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Thread: Which one is better?

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    Exclamation Which one is better?

    I look to play metal and a ton of coheed and cambria/punk with either guitar so I need help. Here are the specs of each guitar, its either the LTD Viper-400 or the LTD EX-400:

    LTD Viper-400:
    FEATURES: set neck construction; 24.75” scale; mahogany body; 3-piece mahogany neck; rosewood fingerboard; flag inlays w/model name at 12th fret; EMG 81/85 active pickups; volume & tone controls w/3-way toggle; black hardware; Grover tuners; Earvana compensated nut; tune-o-matic bridge w/stop tailpiece; white binding on neck & headstock (creme on Olympic White); 24 XJ frets

    LTD EX-400:
    FEATURES: set-neck construction; 24.75” scale; mahogany body; 3-piece maple neck; rosewood fingerboard; dot inlays w/model name at 12th fret; EMG 81/60 active pickups; volume & tone controls w/3-way toggle; black hardware; Grover tuners; Earvana compensated nut; tune-o-matic bridge w/stop tailpiece; 22 XJ frets

    Tough choice...I NEED YOU GUYS!!!!
    Heres a poll...please put a reason for your choice and some info on it!!!!
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    Exclamation Re: Which one is better?

    The color that I already chose is the White...here are some pictures:
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    Guitar:
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    Fender DG-11E (Acoustic)

    Amp:
    Crate XT120R

    Dream Rig:
    Mesa Boogie Duel Rectifier Half Stack
    Gibson Faded V
    Gibson Explorer in White

    *BIGGEST COHEED AND CAMBRIA FAN EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI!!!*


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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    dammit i clicked the wrong one. i actually like the viper better.

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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    do coheed and cabria play active electronics? i dont know of many non- metal bands that do.

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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    Well...if they are both 400 series, I would think they are of the same quality level. I don't know if it's a question of "better". Have you played either? I think if you do you will find a preference for one over the other. You might save yourself from not being happy and losing money when you sell the guitar you don't like.

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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    *well ill be... they do. either will get you there, just i like the vipre better

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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    The Viper is a great guitar from what I hear. I've looked into them, but in the end I bought an SG Standard. If you feel something for the Viper...go for ir!

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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by nepalnt21
    do coheed and cabria play active electronics? i dont know of many non- metal bands that do.
    HELL YES! The Lead Singer, Claudio Sanchez, ues a Gibson Explorer with a set of EMG 81's!!!
    Guitar:
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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    I haven't played an ESP Viper guitar, but my friend has the EX and I'm not a really huge fan of it. Eh...it was really really light, I"m sure the viper is heavier...my Horizon is like a lead weight compared to it.

    They also have the EX available in white now just a by-the-way
    ESP Maverick (Blackouts Metal)
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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by D-EJ915
    I haven't played an ESP Viper guitar, but my friend has the EX and I'm not a really huge fan of it. Eh...it was really really light, I"m sure the viper is heavier...my Horizon is like a lead weight compared to it.

    They also have the EX available in white now just a by-the-way
    Both guitars look killer in white!!! I wish that I could afford the gibson then just buy a set of 81's and put them in..........i dont know how to though.....
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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    theres like $150 difference in price, and it looks like even though the viper is cheaper, it has some features at least i like better than the ex.but really the biggest difference is the pickups. do some research on those and you will probably find out which one is better for you.

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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    Heres what I want.....! that white explorer!
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    Gibson Faded V
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    *BIGGEST COHEED AND CAMBRIA FAN EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI!!!*


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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    dude.. have u played them? the EX may look cool but it needs a little getting used to. buy it based on the feel too, not only the looks. feel is no. 1 when i buy an axe. no use getting the coolest looking axe which plays like sh!t.
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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    Dude they're really about the same. It should really come down to simply what body shape you like better, that's all.
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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by Xeromus
    Dude they're really about the same. It should really come down to simply what body shape you like better, that's all.
    +1.thats what i mean when i said feel. the sg and explorer shapes feel different. sg is more comfy playin sittin down than the explorer IMHO.
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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    They are pretty much the same, so play them yourself. Pick the one you like best. I'd say the 81/85 combo of the Viper is a bit more versatile, but the 81/60 combo is better suited to metal IMO.

    I'd go for the Viper though.
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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by GuitarGuru88
    Which one is better?
    Dude: "when the answer that you want
    is in the question that you state
    come what may,
    come what may"

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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    I am favoring the look of the viper but I love the shape of the LTD EX-400 because its like an Explorer..my dream guitar!
    Guitar:
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    Fender DG-11E (Acoustic)

    Amp:
    Crate XT120R

    Dream Rig:
    Mesa Boogie Duel Rectifier Half Stack
    Gibson Faded V
    Gibson Explorer in White

    *BIGGEST COHEED AND CAMBRIA FAN EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI!!!*


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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    but then again I love the sg too...******!
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    Amp:
    Crate XT120R

    Dream Rig:
    Mesa Boogie Duel Rectifier Half Stack
    Gibson Faded V
    Gibson Explorer in White

    *BIGGEST COHEED AND CAMBRIA FAN EAST OF THE MISSISSIPPI!!!*


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    Default Re: Which one is better?

    well, the EX just looks bad to me, it's a sinful version of the explorer and the viper is the only guitar i have ever returned to a music store within 2 days of owning it. horribly ballanced guitar, worse than a real SG IMO and it just didn't feel right to me. why not just get a white epiphone explorer and stick emgs and some better hardware on it? i think i'd rather play a modded epi explorer over the two LTDs.

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