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Richard Milliner

ESP Viper Custom - Thoughts?

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Hi,

Im thinking abut buying ESP Viper Custom that Ive been stalking on fleabay for a while. Its a big investment for me at approx. £1300 and have yet to play it, but seems its been in the shop for a while and not had a previous owner...

I do have a LTD EX-104, that I love the sound, tone and playability which Im hoping will be the same or better on the viper

Just wondered if anyone out there had any experience of such a beast and whether the price seems reasonable.

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For that kind of investment is it possible to take a day off work and travel to the shop to give it a try before parting with cash?

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In my experience (a friend of mine has quite a few Japanese ESP guitars) the difference in quality between the LTD models & the 'proper' ESP stuff is massive.
If you've got & like a LTD then I'd be very surprised if you were disappointed by the ESP.

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I'm in Sussex, guitar is in North Wales... But am heading to HRH next week and will pop in en route. My explorer is very neck heavy, hoping this will have better balance. I figured the ESP will be great but the most expensive guitar I have bought previously was about a grand cheaper! Did I mention it's a camo paint job? Not quite sure...

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I used to run a shop and stocked ESP - all LTD models except for one, and all great instruments. The genuine ESP really did have that thing you can't put your finger on which made it worth the £300 more than the most expensive LTD version. Also, a little after I closed my shop I went with a friend who A/B'd a 400 series LTD Surveyor and the ESP version. Again, the ESP had that little bit of magic. I'd be surprised if you were disappointed with the Viper.

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[quote name='Richard Milliner' timestamp='1446752054' post='2902127']
Did I mention it's a camo paint job? Not quite sure...
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There's nothing wrong with different. I think the camo looks good. Fill your boots!

I can't find it on a search tho, got a link so we can have a butchers?

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[url="http://www.knightonmusiccentre.com/bass-guitars/esp/esp-vp-b-camo-viper-bass-in-camouflage/prod_1008.html"]http://www.knightonmusiccentre.com/bass-guitars/esp/esp-vp-b-camo-viper-bass-in-camouflage/prod_1008.html[/url]

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Go on, do it! That camo job, especially running up the neck is great, and it looks as though it would perfectly suit the character in your avatar!!

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I recommend you to try it... looks like some neck dive going on. Depends on your playing style will bother you or not.

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These guys in Sussex have a high end LTD version in their warehouse - might be worth seeing if you could try that one which should give you a very good idea what the ESP version will be like.

[url="http://www.guitarsound.co.uk/electric-guitars-for-sale/brands/esp-and-ltd-electric-guitars-for-sale?guitar_type=201&p=2"]http://www.guitarsound.co.uk/electric-guitars-for-sale/brands/esp-and-ltd-electric-guitars-for-sale?guitar_type=201&p=2[/url]

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ESP stuff is the bomb! I've now got 4 MIJ ESPs and they are definitely worth the price tag, that said I would always recommend looking for them second hand as their resale is (undeservedly) quite low and even importing from Japan can work out quite a bit cheaper.

That said, I wouldn't say no to a camouflage viper. Don't worry, not going to swoop in on that one, my better half would be none too pleased!

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[quote name='TommyK' timestamp='1449754947' post='2926516']
Did you ever try the viper out? What were your thoughts? Did you buy it etc?
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+1, but then the OP hasn't been on since 11th November so I doubt we'll ever know :(

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