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Old 09-20-2012, 09:54 PM   #21
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LTD EC-401 with Duncans in it. the neck isn't too big a departure from your jackson, but it is still slimmer than an epiphone.

with the SD pickups, you get a guitar with probably the most common upgrade to LP's right from the start. plus, the hardware is good quality and the guitars sound quite good. it also skips alot of the cosmetic frills that you get on deluxe LTD's


Or did you mean this one ? Not the one with the EMGs, right?
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:02 PM   #22
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krehzeekid I'm loving the LTD. Seriously...
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:43 PM   #23
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LTD EC-401 with Duncans in it. the neck isn't too big a departure from your jackson, but it is still slimmer than an epiphone.

with the SD pickups, you get a guitar with probably the most common upgrade to LP's right from the start. plus, the hardware is good quality and the guitars sound quite good. it also skips alot of the cosmetic frills that you get on deluxe LTD's


The more I look at that one (not in real life unfortunately, they have exactly 2 of the Cherry Sunburst in GC's US warehouse, seriously... I was hoping to try it last Friday and that's what they told me...), the crazier I am about it. Seriously. I feel like I've found the Holy Grail... thanks so much for suggesting it. Trying really hard to get rid of that Jackson...
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:07 PM   #24
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Found one on Craigslist Denver for $300, looks new. Looks like a pretty good deal...
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:21 PM   #25
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Found one on Craigslist Denver for $300, looks new. Looks like a pretty good deal...

It's made in Indonesia. I don't know much about Indonesian guitar quality, but you can get some pretty good Korean LTDs and Schecters for $300 all the time, even at Guitar Center.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:39 AM   #26
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A "nice" guitar is a guitar that can be held comfortably and easy for your fretting-hand fingers to play. In essence, it is a personal matter.Like one music professor said at a lecture for guitar students: Selecting the "right"guitar is like selecting a pair of shoes, Not one size fits all.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:54 PM   #27
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Wow, has anyone looked at the list of the Columbus Day coupon exclusions? Basically no brand of interest is participating. :-D Does anyone have any idea what kind of coupons they'll offer for Thanksgiving? How much off do they usually offer, and do major brands like ESP actually participate?

My craigslist deal fell through. Bollocks...
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:08 PM   #28
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I suggested these to someone else, but it would seem to me that you might like these used Godins at GC as well:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Stor...058-i2658527.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Stor...177-i1926441.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Stor...843-i2564928.gc
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:25 PM   #29
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Also, while GC is quite useful, they aren't the only game out there...

Have a look at Malden Guitars, for instance.

They have a pair of guitars closely related to the LP, sort of an evolution:

The Karma- http://maldenguitars.com/karma.htm

and the Bad Karma- http://maldenguitars.com/badkarma.htm

As well as the SG-like Bulldozer: http://maldenguitars.com/bulldozer.htm

And the metalriffic Subhuman: http://maldenguitars.com/subhuman.htm

Now, all have a MSRP higher than your budget, but everyone knows that that MSRP is seldom the price you pay.... as we see in their store: http://maldenguitars.com/store.htm

(Clicking on the images in the store will also let you see Guitar Player text reviews of the models, and in some cases, video demos from Guitar World...or customers!)

They also happen to have this 2002 Stiger sitting around(2HB with coil-tapping): http://maldenguitars.com/MISC.htm
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:29 PM   #30
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I suggested these to someone else, but it would seem to me that you might like these used Godins at GC as well:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Stor...058-i2658527.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Stor...177-i1926441.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/In-Stor...843-i2564928.gc


Well I certainly dig the Velocity a LOT, but right now I've fallen hopelessly in love with the ESP EC-401 (in the cherry sunburst finish thank you very much!) and I don't think it's going to change anytime soon. It's just a matter of managing to get rid of mine (anyone has sold stuff on craigslist lately? Don't you hate those assholes who try to scam you with their "I can't come pick it up right now but if I send you a money order..."??) I know it's not like a Gibson or anything but it looks like an excellent guitar... too bad they didn't have one in the guitar center near me for me to try it...
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They also happen to have this 2002 Stiger sitting around(2HB with coil-tapping): http://maldenguitars.com/MISC.htm


Oooh yeah that one is purdy...
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Old 10-04-2012, 09:35 PM   #32
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Also, while GC is quite useful, they aren't the only game out there...

Have a look at Malden Guitars, for instance.


Thanks for pointing me to those anyway. They really look awesome, I'd never heard of them...
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:22 PM   #33
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I heard of them when they first started production, and I was looking to get a baritone. I liked the GW video, so I contacted them about the possibility of getting a Subhuman Baritone.

They told me they weren't able to do custom orders at that time.

I thanked them. But every year on the anniversary of my first inquiry, I sent them another nice request for a baritone Subhuman. I always got the same polite response. After a few years, I told them I'd stop asking and just watch their website.

They sent me a hat.

At some point, I will own a Malden. I have to say, though, over the years, the Karma and Black Karma have grown on me more, possibly eclipsing my like of the Subhuman. And if I ever get an itch for an SG, that Bulldozer will be on my short list.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:08 PM   #34
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Well, yeepee, I sold my Jackson for about $500. I'm trying to score an ESP EC-401VF, and if I can get one for not too much, I'm actually thinking about trying to also find a used Godin Velocity on ebay since I sold the Jackson for what I feel is a pretty good price. Maybe it's just wishful thinking, but... it'd be a sweet pair...
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:26 AM   #36
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Yeah I really dig those Velocities A LOT. I wish I could try one. They're probably better build quality than the ESP LTD EC-401VF, probably more versatile too. I wonder how much sustain they have. Probably not too much of a warm sound compared to the ESP either... more of a modern take on Strat whereas the ESP is more of a modern take on a Les Paul I suppose...
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Old 10-07-2012, 12:10 PM   #37
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You know you CAN try one out- GC has a really good return policy.

I was shopping for a Tacoma acoustic earlier this year, and tried out 3- as in, paid for, had delivered to the store, took it home and played with it for a few days before taking it back for a full refund- before I found the right one.

Part of this was because- since they work on commission- I worked with the same guy each time. The guy knew I was serious, and actively helped me out.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:59 PM   #38
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Don't you lose the shipping though?

At this point I'm not sure I'm going to buy anything at the Guitar Center frankly anyway.

Godin's alternative to the good old "Made in USA" is funny. "Assembled in the USA from parts hand-crafted in Canada"! :-D Lengthy... plus if they have to mention Canada so bad why not make them all in Canada?!
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Maybe, but I didn't: like I said, I worked with the same guy and did store-to-store shipping.
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Some brands, like Fender, I'm not sure the used market is all that interesting. The name alone will drive the price of used gear up to "new" levels. Others, like LTD (and Godin too to a certain degree), it really looks like buying used is the way to go. The EC-401VF for example is $630 new but you find some that are in pretty much new condition for as low as $300-$350. Buying those new seems a bit pointless - except for the peace of mind of course. Hell I think I even saw a Velocity in the ebay closed listings that went for a little above $300 and the thing looked pretty much new...

Anyway, can that advertised flamed maple top on the LTD be a veneer? Can they do veneer on carved tops?
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