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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby Heavy Metal » Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:19 am

ef37a wrote:Hi HM!
I see you have already made it.

Dave (aka ecc83)

Hi again Dave :thumbup:
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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby Heavy Metal » Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:36 am

Thanks Chet, CS70, blinddrew, shufflebeat, Dynamic Mike and anyone I might have missed

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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby Music Wolf » Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:55 pm

Taking your budget into account I would suggest that you take a look at PRS (Paul Reed Sith) guitars.

The PRS line up is split into the entry level SE range (Student Edition), which are made in the Far East, then moves up through the S2 line to the Core (both of which are made in the USA). The CE range is in there just to confuse matters.

PRS have their detractors as they don't have the long heritage of Fender or Gibson and they can be seen as 'blingy' (also people refer to them as 'Dentists' guitars). The fact is that, at any price point, they are exceptionally well made.

The SE range start at just below £500 (I've got a couple along with an S2 and a Core) and I can thoroughly recommend them for any style of music.
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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby desmond » Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:30 pm

Music Wolf wrote:(also people refer to them as 'Dentists' guitars).

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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby zenguitar » Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:49 pm

desmond wrote:
Music Wolf wrote:(also people refer to them as 'Dentists' guitars).

:lol:

I expect they have good bridges.

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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby SecretSam » Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:00 pm

Music Wolf wrote:Taking your budget into account I would suggest that you take a look at PRS (Paul Reed Sith) guitars.

Particularly if you want to sound Dark.
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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby desmond » Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:15 pm

SecretSam wrote:Particularly if you want to sound Dark.

"Your power-chords are weak, old man..."
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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby Humble Bee » Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:46 pm

For metal rhythm I would go for something like an Ibanez with a fixed bridge. I would go for the longer scale Length (25,5 inch) as it’s better when you want to tune it down a step or two. And as said before there are great bargains second hand if you look around.
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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby Heavy Metal » Fri Jun 12, 2020 8:20 am

Thanks all :thumbup:
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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby SecretSam » Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:15 am

desmond wrote:
SecretSam wrote:Particularly if you want to sound Dark.

"Your power-chords are weak, old man..."

How did you know?

My altered dominants are still OK, but only if I take plenty of vitamin E.
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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby zenguitar » Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:01 pm

And having completed the basic level guitar course, you can now move to the intermediate level guitar course...

How many guitars do I need?

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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby Music Wolf » Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:12 pm

zenguitar wrote:How many guitars do I need?

Which can expressed by the formula;

Number required = Number I already have + n


where n is +ve and ≠ 0
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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby ManFromGlass » Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:19 pm

Music Wolf wrote:
zenguitar wrote:How many guitars do I need?

Which can expressed by the formula;

Number required = Number I already have + n


where n is +ve and ≠ 0


Need? Don’t even think that way - they are all needed!
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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby Moroccomoose » Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:21 pm

If you are not afraid to get stuck in, a book or a bit of research on how to set up a guitar will take a cheap playable guitar to being a really nice instrument, enjoyable to play. I have a book 'Guitar Player Repair Guide' by Dan Erlewine and it walks through the steps of a setup. It made a night to day difference to my cheap guitars and not too difficult with some basic tools.

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Re: How good a guitar do I need?

Postby al_diablo » Fri Jun 12, 2020 12:53 pm

I'm not sure I've seen any mention of Schecter or ESP (in particular their LTD line which is within budget). Both are quite targeted towards the metal market.

Also, what particular flavour of metal are you after? Any bands you are particularly fond of? Scale length, bridge and pickup choices, preferred tuning and string gauge will all play more or less of a part depending on the style you are after.

There are heavy bands playing strats and jazzmasters with single coil pickups after all
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