LTD H-400 replaces my PRS SE.....

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  1. wolfzbane

    wolfzbane Member

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    I sold a few things recently, a few pickups, a small amp and my PRS Soapbar II SE..... and although I went shopping for yet another Gibson I fell in love with this baby and just had to bring it home.
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    It's slightly different than what they advertise on their website. Mine has these two little differences at least:
    I got the EMG 81 and 85 set instead of the twin 81.
    I got the 3 way switch instead of the 5-way Ultraswitch.
    Man, this baby through the Mesa Rectoverb shreds like nobody's business.
    The neck is a charm to play on, it feels comfy even though I'm a Gibson neck fan.
    This neck is very fast to play on.
    I had been looking for a shredder with some EMGs in it for a while now but nothing had really caught my attention like this one.
    It's a one trick pony though IMHO, doesn't do much else except shred like crazy on the high gain Modern setting of the Mesa.
    But I don't mind, I have my Gibson guitars for the rest of my catalog. ;)
    Here's the rest of the pics:
    http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y269/Wolfzbane/LTD H-400/
     
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    Daniel Active Member

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    looking good Wolfzbane! I like the transblack-esque colour.
     
  3. wolfzbane

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    It came with 10-46 strings, but I just bought some Heavy gage strings (12-54) which I will install and tune down to C#.
    That way I will not have to tweak the neck's rod for tension since I calculated that there will only be a difference of 1.9 lbs of tension between 10-46 tuned standard and 12-54 tuned down to C#.
    I'll be able to play those old Black Sabbath tunes with this guitar. ;)
     
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    coool Bane!! watch them nut slots going to bigger strangs tho!
     
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    [quote author=skidshark link=topic=10211.msg133921#msg133921 date=1158362605]
    coool Bane!! watch them nut slots going to bigger strangs tho!
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    Yep, except that these LTD guitars come with what they call their "EARVANA COMPENSATED NUT", which has very wide grooves.
    I think everything looks ok at the nut.
    I have to redo my intonation though, all strings went slightly flat at the 12th.
    Just gave it a test run playing Black Sabbath's Into The Void............ wow, there's some major tone coming outta there. :)
     
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    lemme tell ya one thing that happened to me on my SRV strat....i used to use 13's on it and normally would tune down to E-flat on that like SRV did. well eventually i tuned it normally and left it a while......that locked up the trussrod and it was a crapshoot whether the trussrod would break or the nut come off first!!

    i realize you're tuning down too, but keep in mind should you tune back up!!
     
  7. wolfzbane

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    Hmmm, I understand your point.
    But, please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but by using 12-54 instead of 10-46 and keeping the guitar tuned 1 1/2 steps down, I achieve pretty much the same tension on the neck.
    10-46 tuned to standard E gives me 103.6 lbs of tension (which is how the guitar was when I bought it)
    while
    12-54 tuned down to C# gives me 105.05 lbs of tension.
    The 1.9 lbs of difference is surely not enough to make the truss rod go beserk..... at least I hope not.
    Bear in mind that by using those 12-54 Heavy gage strings I will most definitely NOT tune to standard E, ever, that would raise the tension to crazy levels.
    When I want to tune back to standard E, I will change the strings to 10-46 again.
    Anyway, this is just a temporary experiment. Although this is quite cool, I'm a pretty down to earth guitar player..... eventually I will return to standard tuning. ;D
    I got all that info on the D'Addario website..... they have a chart with each of their string's tension while tuned to different pitch.
    http://www.daddariostrings.com/Resources/JDCDAD/images/tension_chart.pdf
    Page 5 or 6.
     
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    most peeps do end up tuning back up i think....just thought i'd remind you of that in case you weren't aware is all....I wasn't and nearly had disasterous results!
     
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    guitarweasel Well-Known Member

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    I keep one guitar tuned to an open D all the time.....never had a problem with it.
     
  10. vic108

    vic108 Well-Known Member

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    Yup, my feeling is, if you use an unusual tuning alot, get a guitar
    just for that and LEAVE it that way and you'll be ok...

    but then again, you HAVE to ask yourself: What the hell does Vic know...?
     
  11. Lex Lurid

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    [quote author=vic108 link=topic=10211.msg134006#msg134006 date=1158416017]

    Yup, my feeling is, if you use an unusual tuning alot, get a guitar
    just for that and LEAVE it that way and you'll be ok...

    but then again, you HAVE to ask yourself: What the hell does Vic know...?
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    Veek he know much. S'pecially now he's a Sad Old Git.............Just like me! :coolsmiley:

    Pip Pip
    Lexie :)
     
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    vic108 Well-Known Member

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    Er, VINTAGE sounds alot better, me thinks! ;)
     

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