Hi guys, I'm looking to buy a new guitar. Initially I posted this in a thread over at ultimate guitar but I figure you guys may know a bit better, as this forum seems more dedicated to the type of thing I'm after:
'I'm in the market for a new guitar. A bit about myself:
I like mainly metal. I like playing Bodom where I can, some Behemoth, Metallica, Lamb of God... a weeny bit of Slayer, that sort of thing.
but at the same time it's nice to bust out a bit of softer Metallica and I like, (for example) playing Come Clarity by In Flames.
So that sets the scene for the stuff I'm playing.
Current Guitar: Jackson RR5 (Korean made). It's a great guitar, but I want an Ebony fingerboard and 24 frets. I want to keep the flying V shape though, ideally the Rhoads shape. I want an EXTREMELY low action, like almost touching the frets low without any of the buzz, and I know that that can cost serious money to get a guitar like that. I got my Jackson set up by a top notch luthier but it simply won't sit mega mega low without a bit of buzz although it has certainly improved the feel.
Guitar I have my eye on: ESP Alexi-Blacky... I believe this 2500 dollars (might be getting one when I go to Los Angeles/New York in July), but I am hearing that this is an inflated price for a signature model... or is it?
Would I be OK in buying this or is there another guitar that you wonderful, sexy readers know about that blows the Alexi-Blacky out of the water? It doesn't have to be ESP necessarily, but I hear good things about them and Jackson for the style of guitar I want. Price range around 2000 to 2500. Or perhaps nothing is that much vastly better and I should just get the Blacky? Don't be afraid to suggest anything!
Thanks SO much in advance guys!'
The vast majority of responses lean toward me getting an RR24. I didn't realise that the mark up for a signature model was so high; the RR24 is less than half the price of the ESP sig. Problem is, I played an RR24 and didn't really like it, but maybe I need to play a USA made RR24 (as they are Jackson after all).
Someone suggested the SVII... not a fan of the camo but colours aren't a big deal to me. This is definitely something want to try out. Question is, is there anything that is better, dollar for dollar than either the RR24 or the SVII around the 2000-2500 dollar mark, or should I just stick to testing out the blacky, rr24 and svII? Naturally I don't want to aimlessly waste money if I can just spend like 1800 on the SVII for example, but I figure if I have up to 2500 (at the very most), and can get something that is clearly better, I should.
Note that I am intending on buying a guitar when I go on holiday to LA in July, so if anyone knows any great ESP/Jackson (or other) dealers in LA, that would be awesome to hear too!
Thanks so much in advance guys!
Fully loaded JP6?