I fell in love with the dark brown flame top look of the ESP LTD EC-256FM guitar so decided to buy it to replace my all black Cort CR50. It must be because of the different wood used to build the guitar but when playing on the EC-256FM unplugged, I could hear a brighter and louder resonance. Once plugged, the EC-256FM also sounded better than the CR50. The only thing I wished the EC-256FM had was a matte finish neck so it feels less sticky. After a day of playing around to test it, I was happy with the new guitar and moved the Duesenberg Les Trem II (whammy bar for Les Paul guitars) from the CR50 to the EC-256FM and put the CR50 for sale online.
Being relatively new to electric guitars, I chose some easy techniques learn:
- playing solos
- alternate pentatonic scale positions
- vibrato/tremolo without the whammy bar
- muting strings when playing solos
Some easy songs I've been learning:
- The God Father (including Slash version)
- Apache (The Shadows)
- Pegasus Fantasy (Saint Seiya)
- Sad Brothers (Saint Seiya)
- some ambient style improvisations
In the video attached, I've recorded myself practicing "Pegasus Fantasy" the main theme song from Saint Seiya. That song has several variations during the anime show, some with electric guitars, some with vocals, some with a mix of instruments. I picked this pop ballad kind of variation and generated the backing track using an arranging software called Band-in-a-Box.
The effect chain is as followed:
- the guitar first goes into a Boss volume pedal
- Behringer CS400 pedal
- Caline Pure Sky Overdrive pedal
- TC Electronics Triple delay pedeal
- Boss RV-6 reverb pedal
- Neunaber Iconoclast cabinet simulator pedal
The last 3 pedals were used in stereo mode and the output of the Iconoclast was connected to a Yamaha MG10XU mixer. I then connected the mixer to my iPhone via the USB/Lightning adapter cable which allowed the iPhone to shoot videos with the audio coming directly from the mixer.