Price paid: $ 800
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 10
I purchased my 2006 Alexi from a eBay seller and since then it has been nothing but amazing. Despite it's short comings having a single humbucker (a EMG HZ which others will say sounds rather sterile) and one volume pot (in which others will argue it's like having your tone set to ten and then fiddling around till you find your sweet spot for the sound you want to have). The EMG HZ that was in the guitar really held it's own with my Laney GH100TI (all tube Tony Iommi tube head). As for the volume pot I can still get a great tone out of it, from a dark sabbath like tone to Metallica to Children Of Bodom(no duh), but then again it all depends on your rig as well. In the end this guitar is a metal guitar and does justice to be so. I recently also just upgraded all the hardware in the guitar with a EMG 81 and EMG PA-2 (an afterburner with 20 dB with the flip of a Switch, it's the same that Alexi Laiho has in his guitar). The active really just is amazing with such clarity, and strength (each pickup have their own distinct sound and tone which I both loved but I have a preference for EMG active pickups, and why have a pickup that mimics a 81 when you can have the real thing). The guitar just Rips like no other especially with my Laney half stack and MXR ZW-44 pedal.
Overall Impression — 10
The LTD ESP Alexi-600 is a good metal guitar outright and more so I bought it because it a great guitar and can hold it's own. If this guitar was lost or stolen that guy Who did it better pray that I never find him, but if it was I would definitely replace it, it's a great guitar and after all the mods even more worth while.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar can take a beating and keeping going, the floydrose really holds up with what I throw at it, from dive bombs to palm muting. The hardware seems to keep up. I truthfully would depend on it if I had to gig with it. The previous owner installed Dunlop strap locks on it to insure that it can't have any unexpected accidents when attached to a strap.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The action when I purchased it from ebay need to be desperate need of a floydrose being setup and also to change the tuning to a whole step down from Standard, but more so that is the fault of the seller and not ESP. After getting it setup, the guitars actions is lower than Britney Spears sex appeal ratings after she shaved her head. The neck and slim and fantastic to run up and down. I personally would prefer if the neck was unpainted and natural (which comes Standard on the ESP custom shop models), but that's just me. The floydrose keeps her in tune even when she doesn't want to be. It can really take a beating I've dive bombed over and over with it and whammed like no other and it still holds a tuning. The Grover tuners really just help it in hold in tune as well, I have them on my Epiphone Zakk wylde les paul (with EMG 81/85)and she holds in tune fantasticly as well. The finish is what made me fall in love with this guitar it was perfect all around, other than some cosmetic flaws in which the previous owner chipped the tips of the fins on it to the wood, but very slight and small chippings ( but I can deal). The white coloring for the body is just flawless with the black pinstripes around the outline for the guitar and is a real eye catcher.
Features — 9
The new LTD Alexi-600 offers a striking V-shaped alder body available in 2 finishes: Black w/Yellow stripe and White w/Black stripe. The guitar has a neck-thru 25.5 in. design, using a 3-piece Maple neck with a 24-fret Ebony fingerboard and saw-tooth inlays. The LTD Alexi includes White binding on neck and head, and comes with professional-quality components including a Floyd Rose original tremolo, Grover tuners, and a single EMG HZ H-4 pickup.