LTD F-200 review by ESP

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (31 votes)
ESP: LTD F-200

Price paid: $ 300

Purchased from: A Friend

Sound — 10
This guitar has no feedback what-so-ever. Awesome crunch and amazing playability. I play through a Crate GX-1600 Head and Rogue 400 cab with a korg ax1g multi effects. This setup is cause of the one of the greatest metal sounds I have ever heard, with unbeatable lows and heart stopping highs.

Overall Impression — 10
This is the best guitar I have ever played on if your looking for a unbelievable guitar this is the one no questions asked.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is execellent for solo jamming or full band practice and would easily do an entire set by itself. The only downfall is that the guitar has a 9 volt battery in it for the afterburner. When this battery gets old and starts to die, you start to fade crack and then produce no sound at all, and the guitar cannot stay plugged in for numerous hours, because the battery will run down.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Everything was perfect simple as that.

Features — 10
This is guitar is just completely amazing. It instantly improved my playing. Although this model has a bolt on neck the EMG passive pickups do a great job. It features a 22 fret rosewood neck with shark fin inlays. It also has locking tuners and a floyd rose tremolo and a 3 way pickup selector. Also features an afterburner, which is basically a boost channel built right in. All in all a great guitar.

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    Review was spot on, except that the F200 has 24 frets. Also, as much as I like the EMG HZs, I'm considering dropping a pair of Blackouts, or a Gravity Storm set....any other suggestions are welcome of course, but overall, this is a wicked little beast...
    If you need a battery wouldnt the pick-ups be active? or are they somthing like passive/active? Say you put the 'afterburner' on and the pickups go from passive to active?
    the battery is needed for the afterburner feature by EMG that the guitar has
    It's a little odd not having a tone adjust, but not that big a deal (that's why god invented mixers, right?) Other than that, this guitar is about as close to the perfect metal machine... fast, fancy neck (mine's 24 fret), sweet EMGs, killer looks and a very nice Floyd. WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE?
    These are getting rare. Was offered $450 for mine, in xlnt. cond. Turned down the offer. This is a metal/shredder guitarists dream. Mega sustain, EMG's are hot! Heard one guy whine about the "Floyd Rose" tremo! For some, I guess it's rocket science to set-up, lol. I give this guitar a "R" rating. Not recommended for wimps. The only step up from here would be a neck thru body model. I just take myself so serious at times, it just cracks me up.