#1
Hey UGer's, I'm planning on getting a Les Paul shaped guitar, and was wondering, out of these three, which one would be more versatile. Here they are:

- ESP LTD EC-500 w/ EMG's

- ESP LTD EC-400VF

- Agile AL-3100 Blue Flame EMG

I am not looking into upgrading electronics in the near future, so if you can tell me what the differences in sound are, it would help narrow down my choices.

Thanks in advanced.
#2
get the real stuff if u want a les paul tone
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#3
The JB / 59 pickup set in the EC-400 is the most versatile pickup set you can find ;-)

what styles do you want to play and which amp do you have?
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The middle one would be the most versatile.

The other two are great guitars, but they're more geared towards Metal.

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The JB / 59 pickup set in the EC-400 is the most versatile pickup set you can find ;-)

what styles do you want to play and which amp do you have?

Definitely agree, after playing some LTDs I can say they are good quality guitars, and I personally like the EC guitars more than Epiphones, but the JB/59 combo will give you more versatility that the EMG set.
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#9
The EC-500 will have the best build quality, which I think is the most important thing to consider.

Though I don't think the active EMGs are a very good choice, though that's just down to personal preference....
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#10
Depends on what you want to play, how much you want to spend, what your amp is, and why it has to specifically be Les Paul shaped.
#12
An Epiphone LP would be the closet budget LP you could get if you want something that has the look and feel of a Gibson LP.

LTD EC series is pretty good. They are a lot lighter so you won't have a sore shoulder after playing for a while. They also have pretty decent pickups for their price range so you shouldn't really have to upgrade.

I never played an Agile before.


For reference: I own a Gibson LP Std, Epi LP custom, and a LTD EC-1000. I like Les Pauls.
#14
the agile and ec-500 will sound the same with the emgs.
the ec-400 will have less output (less distortion) but much better cleans

the ec-400/500 will play slightly differently than the agile, thinner neck, jumbo frets, while the agile will play more like a standard les paul would
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Definitely agree, after playing some LTDs I can say they are good quality guitars, and I personally like the EC guitars more than Epiphones, but the JB/59 combo will give you more versatility that the EMG set.

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#17
The only glaring difference between the EC-400VF and the EC-500 is the quilt top and the number of frets (24 on the 500 and 22 on the 400), so unless anyone can convince me to go with either the Agile or the EC-500 by tomorrow, it's most likely going to be the EC-400. Thanks for the help.
#18
I would probably get the Agile. For one, it looks a helluva lot better than the EC-400, imo, of course.

Besides, what makes the EC400 worth $130 more than the Agile? I mean, that's more than 120% of the cost of the Agile.
#19
Unless you are only playing metal get the one WITHOUT EMGs. It'll be much more diverse and it most likely can still do metal if you want it to.
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#21
I was just thinking, if the Agile uses better quality wood, I can probably replace the EMG's, sell them, and get Seymour Duncan JBs anyways. Does anybody know the difference in quality from the woods in the Agile and the ESP?

Another thing that annoys me is that I wont be able to play either of them because guitar center doesn't stock em, so I have to go on advice from the forums.

I really appreciate the help I'm getting, thanks guys.
#22
I would get the agile and upgrade it. modifying guitars is a fun hobby and it makes the guitar feel more one of a kind. you will have a better connection to the guitar if you spend time customizing it, and you will end up with a higher quality instrument.