanez art 100
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-Artist-ART100-Electric-Guitar?sku=512354
or rg321mh
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RG321-Electric-Guitar?sku=512492

Imo those would be better then the esp you were looking at. And what amp do you have, you might need to upgrade the amp first tbh. Cheers.
EDIT : oh you have a roland cube...well imo its decent enough if you are just practising.
#5
Quote by RoamingConflict
Maybe an ibanez art 100
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-Artist-ART100-Electric-Guitar?sku=512354
or rg321mh
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RG321-Electric-Guitar?sku=512492

Imo those would be better then the esp you were looking at. And what amp do you have, you might need to upgrade the amp first tbh. Cheers.

This. LTD < 400 equals bad value.
Quote by lizarday
oh yeah? well larry king the slayer guitarist owns bc rich guitars. (i think)
#6
what is it with this board and ****ing ibanez? anyway id reccomend a jackson rr3 but if you want a guitar with a decent trem on it ur gonna need to spend a lot more than $300 it would be better to get a guitar without one at all than a **** one so id reccomend an esp ex 260 its very good for the price.
#7
If you can, just hang onto the Squier for now and save up more money. You could get a crummy guitar now or a nice guitar later on. Your choice really. I know what I would do though.
#8
Thx guys!

Alright I think I'll lose the trem idea.

and i thot I might regret not gettin good pickups...

Quote by Guitar Sushi
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-JS30RR-Rhoads-JS-Electric-Guitar?sku=511564
??

Dude you wanna buy a guitar for a Metal FOR the pickups. If not you're defeating the whole point.


That looks like a great guitar with all the stuff I wanted; so are those good pickups?
#9
Quote by mrbungle50221
what is it with this board and ****ing ibanez? anyway id reccomend a jackson rr3 but if you want a guitar with a decent trem on it ur gonna need to spend a lot more than $300 it would be better to get a guitar without one at all than a **** one so id reccomend an esp ex 260 its very good for the price.


The ESP ex 260 looks nice, but it only has 22 frets...lol. I seem to care more than most people. It's just that my Squier has 21 frets...which REALLY pisses me off .
Last edited by Flariduh at Jun 23, 2008,
#10
Basically I'm just asking every1 what the best guitar would be(for metal of course ) for that price. I guess if you find one up to $350 it would be okay lol.

Remember requirements are

-24 frets
-good pickups
-can't look like crap
#12
Quote by Flariduh
Well right now I have a Fender Squier . It's good but lately I have been getting more and more into metal and I want a new guitar. I mostly play in Drop C but occasionally go to Drop B.

I was thinking an ESP MH-53? Heres the link.

http://www.samash.com/catalog/showitem.asp?
ItemPos=9&TempID=10&STRID=211413&Method=2&CategoryID=0&BrandID=1345&PriceRangeID=0&PageNum=0&DepartmentID=0&pagesize=10&SortMethod=3&SearchPhrase=mh&Contains=%2Amh%2A&Search_Type=SEARCH&GroupCode=

or you can go to the bottom of the page( I would've picked any of these guitars but the 53 was the cheapest)

http://www.espguitars.com/guitars_mh.html

Basically what I'm looking for is a guitar good for Drop C and Metal; with at least 24 frets, good pickups (although I've given up on this part since all these guitars with EMG's and Seymour Duncan's cost too much), and a whammy bar would be nice. For some reason I drifted toward ESP's so if u could suggest those it would be nice. But if there is a better guitar out there for the same price please mention it!

Unfortunately my price range is only up to about $300

But it's only my second guitar and I'm dying to get it!



I would say the 53 is a pretty good guitar to replace your squier and it has a whammy which is very cool in metal. i have the mh-400 and dam it is the sweetest this i have ever layed my hands on
#13
Low End ESP's like the 50 Models shouldn't be too bad.. its really your basic guitar.. you got a String Through, Generic Humbucker Equipped Guitar.. made of Basswood.. Im for it.
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#14
i love playing my bc.rich for metal music.....go check them out bro
#15
Quote by Weybl Himself
The MH-53 doesn't look like too bad a guitar for a second guitar, especially if you're replacing a Squier.

Obviously, the pickups let it down. I have an old LTD MH-50 and whilst the guitar itself is solid, the pickups sucked, I swapped them out for DiMarzios and now it's good enough that I still break it out live when I'm playing heavier stuff.

So that and the MH-50 are solid options for you and will serve you for a long time with a pickup swap. The downside is that the Licensed Floyd Rose on the cheaper LTDs is not a great trem, the action on it isn't too smooth and I'm not too sure how well the knife edge pivot holds up. I personally have mine blocked so it doesn't move.


How much do u think it would cost to get them replaced with EMG's?
#16
Quote by guitar-lover34
I would say the 53 is a pretty good guitar to replace your squier and it has a whammy which is very cool in metal. i have the mh-400 and dam it is the sweetest this i have ever layed my hands on


That is true, but the MH-400 has EMG's lol.