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deefa  
3 Jan 2008 10:14 | Quote
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Hi all
Any of you got a guitar made of Agathis (LTD for instance)? If so, any praises/complaints?
Paul
Guitarslinger124  
3 Jan 2008 10:52 | Quote
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I do. I've got an ESP/LTD explorer made of agathis. its pretty much the best cheap wood you can buy. it doesnt have a whole lot of sustain, but its very light and for the money isnt bad at all. of course im a little biased cause the explorer was my first guitar so its like my baby. it is a great guitar for the money though. but it doesnt compare to my more expensive guitars.
deefa  
3 Jan 2008 14:40 | Quote
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Thanks G.Slinger
I was checking out the specs. on the LTD Viper (as if you hadn't guessed!). It looks like a fairly faithful copy of the original ESP (though much less expensive of cause), but I'd never heard of agathis.
So, do you think an LTD would be a bit disappointing after trying out the real McCoy?
Paul
GuitarBoy666  
3 Jan 2008 14:59 | Quote
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Whatever you do do not get a BC Rich they are crap.
Used to have a Warlock, agathis.... it sucked.
Notim  
3 Jan 2008 16:33 | Quote
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Is it like really light wood kinda make the headstock seem heavy?If so i got my son a Dean Vendetta(first guitar)and it was really wierd to play.
GuitarBoy666  
3 Jan 2008 17:39 | Quote
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Dean's are awesome I want one I really want a Razorback
Guitarslinger124  
3 Jan 2008 21:26 | Quote
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well LTD is the cheaper ESP. but there is definitely a tonal difference. if you have the money, i would recommend getting the ESP viper or at least the second step up (ESP/LTD usually make their guitars in three price ranges).
deefa  
4 Jan 2008 09:28 | Quote
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I didn't realize there was a middle road.How about these specs. at $579.95 for a ESP/LTD Viper VP 400 :-
Construction: Set Neck
Scale: 24.75 in.
Body: Mahogany
Neck/Fretboard: 3-piece mahogany/rosewood
Pickups: EMG-81 active set
Bridge: Tune-o-matic w/stop tailpiece
Frets: 24 XJ
You can find this at:- http://www.zzounds.com/item--ESPVP400

Paul


deefa  
4 Jan 2008 10:21 | Quote
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I didn't realize there was a middle road.How about these specs. at $579.95 for a ESP/LTD Viper VP 400 :-
Construction: Set Neck
Scale: 24.75 in.
Body: Mahogany
Neck/Fretboard: 3-piece mahogany/rosewood
Pickups: EMG-81 active set
Bridge: Tune-o-matic w/stop tailpiece
Frets: 24 XJ
You can find this at:- http://www.zzounds.com/item--ESPVP400

Paul


deefa  
4 Jan 2008 10:22 | Quote
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How the **$**"! Did that happen?
Guitarslinger124  
4 Jan 2008 11:02 | Quote
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hehe...yea thats the top for their LTD right there. I'm lookin' at the EX-400 Explorer to replace my EX-50. all the 400 models are great guitars, and they are only the second or third step up too! just proves that ESP makes awesome guitars. yea man, go for the viper 400 cause the next viper up will prolly cost around a grand and anything less than 400 series is only good for beginners.
Guitarslinger124  
4 Jan 2008 11:03 | Quote
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also, check prices at musiciansfriend.com they usually have great prices.
deefa  
6 Jan 2008 14:34 | Quote
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I'm just waiting for musiciansfriend.com to get back to me. Their 'ship within the USA' prices are excellent, but I've got a sneaky suspicion that import duties (to the UK) are going to spoil things. Meanwhile, I've seen what looks like a pretty good deal for a ESP/Ltd Viper 500 (black with an ebony fretboard) going for 506 ($1000 aprox) from Thomann's. Any comments on ebony fretboards? I've never used one.
Guitarslinger124  
6 Jan 2008 14:38 | Quote
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ebony is the best. my washburn has an ebony fretboard, and i wouldnt want it any other way. ebony just feels different than other woods and i think it has a smoother resistance. all depends on what you like of course. but im definitely a huge fan of ebony fretboards.
REDSTRAT  
25 Jan 2008 06:33 | Quote
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CAN YOU GET AN ESP ANYMORE.ALL I SEE IS LTD
Guitarslinger124  
25 Jan 2008 18:03 | Quote
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Ltd makes most of their guitars...the ESP models are the higher end guitars and are usually custom.


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