I've had a few seriously metal guitars in the past - probably the most notable was a Jackson RR24 a couple years ago...man, that thing was sweet but I quickly got tired of the shape and returned it. Also had a really sweet LTD EC1000 but that LP style just doesn't suit me when I'm trying to play fast - again, gone.
I've been playing blues and some jazz/classic rock lately just to keep busy but I find that I just don't "feel" those styles of music as much as the hard rock and metal. I try to write blues licks and solo's only to find that the notes sound right but there's no soul to the sound. Guess I just don't have the blues!! Sucks because my guitar instructor has won the state GC "King of the Blues" contest 5 years straight. But if it's not working for me I've got to move on to something that does.
Anyway I'm 42 and pretty much just a living room rock star - I want to get a guitar for metal ("what's the best guitar for metal??" lol!) and since I haven't been looking at those for a long time I thought I'd ask for advice.
I suppose the budget would be $600 - I prefer new. I like the looks of some of the newer Ibanez models but I hear they're not great guitars...?? I want a flat neck, scale can be 24.75 - 25.5". Not too concerned with the pickups that come with it - since I don't perform they just need to sound decent, I can always upgrade them if necessary.
I know I need to go and sit down at the store and play a few until I find one I like but as far as brands go what would you tell a guy looking to buy a guitar to resume working metal/shred these days?
Ibanezes in that range are going to be made in Indonesia, which can be good guitars, but they're really hit or miss; so make sure you play a few before you buy. I really dug the RG471 hard tail in ash that they've got, and that's only $400. Something like that with some Dimarzio Breeds, and you're set.