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yell03
post Mar 4 2007, 12:26 AM
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Less than a month ago I bought a ESP LTD Viper 400 with the active EMG 85/81 set-up.

The neck is smooth and fast, it is a joy to play and it sounds, well you know how EMGs sound smile.gif

I received a postcard from Sam Ash for 20% off any purchase of $499 or more for today only from 9-5.

So last night I went and played a few guitars and fell in love with the ESP LTD EC-400 in Sunburst.
It has the active EMG 60/81 set-up. I put a $100 deposit on it so they would hold it until today, luckily I did as the only other one ( a black one) sold immediately.

This guitar plays as well or better than the Viper and gets pinch harmonics (squeals) better for sure.

Luckily it fit well in my spare SKB case, so I did not need to buy another case.

What a great deal, $449 for the guitar, $35 for the maintenance & warranty plan (4 set-ups a year and warranty wotrk through them), and since I needed another $15 to get the 20% I bought a suede strap.
With the 20% off I was out the door for $428. after 7% tax.

I bought the strap to help me with the Top Heavy Viper, but guess what....

This strap has made me 100% better in a few hours.

I've never been able to play standing up with my nylon straps, so I always played sitting down.
Let me tell you this, I just got done jamming for over 2 hours standing up with this GREAT strap, I used it with my Les Paul, Strat, EC-400, and even my Viper and it felt great. smile.gif

So far I am content with my little Marshall MGCDR 15w amp, it sounds pretty nice with my Digitech Death Metal Pedal.
I think any more power during practice and my hearing might suffer. wink.gif

I am one happy guy today, ESP is officially my favorite brand of guitar cool.gif

Howard

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post Mar 4 2007, 12:33 AM
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whats your day job? you seem to earn a lot since you bought 2 expensive guitars in a month.


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post Mar 4 2007, 02:57 AM
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I am the guitar player for a Famous Metal band tongue.gif

J/K

I sell drugs LEGALLY.....
I own a Pharmacy and Medical Supply business.

Don't forget, I am 43 years old, up until less than a year ago I only had a Gibson SG and a Gorilla amp.
I've put in a lot of time and hard work to be able to do this and I am very thankful for everything I have. smile.gif

As for expensive guitars, the ESPs are far from expensive and if I could only have ONE guitar, I would probably go with the ESP LTD EC-400, even at Full Price $449 it is a BARGAIN.

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post Mar 4 2007, 03:18 AM
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hah tell you the truth, from my budget a $500 guitar is enough for a guitar. The most ive spent on is $550, and im fairly happy with it.


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post Mar 4 2007, 07:02 PM
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You said that u had/have a gibson sg and les paul? Just wondering was it easy to switch from a thick neck to a thin neck?

I was wondering because a while a go i bought a jackson dinky and the thin neck felt like crap to me and i sold it. So just wondering if the shape of those guitars make a thin neck feel comftourble.
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post Mar 5 2007, 01:03 AM
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Vince -

All my guitars except for my ESP Viper were under $500.

The Viper was $579 and if I had seen the EC-400 first I would probably just have bought that, although I do like the double cutaway body of the Viper for lower fret access.

Rob -

My Les Paul is a Les paul Special Faded, it comes with the 60s style slim taper neck.
Very fast neck and very comfortable.

My SG also had a 60s neck, but the fretboard was cheaper feeling and slower than the Les paul.

Way back in the 70s I had a Les Paul Custom with the thick neck, I did not like it.

I think you would like the ESP necks, very substantial and solid feeling, but thin.
I have played some Jacksons and the neck just felt almost hollow, same with alot of Ibanez necks I have played. I did not like them.

My $99 Dean Vendetta has a thin neck, also very light feeling, but I like it better than the Ibanez necks I have tried.

Funny thing is, I owned a cheaper Jackson JS30KE for about a week (they took it back on the Viper), I liked the neck on that guitar better than the more expensive Jackson I played.

I have yet to play an Ibanez I've liked???
I am sure they are great guitars, but I ave not played any of the VERY HIGH END models, only models up to $600-$700.
Keep in mind, I am just getting back in to guitars and learning FAST, but I am not an expert, so take my opinions with a grain of salt.

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post Mar 5 2007, 10:25 AM
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QUOTE (yell03 @ Mar 5 2007, 01:03 AM) *
so take my opinions with a grain of salt.


Uh, dumb question, what does that expression mean? I always hear it but never really know what it means laugh.gif


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post Mar 5 2007, 10:33 AM
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QUOTE (RIP Dime @ Mar 5 2007, 09:25 AM) *
Uh, dumb question, what does that expression mean? I always hear it but never really know what it means laugh.gif

Meaning:
With a healthy dose of skepticism, suspicion, and caution.

Example:
Dave has been known to stretch the truth a bit. Take what he says with a grain of salt.

Origin:
Salt is now an inexpensive and readily available commodity. But it was once very valuable due to its high demand as a food preservative and relative scarcity.
Salt was thought to have healing properties and to be an antidote to poisons. To take (eat or drink) something "with a grain of salt" was to practice preventive medicine. One would do this if they were suspicious that the food might be poisonous or may cause illness.


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post Mar 5 2007, 12:02 PM
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QUOTE (fretdancer @ Mar 5 2007, 10:33 AM) *
Meaning:
With a healthy dose of skepticism, suspicion, and caution.

Example:
Dave has been known to stretch the truth a bit. Take what he says with a grain of salt.

Origin:
Salt is now an inexpensive and readily available commodity. But it was once very valuable due to its high demand as a food preservative and relative scarcity.
Salt was thought to have healing properties and to be an antidote to poisons. To take (eat or drink) something "with a grain of salt" was to practice preventive medicine. One would do this if they were suspicious that the food might be poisonous or may cause illness.


Whoa...word.


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post Mar 5 2007, 12:30 PM
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Sounds right to me!

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post Mar 7 2007, 11:25 PM
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thnks for ur reply yell, ill make sure to try some esps and deans out asap
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yell03
post Mar 8 2007, 01:03 AM
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Rob -

Definitely check out the ESPs.

The more I play all my guitars every day the more I like the Viper the best. smile.gif
The Les Paul and EC-400 are close 2nds though.

But, they are all great.

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post Mar 8 2007, 06:28 PM
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my next one is gonna be the ltd fx .
I love the look of this guitar

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post Mar 9 2007, 01:14 AM
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esp's do rock!!! i'm putting a sanded down esp neck on this guitar i'm redoing...

i do have to agree to disagree in a sense on the ibanez necks... i have two ibanez guitars. one is an sa160 around $450 a couple years ago and the other being my rga121 prestige model around $900 (list 1200)... hands down the prestige is the better neck, built with five pieces to strengthen it and prevent warping plus a little bit thinner so yes the more you pay the better but in all honesty the sa160 is the whole reason i stuck with ibanez... the neck on it is amazingly thin and built for speed. i have to say a couple of the RG models have had that "hollow" feeling you refer too but for the most part i love the feel of the ibanez necks...

of course thats just my opinion and obviously we don't have the same hands or preferences haha tongue.gif

nate

ps i'm definitely gonna pick up an esp down the road though... built for speed and reliability.


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yell03
post Mar 9 2007, 04:20 AM
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buckjones -

I have only played RGs, maybe that is it.

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