Good, fun, cheap shredders.....what's out there?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by jimfog, Jan 14, 2008.


  1. jimfog

    jimfog Senior Member

    Messages:
    9,490
    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2003
    Location:
    Philly, Pa
    Hey,

    Had an Ibby RG570 briefly and mistakenly sold it. Not really my style, but I had a blast with it, and it was great to have around for my students.

    What else is out there, not too expensive, but solid?............must have a Floyd, fast neck, and not TOO pointy.

    I'd like to keep it under $500, if possible......but might go higher for something that's more of a serious instrument I could gig with..........ie, I also have my eyes on a Fender Beck.

    Thanks!

    - jim
     
  2. matte

    matte Senior Member

    Messages:
    10,428
    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2003
    Location:
    my body.
    hamer diablo
     
  3. Mudder

    Mudder Member

    Messages:
    3,679
    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2006
    Location:
    St Helens, Or
    Hamer had several shredders in the 90's, all of which are phenomenal.

    Diablo
    Chapparal
    Californian

    You could also look for a US BC Rich Gunslinger or STIII. Both great shredder, the epitome of hair metal.

    Those RG series Ibby's are the prototypical shredder of course, but similar are the Charvels from the same time frame. The US models will be spendy but the Japan made Model series are very solid guitars.
     
  4. wrxplayer

    wrxplayer Supporting Member

    Messages:
    6,200
    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2008
    Location:
    Somerset County, NJ
    I recently had a Schecter Hot Rod 39 that fits the bill. Played fast, with new pups would sound great, and can be found for less than $300 but having picked up a bunch before I found "the one" I'd recommend buying in person rather than on ebay.
     
  5. bynt

    bynt Member

    Messages:
    2,103
    Joined:
    May 18, 2006
    Location:
    Flagstaff, Arizona
    +1 on the Schecter. I don't know much about the Hamer but I can say that pound for pound, Ibanez is still the cheapo shred king as far as what I see in the store where I work. Not my cup of tea (so I'm not hip to the model #'s-sorry) but any of my students who want to shred and are looking for a guitar, I'll almost invariably point them towards the Ibanezes.
     
  6. buddastrat

    buddastrat Member

    Messages:
    14,595
    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2005
  7. Rock Johnson

    Rock Johnson Member

    Messages:
    4,693
    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2005
    Location:
    Platteville, Wisconsin
    That'd be the Fender HM Strat.

    The Fernandez Revolvers are cool too - Floyd, Sustainer, can be had for under $400.

    Peavey Vandenbergs are great shredders for around $450.
     
  8. 1959burst

    1959burst boogieman

    Messages:
    1,076
    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2002
    Location:
    Sault Ste. Marie Ont CDN
    [​IMG][​IMG] and it plays well with others.... [​IMG]
     
  9. FUSER

    FUSER Member

    Messages:
    745
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2004
    Location:
    Third Stone
    A used Brian Moore i8 or i9.
    I have the i8, 15" Radius, medium frets, thin neck, JB and Alnico Pro pickups, locking tuners. I believe i9f has a trem.

    I got mine for 300 on ebay with case.
     
  10. daddyo

    daddyo Guest

    Messages:
    11,809
    Joined:
    May 19, 2003
    Didn't Washburn put out a line of USA made Jackson designed shreddies that were killer but sell for around $500 used now? MG?
     
  11. guitarplayaman

    guitarplayaman Member

    Messages:
    1,138
    Joined:
    May 24, 2005
    Location:
    Nashvegas
    I been eyeing the AXL BadWAter series...they go for about 149 on ebay....seems like a good budget shredder...
     
  12. PFCG

    PFCG Member

    Messages:
    2,804
    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2006
    Location:
    Calabasas - CA
    you can find used parkers on ebay for cheap, any fly model will do, even nitefly, but id try to get a fly. you could gig with a fly all over the place with any style.
     
  13. atquinn

    atquinn Supporting Member

    Messages:
    9,103
    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2004
    Location:
    Mineola, NY
    +1,000! You can get Diablos for around $400 and Centauras (which are SSH as opposed to HH) for a bit less. I've never played a Centaura, but I've owned a few Diablos (and currently have one) and they're great!

    -Austin
     
  14. Mudder

    Mudder Member

    Messages:
    3,679
    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2006
    Location:
    St Helens, Or
    There's a pretty nice Diablo on ebay right now, cherry with reverse head, '93 I think, for $500 BIN or best offer. I'm not associated in any way.

    Great guitars.
     
  15. GrecoVee

    GrecoVee Member

    Messages:
    881
    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2006
    I'm surpised no one has mentioned Charvel's from the mid to late`80''s
    I just got back from a vacation in Tulsa Ok. and was hitiing a few of the local pawn shops down there and ran across a late`80's Charvel (I belive it's a model 2A or 3) This one has the two humbuckers with the bolt on neck with the Jackson Floyd Rose and Khaler type lock nut. Wow!, what a great guitar! I totally forgot that I use to like these guitars!
    I've been playing non strat style guitars without locking trems for quite awhile now and just forgot how fun these guitars were to play.
    Oh yeah, I got it for less than $300.
     
  16. re-animator

    re-animator Senior Member

    Messages:
    8,255
    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2007
    Location:
    New York/San Diego
    what about steinberger?!?! Their reissues are like $600... used ones easily fall in your range.
     
  17. jimlp

    jimlp Supporting Member

    Messages:
    603
    Joined:
    May 11, 2006
    I am selling a Red Japanes made Charvel Model A on the for sale page, price is somewhat negotiable.
     
  18. Gigbag

    Gigbag Member

    Messages:
    2,344
    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2005
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    I have had a few Hamers (Chapparel and Califorian) that were great shredders.

    Ibanez has some shred choices, anlong with ESP. I did not like the more recent cheap Ibanez guitars I tried.

    These are imports with a list price of $599 to $740 (street should be in your price range):

    http://www.usmasters.com/LG507.htm

    I tried a few and was impressed. I don't own one. I own three of thier USA made models.
     
  19. Lance

    Lance Member

    Messages:
    8,975
    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2007
    Location:
    SF, CA
    I am a big fan of the Ibby S-470. $500.00, or you can spring for the quilted maple top for just a little more. I love having the middle pup. They sound great clean as well, and I can pull off prety darn good country stuff with one. Oh, and another plus for the Fernandez axes. They do shredding right.
     
  20. Schafrocks

    Schafrocks Member

    Messages:
    2,026
    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2006
    Location:
    Southern Illinois
    You can usually get pick up a Kramer Pacer on ebay for under $500. Original Floyd, Seymour Duncan pickups, schaller tuners. They were marketed as American but ESP made most of the mid to late 80's pacers. I have an 87 that is my main gigging axe. Plays and sounds great. It really is pretty versitile too.

    Schaf
     

Share This Page