A guy wanted me to fix his LTD Deluxe Viper 1000, and it was BOLLOCKS when I got it.
I had to clean it from all crap on the fretboard, replace the original nut, relocate the broken G-string tuner to E-position (at least the G-string should have a working lock!) , the intonation saddles was straight and it played really bad and went out of tune just by looking.
After setup and overall hygienic care, it absolutely stunned me! It played really well, even tho I couldn't get low enough action without having to level the frets, and that's not my area of expertize, and the guy only plays rhythm guitar, but it still plays really well and easy with medium action. (my own prefered action is about 0.8mm at 12th fret... so yeah, anything above 1mm is too high for me hahaha)
I left it in the stand a couple of days and he's soon coming to pick it up. I connected it and woah!!! It's STILL IN TUNE! I played for 30 minutes bending like crazy and it's still keeping almost perfect pitch. The nut change really had a gargantuan difference, and I'm happy with my nut slotting work. And I think that the 3-piece neck helps a lot getting it this stable!
So, this is a 1000 series guitar. I could defintely think about getting one from these series if they are THIS good, but I hate the Viper shape.
Does anybody else have any great experiences with the 1000 series guitars?
Can the 400 series be good too? Or is better to just get a used 1000 series?
How are they compared to ESP Standards?
I'm talking fixed bridge/tune-o-matics here.
(yeah, this is a throwback to the "I want a 24.75" scale guitar" )
Always dug the look of these, especially that one with with the white/gold combo.