Sound — 9
I play metal mainly, yet also classical, blues, and rock, and this baby is just amazing when it comes to suiting it. I played this on my Peavey Triple XXX and the tone I got was amazing! It wasn't noisy at all! It produced one of the most amazing metal tones any guitar has given me. I prefer a warmer sound after brighter, so I found it kind of awkward that it had a maple top. Yet the mix of woods was very pleasing and gave out a beautiful warm tone with lots of sustain. The EMG-81 worked great for the fast and heavy lead and rhythm riffs while the EMG-60 worked soothingly and warm and a bit bulky for the slower melodies and melodic leads. It has lots of variety and I believe will work for most all players except die-hard Strat and tele fans. Only problem is sometimes you might miss the 2 tone knobs the Les Paul feature if you do tend to mess with the tone a lot.
Overall Impression — 10
For being a metal-head, this suits my music well. I own a few others guitars including the Ibanez RGTHRG1, Dean Dime Razorback, ESP LTD EC-1000, ESP LTD V-500 and so on. This product topped almost all of my guitars. I only wish it was more like the Eclipse Customs and featured a Neck-Thru instead of the Set-Neck. The access on the 22nd is actually decently good. I love everything about this guitar. It is great for rhythm and not too complex leads. I believe, even if my uncle didn't give this to me, I would have bought it anyway. It's truly amazing. I will never even think about getting a Gibson as long as ESP is around with the Eclipse models. If you are gonna play rhythm, get it! If you are gonna play lead that isn't too complex. Get it! Yet, if your gonna be doing all that technical fast crazy lead licks, I would say get the ESP M-II. ESP models, though expensive, can be worth every single penny.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is made by ESP so over-course this thing can stand Live playing. Even the Mid-Higher LTD Models can stand Live playing. I would personally know that because my first gig ever was with a ESP LTD EC-1000, and that thing hasn't given out on me yet. I can't wait until I have the honor of being able to go on stage with this snow white beauty and shred on it. Everything is solid on it. The strap buttons, the hardware. The finish seems amazingly durable. I tend to be a klutz so I tend to have accidents. Even with that (including a guitar hitting metal scare) it hasn't took one chip of paint off. This will most likely be one of my main guitars (I use 3 main guitars due to different tunings). This guitar is def. worthy of that.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar was set up perfect, and I do seriously mean perfect from factory. It has no problems whatsoever! No flaws, no finish problems, no action adjustments, nothing. It was a rare moment for me to pull this out of the case, Switch it to my strings and be able to play drop tunned a bit without needing adjustments. Perfect out of the case.
Features — 10
I got this from my uncle. He got a lot of the new models from the 2007 ESP line and gave me/let me try a few. I've had this for a few months now. It's 2007 and made in Japan. It comes with a mahogany set-neck with a ebony fretboard and 22 XJ frets with a 24.75" scale and a bone nut. the neck itself is slightly thin and is pretty damn fast. It has a Mahogany body with a maple top and is a arch top with the Les Paul body style, yet with a sharp horn on the single cut-away with a absolutely stunning white finish. It features a 2 part Gotoh Tune-o-matic bridge and tail, EMG active 81(B)/60(N) pickups with toggle, volume, volume, and tone control, and Gotoh Magnum locking tuners. It included a very nice ESP case and the simple tools along with a owner's guide. Everything on it, for my personal taste, was perfect. 24 frets would have been nicer yet horrid on a set neck as this one is.