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I found an ESP LTD Viper 400 on craigslist. It has active EMGs(81/85s). It looks pretty good, comes with a case. I have a few questions for anyone who has played one. How is the neck size? I prefer thinner ones. How do the pickups sound? Is it a light or heavy guitar?

I can get it for $225. I'd obviously make sure all the electronics work before purchase. Here is the post.

http://allentown.craigslist.org/msg/3369803602.html

What do you guys think? Worth it?
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The neck of the Viper series is pretty nice. It starts off rounded and flattens out at the neck joint. It's great for shredding at higher frets but I just could not get used to it. My Viper-1000 is collecting dusts now
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Quote by Obama FTW
I found an ESP LTD Viper 400 on craigslist. It has active EMGs(81/85s). It looks pretty good, comes with a case. I have a few questions for anyone who has played one. How is the neck size? I prefer thinner ones. How do the pickups sound? Is it a light or heavy guitar?

I can get it for $225. I'd obviously make sure all the electronics work before purchase. Here is the post.

http://allentown.craigslist.org/msg/3369803602.html

What do you guys think? Worth it?


You can always schedule a "meeting" with it and test how it sounds and/or feels. That should be the best way of making your mind up onyour final decision.
J_W
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#4
I have a Viper 401 and it's a nice guitar. Got mine in perfect condition with HSC for 300. The neck is the thin U. It's fairly thin, but don't expect Ibanez Wizard thin. The EMG's, well they sound like EMG's. A lot of guys complain about it not being balanced and it being neck heavy. Personally, the weight and balance doesn't bother me at all. It's a fairly heavy guitar but it's not THAT heavy. People relocate the strap buttons and it should balance better but I'm not about to drill any extra holes for something that's not an issue to me.

I think for 225 it's a good deal. If you can try it out that's obviously better but if not I think for that price you really can't go wrong here. If you went and bought just the pickups, that's 200 bucks right there.
samuraigoomba
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I have a Viper 1000 and it's great. I really like what LTD has done with the SG body style. It looks a bit weird at first, but it's a very comfortable guitar sitting in either playing position. The neck is thin but not super thin, which is good for me since I can't stand necks that are way too thin. My Viper 1000 isn't really neck heavy. It's not a light-weight guitar, but definitely manageable.

The kicker is the 400 series and up for LTD are considered the "good" LTDs, so at that price you can always sell it and get something else if it sucks. I will add, however, that I have no experience with the EMGs since mine has Duncans.
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#7
I honestly don't think you could find a better guitar (objectively) for that price. Jump on it ASAP.

Even if you don't like it you could sell it for AT LEAST $300 on eBay.
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#8
Thanks for the help guys. Im going to look at it tomorrow. Anything I should look for in particular with this guitar? Anything specific with the active pickups or something like that?
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#9
That's one helluva a deal, dude.

Just make sure everything works. Also, check the truss rod. bring a set of allen wrenches if you have to. Some people strip out truss rods using the wrong size wrench, and it's one of those things that you don't notice until later.