Recommend Me guitars with tremolos

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  1. You

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    I recently got some money from graduation, so I thought that it would be a great opportunity to buy a guitar with a tremolo system. My budget is about $500-$600 tops, and I'm located in the US.

    Some ones that I've been looking at:
    https://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/jackson-x-series-soloist-sl3x-electric-guitar
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    Ibanez RG550 desert yellow
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    ESP LTD MH 350FR
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    But, I am also open to other options that you may recommend to me.
     
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    steinmetzify CHUG & SLUDGE

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    MIJ EVH Stealth Special....elite level pickups, SS frets, great necks. Around your price used. Fantastic guitars.
     
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    Do you want 22 or 24 frets, and do you imagine yourself doing Steve Vai pull-ups with the whammy bar while the front row seats soak through?
     
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    I prefer 24 frets, but I'm perfectly fine with 22 frets. And I want to do those insane Slayer esque solos that heavily rely on a tremolo.
     
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    Also, I forgot to mention that I'm ok with "unconventional" body shapes, such as a V, Explorer, Warlock, etc.
     
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    I honestly never saw the bottom one before. Was it a budget version of a Joe Satriani sig?
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    That was what the JS was based on, the Radius model. It doesn't play anything like a JS though, it's more of a hybrid between the RG and Saber.
     
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    interesting.
     
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    Can't go wrong with an RG550. Those things are designed for maximum whammy shenanigans.
     
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    As Max said, definitely used. Pick up an older RG550/similar or pre-2011 Pro Series Jackson (MIJ).

    I like Jacksons, so I'd say look for a DK2/DK2M. The SLX is a perfectly fine guitar, but likely will require a fret dressing after you buy it and better stuff can be had for cheaper on the used market. Jackson flooded the US with tons of old pro series Dinkies in the late 90s/early 00s.
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    Those older DK2s and DK2Ms are freaking awesome and you can find them for peanuts!

    I've seen the one with the goofy flame graphic go for under $300. Definitely a bargain on a solid guitar.
     
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    The RG550 is one of the best shredder guitars ever made, it definitely plays like it's worth a hell of a lot more than $600.
     
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    Do you happen to know of any used Jackson Soloist guitars in my range? I'll definately still keep the DK2(Donkey Kong 2) guitars in mind.
     
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    I don't blame you for wanting the neck through models. That's my preference as well.

    There definitely aren't as many of the old pro series soloists floating around, but I do see them from time to time. The models you might look into are the SL3 or SL3MG. They weren't as popular because Jackson people tend to like bound fretboards, and at least some years those came with unbound ones. They are of similar quality to other MIJ Jackson stuff though. If you go back further than the early '00s there are some old Professional Soloists (note: "Professional" not "Pro" series). Those are getting pretty hard to find and probably have climbed in price out of your range.

    I've also seen the new Indonesian made SL2s selling used in that range, on occasion. However, the consensus is still that these aren't as well made as the MIJ stuff. I had a great playing one, but it had some issues (most minor, but I unloaded it for better gear).

    On the bolt-on side of things you can also look for a couple old (pre-2011) X Series models that were MIJ. The DXMG (I have one) or DKMG (archtop with piranha's teeth inlays). The DXMG is essentially the same as the DK2 from this era with passive EMGs (which suck, but can be replaced).

    Even though I like soloists more than dinkies, my DK2M and DXMG hold their own with just about any guitar I've played.
     
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    For that price range I would second the RG550 or even an old S series. The MIJ/Wizard stuff is very very solid. Very good guitars. If you have not played a Wizard neck I will say they are VERY thin and unsure if that would suit you.

    I have the S and I love it but I also have a Charvel with a compound radius that I like much better.

    Either way you can't go wrong with an old ibanez IMO. Just be sure they have upgraded pickups and not the stock ones.
     
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    Considering how old they are at this point, it probably won't be very hard to find one with upgraded pickups.
     
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    Keep an eye out for Charvel Model 5 and Model 6s.

    They're basically Soloists but made in Japan. High quality and neck-through.
     
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    I actually have a spare MIJ Jackson Dinky that I've never played and would happily sell you if it wasn't 3000 miles away on the other side of the country :lol:
     
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    Oh, there is also the old (MIJ pro series) SLAT3-6, the little brother to my SLAT3-7.

    SLAT = Soloist Arch Top
     
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