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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-10-2003, 04:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ibanez vs. ESP/LTD

I am thinking to buy a neck-thru axe. I found 2 guitars in my price range. The LTD-MH301 and the Ibanez RGT42FM. Mahogany body, 2 humbuckers, licensed Floyd. I can't try them. If I order, the distributor gets them. So I ask YOU, which one is the better?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-10-2003, 05:37 AM
 
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Hmmm, the LTD seems to have a TRS type bridge. The '03 RGT42 has a "slightly better" bridge in my opinion, though that's a very open opinion.

The reviews on the web are pretty positive about both.
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I didn't much like the LTDs I tried. The Ibanezes seem to be better made all round in any given price bracket. The LTDs weren't terrible, but they weren't as good.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-10-2003, 10:31 AM
 
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i tried some LTDs, pretty good guitars, but they have that crappy TRS-like trem... i once set up a friend's LTD MH-301 and the trem was bent left to right! it couldn't even keep in tune without using the arm!

while the bad thing about the RGT is that it has those crappy INF pickups.

you can always get the LTD and put an Edge trem on it, for about $100 (not 100% sure about any good results, anyway).
or you can get the RGT and put a good pickup at the bridge at least, for about $50-60 (100% sure about good results).

up to you.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-11-2003, 01:59 AM
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in my opinion the RGT is better. I agree with changing the pickups in the RGT. one more reason is that the Ibanez RGT neck feels better and easier to play (for me) than the LTD.
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-11-2003, 03:23 AM
 
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so, Mara, you have no choice: get the Ibanez!
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-11-2003, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thank You!

I think I'll choose the RGT.
About the pickups....
What is the perfect combination for Petrucci-like sound?

Steve's Special and Air Norton?

Duncans? Which SDs are the best for this?

or what? :-)
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-11-2003, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
 
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Thank You!

I think I'll choose the RGT.
About the pickups....
What is the perfect combination for Petrucci-like sound?

Steve's Special and Air Norton?

Duncans? Which SDs are the best for this?

or what? :-)
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-11-2003, 09:45 AM
 
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you said right: Steve's Special and Air Norton.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-11-2003, 10:20 AM
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that sounds cool...
post some pics of your guitar after you bought it
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