Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: Sam Ash
Sound — 10
The sound and versatility of this sound is amazing. Through tone, and pickup controls, you can easily find your sound, in both the lead and rhythm genres. Because of the shape and the fretboard material, your fingers and scorch the frets, with speed and easy positioning. With my sound, (being that I'm a 13-year old Lead guitarist) as I mentioned before, about the Fretboard and Positioning, the guitar supports me greatly through versatility. If you played on a guitar, other than the EC-50, then played on the EC-50, you'd quickly notice how much easier it is to burn scales from the 1st to 24th frets.
Overall Impression — 10
Like I said before, I'm a 13-year old lead guitarist. It's always a joy, with this guitar, with a variety of effects to cover stuff by Metallica and Van Halen. It's even a blast to cover songs by Rage Against The Machine, with this thing. Right now, I've been playing for about a year and a half, and this guitar has been playing, as a perfect starting guitar, for almost that long, also, withstanding my crazy, metalhead ways, through constant thrashings and drop-downs. The two most outstanding attributes of this guitar are its versatility, and its low cost of about 200$. Like before, I do wish that it had a couple of EMG active pickups and a floyd rose bridge. Rock n' roll baby!
Reliability & Durability — 10
I'm sure, that this guitar can handle everything but straight up demolition. Honestly, I've dropped this guitar about 10 times, from heights at least 4 feet. There are no insanely noticable scars in it, even to this day, either. If you take care of the guitar (not like I did, please), by polishing and wiping it clean, after every session of play, it'll surely stay in good shape. If you do use it on a gig, though, and you think you've overused it, to push it into the "worn" level, bring a backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
This guitar was put together in a Bolt-On fashion. Of course, with all ESP-LTD guitars, you have that nifty little model number at the 12th fret. With the pickups, there is one pickup positioned at the Neck and another at the Bridge. With the tuning pegs, they're convinent little shape ensures comfortability while turning, but they tend to get knocked out of tune, if you play guitar like a maniac.
Features — 8
I bought my EC-50 for 300$, a year ago, but now, you can get it for around 200$, which is a very affordable price, for a guitar. On the 24.75 inch scale neck, there are 24 Extra Jumbo frets, along the Rosewood fretboard. Those body and neckwoods are made of Basswood, assembled in a bolt-on fashion. On the Esclipse-shaped body, you've got two, passive LTD-Humbucker pickups, controled through a 3 way Switch, just above the pickup-side of the neck. There are 3 knobs: 2 Volume controls and one tone control. On the headstock, there are Standard LTD tuners. When I purchased this guitar, I recieved 1 cable. Still, I would've really appreciated this guitar is it had a Floyd Rose bridge and a couple of EMG Active pickups.