#1
Hey everyone,

I have been playing guitar for about five years now, and I mostly play jazz and metal. I currently own a Godin SD, which is a great value, versatile guitar. However, I recently made a bit of money and I think it is time for a new guitar. I regularly gig with jazz combos and big bands at my high school, but I enjoy playing metal as well. However, I am not in any sort of rock or metal band at this time.

The point is, I am trying to eventually have a guitar for jazz that I can gig with, and a guitar for metal that I can use at home, and hopefully for some gigs down the road if I can get a band going. I would really appreciate some recommendations as to what my next guitar should be, considering I am looking at a new shred/metal guitar for a reasonable price (probably $600 max), or possibly a hollow-body or jazz guitar in the same price range. I was maybe looking at the Alexi Laiho ESP (the cheaper model), but I have no idea if it is any good or not (though I am a huge fan of Children of Bodom). Does it still make sense to get a metal-oriented guitar even if I am not gigging with it? In that case, would a jazz-oriented guitar make more sense?

I would really appreciate any recommendations anyone can give me about guitars that would work for my situation. I hope what I wrote above makes sense!

Thanks a lot
#2
The Alexi V would be a good one. I am a Bodom fan myself and that's the next guitar I'm planning to get. I know it would be good for metal because it has active pick-ups. I'm not too sure about the Jazz side of it because I just play metal
#3
To be honest most guitars can get a decent metal tone as long as they're got humbuckers in but if you get a metal oriented guitar with a neck humbucker you can switch to that on a clean sound and turn the tone knob down a bit to get a pretty convincing jazz tone. As for a specific guitar it all comes down to preference; what sort of guitars do you like apart from the Godin?
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#4
get a les paul. it'll handle both at a half to 3/4-assed rate. a good amp for jazz and good OD/Distortion for metal will make up for it tho
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#6
Hey,

To answer your question I've never really played on an electric other than a Godin. I was also thinking of Ibanez, because I really enjoyed playing on my friend's, though I can't remember what model it was.
#7
Les Paul, higher end Epiphone, was built for Jazz but can also handle Metal.
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#8
Avoid getting active pickups if you're going to be split between jazz and metal. As long as you have humbuckers, you should be able to get a good metal sound (with good distortion) but if you have actives, getting a decent jazz tone is going to be tough. Jazz sound is probably a bit more dependent on your equpiment than metal is.
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get a les paul. it'll handle both at a half to 3/4-assed rate. a good amp for jazz and good OD/Distortion for metal will make up for it tho


I wouldn't do this if i were you. If you're looking at getting two guitars, then don't settle for a guitar that will cover both styles but not exceed at either.
Unfortunately, I don't play metal or jazz, (though im looking at getting into jazz more). If you are doing jazz gigs, your first stop should be a jazz guitar. Look into hollowbody guitars. Epiphone and Ibanez makes moderately priced ones that are pretty nice. I haven't played any ibanez hollowbodies so I can't tell you how they are, but I do know that some of the Epiphone models are pretty good.
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#11
Hey everyone,

Thanks for all of your responses, many people have been recommending guitars that can handle both styles, which is great. However, I was sort of thinking that I would have a guitar just for jazz, and one just for metal, but I don't know if that makes sense considering I would only really be playing gigs on the jazz guitar for the next little while. I just need some ideas for a relatively inexpensive jazz OR metal guitar. All of the suggestions are a big help though!
#12
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Hey,

To answer your question I've never really played on an electric other than a Godin. I was also thinking of Ibanez, because I really enjoyed playing on my friend's, though I can't remember what model it was.


Well seeing as how you like Ibanez guitars I'd recommend you try as many as possilbe until you find one you like the feel of and take my advice; you can get a decent tone out of just about any guitar and amp combo as long as the amp puts out a decent clean tone, the key is that you want a relatively mellow tone for jazz (obviously you know this) so if you switch the neck pickup and roll off the tone you should be able to get at least a useable jazz tone if not a good one.
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I wouldn't do this if i were you. If you're looking at getting two guitars, then don't settle for a guitar that will cover both styles but not exceed at either.
Unfortunately, I don't play metal or jazz, (though im looking at getting into jazz more). If you are doing jazz gigs, your first stop should be a jazz guitar. Look into hollowbody guitars. Epiphone and Ibanez makes moderately priced ones that are pretty nice. I haven't played any ibanez hollowbodies so I can't tell you how they are, but I do know that some of the Epiphone models are pretty good.


I owned an Artcore archtop for a little bit and it was pretty nice.

However, it does feel pretty different than a standard Ibanez solid-body, obviously because of the design of the guitar itself, so make sure you go play a bunch first.
#17
HSS Strat

Or Ibanez S series


really you can play jazz on any guitar since some play with passives and some play with emg's on clean.
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