I must have looked at every guitar that's on sale in the UK over the last 24 hours, and nothing is jumping out at me.
Things I like and would prefer the guitar to have, but aren't essential if the guitar is badass anyway:
- Reverse headstock
- "Extreme" shape (not a superstrat) but nothing too extreme. Things like V's and Warrior shapes mainly.
Things that are an absolute must:
- Locking trem
- Balances well when standing up (i.e. no neck dive)
- Not blue
- Not over £650
- Not basswood
It can be second hand, so don't just think of current models.
Models I have looked at and considered:
Jackson KV5fr (hard to find, especially at that price point)
Ibanez XPT700 (the newer one with the strap pin relocation and bigger bevels - there are a couple on ebay but not sure I like that chameleon colour)
Ibanez RGT42DX in white