#1
Hey guys, you've probably read several of these posts by now, so here's another. Why not.

I need help with choosing a guitar.

Here's the deal, I have nearly zero experience with guitars (except for that high school guitar class 5 years ago I remember nothing about) and I'm looking at getting my first one. I want to spend no more than $300. You know, one that sounds great and is of good quality, yet I won't regret buying in a year or two when I upgrade.

I am a huge metalhead. Progressive, melodic death, metalcore, black, industrial, thrash, etc.. You name it I love it. This is the kind of music I want to play, but there's no reason I can't throw in some RHCP or Audioslave from time to time, and I'd like the guitar to handle music like that too.

Here's what I'm trying to decide between: Schecter Omen 6, Ibanez RG2EX1

I'd love to hear your thoughts or suggestions.

Thanks.
Last edited by moronicCOLOSSUS at Nov 6, 2008,
#2
Schecter is definitely a good choice, they're very versatile. That'd be an awesome first guitar. The only thing I can think of is that maybe you'd want a whammy bar, but at this stage, that might just be distracting.

Guitar Center carries Schecter, I dunno if there's one in yer area or not, but that'd be a good place to start.
#3
Take a look at Samick guitars great ptoduct! cheap prices!!
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#4
Schecter is good, definitely.

But check out the Jackson JS series Dinky, the JS is an entry-level series of guitars by them. The Dinky is a standard shape, like a Soloist, except Bolt-on instead of Neck-thru. I'd try the JS20.
#5
got an amp?
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#7
what amp are you getting? alot of the sound of the guitar is gonna be the amp that your pushing it through
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#8
Actually, kind of interested in the Ibanez RG2EX1 now... added it to first post.

I am looking at starting with a small cheap versatile amp for now. Probably Line 6 Spider III 15W.
#9
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#10
most folk in UG react to the spider the same was as vampires react to garlic. it is okay as a practice amp, but there are many other amplifiers out there way better than the spider. take the roland cube for example, or the vox valvetronix, if you want a modelling amp that is. i chose the cube30 as my first amp and i never regretted it. i still have it.
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#11
Alright duly noted. I'll look at the Cube and Valvtronix and do more research on an amp. Now back to the guitars perhaps?
#12
The Roland cubes look pretty good. Could I get away with a 15X right now so I could save money and eventually upgrade, or go with a 20X that would last me longer?
#13
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The Roland cubes look pretty good. Could I get away with a 15X right now so I could save money and eventually upgrade, or go with a 20X that would last me longer?


Well Rolands are known mainly for their amp modelling, and the 15x and 20x are the only exceptions. i'd say you might as well get a microcube or a cube 30x. I still use my microcube all the time, it sounds pretty good for practice
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#14
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Well Rolands are known mainly for their amp modelling, and the 15x and 20x are the only exceptions. i'd say you might as well get a microcube or a cube 30x. I still use my microcube all the time, it sounds pretty good for practice


Well the 15X is cheaper than the Microcube by $25.
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#16
Quote by moronicCOLOSSUS
Actually, kind of interested in the Ibanez RG2EX1 now... added it to first post.

I am looking at starting with a small cheap versatile amp for now. Probably Line 6 Spider III 15W.


big no, as an owner of the exact same amp, you will regret that 2 weeks after buying it at the most.

get a peavey vyper for the same price. way better amp

Edit: oh and for the guitar id say get the first one.
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#17
OK, I'm set with the amp. In fact I'll go down to the music store and check out some Rolands and Peaveys and see what I like best.

Anyway, I've edited the first post to reflect my situation. Help still needed with the guitars here guys.
#18
Quote by moronicCOLOSSUS
I want to spend no more than $300. You know, one that sounds great and is of good quality, yet I won't regret buying in a year or two when I upgrade.


Sorry mate but those two sentences don't bode well together
#19
I'd recommend the RG. Most of the complaints for that series are because of the Edge III trem, but that model has a fixed bridge (MUCH easier to mantain). Schecters are also good guitars though. The biggest difference you'll probably notice between the two is the neck. If one is more comfortable to play, pick that one. Also, the Ibanez has the V7 and V8 pickups, which are the same ones they put on the RG Prestige models (which are high-quality guitars). Doesn't say which pups the Schecter comes with. But yeah, try em out and pick whichever feels better.

Amp-wise, stay away from the Spider 3's. Check out the Peavey Vypyr 15 and the Micro Cube, as other have suggested
#20
i had the same problem. i ended up buying the ibanez (which i bought yesterday) because it has EMG's in it. the shecter has humbucks in it. the schecter was more comfortable for me, but i got the ibanez cuz it has EMG's. but today, a bunch of my buddies told me that the schecter would be better if it had EMG's in it. than one of them told me that i could go back to guitar center, trade the ibanez in for a schecter, and than have them replace the humbucks in the schecter with EMG's. do u no if they'll do that? and if they will, do u no if they'll charge me anything for it? my friend ianey told me that theyd prolly charge me cuz a set of EMG's run for about 200 and a set of humbucks run for about 100. any suggestions? btw, i dont have any more money left, so i cant pay the extra fee for the EMG's, unless my dad pays for them, but he lives in alaska hes coming this weekend, but i need him to buy me a case, and idk if he'll be able to pay the extra fee if he buys me the case too. i only have about 13 bucks left, which im gonna use to buy a stand. any suggestions/help would be appreciated. thanks
#22
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go used


You beat me to it. I paid $130 for my guitar and $239 for my amp, both used. The amp is a Vox AD50VT, and my guitar is a Cort VS with Duncan pickups. The Cort is a great entry level metal guitar. If the name on the headstock was covered, most people would never guess it's a cheaper guitar. When I upgrade (if my playing progresses enough to justify it), I will still keep it.
#23
+1 for going used. Look for at least the cube 30x or larger. The 15, and 20x are about as bad as it gets.

I don't check for Squiers too often, but I believe they have a humbucker or fat strat. That would be a good option.

I'd also look into ...
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#24
Go for the RG2EX1.
It was my first guitar, and I love it.


As for the amp.
I bought a microcube and it was great, and it is perfect portability wise.

But for sure check out a Cube 30, or microcube.
Those do metal pretty well.

Metal is the main thing I play and those did me just fine.