ESP LTD Brian Head Welch SH207 Electric Guitar

Let your freak flag fly high with this Head signature model. The Korn guitarist's SH207 features a sleek flamed maple top and ESP-designed LH-307 humbuckers.
What's special about this item?
Feature: What it does:
Flamed maple top Premium wood grain with bright, projecting tone
Jatoba fretboard Strong midrange presence and punch
Mahogany body Rich, warm, focused sound; added sustain
Maple neck Bright tone, full sustain and strength
Designed for musicians who are looking for a more affordable solution for the LTD Signature Series guitar of Brian "Head" Welch, the seven-string innovator and founding member of nu-metal icons Korn, the SH-207 is an excellent choice. It's a 7-string guitar based on Brian's SH-7 model that offers bolt-on construction, a mahogany body with flamed maple top, and a comfortable and fast extra thin U-shaped three-piece maple neck with roasted jatoba fingerboard. The SH-207's sound is powered by a set of high-output ESP Designed LH-307 pickups, and it includes an LTD fixed bridge with string thru body.
WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -
Construction: Bolt-On
Scale: 25.5"
Body: Mahogany
Top: Flamed Maple
Neck: 3 Piece Maple
Fingerboard: Roasted Jatoba
Fingerboard Radius: 350mm
Finish: See Thru Purple
Nut Width: 48mm
Nut Type: Molded
Neck Contour: Extra Thin U
Frets/Type: 24 XJ
Hardware Color: Black
Strap Button: Standard
Tuners: LTD
Bridge: LTD Fixed Bridge with string thru
Neck Pickup: ESP Designed LH-307N
Bridge Pickup: ESP Designed LH-307B
Electronics: Passive
Electronics Layout: Volume/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings: D'Addario XL110-7 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046/.059)
Case: CMHFF case sold separately
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
See-Thru Purple
Shipping Weight: 10 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 44 x 16 x 4 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): ESP SH207FM STP
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-423-8388
(1 ratings)
Submitted October 18, 2020 by Dennis W in Riverside, CA
"To quote Ola Englund, “it chugs.”"
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I’ve always been interested in getting an artist signature guitar and recently saw that this more affordable version of Brian “Head” Welch’s 7 string was now available so I ordered it on a whim. I’ve only had it for a couple days now so I haven’t had a ton of time to dedicate to playing it, but I have a few first impressions. The ceramic, passive pickups sound crisp and the tone has a nice crunch to it when doing palm muted breakdowns. The pickups are super sensitive and they were picking up the signal from my phone when I was using my phone’s tuning app to tune the guitar. The neck is just a tiny bit thicker than I had hoped, but it’s extremely smooth and doesn’t hinder me from shredding. I like that the guitar has a fixed bridge which I prefer when doing heavy palm muting. The color is much darker than the stock photo unless you’re shining a flashlight on the guitar’s body. Otherwise, it almost looks black instead of purple, but the color doesn’t really bother me. The only “problem” I’ve encountered so far is that the tone and volume knobs sit directly below and strings and under the bridge pickup so when you’re playing, it’s fairly easy for your pinky to catch the knobs and accidentally turn down the volume or tone. I feel like they should have switch the positions of the knobs with that of the toggle switch. Otherwise, this is a nearly perfect guitar for anyone who wants to play extremely heavy and brutal music on a budget or is interested in an artist signature guitar that won’t break the bank.

I read more played this through my Boss Katana 50 watt on the variant brown setting and the tone is absolutely crushing when playing death metal, hardcore, or death core. It certainly can chug with the best of them. I briefly played some chords on the clean channel and it sounds lovely. The pickups did “hiss” when I had my phone nearby as they seemed to be picking up my phone’s signal so they seem to be extremely sensitive. No major complaints or issues.

I love the look of the ceramic pickups and prefer the fact they are passive instead of active. I also prefer the fixed bridge for heavy palm muting and prefer the look and feel of the three way toggle switch instead of the standard pickup selector lever on most guitars. However, the tone/volume knobs and placed right below the strings and near the bridge pickup so it’s easy for your pinky to hit the knobs and turn the volume down by accident. I wish they would’ve moved those elsewhere.

Ease of Use
The high gain, ceramic pickups make it super easy to get a great metal tone for death metal, hardcore, or deathcore. Being the signature model of Brian “Head” Welch, I wouldn’t expect anything less. This guitar is definitely made for metal.

The design is nice and the guitar is put together well. The neck is a little thicker than I had hoped, but it doesn’t hinder my playing ability. Other than the odd placement of the volume and tone knobs, there aren’t any issues I have with the guitar.

This guitar is $1000 less than its more expensive counterpart and that of course comes with this version of the guitar having less expensive pickups and no evertune bridge, but if you don’t feel like breaking the bank, this guitar is perfect and I don’t feel like it warrants spending another $1000 for the higher end model when I can have this one.

Manufacturer Support
I have not had any reason to contact ESP for anything so there isn’t anything I can say on this.

The Wow Factor
I wanted a decent 7 string for the music that I play and I wanted something that was iconic. I was super fortunate to come across an artist signature model that wasn’t just affordable, but was from one of metal’s biggest icons. Definitely glad I picked this up.

Musical Background:
Guitarist and vocalist

Musical Style:
Metalcore and deathcore
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