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I've been told the "US Steel"emulates a Peavey 5150, but I could be wrong.

Either way, an AMT R1 is your best bet IMO.

http://www.amtelectronicsusa.com/r1_demo1.mp3
Quote by Demonikk
The Line 6 computer amp modelling software isn't fantastic and neither is the UX interface.
I'd disagree with that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09sA-BN-hmk&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAY9cyAKdGs&feature=related
Quote by IloveGGuitarr
What do you guys think about a esp alexi 200?
It's overpriced because it has his name on it. Don't get it.

Honestly, you seem dead even with the guitar. You like alder and mahogany, you don't care about trem, etc.

The only way to decide now is through playability. You must decide after trying both guitars out.
Get the Ibanez.

If you occasionally use the trem, it's not worth it.

However, if you're trying both, get the one that plays the best. Spec's wise, and through what you're telling me, the Ibanez would be optimal. But the RR3 can easily match the Ibanez with a couple modifcations.

What I'm basically saying is that you can change specs on a guitar, but not the playability. Get the one that plays the best, and if they both play great to you equally, get the Ibanez.

EDIT: My personal experience?

Who give's a **** about my personal opinions on Ibanez or Jackson? My hands aren't yours.

I'm going to prefer a different neck, different wood, different number of frets, etc.

Though I prefer Jackson's, that's just me. YOU may prefer Ibanez necks, and that's perfectly fine.
Quote by IloveGGuitarr
http://www.musiciansnews.com/guitars/65/jackson_rr3_randy_rhoads_electric_guitar.shtml

Heres a link, it it says there duncan designed dentonators.
Yeah, that's an older RR3, and you're correct. Older RR3's had Duncan Designed.

I'd go try both guitars out. The trem on the Jackson is good, and the RGR has no trem. However, the pickups in the Ibanez are better IMO then the Jackson, but they're still not the greatest.

You'll benefit if you change out the pickups later down the road in the RGR or the RR3.

Really, both guitars are good. It will depend on you to decide. Do you like a really thin neck, or a moderately thin neck? Thin=Ibanez, Moderately Thin= Jackson. Do you change tunings a lot and like to do floyd tricks such as the "dive bomb"? If not, get the Ibanez. If yes, get the Jackson.

Also take into acount the wood difference. Alder=brighter. Mahogany=darker.

It's really a process of deciding between negatives and positives when choosing a guitar.

And lastly, do you need 24 frets? The Ibanez has 24, the Jackson has 22.
You might score lucky going used, but a tube combo would be optimal in your situation.
Quote by r0ckth3d34n
In my complete, honest opinion...
The Warrior looks oober poser-ish.

The Kelly looks really sick. I'd get one if the only one that doesn't come with a floyd wasn't an entry model...
Go try it man if you havn't.

I was incredibly surprised when I tried the low end models, and with a pickup change and tuners/nut change, I'm an owner of my first low end Jackson, after buying Pro Series Jacksons.

EDIT: Or block a floyd rose?
Quote by That_Guitar_Man
Do not buy solid state half stacks. Just get a tube combo.
And why the **** shouldn't I?
The RR3 doesn't have Duncan Designed...?

It has real Seymour Duncans.

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Jackson-RR3-Rhoads-Electric-Guitar?sku=520328

I've been told your amp is fine. It's an Ampeg VH-140c copy.
Screw looks.

Playability>Looks

Go try the guitar, and see what plays the most comfortable in your hands.

To be honest, most true death metal fans/thrash fans are there for the music, not for your guitar/gear.
My dad lacks all emotion, and I've never seen him cry. Ever.
Meh, I'm not a huge fan of the Metalmuff, but that was a long time ago (about 2-3 years ago), since I last tried it and I most likely didn't EQ it properly.
Quote by Gibson V
This would get torn up in the recording forum like recomending a Spider or an MG. Sure it will work but only as a desprate measure if you're really really tight on cash, the sound quality is not that great. TS, just save yourself the trouble and get a USB audio interface like an M-Audio or a Line 6, they start at about $100, its not that much money.
You mean the fact the poster you quoted recommended Guitar Rig, or the fact that he suggested to use an amp simulation?

Guitar Rig is a terrible program, I've used it and it wasn't bad, but there's free amp simulations that I preferred over it. I agree if that's what you were saying.

As for using amp simulations, however, check out these videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09sA-BN-hmk&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mkLQahW2kc

sounds like a real amp being mic'd up. In no way do they sound even close to bad.
Quote by Rick540
Jackson custom shop.
All Jackson Custom Shops are over the TS's budget.

But going custom is optimal here IMO. Warwick comes to mind.
Quote by kyle62
This. Of course they're not the most incredible mic in the world, but if you turn up to a venue and they're using '57s and '58s you at least know what to expect. Obviously my comments aren't aimed at Catharsis etc, since you guys know your stuff from first-hand experience.


It's the bandwaggoning here that frustrates me - for simple home recordings, why buy a $100 mic and $150 interface when the quality of modern USB mics is so close?

But lots of kids here have seen people going on about the '57, so they regurgitate that as their own opinion, and now every 'which mic' thread becomes a mass of Shure love....
It's quite up-setting that people automatically assume I'm on a bandwagon because I recommend something. Lets get this out of the way. I've used about 2-3 mics in my life, and that was for live and recording. The mic I've used, mostly though was the Shure SM57. I liked the way it sounded, and to be honest I used it the most. The other mics I used were under-used to give a valid-opinion.

This is why I recommended the Shure SM57 and interface. I've only used the set-up of an interface and SM57. I've never used a USB mic, hence why I didn't recommend it.

I'm not bandwaggoning, so please, don't accuse me of it.
Quote by bigman123
Yeah ok. What about an X series Jackson?
Compared to the Schecter, the Schecter still wins.

They are pretty good after a pickup change, but stock, X-series Jackson's are ok.
Quote by bigman123
OK, so ATM the schecter is winning but I wanna know why
The Schecter is winning because it has better specs.

The Schecter comes with great pickups (if you like them), and a ok trem. (I still recommend this Schecter over the one you picked though:

http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Schecter-Guitar-Research-Omen-Extreme-6-Special-Electric-Guitar?sku=529002

It has all the specs the Schecter has, but lacks the "ok" floyd rose.)

The Ibanez has a terrible trem, and meh pickups.

The ESP has terrible pickups, and a meh bridge.
Quote by WishfulShredder
just pirate guitar rig 4 and buy a sound card...
seriously, it's much better than all of the cheap solid states you can buy for under 1000+ dollars


I'm sorry, but you are basically implying that Guitar Rig 4 beats out things like:

Roland Jazz Chorus
Peavey Bandit
Ampeg VH-140C
Line 6 Vetta (used)
Line 6 Flextone
Crate GX
Peavey Vypyr
Vox VT

I highly doubt Guitar Rig would stand a chance at any of these amps. Guitar Rig is a terrible program, and if you're suggesting that the TS should plug his guitar right into the soundcard... well I don't even know what to say.

TS, judging from what you want to play, a Vypyr/Vox VT might fit. If you play softer stuff, the Vox would be optimal. If you play metal, the Vypyr would be optimal.
What's the point of helping when you don't listen? Advice is only effective if one listens to it. You clearly are not.

I would also recommend a tube combo. Like someone said, mediocre stack, or awesome tube combo. You decide.
The Schecter seems the best judging from the specs, though the trem may not be good.

I'd look into the Schecter Omen Extreme 6 Special. The exact guitar as the one with the FR, but it lacks the trem.
For mics, for guitar work, a Shure SM57 will work fine. There ARE other mics as well, but a lot of people seem to like the SM57.

You'll also want an audio interface. If you're just recording guitar, get something like a M-Audio Fast Track Pro. Presonus and Lexicon also make good audio interfaces.
This thread is from like 2 years ago...

however it's funny how people back then were all over Bugera saying "they suck", or "they're terrible" and now Bugera is a hot UG recommendation.
Quote by jrog
a jcm what? lol

there r so many :P
A JCM 800 is perfect for you, but I suppose JCM 2000 DSL could do what you want as well.

I'm not sure if a 900 could, but I'm pretty sure it could too.

Just go on Ebay/Craigslist and you'll find an amazing deal.
Sell everything except the Schecter. Everything needs to go, as nothing except the Schecter really stands out and really the Schecter seems to be the only think you like.

Get a new amp. I know you want a guitar, but your amps you currently have aren't that great, and you can buy so much with a 700-1500 dollar budget. Something like a Marshall JCM would be perfect for you.

If you badly want a guitar though, a Jackson RR24 would fit you. I'd still recommend a amp though. The amp is what makes your tone.

As for recording gear, don't get Guitar Rig. It's known in the Recording Section that it's a terrible program and free amp sims are better. In order to get good results, you can either:

1. Mic up an amp:

Only good if you got a good amp. Costs a lot, and gives headaches if you're a beginner with mic placements, etc. Basically, you get an audio interface such as the M-Audio Fast Track, and then mic up the amp using something like a Shure SM57. You then edit the recording through a DAW, such as Reaper (best free DAW IMO, if you're wondering)

This generally gives the best results.

2. Line-in (recommended for people who don't have good amps, or on a tight budget)

Again, you get a audio interface, such as the Line 6 Pod Studio GX, but this time you plug your guitar into the interface.

You then use VST plugin's to simulate an amp. This also gives good results, when done properly.

Check this thread out for more information on line-in recording:

https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1131250
Quote by Pac_man0123
Pretty sure they start at $900 new and non-blem.

TS, try www.rondomusic.com and look at the Agiles. Those are good for the price.

Otherwise, try the Schecter sunset deluxe or omen 6. Sunset is 350, omen is 300.
Or, if you like thinner necks, the RG321 or RG2EX1. Maybe an RG3EXFM1.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for used stuff at Guitar Center. Sometimes they have good deals.
+1

I'd avoid the low end LTD's. Agathis just isn't that great of a tonewood.
Possibly your cabinet? I don't know how the cabinet could affect sustain, though.

Your ISP Decimator might be cutting your sustain, but it's hard to find what's causing this from text only.

Try to diagnose the problem. Start with the ISP, then move on to stuff like the guitar itself, cabinet, etc.
Get an EQ Pedal, such as the MXR 10 Band EQ or Danelectro Fish and Chips, and boost the level/volume slider on the pedal.

Then when you want to play a solo, jus step on the pedal, and when you're done, step on it again to turn it off.
A Jackson JS Kelly. I had the option of a KE3, DK2, and a RR3 when I bought it.

I chose the JS Kelly, however, because it played the best to me. I still use it the most even though I have other Pro Series Jackson's.
Quote by King Koba
I'd say Explorer cuz my next guitar is probably gonna be a gibson explorer, and they look awesome
That's a terrible reason to rec. a guitar.

You can easily change pickups out for ones that you like, so you shouldn't worry about that. Worry only about how the guitar feels and how it sound acoustically. If you like the thinner neck, and how it sounds acoustically, get the explorer. If you like the thicker neck better, and like the sound of the Schecter better, get that.

The set-up of the guitar, tuners, etc, all can be replaced/fixed. Playability and the sound of the wood of the guitar, however, can not.
Quote by Vauxite
You could get a Blackstar HT5 Combo for the price of the flextone, the Blackstar will rip the flextone's bollocks off.
I don't agree with that at all, but that's just me.
Quote by Jackamedmos
Is neither an option?
Why so?

The Flextone is one of the best amps for people with mid-budgets IMO.
Quote by jj1565
honestly you only need to oil 2-3 times a year. after that it's overkill.
+1

Every 6 months to be honest.
Jackson by far.

The Schecter is over-priced because it has A7X on it.

And to be honest, it played like ass when I tried it compared to other Schecter's I've tried.
If you like it, who cares what we have to say?

For the record, though, I've tried a B-52 ST combo (which I believe the AT series is modelled after), and it sounded great.
Does your dist sound like this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXNj9bTKKMY

If so, there should be something called speaker cabinet simulation, or something along those lines.
Quote by KG6_Steven


Don't buy an el cheapo guitar - whether acoustic or electric. Try to spend $400 to $500 on your first guitar and don't buy a Squier! Squier is a sub brand of Fender. If you start playing and decide it's not for you, a lot of these sub brands, like Squier, Jasmine and Rogue are just about worthless and you'll never recover your investment. Buy a better quality guitar and at least you'll be able to sell it for a decent price.

In the end, decide what's best for you and go with it.
Ever heard of a Squier that's not a low end one?

Like already said, get one suits your music. I started on an electric, and although I'm not as good on acoustic as I am electric, I can still play acoustic just fine and it doesn't hurt at all.

Quote by KG6_Steven
Isn't that about as scientific as smack two of your fingers on the desk. If the left one hurts more, buy and acoustic. If the right one hurts more, buy an electric?
He didn't mean it like that. It's more like helping you decide through what you're playing.

For example, if I listen to music such as Metallica, Slayer, ACDC, Led Zeppelin, etc, I would hear the word guitar as an electric guitar as my inspirations all play electric.

If I listen to music with more acoustic guitar, such as country, then obviously I'd hear the word guitar and think of it as an acoustic guitar.
Quote by Redstar5wp
hahaha nah I play mainly indie rock and blues! Just wanted decent cleans, a bit of rhythm crunch and a saturated lead tone but it was slim pickings really. Can't comment on what it's like for metal (obviously I didn't try it) but I guess theres not so much emphasis on warmth so could be a winner in that department- sounds like you've got it sounding pretty good in the clip (high volume or low volume?).

This is such a thread-jack!
The clip wasn't mine, it was someone elses, so I'm not sure.

I'm assuming the volume was before 5 though, as the amp sounds like ass after that. Though an EQ pedal can help it out by taking out some high frenquencies/bass frequencies. It does still remain harsh, but I guess that doesn't really matter for extreme metal genres.

Sorry TS!
Quote by Redstar5wp
Vintage setting?

So I'm assuming your not a metal player? Wow, I'm really dumb.

To be honest, I know little to nothing about the vintage voicing, as it's not voiced for metal.

Most of the time I'm on the high-gain setting.