Thu Jul 23, 2015 10:17 am
Kellys I cant comment on as I've never owned one, but I've had more V's than most through my grubby mitts over the years, with the probable exception of Juggz. The LTD V suggested he suggested is a hell of a guitar, that's an awful lot of instrument for that money. one thing to bear in mind about the LTDs is they're a little bigger than a Jackson V so if you're on the small side that's worth taking in to account - I'm about 5'6" and found it a little unwieldy. But if you're normal-human sized you'll be grand.
Also check out a Jackson KVXT - neck-through King V that comes in around your budget. If you're going second hand, look for a Japanese Jackson KVX10 - I own two of them from the late 90's with upgraded pickups (one with EMGs, one with active Duncans) and they're fucking amazing. Between them they’ve retired guitars three or four times as expensive. I may even be talked into parting with one of them if you catch me on a good day as I’m mostly playing a Rhoads at the minute.
The thing with Jackson and LTD nowadays is that even their entry level models are genuinely good guitars – a 2014 or 2015 JS32 Series King V will run you about 300 Euro at most and they're not that far away from their bigger brothers. You could get one of those, replace hardware and pickups, and have a very, very good budget guitar indeed. Obviously, you'll get more bang for your buck going second-hand though, and if you get a good second-hand guitar it should hold decent resale value if you ever decide to sell it on.
BC Rich make some nice V's too, their JRV series are nice. Though as with the LTD V, they're fairly big.
I think the Juggulator pretty much nailed it suggesting that LTD, but if you’re set on a brand new Jackson, give very serious consideration to a KVXT. Their build quality really can’t be overstated and a neck-through king v with branded pickups and hardware for that price really can’t be ignored.