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ESP LTD ST203FR Maple Electric Guitar with Floyd Rose

The ESP LTD ST-203FR offers an ESP twist on a classic look. With worn aesthetics and an HSS configuration, the ESP LTD ST-203FR rocks. (28) Read 15 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The awesome distressed look of the ST203FR is worn like a champ. From the first time you pick up this guitar you will notice that it feels broken in like your favorite pair of sneakers. The antique look is only the begining, ESP's ST203FR Features an alder body with 1-piece maple neck and ESP's LH-150 humbucker paired with two screaming LS-120 single coils. The FR stands for Floyd Rose which offers you access to incredible playing expression.

Features
- Alder Body with 1-piece Maple Neck

- Nickel Hardware and ESP Tuners

- LH-150 Humbucker and Two LS-120 single coils

- Floyd Rose Special Bridge

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Construction: Bolt-On

Scale Length: 25.5 inches

Body: Alder

Neck: 1-piece Maple

Nut: 42mm Standard Nut

Neck Contour: Thin U

Frets: 22 XJ Frets

Hardware: Nickel

Tuners: ESP Tuners

Bridge: Floyd Rose Special Bridge

Bridge Pickup: ESP LH-150 Humbucker

Neck and Middle Pickups: LS-120 Single Coils
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-423-8388
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "A Workhorse guitar for less than 4 Benjamins..."
Sound: I just purchased the ESP/LTD ST 203FR today and put it through it paces. I also have a '03 Fender MIM HSS Strat. The sounds from the ST 203 are a bit "beefier" than that of the HSS Strat. The versatility of this guitar is terrific. Single coils sparkled and the humbucker was just hot enough for some tight pinch harmonics and bite. The neck is to die for. Fast would be an understatement. Compared to the Fender HSS Strat, it just begs you to start shredding with the extra jumbo frets. I had owned a Fender Floyd Rose Strat around '95 through '01, and it was my primary "workhorse" guitar. I ended up trading it for a Ibanez RG series shredder as my tastes moved to a more metal sound. Always regretted that decision, but as of today, I can say the ST 203 FR is like an old friend, and then some. Best $400 bucks I've spent in a long time. FYI: ran it through a Marshall Haze 40 (w/Marshall Jackhammer and Ibanez Demon Wah Jr), Peavey Vypyr 30 and Line 6 Spider III 15 watt combo. Feature: Pretty much the same as a Fender FR Strat. Love the worn finish and one piece maple neck. It's not a shred guitar (no EMG's, 24 frets, etc.) but is kicks butt. Ease of Use: This is my third ESP/LTD guitar (I have an '03 M100-FM and '04 EC200 QM- both matching see-thru black and modded with EMGs). I fell in love with the ESP/LTD neck on my M100-FM, as it was a gift from my wife. These guitars are setup almost perfect from the factory. Quality: Feels solid and based on my previous experiences with the ESP/LTD line, I don't have any concerns at the moment. I play my guitars daily and gig with them regularly. Never had any issues with them other than tweaks I've done improperly myself. For the money, I'd be hard pressed to find anything else even close. Value: The best "bang-for-the-buck" guitar I've ever purchased. It will probably soon become my "#1"... Manufacturer Support: I've only had to contact ESP once, impeccable customer service in response rate and personality. The Wow Factor: I love the finish and Floyd. Always been partial to Strats and the shape. Curvy and iconic. Good enough for Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, and Malmsteem, then good enough for me. Overall: This guitar will be in my stable for a very, very long time. Always had regrets with getting rid of the Fender FR Strat, this rectifies that.
Style of Music: Rock, classic rock, metal
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Awesome guitar, needs setup work!, GREAT PROJECT GUITAR!!!!!"
Sound: The tones that you can get outta this thing are amazing. I love it. You get both the chunky high-gain sounds from the humbucker and you get those awesome bluesy and clean tones from the two single coils. Its definitely working with my playing style. I play for my worship team at church and I really needed a guitar that could pull off great clean bright tones but also pull off high-gain tones for faster more modern worship and I definitely get those from this guitars HSS setup. Feature: I really like the fact that this guitar came with a Floyd Rose. The only thing I don't like about the Floyd Rose setup is that the locking nut is set way too high so the strings are a bit hard to fret at the first fret. I definitely like the extra jumbo frets, I used to own an Ibanez RG that had big fretwire and I'd gotten used to that, and I always wanted a guitar that had that classic Strat look but the playability of an Ibanez (that includes the thin neck). I also really like how the back of the neck pocket is shaped for easier playability, it really makes playing the higher frets a lot easier. I think for the price you get some great functionality, as far as playability out of the box it lacks, but I went into this planning on having a project guitar, and with that said I definitely feel it was worth it. Ease of Use: I really like this guitar but to be honest out-of-the-box it was crap! I mean there was no setup! The guitar was completely out of tune and the action was ridiculously high. I know that when you pay this little for a guitar you should expect much as far as a setup but this thing's setup was just awful. Once you've got it set up to your liking it plays great! Quality: For $400 you get what you pay for. This guitar needed a lot of work set-up wise. Its an awesome guitar but there are a few things I don't like. Firstly the neck, I love the maple but the fact that the neck and the fingerboard are two seperate pieces of maple as opposed to one definitely dissapointed me. Secondly I had to get some fret-work done. The frets were totally unlevel after the 12th fret, there was a lot of string buzz and a few dead notes, luckily I have friends who do fretwork and they did the work for me. Thirdly, the distressed look does look a bit cheap. I mean its kind of cool but from up close it does look a bit cheesey. And lastly the wiring looks a bit cheap. Like the solder doesn't look like it bonded very well to the guitar's electronic components and hardware i.e. the output jack, spring claw, etc... But I plan on replacing most of the electronics eventually. For the money its worth it, but if you plan on getting one of these plan on getting some setup work done or if possible do it yourself. This guitar is awesome on its own but it makes a really great project guitar! Value: This guitar is definitely a better deal than the Fender Floyd-Rose equipped guitars I've seen. And it has an all maple neck so I personally feel that its the better deal. I mean you get the classic Strat look, Ibanez-like playability, and you're able to get some multiple awesome tones outta this thing. The only thing that bugged me was the setup, but I did all the work with the exception of the fretwork. So it wasn't that bad, it was just time-consuming. The Wow Factor: As far as funcionality this guitar is awesome! I mean the accessories, the thin neck, the fretwire, maple neck, classic strat look, floyd rose, and the awesome HSS pickup configuration make it awesome! As far as aesthetics I'd give it a 7, the 2 piece maple neck just kind of ruins it for me. But the functionality makes up for it. Overall: I think if ESP came out with a higher quality version of this guitar, without the distressed look but with an aged single piece maple neck then yes I would replace it with that. But I'm not planning on replacing it anytime soon. This product definitely meets my needs so far, I do still want to do some more work to it, like maybe replace some of the electronics. But for the price and functionality you can't go wrong. If this guitar were stolen, which I hope never ever happens God willing! I think I'd replace it with another LTD ST203fr, they're really cool instruments. I wish I knew the setup was going to be crap so I could have planned ahead though!
Style of Music: Rock, Metal, Country, Punk, Worship, Rockabilly, Blues, Ska, Pop, etc...
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