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 - https://soundcloud.com/glassknuckle
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:
- The Charvel Desolation series - great bang for buck, but a bit too much abalone for my liking
- 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)
- Ibanez Iceman
- Another RG perhaps? I rather like that all-Rosewood model.
- Fender Strat - I love the shit out of the Blacktop series with OFR
- 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!