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Epiphone VS ESP Battle of the guitars

Poll: Which Guit? (11 member(s) have cast votes)

Which Guitar Is Better

  1. LTD Deluxe Viper-1000FM w/ a S D '59 bridge and a SD Antiquity in the neck (1 votes [9.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.09%

  2. Epiphone G-400 w/ '57 Classics (10 votes [90.91%])

    Percentage of vote: 90.91%

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#1 User is offline   57-classic 

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 07:07 PM

Which would be a better decision? An LTD Deluxe Viper-1000FM with a pair of Seymour Duncan Pickups or an Epiphone G-400 with '57 Classics VIPER-256 AVC
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#2 User is offline   Sjael 

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 07:31 PM

When I was buying my first guitar, I played around with both the LTD EC-1000 and the Epi LP Prophecy EX. The Epi was the better guitar, and quite a bit cheaper to boot. That said, I haven't seen many guitars as nice as my LP, regardless of brand.

I've played with a Viper-400 since then, and wasn't too impressed. The guitar was fine, it just felt meh.
thus, I have to vote for the Epi. Not that I'm an SG man anyway.
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 07:51 PM

Purely on the 'vibe' I think the Epi wins hands down!

IMO the ESP headstock is ugly, & its 'melted' body looks like it's trying to be a Guild that is trying to be an SG.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 08:17 PM

I don't know the price/value of the Viper, but I know I don't like the shape of the body.
The G400 has separate knobs for tone/volume. The Viper does not, but has a Push-pull coil tap on tone knob. I'd prefer the separate knobs.
I would go with the G400.
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Posted 25 April 2011 - 11:45 PM

ESP guitars also have super jumbo frets, which are really flippin' tall if you're used to playing Gibson/Epi guitars. #-o
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Posted 02 May 2011 - 02:52 AM

I've actually had the pleasure of playing both and I prefer the Epiphone SG. While the ESP was a nice guitar I liked how the SG neck felt in hand (I like wider necks), and the ESP has jumbo frets (makes you stretch a bit more), and it almost felt as if their strings were farther apart. If your coming from a metal guitar, the ESP would be a nice choice, but if your just looking for a nice playing guitar go for the SG.

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Posted 05 May 2011 - 07:07 AM

Am I the only one who voted for the ESP.
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