#1
gona buy a new guitar soon, have around 650$. was looking at ESP viper deluxe, viper-400, and then an epi g-400. I used to have an epi lp custom and the neck was a bit cheap, at higher notes it went out of tune ( 3rd fret and 15th fret would be differant for example) just wondering what you guys think? I play mostly metal and harder stuff, some easy but not a tone freak when it comes to that.
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#2
The G-400 is a pretty solid guitar in my experience... just make sure you try it first. I'm not much a fan of the ESPs but that's just personal preference.

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in my oppinion, you cant go wrong with the ESP.
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#5
I was looking at the G-400s and while they seemed like pretty solid guitars, they were very poorly balanced. They have terrible neck drop. The Gibson SGs that I played, while still neck heavy, had a much better neck to body weight ratio.
#6
if you can afford the 400 or 1000 series viper don't settle for a g-400. the viper is leaps and bounds better than the epi. i was faced with the same decision a little over a year ago and chose the viper 400. the only difference between the 1000 and the 400 series viper is an abundance of abalone binding and locking tuners.
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#7
i have a g400 for sale lol

what was the price for the one u had in mind?
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if you can afford the 400 or 1000 series viper don't settle for a g-400. the viper is leaps and bounds better than the epi. i was faced with the same decision a little over a year ago and chose the viper 400. the only difference between the 1000 and the 400 series viper is an abundance of abalone binding and locking tuners.


actually, the workmanship/manufacturing is a lot better too
I used to own a 400 and now I own a 1000 instead for that reason
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#9
if you have the choice, definitely choose the ESP.

ive owned a G-400 for two years and its solid but id take a viper 400 over it any day
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actually, the workmanship/manufacturing is a lot better too
I used to own a 400 and now I own a 1000 instead for that reason


i went to your profile hoping for some viper pics, to no avail

what color did you get it in ?
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#12
I'd say the ESP. The pickups would be better for metal, and you got 24 frets instead of 22. Anyway, you'll find all SG style guitars to be neck heavy, unless they got some nice heavy mahogany for a body, but it would still be a little neck heavy...
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#14
yeah i can get the viper 1000 or the viper 400. depending on when my guitar on ebay sells i may get a gibson sg standard. waiting for my big check in the mail. anyways the 1000 does have alot of extra binding that i dont really like but i was looking at a white deluxe 1000 that didnt have that extra binding, if i got that i would replace the pickups with 490's and im guessing would be a very good guitar.
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Marshall MG100HDFX (soon to be sold)
Custom made 150 watt celestion cab (soon being sold also)
#15
As an owner of a G-400, and an ESP guitar (though different model), get the ESP. No question. Get the ESP. Nothing against Epiphone, but ESP (and LTD) are of a much better quality than the G-400.
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#16
Well cost is the tradeoff here. They have an ESP LTD viper at Musicians friend for $599 that has EMG 81/85 in it. I own an Epiphone G-400 Custom with EMG 81/85, Alpine White, and I got it for $350!!! I absolutely love the guitar, but that little bastard does like to neck dive. I've been playing it non-stop for 6 months straight but I still havent quite gotten used to playing while standing. I can do it, but it always feels a little awkward. Is the balance on the ESP any better?
#17
I was trying out a Viper 400 when looking for guitars, I personally thought the Epi G400 was way better. The pickups in the viper just sounded sterile and incredibly non-versatile. While the G400s pups are muddy, it can get a wider range of sounds. Take a look at the 1966 G400. It has a full pickguard and different pickups. I haven't tried it but I want one in silverburst so bad haha