I am looking to get upgraded equipment soon. I am currently playing an American Fender Stratocaster, and my dad just bought me a Line 6 Spider III 150W he got a great deal on. In the past I usually played blue scales and a variety of classic rock songs and basically all in standard tuning.
I'm recently getting more into bands that play a majority of drop C and drop D tuning, like a lot of metal bands. My friend has been playing the drums for 15 years and now that I have a large enough amp, he wants me to start learning bands he plays: A Day to Remember, Trivium, Bless the Fall, All That Remains, ZAO, August Burns Red, In Flames, Taken. I would say I'm a moderate player and can play most of the songs from these bands. I'm realizing my fender is not able to get to the right tone that some of these other guitars I've tried at shops can get, that deep clean grunge sound. When I bought my guitar when I was 13, I didn't get a lot of information on the style of pick-ups, pick-up placement, string sizes, pedals, etc, and haven't tried researching it until now. I've also noticed I can't get a long sustain on my notes from pinch harmonics, and I'm not sure what there is to do to improve this..maybe string types.
I'm 22 and I'm looking to spend what I can afford, about $700-$1100. I've heard about ESP guitars for this style of music, but not much else. Any advice or information on brand/make of new guitars or anything else you can think of, that would be much appreciated and awesome.
Thanks for your time,
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