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Old 09-29-2014, 02:02 PM   #1
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ESP Snakebyte or Gibson Explorer 120?

First post, so be gentle

I am saving money for a new guitar. I'm a metal player, and, of course, have a real mancrush for James Hetfield at the moment, so obviously I'm looking to get an Explorer-style guitar.
I have looked around at various guitars, and it's coming down to these two:

ESP LTD Snakebyte with EMG James Hetfield Pickups

or

Gibson Explorer 120 Anniversary Cherry with Burstbucker Pro Pickups.

I am currently leaning towards the Gibson, because of the absolutely amazing finish, and the fact that it has a proper Explorer shape.

But the Snakebyte seems very nice as well, considering it is mainly made for metal, and it has awesome pickups.

Help a fellow guitar player out?
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Old 09-29-2014, 02:35 PM   #2
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Depends on what you play and which one feels more comfortable with you. Both are really good guitars but it all depends on what you play. I'd get the Snakebyte but that's just my own choice.
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Old 09-29-2014, 03:26 PM   #3
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Is it possible for you to play both of these before you purchase?

1. Body shape - one of the two may be way more comfortable for you.
2. Neck shape - one of the two may be way more comfortable for you.
3. Pickups - the LTD has EMG 81/60 in it which are going to sound way different than the Burstbuckers in the Gibson.

Don't base your decision on looks alone - feel and tone are more important than looks though ideally you want the look to inspire you to play. . .

And if you want to add another choice, check out a Jackson Kelly - same basic shape but different.
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Old 09-29-2014, 03:42 PM   #4
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Get a used Gibson Explorer.
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:58 PM   #5
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Is it possible for you to play both of these before you purchase?

1. Body shape - one of the two may be way more comfortable for you.
2. Neck shape - one of the two may be way more comfortable for you.
3. Pickups - the LTD has EMG 81/60 in it which are going to sound way different than the Burstbuckers in the Gibson.

Don't base your decision on looks alone - feel and tone are more important than looks though ideally you want the look to inspire you to play. . .

And if you want to add another choice, check out a Jackson Kelly - same basic shape but different.

Both the LTD and the ESP Snakebytes have they Het Set.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:46 AM   #6
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I used to be able to play the Gibson at the local music store, but someone has apparently bought it, so I have no way to really compare the guitars. I play mostly metal, but I just started at a music school, so I'm forced to learn jazz and stuff like that as well. I already have an Epiphone SG with passive pickups.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:51 AM   #7
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I used to be able to play the Gibson at the local music store, but someone has apparently bought it, so I have no way to really compare the guitars.

That's unfortunate.
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:42 AM   #8
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If you already have an SG with passive pickups then I would go for the Snakebyte. Active pickups have a very different sound but are well suited for metal. The Het Set in particular is fantastic set of active pickups.
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:37 PM   #9
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You'd probably get better value for money in getting a LTD EX Explorer. Something like the EX-360 already has an EMG 81 as a bridge pickup. If you can get one second hand it would be even cheaper which would free cash up for other things. Otherwise if you're happy to pay the higher costs then you're going to have to go and try things out. If you're looking for a Hetfield sound then the cheapest and easiest way to get it is to stick with EMGs.
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