#1
ok, so i have an ltd viper-400 and it has EMGs in it. well when i bought the guitar i was a serious metal head. well now its been a while and ive finaly figured out my style. but i dont know if i should change these pickups or not. i favor a more hard rock style now and i dont know if this guitar is hurting me. for what i play nothing would be better than a les paul standard and a marshal halfstack but i just dont have 4 grand to **** out. and my viper is the best guitar i have ever played, i have never found a les paul or anything that felt better. but sombody (with many many years of experience) told me that out of 1000 les pauls, maybe 50 of them will feel good to you. so i need to get a lot more money before i worry about trying to get that setup

so should i change the pickups in my viper?
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#2
I don't like EMG actives but I do like your Viper. I play blues/classic rock so it may be a taste thing. I think a good powerful passive is the ultimate pickup. I love the coloration that passives give, and I don't like the "canned" sound that I was able to get with EMG's. Haven't owned any guitars with EMG actives, so I am speaking from playing a friend's guitar for several hours. Maybe someone who owns one can get them to sound better.
Anyway the Viper is great but ditch the EMG's.
#3
man, idk about you guys but i cant adjust from esp's thin u to gibsons c neck idk why!!!
#5
no, dont trade anything for an epiphone. I have one, and I'm never buying one again. period.
#6
I started with an Epiphone and it was amazing for a starter guitar. Anything under Standard is bound to be a bit crap either way.
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#7
well i want a standard because of the thin neck and no pickguard

and i dont know. i love my viper but i feel liek the pickups are hurting me in the tone field that im looking to get

guess i'll have to save my money for the old les pual/marshal combo
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well i want a standard because of the thin neck and no pickguard

and i dont know. i love my viper but i feel liek the pickups are hurting me in the tone field that im looking to get

guess i'll have to save my money for the old les pual/marshal combo


You CAN just switch out your pickups to some Dimarzios or Duncans. As for the amp/guitar, you can save about $800 if you were to get an Elitist Les Paul, rather than a Gibson. Hell, even a Tokai or an Agile. All of which are worth a hell of a lot more than they're sold for in my opinion.
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#9
you don't need a les paul and a marshall stack to get a good hard rock tone. you're going based off the stereotype, which is ok (a nice gibson lp through a nice jcm stack will sound quite good), but you should find what's good for you. if you love your viper, definitely keep it. if you haven't found an lp that you like, there's another telltale sign to stick with your viper. what amp are you using? that might be a more important upgrade than pickups. i don't really care for emg actives (have on my old epi lp) but they aren't bad pickups. while i think good passives are the best, i'd say stick with your emgs and work on upgrading your amp (unless you've already got a good one). who knows? maybe through a good amp you'll like the way your emgs sound.
#10
maybe you're just used to your viper. I don't think you should get another ESP or LTD guitar. They're ok for beginners as a first guitar.

instead of spending a lot of money on a LP, (you should get a Gibson if you do buy one) you might want a tremolo.... maybe not now, but in the future etc. It adds to your total, more choices are always better.
#11
i really dont consider esp a begginer guitar at all but hey, its your opinion. i think that way towards ibenez but im sure people will dissagree

but the amp im playing through is a crate 200w 2x12, yeha its a solid state and i need to get a tube amp, badly. but im saving for a marshal dual lead (i forget the number, im sure its a jcm though)
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#12
They are getting your Viper mixed up with the budget beginner Viper.