rparker wrote:Congrats on your first project, Notes! I saw your post in another thread that described it in detail. Those cheap LTDs ain't so bad. <...>
I was actually quite impressed with the quality of the cheap, bottom-of-the-line LTD. The neck is terrific, the frets finished nicely, the wiring was neat and tidy, the soldering good, and even the cavities were painted nicely. I've seen some pictures of Epiphones, Squiers, and other "bargain" guitars costing more than the LTD that weren't finished as well -- of course those could be isolated incidents, as only disgruntled people have a reason to post a close up of a defect on a forum.
Here is a picture of the cavity before I rewired it (along with some flash flare and close focus problems)
I know this varies from guitar to guitar, the LTD I have has nice acoustic properties for a solid body, it is fairly loud, live and with a good deal of sustain.
Insights and incites by Notes
I read where the body is made of Agathis, but I really don't know how that relates as a "tone wood". But I am a believer that excluding the players fingers, the pickups probably contribute 99% of the tone anyway. After all, my Gibson ES-330 sounds better as an acoustic guitar than my Epiphone Casino, but with the Duncans in the Epi, it sounds better coming out of the speakers. So the "tone wood" was trumped by the pickups.
I'd like to compare the Mean 90s with the Duncan version of the 90 in a humbucker sized cutout, but alas, until the economy picks up, gig work is going to stay slow, so I'll have to contain my GAS.