Sub-$1000 Guitar suggestions?

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  1. Discoqueen

    Discoqueen Dang tootin

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    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.

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.)
    4. 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.
    5. I'd like a matte finish, if it's just the neck that's fine, too, but matte looks great to my eye.
    6. 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.
    7. 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!
     
  2. MaxOfMetal

    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Gibson Faded Explorer. They go for $600 all day and often have upgraded pickups, or there's probably enough wiggle room on price to throw in a set of EMGs.

    The guys from Amon Amarth would approve.

    If you find a good Faded, which isn't hard at all, you'll keep it for life. When they're good they're really good.
     
  3. Discoqueen

    Discoqueen Dang tootin

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    Thanks, that sounds really cool. I was thinking an explorer would be badass ^.^
     
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    zarg guitar nerd

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    I can only recommend mishas signature guitar from jackson. Should be right in your price range. The specs are amazing and I'm really happy with mine. I swapped in actual BKPs but the stock pickups it comes with are very good and close to BKPs. They have a different satin finish than most guitars and seem to stay satin for way longer instead of turning glossy in areas your forearm sits for example. The neck is a nice modern C (not super thin like wizards, but not thick either) and it's satin (plays really fast). Specs are really nice too, low profile comfy hardtail, ebony board, luminlay side dots, locking tuners, the best heel joint I ever felt. The tone pot is bypassed until you pull it btw.
    I'd highly recommend you to try one out!

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    KnightBrolaire git gud scrub

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    rgib6. wham bam, it's black, it has emgs and it has a 28" scale for staying tight when tuned low. Otherwise the PRS mike mushok is a solid option that can regularly be found for 400$+ (satin never holds up over time imo)
     
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    G&L tribute superhawk!
     
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    Get a used Prestige RGA121 and join us with one of the best Ibanez models ever. :hbang:

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    There are plenty on ebay right now too. I have 2, and I love them so much I'd have all the colors they came in if I could! They were Ibanez's first hardtail, carved top Prestige RG guitars in the mid 2000s after years of just flat top RGs with trems. Super comfy bridge, really nice necks, and a mahogany body with a pretty thick maple cap (the caps are on the satin see-through versions) that can be found often for less than 1000. They will be on the same quality tier as that ESP E-II, compared to the Jackson and Schecter you mentioned.
    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fr....TRC0.A0.H0.Xrga121.TRS0&_nkw=rga121&_sacat=0
     
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    Discoqueen Dang tootin

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    I was lookin at the rgib6, but I feel a little ambivalent about the 28” scale length. My RG8 has that scale, and I can fit the tips of my pinky and ring finger in the twelf fret comforatable enough that if I remove either one the note still sounds perfectly, so I’m not sure if it’s a good fit for me. I like the sound, though, so I think I’ll think harder on this model. Thanks :)

    Hey, thanks for bringing this one up. I had been looking at it but read a couple unfavorable reviews. I don’t know if you would know, but do you think the string spacing feels closer to an Ibanez, or a Gibson? I’m gladness you really like yours and I think I’ll read up on it more. Thanks ^.^
     
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    Discoqueen Dang tootin

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    Those look awesome :) I’m looking at em on eBay. You have a lovely collection ^.^
     
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    oh the bottom pic isn't mine, but I have a brown and ruby one, with pickups in them very similar to that pic, haha.

    these are mine. they are great platforms to mod!

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  11. zarg

    zarg guitar nerd

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    they aren't always flawless, that seems to be true. but if you buy from a dealer with a good return policy I wouldn't worry about that.

    the string spacing feels like my ibanez rg, on paper the jackson is just a hair narrower but I don't feel it.
     
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    The SLXT's are awesome for that price point. The pickups aren't TERRIBLE but they aren't brilliant either, you might want to upgrade them down the line. Set aside $50ish for a setup with your local guitar tech and you'll be sweet.
     
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    used prestige?
     
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    If buying new (or used) I'd say the Schecter SLS series is great. The one I had was super resonant and sounded great. The neck was really comfortable if a bit narrow for my tastes. The fretwork was really good. It felt like a guitar above it's price point for sure. If the Platinums are similar quality and neck profile then go for those as they'd be even cheaper.

    Used prestiges are nice. I've one with a floating bridge and tried another with a floating bridge and are gret sounding and playing guitars. If you find a fixed bridge one give it a go and if they have the Dimarzio IBZ pickups they are good pickups. I had them in my Prestige for 3 years before I decided I wanted a different sound for the guitar.

    MIJ used Jacksons are really good and can be found cheap used but I'm not sure how many fixed bridge models there are. But the new Pro series seems to have some really interesting models in new prices at your price range. If you try a few and find a good one, the Jackson neck profile is really great.
     
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    the schecter km is pretty good
     
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    Have you considered a used Schecter SLS? It fits all your criteria (minus the EMGs, it has SD Blackouts instead but it would be an easy swap).

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    How about the new Charvel Pro-mod DK24? $899, but I'm sure if you called up Sweetwater they'd give you a bit of a discount.

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    +1 for the explorer suggestion just because explorers are indeed badass.
     
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    I have an E-II M-1 in C# standard with 11-56 strings.

    Just buy it. Used or new it’s a great instrument. I 100% wish it had a neck pickup though, but if you’re fine with that you’re good to go. I just use other guitars if I need a lead sound. Being a bedroom player means not need one instrument to do “everything”. Lol.
     
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    I agree just not 25.5" as the OP is looking for. Not that you can't do C or B with 24.75" as countless bands have shown.
     
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