#1
Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm taking a trip to a local GC. My price range is about 300-500 dollars. I have some guitars in mind but would like some suggestions on some others to try out. I like to play Pantera, and Progressive metal such as Opeth, and some blues as well. So I would want something that would sound aggressive and heavy when distorted but still have a beautiful tone when played clean.
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#2
ESP Ltd
Jackson
Schecter
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ESP Ltd
Jackson
Schecter



+1. If you like anything Gibson, go straight to Epiphone. Gibson is a waste of money. Don't buy Epiphone though. You can find something better.
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#4
^ what he said

also you could get a pretty nice Ibanez

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#6
Ibanez aren't bad either. If you find something you like, look for a used guitar. You can get them for alot cheaper, and GC's don't normally sell guitars in bad shape. You won't even know it was used.
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#7
i think jackson has the best clean tone out of most metal guitars, u cud try charvel but idk if its good enough for metal. You could always get a les paul with one EMG and one vintage or whatever gibson pickup(a stock one or if u want to buy another whatever), or you could do that with an ESP, and put a fender single coil in the neck, and have an EMG in the bridge(wich usually comes stock with ESPs)
#10
There's nothing wrong with Epiphone guitars. ESP LTD guitars are good too, but Guitar Center doesn't carry them. Jacksons are good. Since you like Pantera maybe try a Dean.
#11
+1 to the Dean. I play a Dean Razorback V with the Duncan Dimebucker, and I love it. It's out of your price range, but it's somewhere to look.
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#12
I play a Jackson Dxmg which is $450 online. Good pickups that aren't *designed by* they ARE actual EMGs. Ibanez's are cool too so compare the Jackson and Ibanez in the same price range. Maybe for a little bit more you can get a Dkmg which has EMG 81 and 85 pickups for extra gain and power but since you are on a budget, I would get the Dxmg because you save $250 but it can always be upgraded later. Just see what you like.
my gear:

- Jackson DXMG with EMG 81 and 85
- Ibanez RG5EX1 (saved $320 hehe)
- Line 6 Spider III 120 watt amp
- Marshall 60 watt
- ion guitar
- crappy ion amp
- lyon distortion pedal
- ion vocal amp
(last 4 are my old gear)