Submitted June 22, 2019 by Harry F in Philadelphia, PA
"The perfect single cutaway... MIJ"
The Eclipse is a well known name that is popular amongst ESP enthusiasts. It's also a guitar that most Les Paul players should consider trying because the hardware configuration is similar, if not the same.Even though the hardware configuration is mostly the same, it still has a few differences. Active pickups and slimmer body, for example. Not to mention a fit and finish that feels like it was made in Japan. The active pickups are very clean sounding and dynamic. On amps that distort easily, you will loose some dynamics unless you turn the guitar's volume down. Oddly enough, a Fender Twin Reverb chimes like a bell when turned to 10 with this guitar. What I found interesting was I felt like the bridge pickup sounded warm and dense, meanwhile the neck pickup gave me some bright tones that reminded me of woodsy sounding Strat.Overall, I think this guitar is a great guitar for it's money. I think it would run neck to neck with an American made Paul Reed Smith, as well as most guitars that cost twice as much.The only detail I would add to this guitar body are recessed cavities for the knobs for a better fit. I'm rating the wow factor for this guitar a '3' because marketing materials that promote the legacy of this guitar appears to be non-existent, and for me, wow factor is BRAND appeal.
Guitarist for 15 years, musician for 30.
Blues, rock, country, folk, pop, and others.
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