Axxion review by ESP

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (46 votes)
ESP: Axxion

Price paid: $ 1824

Purchased from: Guitar Factory

Sound — 8
The Axxion is a sig. guitar from the Mustaine series. This guitar was specifically made for a new style of metal and hard rock. Its sound is amazing due to to its very unique body shape. To best describe its sound, it is never-brfore-heard and interesting. You can buy the V's for its metal sound or you can buy a Les Paul for its tranquility, but playing or listening to an Axxion for the first time: its really weird, amazing but weird. I would recommend people whos have difficulty understanding to listen to Megadeth's 'In My Darkest Hour' where these guitars are expressed. The Axxion's sound is very distorted and unnatural. Dont forget: it's the body of the Axxion that really makes its sound, no matter how many times you try and change your amps or replace its pickups oyu will make very little impact. This guitar will only satisfy your style if you fully understand the sound.

Overall Impression — 8
I usually play hard rock, metal and thrash and this guitar is only used for certain songs I'm afraid. Its unique sound has just been conceived and is yet to be expressed to its full potetial. I'm 15 and I've only been playing for a year, I must have some family genes 'cause I'm a natural. However I can still appreciate its magnitude. If it were stolen I'd kill the person and get it back! I wish it had a pick with it I keep loosing them!

Reliability & Durability — 8
The Axxion can withstand non stop playing especially in live concerts and other gigs. Like the the ESP V's, the Axxion has screw on strap lock so you can shake it all you want it wont come off. Like its ESP brothers this guitar can be very dependable.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The stock Axxion is already very well tuned and prepared for a good thrashing, it had no suprising glitches and sratches. Its durability is above normal and its locking tuners stay place even in harsh bumps and drops. Its body shape is very comfortable while in a siting position and indeed while standing up, however, while performing on-stage acrobats I would say that it gets painful around the sharp edges!

Features — 9
Axxion (pronounced 'action'): Neck: - 24 jumbo frets - 3 piece mahogany neck - Ebony fingerboard - Custom 'xx' inlays Body: - Neck-thru-body construction 25.5" scale - Mahogany body - Dunlop Flushmount strap locks - TonePros locking bridge with string-thru-body Electric: - Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz humbuca pickups, 2 volume and 1 tone control knobs and a 3-way toggle - Sperzel locking tunners.

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    Looks like its made of play-dough. Also, cuz its selling so badly, they're going for 400 or so in the UK now.
    Ive seen loads of different videos of Megadeth playing darkest hour, and ive seen them do it 3 times, and ive never seen Mustaine use an Axxion, though it is a really nice guitar and in response to a couple of other people who ask how a beginner gets a $2000 Guitar? they save up for it! just because youve been playing for 5 years or w/e doesnt mean you all of a sudden have access to an axxion! ( I wish it did though!)
    the shape is specially designed simply to be very comfortable to play sitting down, and anyone who does will be surprised how easy it is to play it with a good action and set up.
    glen drover uses it more than him, he has a white one that'S sooo sweet, playing A tout le monde with it at gigantour 2006 was amazing
    2000...well i duno about u guys that thats alot of money lol its a amazing guitar..and he does use it he started using it in the summer of 05 because me and my bud saw them in the states..however it was for about 4 songs then he used the dv8.I do have to say id go for a dean like dimbags DFH guitar if you want a signature modle guitar
    jeez, guys he doesn't even use this model, he uses the DV8 series. don't waste 2000 on this when you can buy a dv8-r for $900 and blow it out of the water
    i wouldnt say its gay, i think its a totally rad guitar review was helpful!
    This shape kinda is gay, but since it's Dave Mustaine's, it's cool.. That's the only reason
    so if you installed... say a stock squire single coil it would still sound like the original axxion...?
    This guitar looks like the gay brother of a b.c. rich mockingbird (a guitar which actually does look cool) Have you ever notice you never see mustaine playing this guitar in video or concert?
    this guitar is the last thing that can be considered gay. the first thing is you though. bc rich is for posers. and posers=gay.