Which Should I Choose?

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  1. cybertron2006

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    I'm thinking of getting a new guitar.

    so...

    Fender Stratocaster or Gibson Les Paul?
    Epiphone Casino or Gibson Memphis?
    Dean Dimebag Razorback or Schecter Hellraiser V.1?
    ESP.LTD Eclipse or Gibson SG?

    You decide!
     
  2. KA

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    what style do you play?
     
  3. cybertron2006

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    mostly rock, but i can do a Willie Nelson turnaround.
     
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    .....

    i'm trying to wrap my head around the fact that i'm actually having a conversation with a cybertron2006.

    go for the strat. its got a wide range and you dont sound like a guy whos into serious shredding, so yeah, a strat.
     
  5. cybertron2006

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    actually i'm learning to play metal but what the heck. I'll take the strat
     
  6. KA

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    uh oh. metal =/= strat.
     
  7. Metalhead

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    Fender Stratocaster, reasonably versatile, but not really enough "oomph" for metal
    Gibson Les Paul, also versatile, but mucho expensive for the good ones and quality's been sketchy for a while, also as much as I love LP's (I do have one) top fret access is awful
    Dean Dimebag Razorback, Metal only (why i'm getting one soon)
    Gibson SG, Also a pretty good all rounder, nicer top fret access than the LP too

    The others I left out as I've either not played them at all, or not enough to form an opinion so I can't comment. I can't get comfy with Schecter necks so haven't a clue how they sound.

    Also if you're after a versatile guitar have you checked out Fender's Jim Root and John 5 Telecasters, I've not tried them myself yet, but have heard very good things from other players who's opinion I rate. Both designed by metal players, but classic enough looking to be used at a blues gig

    and my advice, as always with this subject, try out as many as you can, even ones not on your list.
     
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    Most of the guitars on that list I've never played, but I own 5 guitars & one of them is a LP Standard...

    Needless to say, after the LP came into the picture, the other 4 aren't getting much attention anymore. :p 

    - It's a LP Standard "Raw Power" (natural finish), with active EMG pickups. 85 neck/81 bridge, ala Zakk Wylde.
     
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    What is your ideal price range?
     
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    Metal? Get a fuckin' Schecter. Some of the most under-rated guitars ever, but they sound GREAT.
     
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    most important thing is what sound do you want. what are you going to primarily play. the strat is pretty versatile but definitely isn't a metal guitar. your best bet is to go to a guitar center and sit down and play each one (or if you have some friends with them, play theirs). figure out which sound you like the best. this is important because then you don't just go out and buy a guitar (or buy a cheaper version only to regret not saving for the better one). like i haven't played the epiphone les pauls so i can't compare them to gibson les pauls, though obviously the price is attractive.
     
  12. Brandon

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    Yeah, definitely sit down with some before you buy one and see what sounds better. I own a couple electrics, a Yamaha Strat and a Gibson-Epoch Les Paul body styled. The Strat has a really nice clean sound and I can do some heavy stuff with it and the Epoch sounds a bit more heavy, but I don't play it much because I need to tweak it a bit. When I get the money to do it, I want to have it get serviced and set up nice.
     
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    Get the Gibson man! If you played metal I would've said the ESP. Ibanez makes a fine guitar as well, but you can't go wrong with a good Les Paul.
     
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    I'm a fan of the Les Paul, but I dunno about that for metal. Take their ^^^ advice and just go to a music shop and play around.
     
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    Gibson Les Paul with a sunburst pattern. Ace Frehly all the way.
     
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    i love the look but i think the les paul body sucks.
     
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    If you're that diverse, and especially if lead guitar is your thing, Fender Stratocaster is the way to go. Get a fat strat with the double humbucker pickup at the bridge. You can switch back and forth depending on what your playing and how "metal" you want it to sound.

    Richie Sambora plays nothing but Strats and it sounds awesome. Plus if you want a Willie Nelson turn around, well most country musicians like Fender Telecasters, and a Strat is just a more powered up version of that with less twang.

    I also find Ibenez to be a great subsitute if you like Fender Strats. You can find more double humbuckers on an Ibenez.

    My favorite guitar I own is a Floyd Rose Special Edition Fat Strat. And I have at least 5 guitars.

    I also really like Jackson guitars, though I have yet to own one. They're great for lead riffs like what you hear with Def Leppard. That's actually the type of guitar your hearing in their songs. Well at least it was, I'm not sure what they're using today.

    If your into hardcore "death" metal or grunge, then what I just said probably doesn't apply. Gibson/ESP probably has a better assortment for that with the SG & Signature series. A Washburn is also more reccomendable for that style. But most of it really is your amp and it's settings.

    I highly reccomend a Fat Strat. (Fat = the double humbucker pickup). ;) 

    Like others have said, just try them all out at the music store and see what you like best and what feels best. Personally I like a maple kneck but you may like a rosewood more. You may have a different size hand or fingers than I do. So just go try 'em all out. :) 
     
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    Ernie Ball Music Man. Love it.
     
  19. cybertron2006

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    how about i get a silverburst Gibson LP and buy some Dimebag pickups and a wang bar. (gibsons dont have those standard)

    metalz indeed!
     
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    Due to a large heel, potential difficulty with a trem, and relative lack of frets, i'd be biased against a Les Paul.

    Ibanez have a few decent entry level models, but the pickups tend be a little muddy.

    Have heard good things about Schecter, not a lot of personal experience with them though.
     

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