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high end shred - help me to choose

byrdparis

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high end shred - help me to choose

hi guys,
I have some trouble to choose for myself for a bunch of reasons,
I've got a few guitars (a Gilmore atrat, 60ann TELE, a couple of PRSi etc.. )
Lately I've back getting into "shred" again (DT, Greg howe, kotzen, vai, satch, etc). after 15 years or such that I didn’t play it…at all.
But.. as I was switching styles, my guitars were flipped also.. and I stayed with out a FAST one.

I narrow the list down to three or four that I manage to find second hand locally and will fit my budget.
But cant decide which to get for myself..
on one hand I want the best I can buy, on the second – Im not so whole with myself paying so much for a shred axe just to discover that after a year she will hide in the corner (maybe).
So.. all the EBMM petrucci and such is out my way for now.

Here is some really fine instrument that I can get pretty quick around here.. I've already talked with them.. and the Axes looking in great shape to say the least.

1 – Ibanez SV5470z – just over 1100$ second hand (no new in stores around here)
Mint cond' including hard shell case of course and all candy.


2 – Ibanez RB signature – MIJ (sol 400) – in good shape, all stock, including hard case etc.. there some discolor on the gold hardware though,
Same price as the SV (no new anywhere so…)


3 – Jackson phil collen signature – that is a but higher on price – 1500$ second hand that it’s a great deal for here,,, but the guy who sell it mode here and replace the neck pup (sustainer) with a sd one.. she looked good but a bit "used" to much for to pick with a big smile ( I guess I will get her perfect if I decide to get here,, but I like to get guitars that the guys before me treated them right! (BTW - he got all the patrts that he switched.. so no worry about that if i wante to get her back to stock)


My budget allow me to get the Jackson but im not sure if I want to spend it all there..
The RB is unique and once was my dream axe.. along with others. But she only got 22 fret and the ware on hardware.
The SV looks like the logical one of the three.. but like I said,,, I cant decide,

What will you get if you were me?

Thanks!
 

EtaCarinae

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I think they are all good options. I am partial to the Jackson, however.

That said, I think a question worth asking is what kind of shredder you are. If you are more the 80's style shredder, the Jackson is probably the way to go. If you are more of the sweep picking modern metal type shredder, I think you will appreciate the humbucker in the neck on the first Ibanez model.
 

Defendant

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For me the Beach would be first choice, Jackson second.

Regarding the other Ibanez: Not one piece of decent piece of music has ever been made with the Ibanez Sabre. This style of guitar has also been known to cause fashion issues. Case in point:



As such, buying one presents something of a risk.
 

dspellman

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Make sure the price on the Jackson is low enough. If someone's replaced the Sustainer Driver, it's possible and even likely that the Sustainer doesn't work any more, and that's one of the main selling points of that guitar. Worse, the sustainer on a PC1 is the old Kramer thing that ONLY Jackson can repair and that would require you to send the thing back to Jackson and it will be expensive. If you find yourself trying to put back all the parts that he swapped out and now you have a squealing mess (it happens), then you'll know why a "modded" PC1 is redesignated a PIA.
 

dspellman

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For me the Beach would be first choice, Jackson second.

Regarding the other Ibanez: Not one piece of decent piece of music has ever been made with the Ibanez Sabre. This style of guitar has also been known to cause fashion issues. Case in point:



As such, buying one presents something of a risk.
Even worse, your head will explode, all of your hair will fall out, your Australian accent will go wonky and you'll find yourself a pitchman for any flippin' guitar product that someone can stuff into your hand. Frank Gambale a while back and now. He's still only 23, but this is what playing an Ibanez will do to you (and it's completely irreversible, even if you switch to Yamaha or Carvin later):

 

thornie

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I would get a nice used JEM 7VWH. If those 3 are your only option... The Jackson.
 

dspellman

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Have you considered Carvin. Take a look at their Guitars in Stock.

http://www.carvinguitars.com/guitars-in-stock/group.php?cid=SB&dir=R&sort=price
At a guess, he's got VERY limited access to Carvins in Israel. OTOH, they have 25" scale 24-fret neck-through superstrat honkers that are ultrafast. They've also got the new headless Holdsworth guitars with 25.5" scales that probably (I haven't tried one yet) do very well. They seem to be rapidly making a name for themselves:

 

byrdparis

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i wish i can get that carvin.
Dspellman right. its very hard for us to get them in here. maybe direct from carvin but then we need to pay a lot for shipping not to mentioned the costumes fees
 

Structo

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I like that Ibanez SV5470z the best.

Looks killer and with that Floyd system it should be a very nice playing shredder.
 

Blix

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Ah, Israel certainly complicates it. Then I'd go for the Reb Beach Personally. They are quite collectable as well.

You could also check out Thomann.de, they ship to Israel without breaking the bank.
If you view the site in English, have in mind that you get 19% off on all prices you see, as the EU VAT is included in the prices.
 

byrdparis

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hi blix. thanks for the heads up. they got nice stuff but nothing i cant get in israel too.
we actually have some very nice music stores around here... but no carvin ;-)
{though we use to have it too}
 

fatoni

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I would get a used s series. They are great for the price. My ideal choice is a suhr modern. Used pro. Series are great. rb Left on to suhr
 






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