It's time for a new six strings guitar without floyd rose that is arround 800 bucks new, to achieve modern high gain tones for rhythm. I'm very interested in the schecter hellraiser but there are some LTD-1000 models that are very similar to the hellraisers. I'm not considering the LTD MH-1000 because the NT version comes with passive pickups and I'd rather have emgs and the LTD Viper-1000 is too ugly so no thanks. I've been reading a lot that the LTD H-1001 and helllraisers are almost the same guitar, the main differences are that the neck is thinner on the LTD, the coil tap feature in the hellraisers that I don't really care and the LTD has maple neck while the hellraiser has mahogany neck. My main question is this: Do they sound too different to chose one over the other or do they sound similar? And should I consider the EC-1000? I know they sound awesome too judging by the clips I've heard all over the internet, but my main concern is that I end up with a guitar with the same tone as the others, the dealer wants more for the EC-1000 than the other models I mentioned. BTW there is no way I can try them, thats why I want help choosing them.