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  1. #1

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Cambridgeshire, UK
    ME: Charvel SoCal Custom
    MB: Spector NS2000Q4
    Rig: Dual Rectifier (Reborn)

    iTrader: 3 (100%)

    Need help choosing my next guitar

    A lot of waffle to get through but it helps specify what I'm looking for so bear with it...

    EDIT: I didn't need like... 75% of that explanation, so let's just leave it at....

    I need a guitar for my new band.

    Here are a couple of our rough demos for those who haven't heard what sort of music it is -

    It's got chunky, groovy riffs, as well as shreddy lead parts. The two tunings are Eb standard and drop Db, so it's not too low, but needs to handle chunk well.

    Guitars I'm considering:
    1. The Charvel Desolation series - great bang for buck, but a bit too much abalone for my liking
    2. Les Pauls of many kinds (can't afford Gibson, but Epiphone and any of those 70's/80's MiJ knock-offs are good to go)
    3. Ibanez Iceman
    4. Another RG perhaps? I rather like that all-Rosewood model.
    5. Fender Strat - I love the shit out of the Blacktop series with OFR
    6. Since I said Les Pauls you may as well throw Explorers in with that shit. They look great, sound great - but are they up to lead playing? I don't see an awful lot of lead players with them, to be honest. Is that coincidence or is there a reason for that?


    EDIT: I forgot about budget! 500~ top end, but don't forget to consider 2nd hand prices, and I'm not above buying cheaper guitars and upgrading them!
    Recording. Mixing. Mastering. Editing. Re-Amping.

  2. #2

    Join Date: Sep 2012
    Location: Virginia Beach
    ME: Ibanez RG927
    Rig: Fryette Sig:X

    iTrader: 0

    Last edited by terrorstorm; 07-29-2013 at 02:47 PM. Reason: Added link

  3. #3

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Phx, AZ
    ME: Custom Tele
    MA: Guild GAD F150
    MB: Fender Jazz Bass 24 V
    Rig: Jet City JCA-22H

    iTrader: 16 (100%)

    I would say the blacktop strat with a D-Tuna on the floyd for quick tuning changes. The trem will stay down only which, for what you are looking to do, would work great

    The charvel DS-1 would be great too if you need the 24 frets but the access to the upper frets is pretty limited.

  4. #4

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Cambridge, UK
    ME: Les Paul
    MB: Buttery Biscuit
    Rig: Mesa/Sunn

    iTrader: 4 (100%)

    Quote Originally Posted by terrorstorm View Post

    Or an Iceman, you know how much I love mine.

  5. #5

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: London, England
    ME: ESP MI Custom
    MB: ESP Surveyor
    Rig: Kemper

    iTrader: 3 (100%)

    Go for something that's likely to keep it's re-sale value for when you flip it in a few weeks?

  6. #6

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Lake District, UK
    ME: RGD2127z/Apex 100
    Rig: Diezel Hagen/Zilla's

    iTrader: 11 (100%)

    I played the Desolation DX-1 ST in satin black with grey binding, it was both sexy and fucking awesome to both play and hear. For 464 new it's silly not to.


  7. #7

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Brighton, UK
    ME: Stuff
    MB: More Stuff
    Rig: Extra Stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattayus View Post
    • Another RG perhaps? I rather like that all-Rosewood model.
    Tell me more about this.

    Edit: do you mean this one? If so, it's a basswood body with rosewood veneer on top.

  8. #8

    Join Date: Apr 2010
    Location: Norman, OK
    ME: Gibson SG Special
    MA: Yamaha FSX700SC
    Rig: Fender Deluxe VM

    iTrader: 0

    PRS SE? Wide range of options, fairly versatile, easy to upgrade, and holds value decently.

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