*tired sigh, pulls out old list*
Greg Bennett Avion series for Les Paul
Greg Bennett Torino series for SG
Squier Telecasters for Telecaster (there are also Greg Bennett Telecaster copies, but I haven't read about them yet. Why not check out some harmony-central.com reviews?)
Yamaha Pacifica 112 for Stratocaster
Ibanez RG321MH (used) for superstrat (all the 'RG' guitars are generally said to be decent for the price, RG321EX, RG7321, etc.)
Schecter Omen 6 for superstrat
(I saw the Schecter Devil SBK and Schecter 006 Deluxe too, but I don't know how good they are. Again, check out the reviews on harmony-central.com, among other sites.)
With a good tube amp and a good pickup upgrade to accompany it, all of them can do metal (except perhaps the Teles, but I bet that's possible for the ones who are explorers at heart and swappers/tinkerers/upgraders at gear, too).
@metalmonke - Tsk tsk tsk, dumbass yourself.
My personal preference is not to have a whammy bar at all. Sure, it's fun, but only as long as it stays in tune, and it's a real irritant in any guitar for me. But anyway? If the OP wants a usable vibrato bar, he should -
1. Increase the budget to at least 30~35k
2. USE THE VIBRATO BAR ON THE GUITAR RIGHT IN THE SHOP (NEVER MIND WHAT THE SHOPKEEPER SAYS) AND DON'T BUY IT IF IT CANNOT STAY IN TUNE TO YOUR PERSONAL LEVEL OF WHAMMY BAR ABUSE. Play it as long and as much as you want, use the vibrato as long and as much as you think you likely will. Test the hell out of it, and if it stands up to it without detuning, you have a gem at a great price. (if you're very, very lucky, you COULD find a good tremolo on a cheap guitar this way). Good luck
Also, TS should know that
1. He won't get a very big difference in his sound by upgrading the guitar, as most of the sound is dependent on the amp. Want better sound? Get a good tube amp, hear the difference yourself. Pickups, and all other sound factors come into the picture AFTER a good tube amp.
2. He won't get a very big difference in his sound (or even playability) by 'upgrading' the guitar to another guitar of this price range - because they're more or less the same at this level. The only difference would be setup (which you could get done to your own guitar) and the piece-to-piece quality difference that exists at this level. You could get anything from a GREAT piece (which can be comparable to much higher priced guitars) to a lemon (which will just be riddled with shit) of the same model at this price range. Doesn't matter what company, doesn't matter what endorsers (of its higher priced guitars) it has. At this price range its all the same.
People need to grow up and realize they can't get quality without paying for it...
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