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Rating and Reviews: ESP E-II M-2 FM

With high-end features like a Floyd Rose Original bridge, Gotoh tuners, and a pair of EMG 81 active pickups, this axe offers great value for its price.

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"Exceptional Shred Monster" submitted June 8, 2015

By Jim Rodgers in Milford, OH
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Musical Background: Professional musician, 30+ years
Music Style: Original Hard Rock, 80s Big Hair Covers, 70s Rock Covers
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Overall: I own quite a few real ESP Custom Shop guitars; I was hesitant about buying this based on the E-II logo and concern over it being more along the lines of typical LTD models. Based on the price, I assumed the quality was better than typical. I use EMGs in all of my guitars for consistency and I need a Floyd Rose; so this was really in line with what I wanted. I took the chance and it's a MONSTER shred machine. Right out of the box, it was set up exceptionally well and even in tune. The finish is exceptional. The neck thru construction is great. I would have preferred if it had an EMG 81/85 mix - but not a huge deal overall. The only thing to consider is that with the EMG 81s, it's pretty much high gain, high output at all times -- making anything less than hard rock / metal a little more difficult since it doesn't clean up that well; at least compared to an EMG 85 in the bridge. I also play in a 70s classic rock band where we play the tunes a bit heavier than the originals and this guitar is a bit hard to use for that since it's full on scream and little else.
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"As nice as to be expected!" submitted May 3, 2015

By Arizona Colt in Potlatch, ID
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Musical Background: 20 years playing guitar
Music Style: Metal rock blues slide
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Overall: Had to loosen the truss rod a touch but outside of that the setup was accurate and the playability is awesome!! Changed the strings to 11-56 for a heavier feel. Finish is top notch. This guitar is absolutely beautiful and every detail is as perfect as you would expect in this price range. 100% pleased with this bad boy
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