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    I currently have two guitars, a warmoth super strat and an ibanez JS1200. I'm looking to buy a backup for around $500, maybe a little more. Not too sure what's decent for that price range. I was looking to buy a mean street unchained model but mean street doesn't have any stock models on hand right now. My band does a mix of 80s metal and classic hard rock so I'm looking for something that would work well for that. I've been thinking about an Epi Les Paul too but I've had those in the past and they were hit and miss on quality. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Find a used Fender Powerhouse Strat, they are really nice.

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    I really wanted to get an Epi Les Paul, but they are extremely hit and miss. Don't buy one without playing/seeing it first. Even the customs, I've played a few where the fretboard is actually pulling off the neck. The Epi Les Paul Ultra is nice if you can find one locally to check out. They are chambered and countoured in the back and a lot more comfortable than the average Les Paul. Here's some dude jamming on one:



    Also, I've checked out some Schecter's at a local store, and was amazed by the quality.. Even the $300 models play circles around anything i've found under $500.

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    I've found the Schecter guitars to be very consistent across the board. I have them come in regularly for setups, but that's it. I've never had any issues other than customer request for certain setups.

    Also look at the LTD line by ESP. I've had alot of these in for setups and pickup swaps. I've never had any repair issues with these guitars. The EC line is the Les Paul style. Alot of the guys pull the EMG's and put in Duncan JB's and Jazz pickups for a more versatile sound vs. the standard EMG sound.

    You might try the G&L tribute series as well. These are more classic styles, but they have proven to be good players. I've got a dealer friend who sells these. The quality is good, but not quite as consistent as the Schecter or LTD. I've had more issues with sharp fret ends, and nuts that need to be recut;and or filled due to improper installation. You might want to hunt/pick for the right one.

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    I still say these are nice guitars for the money ...
    http://www.prsguitars.com/sesinglecut/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by A&Z Guitar Repair View Post
    I've found the Schecter guitars to be very consistent across the board. I have them come in regularly for setups, but that's it. I've never had any issues other than customer request for certain setups.
    beat me to it...incredibly consistent quality from piece to piece, good woods, nice looking guitars and right in your price point.

    The powerhouse strat and other mexican strats are also something to consider.

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    I'm not saying this is the best guitar for your price range, but it is pretty interesting:

    http://www.olpguitars.com/news_mm1f.html

    It's just my opinion, but I think that in the price range you are looking at, Ibanez makes the best product. I like this one:

    http://ibanez.com/eg/guitar.aspx?m=S320

    It's in your price range, it sounds great, and it's well balanced and comfortable to play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A&Z Guitar Repair View Post
    I've found the Schecter guitars to be very consistent across the board. I have them come in regularly for setups, but that's it. I've never had any issues other than customer request for certain setups.

    Also look at the LTD line by ESP. I've had alot of these in for setups and pickup swaps. I've never had any repair issues with these guitars. The EC line is the Les Paul style. Alot of the guys pull the EMG's and put in Duncan JB's and Jazz pickups for a more versatile sound vs. the standard EMG sound.

    You might try the G&L tribute series as well. These are more classic styles, but they have proven to be good players. I've got a dealer friend who sells these. The quality is good, but not quite as consistent as the Schecter or LTD. I've had more issues with sharp fret ends, and nuts that need to be recut;and or filled due to improper installation. You might want to hunt/pick for the right one.

    Just my .02 cents.
    I've owned a Schecter before...big bang for the bucks. Remember also, A&Z knows a hell of a lot and usually has quality opinions.

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    You can get a Korean Wolfgang for next to nothing these days. People may say otherwise, but I say it's a quality axe. I bought one new in '02 and it's been played regularly ever since and I've never had a problem with it. I play mostly 80's rock too and it's perfect for it. I'm actually surprised so many people rag on the EXP. I've also got a USA Special and yes it's nice, but I actually like the Floyd on the EXP because you can adjust the tension on the bar, while on the USA models it's either completely floppy or completely tight in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A&Z Guitar Repair View Post
    I've found the Schecter guitars to be very consistent across the board. I have them come in regularly for setups, but that's it. I've never had any issues other than customer request for certain setups.
    The nice thing about Schecters is that each model is set up at their Burbank custom shop. Wherever it is made, wherever it is going, someone there does the set up on it before it goes to the dealer.

    I think they are also good bang for the buck. In fact, later on, you can dump $150 into some great after market pickups and have a hell of a guitar on your hands...

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    Quote Originally Posted by A&Z Guitar Repair View Post
    I've found the Schecter guitars to be very consistent across the board. I have them come in regularly for setups, but that's it. I've never had any issues other than customer request for certain setups.

    Also look at the LTD line by ESP. I've had alot of these in for setups and pickup swaps. I've never had any repair issues with these guitars. The EC line is the Les Paul style. Alot of the guys pull the EMG's and put in Duncan JB's and Jazz pickups for a more versatile sound vs. the standard EMG sound.

    You might try the G&L tribute series as well. These are more classic styles, but they have proven to be good players. I've got a dealer friend who sells these. The quality is good, but not quite as consistent as the Schecter or LTD. I've had more issues with sharp fret ends, and nuts that need to be recut;and or filled due to improper installation. You might want to hunt/pick for the right one.

    Just my .02 cents.
    Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'm going to look into the LTD EC-400VF or the EC-1000 with seymour duncans. I forgot about the those LTD guitars. I have friends who use them and love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino5150 View Post
    I still say these are nice guitars for the money ...
    http://www.prsguitars.com/sesinglecut/index.html
    The best import guitar made, IMHO. They're very much worth checking out and are infinitely better than Epi Les(ser) Pauls and even some Studio Les Pauls.

    A used USA Wolfgang Special off eBay would also serve you very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    The best import guitar made, IMHO. They're very much worth checking out and are infinitely better than Epi Les(ser) Pauls and even some Studio Les Pauls.

    A used USA Wolfgang Special off eBay would also serve you very well.
    i've never been a huge prs fan but ive always had a soft spot for the single cuts (especialy the satins...schwing!!) i was gonna suggest a tremonti se.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    i've never been a huge prs fan but ive always had a soft spot for the single cuts (especialy the satins...schwing!!) i was gonna suggest a tremonti se.
    Same here. The PRS guitars just don't fit me very well, but they're so damn nice and so well made I really want to buy one and MAKE myself like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    Same here. The PRS guitars just don't fit me very well, but they're so damn nice and so well made I really want to buy one and MAKE myself like it.
    fuck it lets both get one...lol

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    Not because I have a great body, it's just an easy way to make sure I have the hotel swimming pool all to myself."...Bullwinkle for quite obvious reasons!

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