is this a good guitar? if it is is it better than an esp EX? can it do good with really heavy distortion? and can it handle drop tunings?
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Basically the only difference between the Epiphone and a decent ESP LTD Ex series is the pickups and possibly build quality; the Epiphone should do high-gain dropped tuning stuff fine. However if you get a high-end ESP you'll probably find that the build quality is quite a bit higher but they only come with EMGs which can be a bit devisive in terms of tone. I don't like EMGs at all.
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I don't own one, but I've played one, and it felt nice and solid. Had a good feel to it.