Buying a second guitar.... unsure about what to get.

Hi there Ive been looking around for opinions on guitar brands, Im after a guitar that has a good range of sounds, bright and clean... but Im not looking to pay silly money for it and Im in the UK.

I like to play alot of metal(Metallica, Pantera ect) so Id want one that can offer that heavy sound too.

I started off thinking that Epiphone would be a good choice but alot of comments Ive read have changed my mind...

Jackson seem to be very popular but too expensive for the good models(please let me know if Im wrong about that) and Im not looking to break the £200 mark.

Ibanez on the other hand seem to have many fans and from what Ive seen good prices too.

I think Im going to go for an Ibanez then, Ive seen a model around the £150 mark that looks ok seems to have alot for the price.

I was looking at the Ibanez GRG170DX is that a good sounding guitar or would I be better off aiming a little higher?(better model?)
Or maybe someone has a better suggestion(different brand?) in this price range?

btw... Are "jumbo frets" helpfull(does it make playing easier) or is there another reason for them?

Thanks guys hope some of you have some advice for me.

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youngwasp wrote:
The level of quality of 'budget' guitars has risen dramatically over the past couple of years and the range of instruments is quite astonishing.

I bought one of the limited run worn cherry Epiphone studio firebirds last week and for the money it is without peer. Limited runs will always increase in value, so has the potential to at least hold its value. It was just short of 300 quid.

Having said that, if your budget is inflexible I recommend the Schecter Blackhawk - much cheaper than your budget if purchased without the powerblock;

Thomans are doing them for £260 inc delivery, but then you dont get to play before you pay.

The Goth looks very inviting, a read through some reviews says this has the heavy sound I want but also holds up well in other styles of music too:

I would have liked a Whammy Bar(dont ask me why, Ive just never used one before... they look cool and sound cool) I dont know if or how this can be fitted later but I guess its not such a big deal(cant have it all I suppose).

Well thanks again guys, I will check around for prices, Thomann do seem to have good prices though(and free delivery on 200+ GBP items).

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