Submitted March 6, 2017 by Christian S
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Not the first ESP/LTD I've played, but the first I've owned. I've waited patiently to find the correct one for me(looks, sound, setup). I wanted to find the best value of the brand and for me this was it.
When I was shopping for an ESP I found a few videos of people playing this guitar on YouTube, not of the greatest recording quality but you can tell it sounded great. I mean, it's ESP. What I didn't expect, and I didn't even play it clean until after a few days, was how nice the clean sound... sounded. I got a strong Metallica vibe with chorus playing in D Tuning picking at chords. Playing with it a little more and you get that 80's ballad sound that is just lovely. Using Distortion on various pedals, if you can play it cleanly, it can sound very precise and technical. It's nice for rhythm/background. Using Overdrive though, you get some real character out of this instrument for lead. Harmonics come through if you do a sustained tremolo pretty easily.
The locking tuners are brilliant. Just pull the string through, lock the tuner, tune and snip. No winding. All guitars need these. ALL OF THEM. Even the Hello Kitty starter kit guitars.
EMG pickups are always the bee's knees.
Ease of Use
The finished back-of-neck on this guitar is probably what makes it so nice to play. I've noticed I need fewer takes when recording to get a riff right. Much less resistance as opposed to satin wood grain. Feels really quick.
I had to tighten the screw on the tone knob when I got it, but that's hardly worth mentioning. Some fret buzz on the E string, raised the action a turn or two and it was gone. Regular guitar setup stuff. Actually really nice since that was all I had to do.
It's on the high end of what I would spend on an instrument unless I was making a ton of money from my music and needed something custom or specific. However, I feel the price is spot on for what you get and how it sounds. Fair value. No regrets.
Been playing for about a decade.
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