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Old 05-07-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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Is it worth it to buy a 8-year-old LTD EC400

Hi everyone !

I'd like to buy a 8 year-old LTD EC400 for around 350 USD.
The price is negotiable and the a flightcase is included in the price.

I would like to keep it for a few years at least.. So, I wonder if it is worth it. What is the lifespan of such a guitar?
what about the fret?? or I don't know what else.

Let's assume that the guitar was well maintained by the owner.

PS: As you may assume, I am not really guitar expert.. I have now a Ibanez GSA60 and I am getting a bit sick of it ..

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Old 05-07-2013, 04:50 PM   #2
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If it stays in tune well, has very little, or decent fret wear, the neck is not warped, truss rod working, electronics working, price is ok and you have GAS for it.

Then the only thing that could possibly stop you from buying is....The possibility of invensting the money towards a better AMP ?

I don't have one, but the word around here goes that the LTD EC 400 is a very nice guitar.

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Old 05-07-2013, 05:07 PM   #3
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Yes. Older LTDs are on average much nicer. My 7 year old MH400 is one of the best guitars I've owned.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:25 PM   #4
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Yes. The old 400 series LTD's decimate the new ones.
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Old 05-07-2013, 05:56 PM   #5
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Yes, however keep in mind that the older EC models are different than the current ones, in that they have flat tops with a little elbow cutaway, much more like a LP shaped Strat than a traditional carved top build like the modern ECs are.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:12 PM   #6
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The same shape is still used by the very low-end LTD ECs. I actually quite like it, I think it's a shame they don't make a decent-quality one any more. It's basically a more comfortable verion of an LP Special or Junior.

As others have said, if it's still in good condition then go for it. LTD 400s of more than five years ago are basically what the LTD Deluxe range is now, in terms of actual, objective quality. Same factory pumping the LTD Deluxes out now that made the 400s a few years back.
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:17 PM   #7
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Thank you for all your advice and recommendations :-)
The guy say that the neck is ok.
I will definitely check the fret to make sure they are ok.

However, I don't know how to check if the truss rod is working. But I assume that a not working truss rod is pretty rare..

My only hope is that this guitar will keep rocking (or keep metaling for many more years
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:30 PM   #8
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I have an EC400vf from 2008 and I still love it! Easily worth $350 even if it's got some dings, just as long as the action is still decent, and the hardware and electronics are all in order.
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:03 PM   #9
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So, I bought my 8-year-old LTD EC 400. I got it for 325 USD. I am very happy about it. I think the action is good. One of the pickup slightly buzzes (mostly when I fret the A string).
I don't what is that. But, I assume it is nothing big.

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Old 05-12-2013, 09:05 AM   #10
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Sounds cool. I love high-end LTDs, and if you got an old one, it probably has most or all of the EC1000 features. The new 400 models removed I think the earvana nut and some other nice things.

My LTD is a Viper 1000. Great guitar.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:40 AM   #11
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So, I bought my 8-year-old LTD EC 400. I got it for 325 USD. I am very happy about it. I think the action is good. One of the pickup slightly buzzes (mostly when I fret the A string).
I don't what is that. But, I assume it is nothing big.

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Are you sure it is the pickup, or do you have fret buzz? I find it odd that the pickup would buzz when you are fretting just the A string. Where do you notice the buzz the most, just A string or around particular frets on the A string?
Congrats on the new guitar. I have had a couple LTD's, good guitars, I just got away from actives.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:31 PM   #12
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Good question. Well, I hear this very little buzz coming from the bridge pickup. But, I might be wrong.
Perhaps am I too paranoid? I have checking and looking at this guitare from every angle since I bought it ;-)
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:46 PM   #13
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So, I bought my 8-year-old LTD EC 400. I got it for 325 USD. I am very happy about it. I think the action is good. One of the pickup slightly buzzes (mostly when I fret the A string).
I don't what is that. But, I assume it is nothing big.

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Nice!! HNGD!!

got any pics!??
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:50 AM   #14
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Pictures of LTD EC400
The quality of them is not so good though.

[img]http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/etyoop/pictures/gear/general/1195164[img]
[img]http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/etyoop/pictures/gear/general/1195161[img]
[img]http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/etyoop/pictures/gear/general/1195162[img]
[img]http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/etyoop/pictures/gear/general/1195163[img]

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Old 05-23-2013, 01:32 PM   #16
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