Price paid: $ 1064
Purchased from: Billy hyde Music
Sound — 10
It's an ESP, therefore it's built for heavy music. I play thrash mainly (Metallica, iced earth, Slayer) and it's brilliant. the pickups are perfect for what I need and even though I used a Roland Cube 60 atm, I've played this on dual rectifiers and laneys (like the VH100R that I want) and it pounds out killer tone. Sustain is great and harmonics are a cinch to play. Even playing clean I'm still happy with it, so long as I turn down/tweak the tone, otherwise it's very twangy with no warmth.
Overall Impression — 10
By Thor, the bastard you even looks at my LTD the wrong way will die a slow and painful death. I feel guilty leaving my guitar out of the case sometimes I love it so much. If the F-2005 had a Floyd Rose and a less scratchable finish (despite its awesomeness) it would be my perfect guitar. However it comes damn close. I almost wish no-one else would buy one so I coudl say I'm the only one Who has it, but then you wouldn't know just how brilliant it is.
Reliability & Durability — 9
my word I would fight people with this guitar and it would still play like new. I've had mine for just over a year now and apart from the service I had done to check her out after a good years playing, it's never let me down. I don't even think about the strap locks coming loose because they have a death grip on the body. I once thought I had killed the circuits in it but it just my sillyness of not replacing the 9v battery for the active pickups. Apart from the worry of scratching the beautiful finish I could easily (and I have) gigged without a backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Since it was an ex-display model a few scratches were on the body but I didn't care for the price I paid. The paint does scratch easily and after a gig the sweat was hard to get out of it but aside from that it holds up beautifully no matter what you throw at her. It's a very light guitar so it won't weigh you down at a gig and nothing is in the way of you playing, such as strap lock and knobs and that. I've had mine setup to play with super low action with 10/48 strings, and with a slight amount of buzz (which you can't hear when the amps plugged in) only if you seriously hammer those strings. The reason I bought this guitar and not an quality RG Ibanez was that everytime I played this guitar, no matter which shop it was in, it always played far better than the prestige series ESP, Ibanez, Jackson or Gibson.
Features — 9
This guitar came out in 2005 as the 30th anneverisary edition of the 05' F-series LTD. The only differences from the F-400 (the '04 model) are that it has a black satin finish, grover tuners and has a special '30' inlay on the 12th fret, which I think is badass. It's a single piece wood with 24 frets, has a volume and tone control, with the 81/85 EMG pickup combo (81 bridge, 85 neck). The style of the guitar is based after the popular ESP bass guitar style, so they crossed that over to the guitar. I wish it had a Floyd Rose tho.