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I'm looking to spend under $650 on an electric guitar. Thing is, I don't know anything about pickups.

I want a guitar that will allow me to adjust the height of the strings. My biggest influences are the great Satch and Petrucci. I'm looking for a guitar that can give me that sweet orgasmic single string tone, like from the above artists.

I was thinking an Epiphone SG or Les Paul because those are good all around guitars. But I'm looking for that particular sound. This is where Ibanez comes in. I was thinking something from their line up that has similar pickups to what Petrucci or Satriani use.

I'm open to any suggestions to help me achieve the sound of Petrucci/Satriani.

Also, could someone explain to me the difference in the pickups and why I have heard that Ibanez guitars always sound more metal.
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as far as cheaper guitars go, schetcher blows away any competition. i have played their $300 models and was just floored by the stock setup and playability.

schetcher is definitely a favoured metal tone in modern rock. i have never owned one but from my personal experience with them, i find them to be outstanding for the price.

big name brands like fender and gibson have disgraceful starter guitars because of the fact that people trust the name. do yourself a favour and try out a schecter.

if you love metal and you're on a budget, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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Schecter is good but watch out for their necks, they're kinda big.
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That's funny, I thought you were talking about Deans like their decent guitars. XD Hilarious joke man.

Anyway, I'd recommend either a high-end Epiphone, a Classic series Fender, or, if you play metal, an ESP LTD or Ibanez of some sort. Schecters are nice too, but Prince's endorsement is enough to make me run the other way.
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If you're looking to play Satch/Petrucci stuff, I wouldn't recommend an SG or LP. They have fixed bridges and not as many frets as Satch or Petrucci use. The latter isn't really that big of a deal, though.

But I'd say definitely get an Ibanez. I know Satch does, and if I'm not mistaken, Petrucci does too (but I might be wrong there). Maybe something like this for that price range? http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RGR420EX-Electric-Guitar?sku=518089 Just a suggestion, I haven't tried one, but it IS an Ibanez in that price range. Definitely try it out first though.
#8
try an Ibanez SZ, S or SA. they are nice for the price (lol) and have ecent pickups, not POS Infinity 1 and 2.

I would go SA because it has a strat style trem. you can use it to dive, wich will be useful sometimes, and isnt that much sh*tty when tuning or changing tunings as a floyd rose
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If you're looking to play Satch/Petrucci stuff, I wouldn't recommend an SG or LP. They have fixed bridges and not as many frets as Satch or Petrucci use. The latter isn't really that big of a deal, though.

But I'd say definitely get an Ibanez. I know Satch does, and if I'm not mistaken, Petrucci does too (but I might be wrong there). Maybe something like this for that price range? http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RGR420EX-Electric-Guitar?sku=518089 Just a suggestion, I haven't tried one, but it IS an Ibanez in that price range. Definitely try it out first though.

1.-petrucci used ibanez. now he is with music man
2.-i would go with the RG. the EDGE 3 sucks a lot. and the pickups are very weak. also, check some jackson dinkys
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Used Gibson Les Paul Studio or a nice used American Standard Stratocaster. Great playing and sounding. Very versatile and you would be set for a while. Don't buy new. Waste of money since a budget of $ 650.00. Also consider an American HSS Stratifaster. I have one and it is a joy to play. I can get a lot of different tones for acoustic like clean parts to crunch with heavy leads.
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Someone's been dancing with Mr. Brownstone.

Deans blow. Go Jackson, Schecter, LTD, or Ibanez.
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Deans blow. Go Jackson, Schecter, LTD, or Ibanez.


And Mr. Brownstone won't leave him alone.

Go with a Jackson, TS. They own.
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Go with a Jackson, TS. They own.

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If you're looking to play Satch/Petrucci stuff, I wouldn't recommend an SG or LP. They have fixed bridges and not as many frets as Satch or Petrucci use. The latter isn't really that big of a deal, though.

But I'd say definitely get an Ibanez. I know Satch does, and if I'm not mistaken, Petrucci does too (but I might be wrong there). Maybe something like this for that price range? http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Ibanez-RGR420EX-Electric-Guitar?sku=518089 Just a suggestion, I haven't tried one, but it IS an Ibanez in that price range. Definitely try it out first though.

+1 Except that Petrucci plays a Musicman or the sort.

So yeah Ibanez because you might want an alder body, 24 frets, floating trem sort of setup.

Oh and there's nothing wrong with Deans like some people are bashing, its just that usually the better ones are more expensive.