Price paid: $ 975
Purchased from: AMS
Sound — 10
As I was saying I got this so I could have the low lows of a Baritone and the high screams of a high E 24 fret scream. And it makes all of these Noises falwlessly. I own two other ESP LTD's and this is an amazing addition to my collection. I have my EC-500 in drop C or one whole step down I have my MH-401QM in drop D and keep the seven in standard. Who needs to tune it down when its basically a dropped B.
Overall Impression — 9
Well This was my first seven string and I will admit I am biased to ESP LTD guitars cause I've had so many with so very very few problems. Worst problem was a bad output jack or selector switch which is going out in my EC-500 so I'll need to get that replace but when you slam the selector switch they tend to give out quickly especially the Les Paul 3 position style. The selector on this is a blade type and easier to get to so I don't have to slam it when I reach for it when playing live. This guitar has opened up a New part of my music making in some ways. Eventually the regular six string gets a bit repetitious but with my seven string I get that one extra string and the new horizons it has opened of for me are amazing. I'm one of the few good guitarists in town that can back it up on stage and only one other plays the seven and that's how I got the idea. Basically if your looking at getting a Baritone think about a seven string. Yes the tuning isn't exact cause the g string is tuned to F# and baritones have no high E. The only down side that I have had with it is the accessibility to Ernie Ball seven string guitar packs. I've had it for almost 2 months and still playing on original strings.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Well I haven't had it for long I got it as a christmas gift for myself but if it hold up anything like my EC-500 which I've had for about 5 years I have no doubt that it will last for my decades long worth of playing. It Is Set-thru construction that gives incredible sustain without having to pay an extra 500 to 750 for a full neck through.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Finish is a flame maple top in see thru black with black nickle hardware. I have my action set very low cause I play the fastest of the fast metal and I've had the frets in all my guitars fully leveled and pollished. My string are less than 2 mm off the fretboard at the 12th fret and I never got any fret buzz out of this guitar compared to my other 2. The others were a lil off. All guitars I get I play for about 5 minutes just to check it out then I get to work setting the action to my own. The action it came with was extremely high compared to mine but the truss rod was set up perfectly. Just a few turns on the studs and put it in tune and it hasn't gone outta tune yet.
Features — 10
This is my first seven string and I was basically wanting the best of both worlds when it comes to a Baritone setup but be able to switch back to a standard six string. People think seven strings are so compicated but if you just stop and think about it they only have five more frets and instead of e being the lowest note ya very low octave of b is now the lowest. It is a set-thru design a 2011 model comes with EMG 81-7 at the bridge which has the same sound as the EMG 81 and the neck is a 707N and creates a beautiful clean tone. I have the Floyd Rose version and I absolutely love it.