LTD DJ-600 Review

manufacturer: ESP date: 11/15/2012 category: Electric Guitars
ESP: LTD DJ-600
The LTD DJ-600 is Dan Jacobs' signature model. It features an aggressive angular-shaped Mahogany body with a Snow White finish and dripping blood graphic. A set-thru 24.75 in. design, the DJ-600 implements a 3-piece Maple neck with a Rosewood 22-fret fingerboard and custom bat-shaped inlays.
 Sound: 9
 Overall Impression: 9.5
 Reliability & Durability: 9.5
 Action, Fit & Finish: 8.5
 Features: 9
 Overall rating:
 8.7 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.1 
 Users rating:
 8.3 
 Votes:
 244 
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overall: 9
LTD DJ-600 Reviewed by: unregistered, on november 15, 2012
10 of 13 people found this review helpful

Features: For those of you who haven't seen this beautiful guitar just yet, and don't listen to, it is indeed Dan Jacobs' signature guitar. No, I didn't buy it just for his name however, this guitar is just amazing. As for the guitar itself, it is an LTD, which may cause some of you to shy away from it. However, just because it was made in Korea doesn't mean it's a horrible guitar. In fact that couldn't be farther from the truth. While it may just look like your Standard Explorer-style guitar, it shines when you really take the time to appreciate it. The mahogany body provides deep tones with amazing sustain, which makes up for the sustain often missing when using a tremolo-style bridge. The body is complimented with a 3pc, set-thru maple neck, with a thin, easily playable, u-shaped neck. The fingerboard is rosewood, which provides a nice look to the guitar. The inlays aren't too great (pearl-style bats) but the true treat is in the finish (snow white with blood) and the hardware/electronics. The EMG 81/85 active pickup combo is pretty much godlike when it comes to harsher, metal tones. However more on that later. They're controlled by a single volume knob and a Standard three-way pickup selector. One interesting thing is the lack of a tone knob, which is instead replaced with the EMG Afterburner Switch. Don't be fooled, it isn't a distortion pedal. I use it to push longer cable runs thanks to the 20db of boost, but on a clean amp, it can act as a slight overdrive to push the amp into a gritty, crunch sound. Not recommended as a stand alone tone; but the afterburner could also be used to add something extra to another effect to create a nice lead tone. The original floyd-rose, as usual, did not let me down. Neither did the sperzel locking tuners. In fact, even the stock strap holders were quite sterdy, though I installed straplocks the day I got it. The only thing that did let me down was the lack of any accessories. Granted, I did get this guitar cheaper than any other place. Most places charged $1500 for the included case. But by buying the case separately, along with a strap and extra cables, plus new effects, my total still only came up to $1475. So, take that as a lesson, it pays to shop around. // 9

Sound: I'm the lead guitarist in a metal/metalcore band, so I need a guitar that can wail, and yet still occasionaly lay down cleaner riff. This guitar definately delivers on the tones I need the most. I'm running it through a Crate GT212 (though I'm hoping to upgrade to a Mesa Boogie dual rect soon), a Boss MT-2, Boss NS-2, and my amazing crybaby wah (slash version, didn't get for the name, it has a really bright top end, and I prefer the sweep of it). Normally I would have to tweak a lot of settings to find beautiful tones, but I'm usually pleased with whatever I play on this guitar. It can be occasionally noisy, even with the gate, but that can't be helped as I play in a closed in room, so I'm usually close to my amp. It disappears in normal playing situations. My one disappointment is the clean tone on the guitar. Though this is usually fixed with a slight chorus effect, it is something that is rather disappointing. However that seems to be a problem with almost all emg pickups so I'm able to see past that. I didn't buy the guitar for the clean sounds anyway. However, that is still a slight downfall. // 8

Action, Fit & Finish: The set up from the factory could not have been better really. The action was set pretty low, as low as possible without buzzing on the frets. It also came to me properly intonated, though I had to set the intonation when I changed to heavier strings. The pickups were also set a bit far from the strings, but that was a quick fix. Other than that, the guitar came to me in perfect condition. It hadn't been pawed over by other lustful players, there were no flaws in the finish, which is very flashy, though some may find it tacky (to each his own). Regardless, ltd took time when setting up this guitar, so I commend them. // 9

Reliability & Durability: I haven't had the pleasure of playing it live just yet. But this guitar is definately meant for Live playing. The locking tuners hold pitch really well, even with the floyd-rose nuts unlocked. I wouldn't have trusted the original strap buttons, so I upgraded to Dunlop straplocks, but I never trust stock strap buttons anyway, so that's a personal preference. I couldn't gig without a backup guitar however. No matter how reliable this guitar seems, I never go anywhere without a backup, because you never know what could happen, especially with a floyd-rose. // 9

Overall Impression: As a metal guitarist, this guitar is more than perfect for me. I've been playing for almost 6 years now, and this guitar performs at levels that some instruments, even higherpriced ones, couldnt even dream of reaching. Most people say that price doesn't matter, as long as it's what you want. And with this guitar, it couldnt be any more true. But, like I said, it isnt for everyone. For me, it beat out higherpriced jacksons, epiphones, and even a Gibson Explorer I was considering. Without a doubt, I'd probably cry if it were stolen. Then I'd probably beat the hell out of whoever was stupid enough to steal it. Regardless, this guitar is irreplacable to me, the EMGs and floyd-rose are worth it regardless. I couldn't ask for a better guitar. // 10

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overall: 9.2
LTD DJ-600 Reviewed by: stormtrooper887, on november 15, 2012
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: £ 450

Purchased from: GuitarGuitar Epsom

Features: This guitar was made in Korea (ESP series below the 401 are made in Indonesia), it has 22 frets a rosewood fretboard and a damn thin and fast with a lovely mahogany body. The inlays are a pearl bat inlays which are pretty meh to be honest! It has a white finish, with a red dripping blood graphic coupled with an EMG 81/85 set, an EMG afterburner and a original floyd rose - it is pretty amazing! I paid 450 for this axe (it was 1400) brand new in a end of line sales - in my eyes a friggin bargain! And any readers in the west or south of London, get yourselves down to guitarguitar in Epsom, brilliant service, they set the guitar up for me to Drop C within in 30 mins and gave me a nice gig bag half price! // 9

Sound: I mainly play songs from bands like Killswitch Engage, Bullet For My Valentine, Metallica, Atreyu etc... And I have to say this guitar suits it perfectly, the EMG's are incredibly responsive and the afterburner is a good boost for a solo or if you want that dirt sound when playing cleaning. I play through a Line 6 POD HD300 but have also spent extensive playing this axe through a 6505+ and I have to say it sounded amazing on both - the bridge pick up the 85 I think is amazing - especially when playing clean. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: If you guys have a read a thread I posted on the axe, there was a slight problem of a dead fret - but took it back to shop and got fixed so its all good. Aside that, everything was set up exactly how I wanted it low action correct pup height etc... So a lower mark for the initial problem... // 8

Reliability & Durability: I'm sure this guitar can withstand live usage and the hardware seems of the highest standard - compared to my Jackson DK2M it feels a lot more solid. The finish is immaculate and I cannot see it being ruined unless I tamper with it myself. // 10

Overall Impression: For the music I play, and the price I paid for this axe - it is incredibly, sadly if it were stolen I couldn't buy a new one as ESP don't produce it anymore! My favourite feature has to the bridge pup - it sounds amazing and I'm considering a pick up swap in my passive Jackson for the same pair If I could change anything, I would make the higher frets more accessible (there's no cutaway) and put 24 frets in instead! // 9

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