I have a custom Guild from the 1980s and this is the closest available relative I can find. Hardware: Gold Hardware “Revebond” is typically a generic term for wood that is disguised to look like another type of wood. The shape was an offset V-shape and a neck through body guitar. When it comes to this guitar, or others like it in its price range, you will want to try multiple guitars to find the one that you like best in terms of sound and feel. Heavy rock music was on the rise, and this new age shredding guitarists needed some proper shredding machines. But the surprising thing is that guitar actually works, and you can really learn to play the guitar and practice with this guitar. Colors: Vintage Sunburst I usually ignore this part of a 12 string since I will likely add electronics to a regular acoustic, or upgrade the stock electronics in an acoustic-electric. Other than that, Charvel also invested on high quality Floyd Rose double locking tremolo, and these high quality tremolo bars will make sure your guitar stays in tune even after wild tremolo bar bending and shredding. Most of these guitars above can compete side by side with the top-of-the-line guitars, and can even be used for professional guitarists, with the exception of cheap guitars such as Jackson Rhoads JS32 and Squier Bullet Stratocaster. If you want to start exploring them and playing around with them for fun, you want a quality guitar for not much money. The coil tap functions allow you to access another type of sound, and you can separate both the neck and bridge pickups into a single coil sound. Micarta is what makes up the saddle. Neck: Maple with satin finish It’s obvious that these were inspired by the classic Gibson Les Paul shape, and has many similarities to a Les Paul. Although they did not do very well during the psychedelic and rock period during the 1970s through the 1990s, they were able to maintain their classic Gretsch “twang” tone over many years. For that, I have to recommend the 1965 Gibson B-45 12 Natural. Launched in 1961, the Gibson SG model is short for “solid guitar”, and it was one of the first guitars that were released after Gibson ended the contract with Les Paul. Along with Gibson and Fender, Epiphone was there since the beginning – making instruments since 1873. Finish: Other The neck is something called the Super Wizard neck, and it’s designed for fast runs, comfortable arpeggios, tapping, big bends, and all sorts of modern techniques. That means the entire top is just one layer. A fair amount of consideration was put into the tone, and it features VP5 Alnico V P-90 single coil pickups, and just like you would expect from P-90 pickups, the tone is aggressive and in-your-face type guitar tone. The company is always looking for ways to evolve and explore new possibilities. Neck: Comfortable C-profile maple neck It has 22 jumbo frets with a scale length of 25 ½ inches and has a thin “speed neck profile” to let you move around the neck as fast as possible. You can get a lot of tonal variations with a master volume and a separate volume knob, and also has a 3-way toggle pickup switch and the sound post of the guitar improves sustain. Again, this is another reason for the sub-$1k price. The Guild F2512 is one of my favorite guitars. One thing that you’ll need to get used to is the size of the guitar and the neck and the frets. Fretboard: Rosewood fingerboard Bridge/Tailpiece: Synchronous Tremolo with Cast Saddles. But in 1999, a group of guys bought the D’angelico name, and Brenden Cohen relaunched D’angelico in 2010. The JS32 is made with lightweight Poplar wood and is available in Ivory or Satin Grey. It was the first electric guitar that actually looked similar to the modern electric guitar, with all six tuners on one side of the headstock and the shape of the body looked like many of the modern electric guitars today. Even though Randy Rhoads tragically died in March 1982, the classic Rhoads guitar lived on to become known as the Jackson Rhoads. Much cheaper guitars may simply use a veneer – a very thin layer of the specified wood on top of a much cheaper wood to cut costs. My Review: Chapman guitars are a new company that was started back in 2009 by popular Youtube guitarist Rob Chapman. The shape of the guitar was designed to fit very comfortably around your body, both for your legs and your arms on the body. Jackson Guitars are almost synonymous with metal music at this point, used in all things metal – mutation-thrash metal, speed metal, death metal, the NWOBHM, goth industrial, nu metal, skate metal, grunge, metalcore, rap metal and more. For the serious or semi-serious player who wants a quality 12 string, I don’t usually recommend spending less that $800. Other companies like Epiphone, D’aquisto, Ibanez, Gretsch, Eastman started producing high quality hollow body electric guitars. The guitar also has a working hardtail bridge, and this helps guitar stay in tune, especially after bending and doing big vibratos. Neck: Super Wizard5pc Maple/Walnut neck Fretboard: Rosewood fingerboard with vintage style frets At first, the very initial prototype was too similar to the original Gibson Flying V guitar. In the guitar industry, they are known for producing affordable guitars that are sturdy and good for the price, and also known for some innovative designs and features. Pickups: Two ProBucker pickups with coil tapping function The quality is astonishing considering the price, and just like the classic SG, Epiphone SG Standard ‘61 has Alnico II magnets. They soon made a thinner, double cutaway version of those guitars, and a few years later, that guitar became the Gibson SG. They really deserve a place in your music room or on the stage at your next show. Related Article: Review of Our Favorite Mini Guitar Amps, Body: Mahogany body with maple top Finish: Nickel They are very sensitive, so you might hear some hums and noises when you are plugged into an amp. In terms of the Jackson Rhoads, Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent and Metallica’s Kirk Hammett made the guitar very famous and made it into a cultural sensation. As is common practice, it has a solid Spruce top. Hardware: Nickel Tuners: Gibson deluxe vintage style tuners The Jumbo body is something Guild is renowned for and they rarely disappoint. Neck: Maple neck My background is in Electrical Engineering earning a Bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University and with my engineering experience I’ve developed as a designer of guitar amplifiers and effects. Frets: 24 frets The neck pickup is great for beautiful lead guitar soloing, and it can also provide crystal clear clean tones. Tuners: Covered Tuners Fretboard Radius: 7.25’’ Frets: 22 frets All of these guitars have slightly different purposes. You can also get the single coil sound along with the heavy humbucker tone, and they can be helpful for playing strat-like rhythm guitar. The pickups had a huge upgrade – from previous Mexican Standard series’ ceramic bar magnet pickups to Alnico V magnet pickups, like a proper Fender Strat. So my conclusion from all this is that both American and Mexican Strats are a great choice, and it all depends on what your budget is, and how that particular instrument feels and sounds in your hands. Now you might wonder why the Vintera ‘50s Teles are so cheap. Fretboard Radius: 12″ The pickups respond very well to distortion, and it’s makes a perfect guitar for amazing lead guitar playing and powerful rhythm guitar playing. This is actually a “par for the course” type of wood that is largely agreed upon to be a great wood for the neck of a guitar – at least in my opinion as a lifelong guitar player. Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 1 HH Fr is another Superstrat, and they’re made with premium components, but available in a pricepoint that won’t break your bank. Compared to the newer Telecasters, the features are simple and rudimentary, but it has all the classic features of the early models that made the Telecasters what they are today. Epiphone 1959 Les Paul Standard Outfit, 12. Fretboard: Maple/Black dot inlay In that regard, the sound could end up being different from guitar to guitar.eval(ez_write_tag([[300,250],'midlifeguitar_com-medrectangle-4','ezslot_2',108,'0','0'])); Another reason it’s so inexpensive is the material of the fretboard and bridge – Revebond. In terms of hardware, Majesty MAJ100 has chrome hardware with six floating saddle bridge and a push-in tremolo bar, combined with locking tuners. Finish: Gloss You can even play hardcore rock with those guitars as well, but they probably won’t work as well for metal as some of the other choices.