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Deleted 998abe3 15th September 2019 04:10 PM

Workhorse guitar recommendations
 
Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a workhorse because I'm kind of paranoid and don't like to go out with my Music Man Cutlass RS.

So I'd like to know which guitar do you recommend for a $700-$1000 budget. I've been thinking about PRS, LTD or Schecter. I've never played on a PRS though. People use to say their necks are extremely comfortable but kind of chunky.


Cheers!

ljefe 15th September 2019 05:40 PM

I like Reverend guitars, they’re very well made. This one is $1100, there are less expensive models, all nice-

https://www.reverendguitars.com/guitars/six-gun

Deleted 998abe3 15th September 2019 07:10 PM

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Originally Posted by ljefe (Post 14208069)
I like Reverend guitars, they’re very well made. This one is $1100, there are less expensive models, all nice-

https://www.reverendguitars.com/guitars/six-gun

That looks like a nice option.

Thanks!

kslight 15th September 2019 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by guictr (Post 14207886)
Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a workhorse because I'm kind of paranoid and don't like to go out with my Music Man Cutlass RS.

So I'd like to know which guitar do you recommend for a $700-$1000 budget. I've been thinking about PRS, LTD or Schecter. I've never played on a PRS though. People use to say their necks are extremely comfortable but kind of chunky.


Cheers!

RE: Schecter. I think they are generally "underrated," in non-metal crowds, but I would put their guitars against anyone in comparable price range. Because of this, you can often find their stuff used for quite a bit less than new. Probably the biggest determining factor is that Schecter fretboards tend to run flatter than average Fenders/Ernie Balls/etc, which may or may not be what you are looking for.

Jim Williams 15th September 2019 07:44 PM

Mexican Telecaster. Play it a year and sell it for about what you paid for it, about 500 bucks.

RayHeath 15th September 2019 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Deleted 998abe3 (Post 14207886)
[. . .] I'd like to know which guitar do you recommend for a $700-$1000 budget. [. . .]!

Actually, I would recommend looking for the best 'deal' on something that you can make 'fit you' more than looking for any specific model - unless you just had your heart set on a particular set of things - or taking the time to find and fall in love with something.

PRS wouldn't hurt my feelings, though.

Ray H.

Deleted 998abe3 15th September 2019 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by kslight (Post 14208264)
RE: Schecter. I think they are generally "underrated," in non-metal crowds, but I would put their guitars against anyone in comparable price range. Because of this, you can often find their stuff used for quite a bit less than new. Probably the biggest determining factor is that Schecter fretboards tend to run flatter than average Fenders/Ernie Balls/etc, which may or may not be what you are looking for.

I totally agree with you. I tested a Schecter Keith Marrow once and I liked it a lot.

Deleted 998abe3 15th September 2019 09:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Jim Williams (Post 14208273)
Mexican Telecaster. Play it a year and sell it for about what you paid for it, about 500 bucks.

How did I skip Mexican Fenders? :facepalm:

pimket 16th September 2019 12:20 AM

My go-to when in doubt is still my strat. So yeah, you could pick up a decent strat for that money, no problem.

cooker 16th September 2019 12:25 AM

Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSS

Feels great, sort of flat sounding but for your expectation this is a good thing as can replicate many tones. Has a no-load tone pot so you can dial out the treble if it becomes a problem with too much distortion. There are HH and HSH version too.

Mario-C. 16th September 2019 12:33 AM

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Originally Posted by cooker (Post 14208813)
Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSS

Feels great, sort of flat sounding but for your expectation this is a good thing as can replicate many tones. Has a no-load tone pot so you can dial out the treble if it becomes a problem with too much distortion. There are HH and HSH version too.

That's what I would get too. Those Charvels look and sound great.

Deleted 998abe3 16th September 2019 01:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Mario-C. (Post 14208823)
That's what I would get too. Those Charvels look and sound great.

Man, that one seems amazing!

I'm sorry for my ignorance, but is caramelized neck the same as roasted neck?

audioforce 16th September 2019 01:36 AM

Les Paul
Tele
Strat
SG

No particular order

Yuri Kogan 16th September 2019 03:00 AM

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Originally Posted by audioforce (Post 14208909)
Les Paul
Tele
Strat
SG

No particular order

I like Akhal-teke workhorse. :)

Yuri Kogan 16th September 2019 03:03 AM

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Originally Posted by guictr (Post 14207886)
Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a workhorse because I'm kind of paranoid and don't like to go out with my Music Man Cutlass RS.

So I'd like to know which guitar do you recommend for a $700-$1000 budget. I've been thinking about PRS, LTD or Schecter. I've never played on a PRS though. People use to say their necks are extremely comfortable but kind of chunky.


Cheers!

A HSS strat (with splittable H-bridge pickup) and a piezo equipped trem saddles.

audioforce 16th September 2019 03:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Yuri Kogan (Post 14209023)
I like Akhal-teke workhorse. :)

You would. : )

Deleted 998abe3 16th September 2019 03:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Yuri Kogan (Post 14209025)
A HSS strat (with splittable H-bridge pickup) and a piezo equipped trem saddles.

Right now, the Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSS that cooker and Mario-C recommended is leading the race.

Yuri Kogan 16th September 2019 03:17 AM

:)
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Originally Posted by audioforce (Post 14209032)
You would. : )


Yuri Kogan 16th September 2019 03:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Deleted 998abe3 (Post 14209040)
Right now, the Charvel Pro-Mod DK24 HSS that cooker and Mario-C recommended is leading the race.

:-). Really any light guitar with a suitable neck profile and the configuration I mentioned will do. Many Ibanez, ESP, Charvels... meet the spec. The only ones with a piezo bridge off the shelf i know is the Parker fly (one of my favourite guitars). Super light, super nice to play, nice piezo trem and has all the electronics specs.

Mario-C. 16th September 2019 04:36 AM

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Originally Posted by guictr (Post 14208897)
Man, that one seems amazing!

I'm sorry for my ignorance, but is caramelized neck the same as roasted neck?

It's pretty much the same thing.

audioforce 16th September 2019 11:34 AM

Why is everyone suggesting parts-type guitars, when a decent Gibson or Fender could be easily in the OPs budget?

audioforce 16th September 2019 11:40 AM

Also, FWIW:

https://dejayce-guitars.com/gallery

"The WorkHorse is the flagship of Dejayce Guitars and features the finest of woods and appointments. Kiln dried alder is the core of the WorkHorse with a beautiful 5A bookmatched flame maple top and Indian rosewood or maple for the fingerboard.

The neck is a wide and thin "D" shaped profile for sleek and fast playing with a 20" radius.
Measuring 1-11/16" at the nut and 2-3/16" at the heel, the 22 fret neck features 6100 jumbo frets and has a hand rubbed oil finish. The neck measures .700" at the first fret and .800" at the 12th.
Twin graphite stabilizer rods are inserted during construction of the neck that run along both sides of a dual action truss rod to insure that no warpage or twist will occur. All these features allow for the 1mm action at the 22nd fret all DeJayce Guitars come with!

The WorkHorse features Seymour Duncan pickups and the original Floyd Rose tremolo. It's available in a single humbucker, one volume configuration or dual humbuckers with one volume, one tone and a 5-way pickup selector for tonal options.

Another feature is the ease of restringing due to the OEM locking tuners. A Floyd Rose nut is standard hardware however the locking tuners make restringing extremely quick.

There are many other options available just figure out what you want or contact me and we'll discuss it. I am just grateful to all those players who have chosen my company DeJayce!

Dannyjoe Carter"

Yuri Kogan 16th September 2019 02:55 PM

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Originally Posted by audioforce (Post 14209475)
Why is everyone suggesting parts-type guitars, when a decent Gibson or Fender could be easily in the OPs budget?

Because you get a bespoke, much higher quality guitar for a lot less $$$

Yuri Kogan 16th September 2019 03:00 PM

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Originally Posted by audioforce (Post 14209480)
Also, FWIW:

https://dejayce-guitars.com/gallery

"The WorkHorse is the flagship of Dejayce Guitars and features the finest of woods and appointments. Kiln dried alder is the core of the WorkHorse with a beautiful 5A bookmatched flame maple top and Indian rosewood or maple for the fingerboard.

The neck is a wide and thin "D" shaped profile for sleek and fast playing with a 20" radius.
Measuring 1-11/16" at the nut and 2-3/16" at the heel, the 22 fret neck features 6100 jumbo frets and has a hand rubbed oil finish. The neck measures .700" at the first fret and .800" at the 12th.
Twin graphite stabilizer rods are inserted during construction of the neck that run along both sides of a dual action truss rod to insure that no warpage or twist will occur. All these features allow for the 1mm action at the 22nd fret all DeJayce Guitars come with!

The WorkHorse features Seymour Duncan pickups and the original Floyd Rose tremolo. It's available in a single humbucker, one volume configuration or dual humbuckers with one volume, one tone and a 5-way pickup selector for tonal options.

Another feature is the ease of restringing due to the OEM locking tuners. A Floyd Rose nut is standard hardware however the locking tuners make restringing extremely quick.

There are many other options available just figure out what you want or contact me and we'll discuss it. I am just grateful to all those players who have chosen my company DeJayce!

Dannyjoe Carter"

Price?Many boutiques out there, some are well regarded companies (Suhr, Anderson, Melancon, Novo, Southpark and many more) if you want to spend $$$$
Plus SD pickups are very ho-ham. And Floyd is a tone-robbing piece of s**t - unless thats what you want

the donal 16th September 2019 03:32 PM

The best thing I can really recommend is to get into a shop and try some. Unless you're getting another of X guitar and the manufacturer is very consistent, I would always recommend trying a guitar before playing it.

I've found that my SE Custom 24 has been my go to guitar for most things over the last 4 years. It does humbucker and single coil tones (not quite Les Paul- not enough bottom end, and not quite strat- less twang on the attack) and is a rare guitar I own where I've kept the stock pickups. Tonally it's very versatile. The neck is extremely comfortable- slim enough to be easy and round enough to be cosy. Punches well above its weight price-wise too.

That said, Mexican Fenders have a great reputation and you could look at the top end of Epiphone if you don't want bottom of range Gibson too.

Can't comment on Schechter- never played one and LTD can be very model specific.

Brent Hahn 16th September 2019 04:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Yuri Kogan (Post 14209025)
A HSS strat (with splittable H-bridge pickup) and a piezo equipped trem saddles.

I'd probably go with something like this and not bother with the piezo part. A beater acoustic with a piezo will sound more authentic, and you probably already have one lying around anyway. Also, showing up with two guitars is value-added.

TurboJets 16th September 2019 05:08 PM

Tons of Fender Strats in this price range to replace the Cutlass as your working guitar. The feel will be similar and you'll have great Strat tone.

Just hit your local guitar shop and play all the strats they have til you find the one that feels best.

Stock should serve you well but they are also so easy to mod and upgrade over time.

enorbet2 16th September 2019 06:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Yuri Kogan (Post 14209729)
Price?Many boutiques out there, some are well regarded companies (Suhr, Anderson, Melancon, Novo, Southpark and many more) if you want to spend $$$$

Have you seen/heard Suhr's new Studio amp? Wonderful blend of vintage and modern. Serious Studio amp with all the right stuff....




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Originally Posted by Yuri Kogan (Post 14209729)
Plus SD pickups are very ho-ham. And Floyd is a tone-robbing piece of s**t - unless thats what you want

I don't think it's fair to write off the whole company's line. They do make more than one model, right?

I wholeheartedly agree on the Floyd and it kinda upsets me the website refers to it as "original Floyd". It is NOT! The original was non-locking, and more importantly, no fine tuners. You start adding a bunch of moving parts to the bridge and bye bye tone. That said Kahler's were worse.

CaptNasty 16th September 2019 07:12 PM

+1 Charvel Pro-Mod DK 24.

You get a lot of guitar for the money with the Pro-Mod line.

The whole Floyds are tone suckers thing is funny. The more weight you add to a floating tremolo, the more you stabilize it from sympathetic vibrations coming from the strings. That is why big block tremolos are considered so effective. A lot of people who use floating tremolos like the Floyds Rose get tones that are widely acclaimed so I would not place much stock in the biases of a guy or two on the internet.

enorbet2 16th September 2019 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by CaptNasty (Post 14210205)
+1 Charvel Pro-Mod DK 24.

You get a lot of guitar for the money with the Pro-Mod line.

The whole Floyds are tone suckers thing is funny. The more weight you add to a floating tremolo, the more you stabilize it from sympathetic vibrations coming from the strings. That is why big block tremolos are considered so effective. A lot of people who use floating tremolos like the Floyds Rose get tones that are widely acclaimed so I would not place much stock in the biases of a guy or two on the internet.

Fair point but the real original with just some attention to details floats and sounds MUCH better and more unique to a specific guitar since nuance is not lost so much in multiple moving parts. The reason I mentioned Kahler is because basically no matter what guitar you put them on, they will all sound the same... like a Kahler guitar..