Submitted October 3, 2020 by Luke Offield in ASHLAND, MO
"LTD Black Metal EC"
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Simply put: don't ask, just buy.
Clearly, I play heavy stuff. Otherwise I would likely not have been drawn to it. I'm sure if hard rock and ANY form of metal is your thing, this will do it without problems. It's lightweight but has the tonal body of a heavier guitar. The fretboard is smooth and responsive and the balance of the guitar is such that it just seems to hang right where it should. It's extremely comfortable. The Black Winter pickup might not be everyone's cup of tea. I really like it as it is very strong in the midrange with detailed highs. That being said, the low-end suffers a bit with this pickup and it has maybe a tad too much output. Mostly, through all of my amps (Randall, Mesa, Fryette, Crate, etc.) I can easily find my sound with minimal dialing-in.
I love the simplicity of the guitar. One pickup. One volume pot. Just plug in and go. Nuff said. This might be a hindrance for some. Especially those who rely upon a neck pickup for leads. I do not so, a bare set of controls doesn't phase me in the least. I did replace the stock pot and output jack with USA-made stuff (CTS/Switchcraft) just for reliability's sake. The tuners, graphite nut, and other hardware work in tandem to create a very stable instrument. Hardly ever needs tuning. I have it setup for C# Standard and it handles that just fine. I think I've only ever had to adjust the neck twice, and I've owned it for over a year.
Ease of Use
Like I said, with simplicity being its core feature, it is very easy to get where you need to go. Works excellent with any pedal I've ran it through and all of my amps seem to love it. The highs can maybe get a bit jagged out of some amps. But mostly, this thing just roars no matter what rig you're using.
Construction quality is hands-down amazing. Fit, finish, feel, it's all there. Right out of the box it simply "felt" like a great guitar. It quickly became my main go-to for metal because it always just "works." I don't have to mess with anything, just power up and KILL.
This guitar punches above its weight class. They could tack on $200 more and it would still be worth it. If it were stolen, I would not hesitate to buy another (and also hunt down and kill the bastard who took it). To have a guitar so comfortable, so reliable, and sounds so great, has a value beyond its market.
I have not had to contact the manufacturer for any reason, hence me giving that section only 3 stars. I have no frame of reference to judge it otherwise.
The Wow Factor
I've read several other review where people stated, 'if you're considering this, just go ahead and get it because you won't regret the decision." With this, I wholeheartedly agree. That's really the best thing I can say. If you've looked at this more than twice, you should've already bought it. It will not let you down.
Musician of 30 years, many live shows, constantly in the studio.
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