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Unread 06-12-2012, 08:49 AM   #1
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Mandatory NGD Post - EC 407

When I first pulled it out of the box and inspected it, I was skeptical because there were a few minor paint finish flaws (Black smudging on the neck binding) and it appears there was some weird sanding around the pickup selector. Despite the strings looking new, they sounded "dead" when I strummed the guitar unplugged, the resonance didn't impress me a heck of a lot. (I actually didn't realize these were made in China.) This started to feel like a dud.

I was definitely feeling some disappointment as I replaced the strap pins with strap locks and prepared to plug it in. First thing I noticed was that the weight and balance were very good, the action of the strings were very low and without any buzzing and the pickups sounded very "even". I had expected muddy and shrill, that definitely wasn't the case.

I played it for a very enjoyable 2 hours straight. In the end, minor finish issues aside, the guitar held up well for my style of playing.

The neck is a little bit rounder in profile compared to my old Viper 407 which I though was going to be a negative thing but it feels extremely solid and is still comfortable.

I hiked the guitar a bit farther up than I am use to (about an inch below my sternum) which seemed to accommodate the cut on the back of the guitar better. My forearm wasn't being "dug into" as much.

Overall, I am pleasantly surprised and happy with this purchase.

Gonna bring it to a band jam tonight.






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Unread 06-12-2012, 10:07 AM   #2
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Glad to hear you are happy with your purchase, despite your preliminary thoughts before plugging that bad boy in :-)

Throw a review down after you have your practice :-D
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Thats just stunning, really looking forward to trying one out for myself. HNGD!!!
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How do you like the cutaway on the back?

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How do you like the cutaway on the back?
Very comfy, I dig it!

Update: I didn't get to jam with it last night. We decided to do some recording instead. At first I had my Budda SD80 set up for my Carvin (In pics) with a Lundgren in the bridge. Not surprisingly the Carvin was clearer sounding in drop A than the EC407. I decided to stick with the Carvin for my parts but the other guitarist decided to use the EC407 through his solid state head. His sound was excellent and very tight.

Likely with all the recording for the next while, I won't get to use it in a jam situation until our gig on Saturday. I'll post another update then depending on whether or not I was able to hear anything at all during the show lol!
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Unread 06-19-2012, 04:23 PM   #7
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Gig Update, Guitar felt awesome, sounded awesome, awesome guitar is awesome...that is all.
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I love these! I've often thought about getting one to pair up with my viper 417.

HNGD!
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Oh that's a sexy guitar! I don't know why they would be, but those knobs look as if they have a layer of rubber on them, looks really comfortable.

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Very nice my good man! Congrats on a killer guitar. I love and enjoy mine myself. I too was very surprised to find out that the 400 series are now Chinese made and not Korean or Indonesian made like they were a short time ago. But surprisingly, the quality is still well worth the money for what these go for and do not disappoint in any way.

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I love these! I've often thought about getting one to pair up with my viper 417.

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Mmmm... I've always considered an LTD Viper 7 to go with the EC407, but I'd want to do mine with a see-thru cherry finish. Maybe one day...
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Very nice my good man! Congrats on a killer guitar. I love and enjoy mine myself. I too was very surprised to find out that the 400 series are now Chinese made and not Korean or Indonesian made like they were a short time ago. But surprisingly, the quality is still well worth the money for what these go for and do not disappoint in any way.

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Mmmm... I've always considered an LTD Viper 7 to go with the EC407, but I'd want to do mine with a see-thru cherry finish. Maybe one day...
Thanks for the responses!

I highly regret selling my Viper 7. If I came across another I might consider refinishing it. I liked the flatter profile of the back of the neck.
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