I want to get a six string guitar that's for metal. I like modern metal and really like the late 2000's: Amon Amarth, Scar Symmetry, Amorphis (my three fave albums right now are from 2007, 2008, 2009, so I guess I'm old now). I don't know if this info is too relevant, really, but just in case. I am looking to spend around $700 tops. I can stretch my budget up to a thousand, I'll just put off the purchase a bit and sell some non-essential gear, but I really rather wouldn't. As far as quality: I have an RG8 and I think I'd like to be a step-up from that level of quality. If that means anything. I do not want a tremelo. (which is really fu&%ing me up cuz there are like three ESP LTDs that fit the bill perfectly in every way otherwise, but alas, I'd just hate it.) I want something with a minimalist look if at all possible. None of these fancy poplar burls or quilt maple for me this time around. Also, I hate the color red. I'd like a matte finish, if it's just the neck that's fine, too, but matte looks great to my eye. I was thinking maybe EMG's would be cool, but I am sure y'all would know if those would be good for the style I am going for. I'm gonna be doin either B or C standard, so 25.5" scale length would be optimal, maybe 26.5" max, but I don't know how many sixers would have that scale. The guitar I am drooling over is the ESP E-II M-I NT-- it's perfect, I think. Black matte, minimal aesthetic, just a bridge pickup and 1 volume knob, and a TOM bridge. Two guitars I've found that fit my criteria (mostly): --Schecter C-1 Platinum --Jackson SLXT Soloist X Series Neck Thru Gloss Black And I really wish this wasn't blue :/ Ibanez RGDIR6M Thanks, guys!