Price paid: $ 700
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
It suits perfect for my style of music, wich is like Seether, Papa Roach, A Perfect Circle to heavier stuff like Godsmack or Sevendust, bealive me guys these pups are great JB screams perfect you can easily handle any type of rock or metal, dont get me wrong I know it has Alnico V magnet but it really screams well for Metal just ask Will Adler! Im not a blues guy so I cant tell much for the 59 just that sounds pretty cool on the amp for clean stuff Speaking of! Im running it straight through a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier with a B-52 4x12 cabinet on stage, on rehearsal I use a custom handmade 1x12 cabinet, both cabinets with V30s, no pedals, it sounds awesome I like it more than EMGs model (I also own another the SW model) only becouse fits better on my style obviously if your softer kind of music is metal then go for any other model of these ones with EMGs When I don't play it but Is on It has a very very little passive hum wich is normal Passive means Full sound, palm muting sounds excellent and cleans are really really clean, nothing distorted at all You can get any type of sounds for rock and even metal, from Vintage to grunge to alternative metal and the latest heavy metal stuff Always stays in tune, never fails only when Im practicing at home when I spend 2 hours bending and improving skills Way better than any Gibson Studio, equal or better than any +$1500 Gibson out there
Overall Impression — 9
Im the Second guitar on my band cause I play vocals but lately my main guitar player doesnt attend rehearsal so Im playing main guitar sometimes and even in some new songs I will be soloing, these guitar sounds better than his (he owns a Viper 400 with the same pups) I bealive that has longer sustain and palm muting has more beef I have 10 years playing guitar and I have own many guitars, Ive played many expesive guitars of friends of mine and again, this guitar plays equal or better If it were stolen I buy another ASAP I love the looks of abalone on bindings My favorite feature are the pups plus the locking tuners, I hate to string on Standard tuners Before I buy it I compared it with Epiphone Prophecy, Gibson Les Paul Studio, Ibanez ART and PRS SE mark my words THIS IS THE ONE besides its way less expensive If you are around the $700 USD budget you should give it a try to this awesome guitar, go to a dealer and try it out, youll know what I was talking about The only thing I wish is that in the future ESP make it in a 25.5" scale to improve string tension and better down tunnings like Drop B or make a Baritone model with SD pups Overall great tone and looks
Reliability & Durability — 10
I rehearsal every 2nd day and play on stage on weekends, it never ever fails After 6 months hardware looks and feels like new, I clean it up every time I finish playing I changed stap buttons to Dunlop Straploks, these are the best, I can tell nothing from stock buttons Sometimes I get very lazy and left my backup guitar, because Im very confident that my guitar will never fail me! The finish is like a good wine, it gets better with time!
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
Almost perfect Set Up from factory, action was a little low to my Standard and the neck a little overbowed but its just me, I had to work on it anyways cause I use Drop D, so a little adjustment was needed Perfect height for the pups, these don't need to be as high like EMGs Everything on the right place, no flaws
Features — 9
Hi, This is a 2009 model, made in Korea, I bealive that any LTD Deluxe are made there! Its the Amber Sunburst with Seymour Duncan SH-1 aka 59 on neck, and a SD SH-4 aka JB on bridge, it has 24 jumbo frets on a 24.75" set neck with rosewood fretboard, it has mahogany body with quilted maple top, As you know it has the les paul kind body style but with that pointy cut wich make it look more agressive, Tone Pros TOM, 2 Volumes 1 Tone, Vintage honey speed knobs, 3 way toggle switch, ESP Locking Tuners, Earvana nut, Thin you Neck and Chrome hardware Amber sunburst is a great finish I prefer better a Tobaco Sb but its OK As you can see it has all you need especially TP TOM and Locking Tuners which are great time savers on Tunning and Stringin Lighter than LPs and belive me youll love this neck its smooth as butter Coil Tap would be a great plus like Schecters or factory Straplocks or even a Gigbag cause its a great guitar!