#1
I am looking for either the epiphone korina explorer or the esp ex-50. I am buying second hand and both are in perfect condition. The epiphone is slightly more expensive, but the hardware that comes stock seems better in the epiphone, and I've read better reviews on it.

Which should I go for do you think? I am going to be paying a bit more for the epiphone but I reckon its worth it if you guys do. Cheers.
#3
Yeah, you want to stay away from anything below LTD's 200 series.
#4
Cheers guys I reckon its pretty sexy -- its black with no scratch plate it looks beastial. I shall post some pics when I get it.
#6
the ex400 is also like a whole order of magnitude out of my price range.. heh.. i dont really like the diamond plate either..
#7
The EX-400 doesn't have to come in the diamond plate... actually, it's cheaper if you get one of the regular colours.... black, white, or a cherry red.... I think.
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#8
that's good.. not even hetfield looks good with a diamond plate attatched to his guitar
#9
Really depends on your genre of music. While the Epi Explorer can handle anything, the ESP EX series can really only handle metal/hardcore because of the EMG pickups.
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#14
Quote by matt_moonhead
TIP: ESP under 400 range = ****
ESP 400 and Over = Awesome


As true as it gets.
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#15
the epiphone one isnt all to great either maybe save for a gibson one when i bought it i didnt know anything about guitarbut if u like it then get it it gets 3/5 stars
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#16
i dont like the ESP explorers at all since they stopped making them in the actual explorer shape, cos Gibbo got all annoyed at them. Hetfield's old ones are actually ESP (some of them) before they stopped making the exact same shape...
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#17
the epiphone is a far better choice the ex50 is made of agathis, the ex400s are great the emg 81 set good for metal and hardcore maybe some hardrock and blues but nothing else no clean at all, i have a ex400 in white and a gibson explorer they sound nothing alike
#18
Quote by TTHX
Yeah, you want to stay away from anything below LTD's 200 series.



Actualyl avoid any new LTD below a 400 model. That EX-260 is a piece of junk as well. For used, avoid anything below the 300 models.

So to the thread starter, the Epiphone is light years ahead of that EX-50. However, an EX-400 pretty much ass-rapes the Epiphone. It's just the shape that's an issue with some people. I happen to own both a custom ESP Explorer (Gibson-style) and an EX-351, and I like them both...

But avoid that EX-50 as you'd avoid Michael Jackson if he was enviting you for a sleepover for 'fun and games'.
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#19
Id just avoid ANY LTD some of the hardware is just junk your sure you get somethimng good with epiphone ive got an explorer kirina (black and white) and its good not great but good enough. but the esp's explorers dont look that good its got a wierd shape too.*
#20
well they still do make the regular exp shape in japan but for lawsuit issues cannot sell them in the US, and as far as tone wood an ESP 400 series will most likely surpass a korean epiphone, as well as with hardware
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#21
Quote by TTHX
Yeah, you want to stay away from anything below LTD's 200 series.


Actually, the EX-260 is pretty low end too. It's just a set neck version of the EX-50, also made in Indonesia. I wouldn't touch any LTD with a model number under 300 (for the old models), or 400 (for any LTD made in 2004 or beyond).
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#22
good god i thought this was really an Ephiphone Vs ESP, as in MIJ ESP. ESP woulda blown epiphone outta the water :P
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#23
Some people just can't seem to differentiate ESP and LTD. They're 2 completely separate brands, but people still continue to screw it up.
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#24
Quote by matt_moonhead
TIP: ESP under 400 range = ****
ESP 400 and Over = Awesome


I dont even think they sell USED ESP's for that cheap...
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#25
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I dont even think they sell USED ESP's for that cheap...



Those aren't prices, those are model numbers. And he means LTD, not ESP.
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#26
my friend has the epi explorer and he loves it but he already had to send one back due to dodgy electronics
#27
then SAY LTD not ESP, i hate people who mix em up...
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#28
People tend to mix them up deliberately because they want their guitar to be an ESP when it isn't. That's the same people who generally refer to their Epiphones as Gibson because it says Gibson on the truss rod cover.

On a side note - notice that new LTDs no longer say ESP on the truss rod cover? Seems like even ESP want to kill that confusion, because both brands are VERY different.
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