#1
Hello fellow guitar players!

Since a few months I play guitar and I love it! I have an okay Squier Bullet but I notice that I am in for something new and better.

I play mostly Metallica and Black Sabbath, and I use a Fender FM212R amp and a Boss MT-2 metalzone distortion pedal.

The guitars I can't choose between are:

Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Epiphone Korina Explorer
LTD EX-260

Please tell me your opinions, and thanks for reading!
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#2
get the LTD!!!
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#3
The Les Paul is a nice guitar, as well as the explorer. Not sure about the LTD.

Have you played them?
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#6
But can you all please tell WHY you prefere one? Thanks for responding.
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#7
Since you're only getting into guitar, I'd recommend the Les Paul. It's the most versatile out of the 3, so if you want to diversify into other styles of music other than metal, it will be fine. The Explorer might be the same, but the body can be a bit of a novelty at first and you might just get tired of it.

I vote the Les Paul.
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Since you're only getting into guitar, I'd recommend the Les Paul. It's the most versatile out of the 3, so if you want to diversify into other styles of music other than metal, it will be fine. The Explorer might be the same, but the body can be a bit of a novelty at first and you might just get tired of it.

I vote the Les Paul.


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I'd go for a Standard rather than Custom though.
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#9
And why would you prefere a standard above a Custom ?
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#11
Perhaps you guys also have other suggestions? But I want to stick with Epiphone and LTD.
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#12
Played all 3, own one... definitely go with the Explorer. It's the most versatile of the 3, it'll do blues and rock no worries, and it'll handle just about any metal you want to play, even with the stock pickups. Very reliable, too. Takes drop-tunings just as well as standard tunings. Extremely stable tuners. Only thing is it is quite heavy... if you can deal with that, it's amazing.
#13
I would go for the Les Paul.

- Most Versatile
- Easy to upgrade individual parts, if you choose to do so.
- Simple design that won't become a novelty.


The LTD has an agathis body, I'm not going to get into an argument on tone-woods, but many would say that agathis is of very poor quality and only used in very cheap guitars.

The ESP website listed their pickup as "ESP LH-301 (B&N)"... It looks like an EMG style humbucker, with the magnets covered... But I'm not actually sure what it is.

If it's an active pickup, you may not appreciate the sounds (but then again, you may love the sounds).
#14
I vote the Explorer or the Les Paul. They're gonna have similar pick-ups and an overall similar tone. Both are gonna be heavy feeling, when I owned an Explorer I found it to be really nicely balanced, which made up for it weighing so much.

The LTD is made of agathis, which is generally considered one step above plywood and CFB. The Les Pau is nato, which tends to make a better tone wood then agathis. There's a few high end guitars made of nato, I've never heard of agathis being used for a high end guitar.
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#15
I'd go with the Explorer, it seems to be the best of the bunch as far as versatility and its made of korina, which is a fantastic tonewood. I'd suggest playing it first though, because its a love/hate shape to play
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#16
For what you want to play, a Les Paul is ideal. But please not an Epi! There are much better options in other brands, (Burny, Tokai, Agile in US or Vintage in Europe) I played many of the Epiphone range recently and found them all wanting. They just felt like cheap rip-offs that you can get for $100 or so.
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#17
Why gibson? If you're starting to look into thrash metal and stuff like that, gibson is NOT for you. Go for the esp, because they tend to play better than anything gibson makes.

Or better yet (I know I've said this five million times now: ) go Ibanez, and get this!

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#18
Korina is awesome for metal, you will get a great sound and the ltd ur looking at is one of the badder cheaper one a
which dont play too great
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#20
Why gibson? If you're starting to look into thrash metal and stuff like that, gibson is NOT for you. Go for the esp, because they tend to play better than anything gibson makes.
I disagree. First of all, he never said gibson, and second of all, Les Pauls can definately handle thrash metal. James Hetfield plays a Les Paul, as does Kirk Hammet. They also play ESP's though you can't go wrong with that.

A Les Paul will give you more versatility than the LTD. And sorry, but I have never played an Explorer. I vote Les paul... But ultimately it is about which one feels better in your hands, and which one sounds better to you.
#21
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#22
Thats the thing Cruc1a7, I have really no clue wich one I like the most. I think I like the LTD the least from the design. But between the explorer and the Les Paul I really can't choose. The LP is a bit normal looking wich makes it unexciting but in time you won't dislike the model for sure. With the Explorer thats a risk because I might get bored of the design, however, at the moment I like it very much.

Thanks all for the response so far. I hope you will stay posting!
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#23
Wait a second, why are you getting a low end LTD or a top-end epiphone? Get an EX-401 if you get an LTD.

BUT: I say amp first.
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#24
I am actually very happy with my amp. Its my second one and it sounds amazing in my opinion.
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#25
I am still doubting between the Les Paul and the Explorer. Anyone more arguments?
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