#1
Hey guys,

Im thinking about buying a new guitar.
I have 3 candidates.

The first one is the Epiphone Explorer 1984 EX. I can buy that guitar new for 499.
Specs:

Body mahogany
Neck mahogany
Neck shape SlimTaper™ “D” Profile
Scale 24.75”
Fingerboard rosewood
Fingerboard Radius 12”
Nut width 1.68”
Neck Pickup Active EMG-85
Bridge Pickup Active EMG-81
Controls 1-Master Volume, 1-Master Tone, 1-Bridge Volume
Battery 9-volt, hinged compartment in back
Pickup selector Epiphone all-metal 3-way toggle switch
Bridge LockTone™ Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece StopBar
Hardware Black
Machine Heads Grover® with small metal buttons

The second option would be the ESP ltd Snakebyte. I could get that one for 600.
Specs:

Construction Set-Neck
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 22 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD Locking
Bridge Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU EMG JH SET
Bridge PU EMG JH SET
Electronics Active

The third option would be a ESP Ltd KH-602. I could get that one for 750.
Specs:

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD
Bridge Floyd Rose
Neck PU EMG 60
Bridge PU EMG 81
Electronics Active

I really have no idea which one i should get. Does someone have some suggestion for me? Has somebody played some of those guitars before?
#2
First,what do you play? It seems that you like Metalica,then you'll probably be needing a floyd,i would choose the third option,because you will need 24 frets to play some other songs.
#4
It really depends on if you want the trem or not. I play a lot of Metallica and do the solos just fine with my 22 fret guitars. Save some $ and look for a used MH or M1000 LTD since you'll get the same specs as the KH essentially. Here's an example btw.
https://reverb.com/item/1620502-esp-ltd-ltd-m-1000-2015-snow-white-w-schecter-hardshell-case
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#5
Quote by McLovin69NL
Hey guys,

Im thinking about buying a new guitar.
I have 3 candidates.

The first one is the Epiphone Explorer 1984 EX. I can buy that guitar new for 499.
Specs:

Body mahogany
Neck mahogany
Neck shape SlimTaper™ “D” Profile
Scale 24.75”
Fingerboard rosewood
Fingerboard Radius 12”
Nut width 1.68”
Neck Pickup Active EMG-85
Bridge Pickup Active EMG-81
Controls 1-Master Volume, 1-Master Tone, 1-Bridge Volume
Battery 9-volt, hinged compartment in back
Pickup selector Epiphone all-metal 3-way toggle switch
Bridge LockTone™ Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece StopBar
Hardware Black
Machine Heads Grover® with small metal buttons

The second option would be the ESP ltd Snakebyte. I could get that one for 600.
Specs:

Construction Set-Neck
Scale 24.75"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Mahogany
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 22 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD Locking
Bridge Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU EMG JH SET
Bridge PU EMG JH SET
Electronics Active

The third option would be a ESP Ltd KH-602. I could get that one for 750.
Specs:

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour Extra Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD
Bridge Floyd Rose
Neck PU EMG 60
Bridge PU EMG 81
Electronics Active

I really have no idea which one i should get. Does someone have some suggestion for me? Has somebody played some of those guitars before?



499 what?

600 what?

and

750 what?
#6
I'd get anything other than artist signatures, you can always get something better for the same price as an artist sig model.
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Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
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#7
So, usually you can get something better for the same price, the only one I will say I've found as an exception is the KH-2. Yes, not the KH-602 you were looking at, but the KH-2. I got one for 800, you can get one for usually $800-900 (though they seem a bit in short supply right now). But yeah, it's a full ESP MIJ guitar. It'll blow all of those options out of the water and is not that much more expensive than the KH-602.

Just my 2 cents.
#8
I would look for a ltd 1000 series over those .

That KH2 doesn't look bad based on the prior post.
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#9
I Don't want to go against what anyone else said, but I would go with the snakebyte. JH pickups are awesome.

Just my imput, that's all
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#10
I have an LTD Viper project kicking around. Super great neck on it. I'd point someone at an LTD before any Epiphone made these days.
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