I'm glad I'm in good company here.
I've decided to give my jazz playing a break, so the jazz axes have gone downstairs and it's time to build up my metal quiver.
I scored a sweet Charvel Custom Shop off craigslist for a steal... and I have my eyes on a second guitar mostly for convenience sake because I end up playing in a bunch of different places and a backup is useful.
Here's are my must haves:
- 25.5" scale
- 6 string
- 2x passive humbucker
- unfinished back of neck
- under $700 (used OK)
Here are my nice to have:
- neck through or seriously accessible neck joint
- Duncan humbuckers (or some really nice PUs that don't need replacing)
- 3 way switch (versus 5 way)
- maple fretboard
- instrument cable input on side (not front)
Given I have a Charvel style, I wanted to go a different direction. I was thinking about a MM Petrucci (I suppose I'd have to buy the Sterling version of some sort), EVH Wolfgang or an Ibanez of some sort. I'm attracted to the RG series and that Herman Li model (I think they have a cheap-o version now).
Anyway, I'm playing EVH/Eric Johnson/Metallica stuff and working on my chops.
Your suggestions (and even a helpful ebay link or two) would be sweet.
You guys rock, thanks.
700 bucks will get you a great used guitar in any flavour, pick what ever one your visually attracted to most.