Reccommend me a new guitar

Tonimata

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Salutations, fellow Escapists and musicians! So, apparently, I've been a good boy this year and Santa is willing to reward me with a new guitar! (By which I mean my family is being extra nice and pooling in for my present) Glee and jubilation aside, now comes the time when I've got to ask myself exactly what I look for in a new instrument. I'm open to any possibility in terms of construction, electronics, body type, materials, etc..., though I do favour a classic metal sound.

So that you get an idea, I currently play a Jackson RR3 (Pictured in all its awesomeness on my profile picture), 2 Seymour Duncans, rosewood fingerboard, alder body, Floyd Rose bridge, 22 frets (though I can do with 24 or 21, not a problem), you get the picture.

You're welcome to reccommend me any guitar, just to point out. Thanks for your help and opinion :)

PD: A few of the candidates I've got my eye on


http://www.schecterguitars.com/International/Products/Guitar/Omen-Solo-6.aspx
http://www.deanguitars.com/z_series.php
http://www.deanguitars.com/cadi_series.php
http://www.thomann.de/es/gibson_explorer_melody_maker_se.htm
http://www.thomann.de/es/charvel_pro_mod_so_cal_style_1_hh_sw.htm
http://www.thomann.de/es/bc_rich_pro_x_mockingbird.htm
http://www.thomann.de/es/ibanez_ict700bk.htm
 

Spacelord

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My metal buddy plays Ibanez, but I'm partial to a Les Paul (or Epiphone equivalent). Don't buy any of that Warlock crap.

I own a Fender Strat. Love it to bits, but it's better as an all rounder.
 

Valagetti

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I have a Dean and its awful, I'm really bad with buying guitars everyone I buy is just horrible. If you want something heavy, Ibanez is probably the best? But don't take my word for it.
 

-Samurai-

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I've always been a fan of the RR3. But there's one guitar I'd take over one of those:



Gibson Explorer.
They're great for pretty much any style of music. You can get a wide range of sounds out of them.

That, or there's always the Flying V.
 

Phlakes

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Remember- you can never go wrong with a Stratocaster. That's the one thing in the universe everyone needs to understand.
 

Toga112

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If you want a good metal guitar but with a solid all-round feel for diversity, Ibanez is a good choice!
 

TheRightToArmBears

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The Ibanez is great for metal, but I don't know how versatile they are. BC Riches have crappy build quality, stay away I think. Personally, I've got a Gibson voodoo SG, it's pretty damned awesome. I'd suggest you take a look at a PRS, they're always fantastic.
 

MintberryCrunch

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TheRightToArmBears said:
The Ibanez is great for metal, but I don't know how versatile they are. BC Riches have crappy build quality, stay away I think. Personally, I've got a Gibson voodoo SG, it's pretty damned awesome. I'd suggest you take a look at a PRS, they're always fantastic.
This. I have a PRS SE Paul Allender signature, had it for 3+ years and it hasn't gone wrong once. It was £549 when I bought it, not sure how much it'd be now. It's been tuned down, up, been dropped more times than I can care to count and still works a dream. Use it to play metal, jazz, funk, and anything else it may have to be used for, it's just fantastic.
 

LoFr3Eq

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I don't know who told you not to get a warlock...

You should probably get a warlock, I have one, it's great.
 

AD-Stu

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I think I'm seeing a common metal trend in the models you're looking at: have you looked into ESP guitars at all?

Even the cheaper Ltd range had pretty solid build quality last I checked (admittedly, a few years ago now). Also, I wouldn't get too hung up on pickups and electronics as they're pretty easy to change once you've bought the guitar - whichever brand you choose, go with something where you like the body and it's been well built.

I've got three ESP Ltds (two guitars and a bass) and they've served me well for years. They also have a huge variety of body shapes / finishes / etc to suit whatever style you've got.

Personally, I found the build quality of BC Rich guitars to be pretty horrible, unless you were willing to shell out thousands more for the very top end of their range.
 

InfiniteSingularity

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If your parents have all the money in the world (or just a few grand to spare) get a PRS Custom 24 [http://www.prsguitars.com/custom24/] or an SC58 [http://www.prsguitars.com/sc58/]. Totally worth it

But hey, even a cheap-ass telecaster can sound badass with the right amp settings.