#1
Hey guys!

I'm new to the forum... I have a question I could use some advice

back when i was in highschool, i was REALLY into black/death metal... all about the high gain and extreme music... but as im gettin older (lol only 22 still) my ears are craving warmer, more laid back sounds.


so, i bought a ESP ltd F-400 fm like 5 years ago.. cost me about $1100 new.

don't get me wrong, its a beautiful guitar.. but its just.. not what I desire anymore...
it's definitely got some sentimental value (I've learned most of what I know, on this instrument)

the emg 81's are wicked for metal, but I feel they lack warmth and heart that I am craving..

i like more, stoner/doom metal, maybe some hard rock... hell even bluesy


so anyways, long story short: I'm thinking about selling this guitar.. its in good condition, no major dings or anything, but you can tell its been put to good use




how much you think I could get for it if I put it up for auction?


AND, as hard as it might be to answer... any recomendations on a new geetar? I was lookin at the SE line of PRS (played an SE custom, was OK but neck a bit fatter than im used to)..... something along those lines
#2
might as well just get another amp. tone-wise, your amp is the major difference.
EMG pickups are awesome for most genres.

your bridge pickup is an EMG 60 right? try swapping positions. i heard that putting 81's in neck and 85 in bridge positions should be awesome.

in otherwords, keep the guitar. it looks awesome and i know that ESP's are ****ing killer and also quite versatile. so unless it's because of the looks, i would stick with that guitar and mess around with a lot of other things before selling your axe.
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#3
Thanks for the advice man..

it's got 2 emg 81's... they are REALLY nice for high gain and all types of metal... but I want more Queens of the Stone age sounding... hard stoner rock-ish


but your probably right... its an amazing instrument, I am just a bit bored with it
#4
no problem

EMG's got this awesome "quick-connect" system that lets you swap for another set of EMG pikcups easily. you can buy an EMG 85 pickup fairly cheap i think. only about 100-200 USD depending on what country you live in.

i believe that is a pretty good pickup for most styles (i dont know for sure, but that's what ive heard), and you could put that in your guitar, mess around a bit and try some different setups until you find the tone you want
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#5
I think most people will agree that EMGs have a very sterile sound. You could go for something with Seymour Duncans or DiMaizos. Look at their high gain passive humbuckers.
#6
Quote by Eskil Rask
no problem

EMG's got this awesome "quick-connect" system that lets you swap for another set of EMG pikcups easily. you can buy an EMG 85 pickup fairly cheap i think. only about 100-200 USD depending on what country you live in.

i believe that is a pretty good pickup for most styles (i dont know for sure, but that's what ive heard), and you could put that in your guitar, mess around a bit and try some different setups until you find the tone you want
TS should definetly go for a passive pickup if he wants more of a warmer sound. Not EMG's.

If you like the feel of the guitar, just change the pickups. Look into Dimarzio's and Seymour Duncans. For SD, I would go JB and Jazz, and for Dimarzio, maybe a PAF 36th Anniversary and a Air Norton.

A PRS would do well in that genre. A Les Paul would too.
Last edited by DIMEBAGLIVEDON at Aug 12, 2009,
#7
Quote by DIMEBAGLIVEDON

A PRS would do well in that genre.


QFT, They are very versatile. A custom 22 or 24 would be a good choice.
#8
Just sell the EMG's and buy a lower powered set of p-ups with alnico5 magnets. Since that guitar is mahongany with a maple NTB, it'll sound nice with a Duncan Custom/'59 combo. The cash you make on the EMG's should get you close to the cost of the Duncan's (or whatever p-ups you'd go with).

Just because the guitar looks wild doesn't mean that you can play some mellow stuff on it.
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