New to the site and I need some direction.
When I was younger, I lived with my parents and I had a job at a local Guitar Center. I bought and sold a lot of gear. I went through a vwh back when they had ebony boards, had a mystic jpm6, prestige 1570, and I finally settled in on a EB JPM6 Lava Pearl w/piezo and a Nomad 212 with burgandy vinyl. That was my rig. I played in various bands and did a lot of open mic nights for fun.
I came upon some troubled time and had to part ways with my rig. So now I am playing on a Brantley guitar that my brother has left with me and it is time to get a new rig.
I live on my own now and money is a bit tighter. I used ot have the freedom to throw down $1500-$2000 on equipment at a time, but I cannot afford that for now. Sucks I know, but that is my situation.
I remember jammin on an old Ibanez RT model and it played pretty well. I have seen some go on **** in the $250's-$300 range and that would definitely fit my budget. I see a RT 650 currently on ****, but I wanted to get some feedback form the posters here and hopefully from those who own/have owned one.
What I am looking for in a guitar, alder body, maple unfinished neck, wilkinson style bridge will suffice(used to be big on floyd/edge, but I don't need to have them),prefer rosewood board, sperzel locking tuners...
sperzel's and such I know would be an upgrade, but I thought the RT fit m specs thus far.
My music influences are Metallica, Satriani, DT, Petrucci, Vai, Timmons, Gilbert, E Johnson...
Hope to meet some friends here and get some help on my new gear search!
Also, I will be going to the Dallas Guitar Show to see Timmons again( I saw him and Gary Hoey perform at the Grenada last night
) so any insight/direction that might be helpful while attending the guitar show would be great!