So, I've been gassing for this one (LTD EC-414) for a long time, and really dig the looks, plus the features are quite good on it, and I'm just a hair away from pulling the trigger on it! Unfortunately, same as most basses I'm interested in, those are nowhere to be found (and tested) around here, so this is gonna be another one of those blind buys, ergo, I need some opinions on it. I've searched thoroughly through the net and talkbass, and could only find very few things about it, and a single review for its older brother, the EC-404 - I guess LP style basses get little love, eh? Since a deal I had to get a Ric fell apart, I've been eyeing some Mexican Fenders (60's/70's Jazz, 50's P, Aerodyne, 2009 std's etc.), but the hummy/noisy single coils on'em threw me off (along with some other stuff, craftsmanship issues, etc.), so this was a natural contender (previously suppressed GAS helped too ). Obviously, I'm on a limited budget here... I know my other basses can cover me on this, but as far as low tunings go, I prefer a four banger (easier on my problematic wrists for some stretchy parts). If it's any help, I prefer chunky necks and vintage radiused boards to the modern skinny necks and flattened boards. FWIW, I play in a prog/atmospheric metal band (not overly technical stuff), tuned to D (or Drop C in some songs) and my sound varies from totally moody clean, to swamped with FX, to Geddy OD, and I use both my fingers and a pick, so I need something that can support all those stuff. My basslines aren't only "in the pocket all night" either, so I need good, clear notes and not hissing highs! I know that ain't such a great feat to accomplish, since I use FX, but some basses had some issues pulling it off (an Aerodyne and a Mexican P for example - to my disappointment, since I love both...). So, has anyone tried this one? I've found nothing to throw me off so far, except my undying fear of cracked tops (I've had a nasty case of that with a jackson kelly guitar), which is probably just a mild case of personal paranoia, and perhaps the LP cutaway as well, since I need a good reach even beyond the 12th fret. Any opinions/testimonies )) would help me greatly. Here's a photo of it and some info: # Set-Neck # 34 Scale # Mahogany Body # Flamed Maple Top # 5-Pc. Maple-Walnut Neck # Rosewood Fingerboard # 40mm Standard Nut # Thin U Neck Contour # 22 XJ Frets # Black Nickel Hardware # Grover Tuners # TOM Bridge & Tail # EMG 35DC (B) / 35CS (N) Active p.u. Many thanks in advance.