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I'm Bored. Help me pick out a new Guitar

GAD

Wubbalubbadubdub
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I'm bored, and I want a new guitar. I travel a LOT, and am looking for a guitar to have with me at the job. It will be stored with a friend who is allowed to play it with no fear. I want something with either a Floyd Rose or a Bigsby.

I currently own the following:

Gibson R9
Gibson SG - P90s (GOTW)
Gretsch Setzer SSLVO
Guild X170T
Guild Starfire IV
Guild S300A-D
Fender American Deluxe Strat
Jackson Bengal Soloist (LE)
Jackson MIJ Soloist (Sam Ash)

Taylor DN-K Acoustic

What should I get? I'd **LOVE** to get another Sam Ash Jackson - it's easily my favorite, which is funny because it's the cheapest one I own. They're few and far between though.

I know someone will say, "you need a tele", so let me save you the trouble. I really, really don't like them. Sure, maybe I haven't played the right one. I used to dislike Strats until I found the one I have, so who knows.

I'd prefer a solid body, just because it will be passed around, and I'd like it to be stored in a gig-bag as opposed to a full case. Of course that's easy to change. I'd like it to be less than $1,000. Preferably a lot less. My current "travel guitar" is an Ibanez SZ530 that I got locally for about $300. It's a surprisingly well build, fun to play guitar, but it doesn't have a trem. I like it because it doesn't play or feel like so many of the $300 guitars I've played (new and/or used).

Any ideas?
 

yucatown

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Tough call for less than $1k. Splurge and get a Jackson PC1 for around $1.6k used. You'll love it, Floyd rose and all.
 

Broker360

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Grecko or edwards make an SG with a bigsby, not sure if you can get stuff from Ishibashi in Japan, but prices and shipping are great, and these are very good quality instruments.
 

GAD

Wubbalubbadubdub
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Tough call for less than $1k. Splurge and get a Jackson PC1 for around $1.6k used. You'll love it, Floyd rose and all.
Ooh - that reminds me. No Maple fretboards.
 
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How 'bout a used Ibanez JS1000 (or 1200)?

Also:
-a PRS SE Single Cut Trem
-a PRS SE Custom 24

Or sans trem:
-a Gibson 60s Tribute LP
-an SG standard
-a LP Studio
 
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AaeCee

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Easy....if you can nudge it just above $1000.

A used PRS Starla with bigsby. Built solid as a rock but not heavy, cool look/shape and really comfortable, Starla p/ups which are somewhere between 'buckers and filtertrons, and great overall typical PRS quality.
 

GAD

Wubbalubbadubdub
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Thanks for the ideas guys. Keep 'em coming!

I've played scores of PRS, and none of them have ever grabbed me. I even played a Private Reserve worth $20k that left me cold. I really want to like them - they're prettier than all get-out, but I don't.

Ibanezes are funny for me. I love the RG body shape, and wouldn't mind a nice Prestige, but not for this guitar. I've not liked the trems on any <$1000 Ibanez guitars I've tried.

There's a Gretsch Duo Jet I've been eyeing, but they're a bit pricey for this purpose, and I wouldn't put one in a gig bag.
 
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Ibanezes are funny for me. I love the RG body shape, and wouldn't mind a nice Prestige, but not for this guitar. I've not liked the trems on any <$1000 Ibanez guitars I've tried.
Have you ever played a JS? I only suggested it because I'm not generally a fan of Ibanezes, but the JS series guits are pretty nice.
 

Ciroxin

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50s Telecaster

...and I am not trying to be funny here.

Learn to love it. It will be a good thing on your job, because it will inspire you, it will give you new ideas.
 

TimSt.L

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I owned an mh400 by Ltd and i was amazed at it's quality and playability. It blew away guitars three times it's price. It was absolutely beautiful too. The neck joint, The binding, The fretboard, The headstock. It was a just simply beautiful. And sounded like a dream on stage.

Btw,.. that V with the bigsby is really cool. I've never seen that done before...
 

nosacter

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Reverend and St. Blues make some cool stuff that meets your specs and price range and lives generally in the space between Fender and Gretsch. I would also second the vote for the Starla--my view of PRS is like yours (beautiful furniture) but the Starla and Mira are very different from the standard fare.

And, by the way, you really do need a Tele--or 4. Just sayin'.
 




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