Price paid: $ 350
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 3
I play almost anything. Hendrix, Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Slightly Stoopid, and the coil taps help somewhat for being a flexible sounding guitar. However, the guitar itself sounds very muted and has almost no tone, making power chords sound like crap.
Overall Impression — 4
Overall, this guitar would make a good first guitar, however that's it. This was my second guitar, and I sold it just because I couldn't stand it anymore. However, to end on a good note, this guitar plays very nice. The neck is very slim and fast and the neck thru is very nice.
Reliability & Durability — 2
Wobbly tuners, and the tremolo arm actually snapped on me. I contacted ESP three different times to get a new one and they said they sent one up. Conviently, each three times, I never got one. Due to the plastic paintjob, this guitar scratches and dents VERY easily. I would never take this guitar on stage, due to the lack of tone. I probably wouldn't even take it as a backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 5
The guitar was mediocrely set up. The whammy bar broke, and one of the screws for the bridge actually fell off randomly, and I still can't seem to find it anywhere. Also, the cable input constantly gets loose and I need to adjust it almost everytime I play it to keep the cable in.
Features — 3
The model I have is the 2009, although they discontinued it. It has 24 frets with real pearl inlays, jumbo frets, and an alder body with a maple neck. The model I have are ESP pickups, however some have EMG HZ. The guitar itself is very cheaply made. The tuners wobble and it actually is coated in plastic instead of having a real paintjob. Also, it has Floyd Rose special. It is also cheaply made and when the plastic paint and the fake Floyd Rose combine, this thing just sounds awful.