#1
I'm thinking about buying a new guitar. I've been playing on a cheapo guitar for the past few years.

I'm looking for a guitar that has a good metal tone, not necessarily a crazy looking metal guitar. Just one with some good hot pickups and a floyd rose.

I'd also like to know if it's necessary to have active pickups if i want to mess around with squealing pinch harmonics or Dime-Bag squealing.

What is the best sounding guitar I can get for $450 - $550 ?

I've been looking at these:
http://www.music123.com/ESP-LTD-Alexi-Laiho-200-Electric-Guitar-512896-i1323235.Music123
http://www.music123.com/Jackson-MG-Series-DXMG-Dinky-Electric-Guitar-512239-i1147624.Music123
http://www.music123.com/Dean-ML-Noir-XT-Electric-Guitar-519815-i1150742.Music123
http://www.music123.com/Epiphone-SG-Prophecy-EX-Electric-Guitar-with-EMG-81-85-Pickups-515622-i1386472.Music123

I have a thing for black guitars..

Thanks in advanced.
Last edited by Squidtech at Aug 6, 2008,
#4
I play my RG370,Which is about $450.
It can get you anywhere with it and the right amp,And it's very playable.
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#5
I would definitely look at Schecters as well. They make some very good guitars in that price range that do metal really well. Ibanez would be a very good choice, too.

I'm not an expert but I don't think you need active pickups to do harmonics. They might help but I wouldn't say they're required.
#8
Look into Ibanez as well. I play an S320 and it's awesome. Sweet look too.


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#9
Oh, you might also look at ESP guitars as well. They are well known for metal tones and I think you can find a decent one in that price range...maybe just a bit more though.
#10
Quote by stevem326
Oh, you might also look at ESP guitars as well. They are well known for metal tones and I think you can find a decent one in that price range...maybe just a bit more though.
He'll find a guitar in the ESP LTD line in that price range, but not an ESP proper, I don't think.

LTD's are still very good guitars, though. I suggest you try them out if you can find them.
#14
Quote by whiteraven119
He'll find a guitar in the ESP LTD line in that price range, but not an ESP proper, I don't think.

LTD's are still very good guitars, though. I suggest you try them out if you can find them.


LTDs are excellent guitars. I've played low end ones, I've played high end ones - I have yet to pick up an LTD that I wasn't completely impressed by!
#16
Quote by whiteraven119
He'll find a guitar in the ESP LTD line in that price range, but not an ESP proper, I don't think.

LTD's are still very good guitars, though. I suggest you try them out if you can find them.


You're right, sorry. Yeh, the ESP's are way up there near $2K minimum aren't they? The ESP LTD's are in the $400-$900 price range though and are still very good. Thanks.
#17
Used Japanese Ibanez, Charvel, Jackson Professional, Aria Pro II, Kramer, ESP, etc. ESP's start around $1400 for a basic Viper btw.
#18
idk to be honest i wouldnt go with any of those. i was looking at the Alexi Laiho guitar and the Jackson at guitar center the other day. I walked out with an epiphone explorer. Best day of my life
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#19
yeah...do the jackson.
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