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Hello jemsite,
I've been playing for about 9 years now and I figured (since I'm starting to get even more into metal) it's time for me to get a more appropriate guitar than a strat...
Since there are so many models though I thought that I might need some help 馃槀
I'm looking preferably for an HH RG model that is versitile enough (from progressive rock/metal to classic rock tones) and my budget is about $500-800
Any suggestions? :3
 

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Thanks for the help man, but tbh I was looking for something with either a Floyd rose or a regular trem... 馃槥
 

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used rg 520qs...d.m.
I agree... You can pick up a nice gently used MIJ RG520QS for very reasonable price. Awesome quality instrument! If you are patient you can find a nice case queen MIJ Ibanez in your price range. Most will feel a lot different than your Strat, due to the flatter fretboard radius.

The JS guitars have a little more of a stratty feel, being a little thicker and rounder fretboard radius... Kind of a happy medium between an RG and a Strat. I know they are typically pricey, but you can get one at the top end of your price range if you are patient. Fantastic guitars and very versatile stock DiMarzio pickups.
 

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As you see from above, simply put there are very few new HH RGs in this price range with a tremolo. Sweetwater has some good filters so when you search by price & trem it shows a whopping 4 Ibanez offerings ignoring H-H & body shape for the moment. So you might want to expand the body type or buy used or a different brand.

But if you want to stick to new and your criteria the JS140 is your best option IMHO.
 

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Can't go wrong with a 520qs. I picked one up with all the original paperwork, tools & case for a song. Can't beat the original Edge.
 

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So quick update:
I was looking for an rg520 and then I stumbled upon an rg920 for about $500 is it worth it? (I know that the neck is 400mm instead of 430mm which will surely be closer to my strat...)
 

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So quick update:
I was looking for an rg520 and then I stumbled upon an rg920 for about $500 is it worth it? (I know that the neck is 400mm instead of 430mm which will surely be closer to my strat...)
Seems like a reasonable price... even better deal if its in great shape or comes with a hard case. I usually go to Reverb(dot)com and see what guitars are listed for. They have several RG920's from $500 to $1100 on there right now. I've never played one, but they seem like a good axe. I've always wanted an Ibanez with the offset fret marker dots for some reason... lol.
 

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So quick update:
I was looking for an rg520 and then I stumbled upon an rg920 for about $500 is it worth it? (I know that the neck is 400mm instead of 430mm which will surely be closer to my strat...)
I was going to suggest an RG920 too, though keep in mind of a few things. It's a Indonesian-made Premium not made in Japan. It also doesn't have an Edge Tremolo but the Edge Zero 2. These are dealbreakers for a lot of folks. I'm cool with the guitar though $500 might be a tad high. MIJ RG570's go for that and less, even $200-300, all day long. Granted I don't think there are as many RG920's out there. I wouldn't mind owning one though. Good luck!
 

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Used is the way to go. I find all kinds of great buys on Guitar Centers used section. You would easily be looking at a used Prestige with your budget. He'll, I think they have a Prestige RGT on there fright now for around $800 and that is a steal. Also, they always have RGT models on there. Those are neck thru RGs with a HH and Edge II trem. The Edge II could be better as far as the durability, but they hold tune well and I block mine so I dont worry about the knife edges wearing out. For $800 you could snag 2 RGT models, or one and upgrade the pickups in it.
 
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