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Unread 04-01-2010, 10:08 PM   #1
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Looking for a very versatile guitar...

now I know that it's all about preference etc etc. but I'd like to get some of your guys' opinions on what some good ideas would be. I'd prefer something with a tremolo, but really thats it, nothing too specific. sorry for no help from me, but anyways, shoot away!

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Unread 04-01-2010, 10:10 PM   #2
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Versatility comes at a cost and preference

I'd say Jackson Soloists are great and very versatile.
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I'd say Jackson Soloists are great and very versatile.
haha yea thats what I forgot to mention... I'd have to say 2000$ is about the max I'd like to spend on this. I do like the few Jacksons I've played though, maybe cause thats my name...

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Versatility comes more from the pickups in the guitar and the rig you're using then the actual guitar itself.

I'd go with a guitar with an H-S-H pickup arrangement with two coil-tappable humbuckers in the bridge and neck position. All controlled by a 5-way switch, as well as push pull knobs for tapping on the volume and tone controls.

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I would suggest checking out Ernie Ball Music Man guitars. Amazing guitars at a good price. Im using a EBMM Silhouette model. Alder body maple neck (RW is an option too) with Dimarzios in an HSH config. It has a 2 point trem (option as well) with push in bar that stays wherever you put it. As well as a brass trem block for massive sustain. Schaller locking tuners, comp nut and a 5 bolt contoured neck joint. And I spent WAY less than 2Gs on it.

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I would suggest checking out Ernie Ball Music Man guitars. Amazing guitars at a good price. Im using a EBMM Silhouette model. Alder body maple neck (RW is an option too) with Dimarzios in an HSH config. It has a 2 point trem (option as well) with push in bar that stays wherever you put it. As well as a brass trem block for massive sustain. Schaller locking tuners, comp nut and a 5 bolt contoured neck joint. And I spent WAY less than 2Gs on it.
yea, I have heard of those. any idea where I could try one/ how much they go for now? thanks guys all the advice is awesome

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They go for about $1500 here in the US, though the price varies depending on the options.

For dealers, just go here: Ernie Ball Music Man Dealer Locator

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They go for about $1500 here in the US, though the price varies depending on the options.

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wow why didnt I think of that... thanks man

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Trem that is easy to lock and unlock, piezos, and an actual MIDI output instead of that Roland garbage.
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Trem that is easy to lock and unlock, piezos, and an actual MIDI output instead of that Roland garbage.
Do they really go for that cheap used?

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They're extremely rare, but the last one I saw went for like $1500 IIRC.
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Carvin DC135 or any Carvin.. hell if you want real versatility, AE185 (semi-hollow with piezo bridge, two humbuckers)

used can be had for anywhere from $450 to 800, new around 900-1400.
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Carvin DC135 or any Carvin.. hell if you want real versatility, AE185 (semi-hollow with piezo bridge, two humbuckers)

used can be had for anywhere from $450 to 800, new around 900-1400.
how would a hollowbody do with heavier types of metal though... I mean nothing tooo insane but would feedback be an issue?

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how would a hollowbody do with heavier types of metal though... I mean nothing tooo insane but would feedback be an issue?
Semi's aren't too bad, as long as you gate your signal pretty good.

Guys like Ted Nugent have been pouring on the gain with semi, and even full hollows for quite some time, so it can be done.

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Versatility comes more from the pickups in the guitar and the rig you're using then the actual guitar itself.

I'd go with a guitar with an H-S-H pickup arrangement with two coil-tappable humbuckers in the bridge and neck position. All controlled by a 5-way switch, as well as push pull knobs for tapping on the volume and tone controls.
The coil-tappable humbuckers will give you the most versatility
edit. The op should read up on the different sounds this setup would give you... This is pretty much "the works".

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Semi's aren't too bad, as long as you gate your signal pretty good.

Guys like Ted Nugent have been pouring on the gain with semi, and even full hollows for quite some time, so it can be done.
wow I wonder how it would sound... :O

while looking at the musicman site, I took a look at the JP6's... how are they? any of you have good/bad experiences? I mean I've only heard that they're a great shredders guitar, but for cleaner or blues type tones how would it be?

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wow I wonder how it would sound... :O

while looking at the musicman site, I took a look at the JP6's... how are they? any of you have good/bad experiences? I mean I've only heard that they're a great shredders guitar, but for cleaner or blues type tones how would it be?
The JP6's are really versatile. Might not be the most versatile guitar money can buy, but considering the Piezo option they can do a lot. The stock pickups might not be the best for bluesier playing, but with the right amp settings I'm more than confident it can be done.

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I absolutely love my JP6. I can pull any kind of tone I want out of that and my dual rec with a few pedals (boost chorus and delay). Neck is absolutely amazing. And the crunchlab/liquified combo is also great. I'd deffinatly say try one out. I play in a death metal band, deathcore band, and a jazz trio and I use it for them all.
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I absolutely love my JP6. I can pull any kind of tone I want out of that and my dual rec with a few pedals (boost chorus and delay). Neck is absolutely amazing. And the crunchlab/liquified combo is also great. I'd deffinatly say try one out. I play in a death metal band, deathcore band, and a jazz trio and I use it for them all.
nice stuff! will have to check them out, closest musicman dealer is 3 hours away so will have to wait a while. thanks for all the opinions guys

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As far as I know, there's no Guitar Centers in Canuckistan.

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Not a put down at all man. Just a funny way of saying Canada that I picked up from here.

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