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#1
Okay I just started getting into shred guitar. I already have a agile AL-3100 but not really for shredding. I was wondering what would be the best shred guitar overall for under 500 USD, since it will only be a secondary guitar.

thanks
#2
ibanez s/rg models, and Jackson's.

You might be able to find a deal on a Rg550
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#3
ibanez=shred
esp=shred
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#4
Guitars make TERRIBLE sheds.

I was under the impression that to buy a guitar with the intention of shredding is to buy one with the intention of playing fast on it, so I would think the guitar you should buy would be whatever one is most comfortable for you to play on.
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Quote by Ghold125
ibanez s/rg models, and Jackson's.

You might be able to find a deal on a Rg550



sorry to be a git, but wtf is that apostrophe doing there?


on topic: +1 to the ibanez. RG is an affordable durable model. Avoid the S/SA and many jacksons, as the majority only have 22 frets.
#10
Get one of those ESP LP knockoffs, and don't buy an Ibanez unless you're going to spend over a $1000 on it.
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#11
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Get one of those ESP LP knockoffs, and don't buy an Ibanez unless you're going to spend over a $1000 on it.

LOL WUT. Sorry mate, but you're tallking bollocks there.
#12
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theoretically speaking you could shred on most electric guitars

Exactly.
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LOL WUT. Sorry mate, but you're tallking bollocks there.

Bullocks to some people, yeah. Oh noes, an opinion.
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#14
Quote by exect4500
theoretically speaking you could shred on ALL electric guitars


Fixed.

A good shred guitar is one that you feel comfortable on and like the tone of, nothing more. Try as many guitars as you can get your hands on and find the one you like the feel and tone of most; that's your shred guitar.
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#15
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Bullocks to some people, yeah. Oh noes, an opinion.

In this case some people= most shedders.
#16
The guitar doesn't make you shred. A good shred guitar is a guitar you feel comfortable playing. I personally love both of my guitars, which is why I bought each of them, and when I look for another guitar, it will be another one I'm comfortable playing, and the brand makes no difference to me.
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#19
Quote by AsShadowsRemain
Jackson > Ibanez

Anyday...

Just my personal preference.

I agree there, but some people prefer the paper thin necks, they just dont feel comfortable to me.
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#20
Quote by Zaphod_Beeblebr
Fixed.

A good shred guitar is one that you feel comfortable on and like the tone of, nothing more. Try as many guitars as you can get your hands on and find the one you like the feel and tone of most; that's your shred guitar.



Yes!
#21
Just shred on the Agile. It'll be only marginally easier, and adjusting to the thin neck will take as much time as it will learning to play fast on it.

However, if you want a more metal guitar, I'd look into LTDs.
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#22
yeah its just hard getting to the higher frets on the agile. And there are no 24 frets.
Can anyone give any specific model ESP's or LTD's. All the ones ive seen have been fairly expensive. Any good cheap ones?
#23
Quote by bWsWwrestler
And there are no 24 frets.


Since when did shred require 24 frets? It's only two extra notes...

I refer anyone and everyone to my post on page 1:

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#24
yeah im going to guitarcenter soon i just wanted a idea of what to check out cause i hate staying in there too long or else you get a bunch of bad salesman telling you why to buy something your playing.
#25
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yeah im going to guitarcenter soon i just wanted a idea of what to check out cause i hate staying in there too long or else you get a bunch of bad salesman telling you why to buy something your playing.

However, if you go in there a lot, the salesmen go from "oh hey buy this" to "oh man we just got a new jem in, check this out." It's rather nice.
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#26
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Can anyone give any specific model ESP's or LTD's. All the ones ive seen have been fairly expensive. Any good cheap ones?


just look at any of the 400 or higher series. M, MH, EC, F, Viper...goes on
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#27
Quote by Me2NiK
Guitars make TERRIBLE sheds.

I was under the impression that to buy a guitar with the intention of shredding is to buy one with the intention of playing fast on it, so I would think the guitar you should buy would be whatever one is most comfortable for you to play on.


+1876524871524899

if your comfortable playing guitar then you should learn how to shred on that, and just get some pickups that make the notes really "pop" out, theres your shred guitar.

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#28
Quote by Zaphod_Beeblebr
Since when did shred require 24 frets? It's only two extra notes...
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well th two extra notes gives you the octave, letting you play in standard, letting you not have to worry about jumping a couple frets when your drop tuned
#29
Quote by codyshredfoo
well th two extra notes gives you the octave, letting you play in standard, letting you not have to worry about jumping a couple frets when your drop tuned


I don't know aobut you but I have heard of a mysterious technique that lets you get notes you don't have the frets for, what was it called again...oh yeah, bending

Seriously, 99% of the world doesn't use the extra 2 notes for 99% of the time.
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#32
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im not stupid.


Who said you were?
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#33
Try this guitar, it's pretty awesome for shredding...

it's 99$ above your price limit but it's totally worth it:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Gretsch-Guitars-G5120-Electromatic-Hollow-Body-with-DualCoil-Pickups?sku=513282

EDIT: YES I was kidding!
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#34
I can shred on my Ovation Celebrity (which is a steel string acoustic), just get something you like, not something that people say is for shred, I would save up more and in the meantime learn to shred on what you've got, it'll only make you better once you do get a "shred" guitar.

and to the guy above, I don't think a Gretsch would be any more ideal for shred than what he has now, unless you are kidding in which case, lol.
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#35
Quote by Ghold125
ibanez s/rg models, and Jackson's.

You might be able to find a deal on a Rg550

In particular, for the RG's/Jacksons, they must be relatively high-level guitars, Ibanez RG1570 or higher, or Jackson DK2/Ke3/RR3/what have you in the PRO/MG series or higher.
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#36
Quote by Me2NiK
Guitars make TERRIBLE sheds.


yeah, they don't work well at all for that.

anyway, i'd be wary of anything with a locking trem at that price. I'd probably stick to hardtail. Though you might be able to get an ibanez s320 or something like that under budget, which'd be worth a look.
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#37
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I don't know aobut you but I have heard of a mysterious technique that lets you get notes you don't have the frets for, what was it called again...oh yeah, bending

Seriously, 99% of the world doesn't use the extra 2 notes for 99% of the time.

i cant reach the extra two notes on my guitar
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#39
haha yes the ibanezJEM is my all time dream guitar but its a little out of my price range. Haha no wait its way out of my price range

Also what ibanex RG is the best bang for your buck. And same question but for the jackson Dinky.
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