Price paid: $ 749
Purchased from: Sam Ash .com
Features: 2010 model made in Korea. Has 22 XJ frets, maple thin you neck and a 25.5 scale. It has an ebony fretboard with Diamond flag inlays. It has a mahogany body and a neck-through with a snow white finish and black pickguard. It is shaped like a Gibson Firebird. Has a TOM bridge and tailpiece with an earvana compensated nut. It came with passive Seymour Duncan JB9bridge0 and '59 (neck). Two volume knobs with, no tone knobs (which isn't a problem for me since I have a Fender Mustang set and a 3-way selector switch. It also has ESP locking tuners. // 10
Sound: I usually play music such as: Dethklok, Deluhi, Life On Repeat, The Fall Of Troy, Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. Post-Hardcore metal and Melodic metal. I run the Phoenix Through a Fender Mustang Head and a 4X12 Crate, with Fender Mustang switching pedals.
The guitar sounds very well, warm tone, nice on distortion, the Stock PU's make it sounds like pure jazz when you set it to clean, a good amount of sustain. The guitar covers about every style there is imo, but my only complaint about the sound is I've owned a Schecter with the same pickups and these pickups just don't do justice for me. If you want to really bring out this guitars true potential I would suggest putting a Bill Lawrence XL500 in the neck and a Seymour Duncan SH1 picking in the other and that will really bring out a nice tone. // 8
Action, Fit & Finish: I purchased the last one in the store and it was the only guitar they had that had never been opened since ESP shipped it to them so as you can guess its been in there for a couple months to years. When it showed up it was flawless as a Diamond, the pickups were adjusted just right, neck wasn't warped, no damage came to it.
The neck is the smoothest I've played, you will be surprised when you touch it, its like rubbing against a wood block after its been smoothes down by like some godly machine. Sweat does not affect the neck. No flaws, and I had to use this guitar the day it came in for a gig and let me say this. It killed on stage but of course those strings being on there for years, the High E popped on the last song but I wasn't disappointed at all. // 10
Reliability & Durability: This guitar has done battle with mahogany Basses and Guitars, being smacked into each other and into wooden desk, walls. And not one dent, chip, or scratch, this guitar is like a tank especially with the ebony fretboard. The straps are solid and NEVER FALL OFF, I own a 1977 Ibanez Lawsuit Firebird and I don't even bring it as a backup anymore, this guitar is like my prized possession. // 10
Overall Impression: This guitar is a 9 out of 10, I give it a 9 B.C. of the Pickups but other than that, this guitar is perfect. If it was stolen I would buy another one, and I would even go pro with this. // 9