Price paid: $ 300
Purchased from: local guitar shop
Sound — 7
I play 80's heavy metal, hard rock and blues. This guitar sounds pretty good, the string-thru body gives it a rich sound. I play it through a Line 6 Spider IV 75 watt and and Marshall Lead 12 3005 mini stack. The pickups can be noisy(as most $300 guitar pickups do), but they are pretty versatle for my playing style.
Overall Impression — 8
As I stated before, I like to play heavy metal, rock and blues. This guitar is perfect for that style for beginners and experts alike. I have been playing for 6 years, and I own 5 other ESP/LTD's and 2 Ibanez's. If it was lost or stolen, I would probably save up for a higher H series model, preferably one with a Floyd Rose. The Orange flamed maple is awesome and I always get comments on how beautiful the guitar looks. ESP has amazed me once again!
Reliability & Durability — 9
My friends and I have a garage band. We cover Metallica, Megadeth, and Guns N' Roses. I don't think I will be playing live anytime soon. I've had this guitar since May of 2010, and I think it will last long if I take care of it. The strap buttons are nice by themselves, but I always put straplocks on my guitars. Even though I don't gig, I would probably use a backup for this guitar. I have played on it a lot(about 12 hours a week)the finish has held up nicely.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
When I first bought the guitar, everything seemed fine, until I realized that the guitar had an underbow. The pickups were a little too low for what I like, but that is an easy adjustment. The quality of this guitar is especially amazing for it only being less than 300 dollars. There are absolutely no flaws in mine, except when I first bought it.
Features — 7
This guitar was made in 2010 in China. It has 24XJ frets, stylish flamed maple top, basswood body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, super-strat style, string-thru body with TOM bridge, passive electronics with a volume knob, tone knob, and 3-way pickup switch. The pickups are ESP LH-150. The tuners are also ESP.