I have here a nice LTD MH-1000 deluxe before they got super gaudy (in black). EMG's, C standard, a pretty nice guitar.
I've played it maybe 3 times in the last month or two? . The metal band seems to be on another indefinite hiatus. I'm thinking of getting a used omen 7 extreme to cover the downtuned side of things (and budget friendly).
There's two things I've been thinking of: a superstrat - either Charvel a Fender (black guard, 1 vol no tone, 1 bucker), something with P90's (Gibson SG comes to mind), just saw a new line from Gibson with mini-HB's.
I have asked my builder buddy in Quebec for a quote on putting together my own version of the Charvel Wild Card #6 (dreamsicle, H/S). I also found said Dreamsicle on ss.arg for a reasonable price. I think there's HST involved if I go that route though.
There's a Gibson SG classic for sale in Toronto in cherry red, $900 I think. Depending on how long it lasts I can probably get it for a little less.
I decided to expand my search to Ontario-wide (Thanks Kijiji, CL won't let me!) and try some other names. Searched Hamer for kicks, and found a good looking USA Studio from '03. As some of you may remember, I had a studio custom a few years ago - hands down one of the best guitars I've ever picked up. Unfortunately someone swapped pickups in this, which means that oh-so-tidy wiring job is probably no more. However, they're asking $800 for it and may be flexible. I have a pickup here and have inquired about if Jon can make me a bucker-sized P90.
I know the Hamer is easily the best bang for the buck, but I also know I'd enjoy the Charvel (I currently don't have a giggable strat). P90's are just plain fun, as I learned when my friends brought their Jr's over.
Here's the Hamer (it'd get black pickups and chrome rings)
I have a guitar I'm not using much and I'm interested in getting something I'll play more often. P90's are fun, superstrats are fun, and that Hamer is a ton of guitar for the money.
Why not build a superstrat with P-90s?! Or a pair of P-Rails?
For what the Wild Card would set you back, you could make a pretty killer guitar from Warmoth.
For $372, you could get this body:
$292 for this neck:
... and that gives you a few hundred to play with for hardware and pickups. Seems like a no-brainer to me.