#1
Just got back from the shop after getting this beauty set up. I've never spent nearly this much on an instrument ($3000+ USD for a used guitar), and WOW I've really never played anything like it!

For my review of this instrument, I think it would be most useful to compare it to the LTD EC-1000, and the E-II Eclipse. I have owned both of them, and many players will want to know the differences between price points and quality.

The LTD version of this guitar can be set up to be just as playable as the E-II and Custom versions, but comes with LTD-branded hardware that isn't nearly as nice as the very high quality feeling Gotoh components used in the higher end guitars.
When you move up to the price point of the E-II, you get a piece of wood that feels much more resonant, and really sings. The LTD doesn't have as musical a quality when played acoustically.
At the Custom Shop level, the guitar is not only functional, but also gorgeous, this has a 5A Flamed Maple top that is half an inch thick, it's not only beautiful, but adds a bit of treble to the response of the instrument. I doubt I would even take this guitar to a club gig, because I wouldn't want it to get scratched up. As far as functionality, I think this guitar also sounds better than it's counterparts. Seymour Duncan APH-1 pickup set is much more harmonic and dynamic than the EMG 81/60 set or the Duncan JB/Jazz pickups they put in the lower price point guitars.

Sorry for poor quality pictures. I may own nice guitars, but I don't have a nice camera.





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#3
Sweet, like that color! Cool to see one of these in a more "suave" bling.
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#4
Awesome.

It isn't entirely my thing, but I'm glad they didn't drown it in abalone like they do with most of the EC-1000's either.
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Awesome.

It isn't entirely my thing, but I'm glad they didn't drown it in abalone like they do with most of the EC-1000's either.


Gah, when I gigged my metalcore act it was a fucking sea of of abolone Schecters and LTDs. Dark times...
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Gah, when I gigged my metalcore act it was a fucking sea of of abolone Schecters and LTDs. Dark times...

Would you like some dyed rosewood inlays with that abalone fretboard?
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#7
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C'mon, dude! Threadcrapping in someone's NGD?

This is definitely one of those "If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything" situations.
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#8
Great looking guitar! I have yet to play an actual ESP but it is on my short list of guitars to buy/play. Congrats to you!
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#10
Nice guitar.  Japenese ESP's are nice.  I think now is the time to buy them before you can't even find them anymore cause all you see are the (I hear inferior) E-II's or the, I suspect much pricier, made in USA models. 

How is the neck joint and overall neck on that thing? I would probably play that guitar over a Gibson, but I suspect most people wouldn't so the resale value on that is probably not that great.  That of course doesn't matter if you plan on keeping it. 
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Nice guitar.  Japenese ESP's are nice.  I think now is the time to buy them before you can't even find them anymore cause all you see are the (I hear inferior) E-II's

ESP owners perpetuate that myth to drive the perceived value of their guitars up so they make more money on a sale. E-II's are no better or worse built than the ESP-banded guitars they replaced.
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#13
Lovely top on that HNGD!
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#14
Congrats she's a beauty!
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#16
Nice guitar, that looks like a good score for $3k. 
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