#1
So

I wanted an 8 string.

Budget of INR 45 grand. Or roughly 800 dollars.

Zeroed in on Schecter's Damien Elite 8.

"Sir, Schecter replaced the Damien with a new one with a longer scale. We don't have the old one any more, and the new one won't be available with us for another 3 months."

Dang.

RGA8?

"We have it in stock. 55 grand."

Dang. Don't have 55.

RG8?

"Sorry, not available at the moment."

**** my life.

Iron Label?

"Sir, INR 75,000".

Fuuuuuu.

Do you have ANYTHING with 8 strings?

"Well, we have this LTD..."

Hmmm.....seems interesting....matte black....exactly my budget....people on the net say it plays quite well....what if it doesnt intonate? It has a 25.5'' scale....

"Sir, if it doesn't intonate in stock form, we'll modify the saddles free of charge."

Sounds good. I want an 8 and I can see nothing else. Fine. Lets go for it.

I give you, an LTD H338.

Pr0n time.

















Now, for teh review.

Do note that my opinions are based on comparisons with my two previous guitars, and that it is largely just an opinion. If you are considering buying this, do try it out yourself.

SPECS:
Mahogany body, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard.
ESP stock tuners and active pickups.
24 XJ frets
Fixed ESP bridge, string through body
Black satin finish, volume and tone knobs, 3 way switch.

FIT AND FINISH: Very well put together, feels utterly solid. Arrived with no blemishes on the body, no scratches, no dings. Fingerboard smooth and well put together, frets very even, no dead frets.
Slightly sharp ends, but not uncomfortable or painful to play, just a little noticeable.
Bridge feels solid, pickups tight against body, no loose screws, no fiddly loose bits. Knobs turn smoothly and evenly, pickup selector has a nice chunky action.
Tuners tightly screwed in, nut even, no strings higher or lower than the others.
Only botched bit is the 24th fret inlay, which seems to be a bit smudged.
Finish looks beautiful. Binding looks butt ugly. WTF is LTD's obsession with fake abalone.

PLAYABLITY: Neck feels smooth and fast. Needs minimal effort to fret strings.
Feels much better to play than my previous guitars, an H50 and an MH100QM.

In spite of being a bolt on, the higher fret access is amazing. On my previous guitars,
I had difficulty playing beyond the 17th fret. Here, I have to make absolutely no adjustment to my left hand position all the way upto the 22nd fret, and only a mild angle to play the 23nd and 24th frets.
The bit where the screws are attached, I think it's called a heel?
Whatever it is, it has no back plate, and it is exceedingly small and flat, so there is very little impedance to your hand.
Body is very comfortable, has several cutouts.

Low F# a bit too loose for my liking though. It's a 62 I think, sounds fine, just a bit too loose.
Intend to install an 70 sooner or later.

Minus point? It is heavy as hell, feels like a log of wood hanging from your shoulder. No neck dive though

SOUND: Warm, tight, but with a distinct bassiness. Not boomy, but definitely bassy. Has a mild high end sparkle, but overall very warm sounding.
Wasnt expecting the stock ESP pickups to be good, but they are actually pretty decent.
Sounds very warm and full, and clarity is amazing.
I can play full 8 note barre chords and have each note ring out clearly on high distortion.
A 6 string barre on my old MH would turn into a pile of fizz.
the H338 isnt particularly aggressive sounding but, not very easy to get that nasty Meshuggah tone from it, need to parametric eq the living shit out of it to get there.
It's natural sound is a warmer, less buzz saw kind of sound.
Feels much more mellow. Don't get me wrong, it can do heavy tones, just not nasty aggressive ones. Think Dark Tranquillity or Dream Theater rather than Shuggah.
Cleans are full, and they have this bell like quality to them that I absolutely love.
Sounds insanely soothing to play suspended chords above the 12th fret with chorus and delay.
Natural harmonics sound plain amazing. Lovely "pealing" kind of sound to them.

The pickups do show a bit of mild compression though, there is less response to picking dynamics as compared to my previous guitars. The flip side is, palm mutes sound incredibly consistent when recording.

Overall, I find this a great guitar, hugely enjoyable to play, very well built.

Oh, and intonation? It came with the intonation on the low F# way off. Took a bit of poking and prodding to get it to sound good. With the saddle a goodly way back, the intonation is spot on. It DOES take work to get it there though. And I very much doubt it will remain well intonated below at most an F1. I say get something with a longer scale if you intend to go Drop E1 or lower.

Now I'm off to learn me some Floyd. Learning 6 string songs first to accustom myself, the two extra strings are kinda ****ing with my head. What at first glance was a 4th string earlier, is now a 6th. So yeah, ****ery
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#3
Good of the shop to offer assistance should it need it.

Not helping my desire to have an 8. Though I really don't ****ing need one...
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#4
Quote by Dave_Mc
sweet


Aye, I'm really loving it. Love the feel of having the two extra strings too, feels like there is no limit to what I can compose or play it's gotten me practicing stuff I would never have bothered to learn on my previous guitars

Quote by lemurflames
Good of the shop to offer assistance should it need it.

Not helping my desire to have an 8. Though I really don't ****ing need one...



Yeah, it's really good of them. Even offered to get me some proper string sets as well

And get it. You already have a badass ESP 7, why not a badass ESP 8 as well? One can never have too many guitars
Last edited by GS LEAD 5 at Jun 8, 2014,
#5
It's LTD. ^^

But... yea......... yea...



Nope. Mustn't spend more money.

Congrats on your new 8.
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#6
Quote by lemurflames
It's LTD. ^^

But... yea......... yea...



Nope. Mustn't spend more money.

Congrats on your new 8.


I know mine is an LTD, I was thinking of THIS when I said get an ESP8

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And thanks really happy with it

EDIT: There is something about that middle pickup on the SC's that kinda weirds me out
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#7
I don't think the E-II models ever made it to the US.
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#8
Quote by lemurflames
I don't think the E-II models ever made it to the US.

Lolwut? It's showing a price in dollars on the ESP USA site, so I guess it did?

Isn't that expensive either, 1700 dollars. I have a bit of a sweet tooth for ESP, I'd grab it in a heartbeat if I had the cash.
If only it came in matte....
#9
I remember now, E-II is available here.

But some of the models are not. EU/AU exclusive, or something.

They never released this gem here...



Bummer.
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#10
Quote by lemurflames
I remember now, E-II is available here.

But some of the models are not. EU/AU exclusive, or something.

They never released this gem here...



Bummer.



Matte 7 string Telecaster?

Mother of hipster.

It's so hipster, I want one.

No seriously. Something, that thing is cool
#11
Heh. For 25.5 scale the 62 thick string is optimal for low B and starts to get loose at A. It must be like spaghetti in F#.

Happy NGD!

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#12
Quote by MaaZeus
Heh. For 25.5 scale the 62 thick string is optimal for low B and starts to get loose at A. It must be like spaghetti in F#.

Happy NGD!


Well, it feels exactly the same as the 54 I used to use on my old MH100 in A#. I'm guessing it's a 62, im not exactly sure if it helps, there isnt any buzzing anywhere...maybe its a 68?

And danke really happy with it
#13
Very nice. HNGD!
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#14
I've always been a 6 stringer. Just looking at that thing is intimidating for me.

Looks very killer though. I Might have to take baby steps and try a 7 first

HNGD
#15
Quote by cheesefries
I've always been a 6 stringer. Just looking at that thing is intimidating for me.

Looks very killer though. I Might have to take baby steps and try a 7 first

HNGD

Do it, boy. Drop that low string down and use it in some chords.
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#16
IIRC, the 8th string stock on LTDs is a .068". Try an 80 if you can get your hands on one.
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#17
HNGD

Those pictures are F-ing huge
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#18
HNGD! :Cheers:

That scale is so tiny it's cute.

Lol jk. Have fun with it, man.
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#19
So jelly!

Nice!
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#20
Quote by GS LEAD 5
Matte 7 string Telecaster?

Mother of hipster.

It's so hipster, I want one.

No seriously. Something, that thing is cool



I don't think you know what that word means...


Cool guitar!
#21
Quote by Linkerman
Very nice. HNGD!


Thanks really loving it at the moment.

Quote by cheesefries
I've always been a 6 stringer. Just looking at that thing is intimidating for me.

Looks very killer though. I Might have to take baby steps and try a 7 first

HNGD


Same here, this is my first ERG. Always been 6's before. Bit of a mind**** when you try to play it, too a while to get used to it.

And yeah, really nice looking, looks a lot pricier than it actually is

Quote by lemurflames
Do it, boy. Drop that low string down and use it in some chords.


+1

Quote by oneblackened
IIRC, the 8th string stock on LTDs is a .068". Try an 80 if you can get your hands on one.


A 68? Hmmm, I think I'll get a 74, 80 might be too much. The 68 isnt very far off from what I like, just a tad too loose rather than horribly loose.

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HNGD

Those pictures are F-ing huge


Yeah, I forgot to resize
And thanks
Quote by TheStig1214
HNGD!

That scale is so tiny it's cute.

Lol jk. Have fun with it, man.

Yeah well, I would have preferred a 27 or 28....aw well, it plays well so I'm fine with it

Quote by Fisheth24
So jelly!

Nice!


Thank you ^_^ very very happy with it


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I don't think you know what that word means...


Cool guitar!



Well, most 7 stringers I have seen have the typical imma do brootz djentz metulz ballz superstrat shape, so yeah, a tele shape 7 is rather out of the ordinary IMO


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