So here is my scenario:
Got delayed at work today
But on the bright side it means a little extra cash, so in next months pay cheque I can expect £600 extra(ish)
I currently own an ESP LTD M-100FH, which I bought from my local guitar shop to get me started recording my own stuff, to be honest I absolutely love it, I love ESP's to death to be honest but the floyd rose system on it was a BIG mistake, it is abhorrent, never stays in tune and I don't use it so it is way more hassle than it's worth.
So what I would LIKE to do:
Sell (or trade) my ESP LTD M-100FH, hopefully for around £200 upping my pot to £800.
And buy TWO guitars (for tracking two guitar parts with different sounds... and because one can never have enough guitars as you all well know).
I would definitely like another ESP as a replacement because I do really like them so was wondering do you guys have any experience with string through ESP models in the £400 used price range you would recommend?
Also I see LOADS of people repping ibanez RG's on here, and they generally get a good rap and look pretty swag too, any that you personally would recommend? I see a lot of RG models going for dirt cheap on ebay even mahogany body ones.
Or other brands like jackson or schecter that are worth trying out?
Pickups aren't an issue as I intend to replace with aftermarket at a later date anyway (got an SD black winter bridge ready to rock), wouldn't mind one of the guitars being mahogany though for a different thicker sound.
ESP vs Ibanez, two favourites of mine. But I have fallen in love with the Ibanez RG Prestige wizard necks. Have you tried them?
Other guys will be able to help you more with the hardtails side of things, but personally I've played a lot of different Ibanez models and the RG with bolt-on necks are my favourite, I actually like the old square heel neckjoint more than the AANJ ones, but almost all their recent models only come with AANJ so I deal with it.
Another thing is, from my experience, I like the ones made in Japan (F-serialnumbers for Fujigen factory made), so either the Prestige line, the J-Custom line, or the regular line made from the Fujigen factory.
I have tried multiple Premiums (made in Indonesia and mid-range priced) and although they are great, I just haven't found the same feel to them, but that's just my opinion, other guys here swear by the Premiums so I recommend you try a few guitars first. I feel like lower-range Ibanez that are made in Japan still feel better than Premiums.
So if you don't want to spend to much I'd say stay away from J-Custom$$$$. Try to find a lower-range Japan-made model OR Prestige, which sometimes go for $500-600 on Craigslist, no joke.