LTD H-101FM review by ESP

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.4 Good
  • Users' score: 8 (21 votes)
ESP: LTD H-101FM
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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.

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    Joe-Floyd-lover
    blackborrego wrote: saint_berzerker wrote: I have no comment on THIS guitar, but the Chinese made LTD's are probably the worst guitars I've ever handled. They literally feel like toys. Don't generalize you haven't tried this guitar.
    He never made a comment about this guitar... He clearly stated he had no comment about this guitar.. He was talking about The ones HE has tried...
    whaip
    That's not an ESP, that's an LtD great difference. anyway...testetd it once. the price/quality is o.k. pickups are lacking a bit power but, that's normal in this price range. but sometimes there are big differences in the china-LTDs..... I'd give a 6.
    saint_berzerker
    I have no comment on THIS guitar, but the Chinese made LTD's are probably the worst guitars I've ever handled. They literally feel like toys.
    whaip
    saint_berzerker wrote: I have no comment on THIS guitar, but the Chinese made LTD's are probably the worst guitars I've ever handled. They literally feel like toys.
    that's right...chinese production in guitars is very bad. I think, the best guitars at the moment are coming from japan!
    rv_phoenix
    Reviews are a little bit confusing, at least for people like me, who don't handle well the tricky ESP/LTD denominations. Is it an ESP (hence, a serious half-pro to pro instrument), or an LTD (a copy made in China, for those guys who think a fake Montblanc adds some class to their image)? If it is "perfect", as stated by one of our distinguished reviewers, why does it get a 7,6? Are the pickups good or not? If they are noisy, that doesn't necessarily mean they are bad: some pickups are meant to be noisy, i.e. a high output. On the other hand, if a humbucker shows an unwanted noise ("hum", to be more precise), then something must be wrong, because that's what a humbucker is supposed to do: to kill the unwanted noise coming from the 60' cycle of a single coil. As for guitars made in China, I agree most of them are pretty bad. One can see they are built by people who don't understand the instrument. But some of them are really good. Not those under 300 USD, of course.
    jeffo46
    To Saint Bezerker; I happen to own a Chinese made ESP LTD Viper 100-FM and I've been playing guitar for 40 years ( I'm 53 ). IMO, they are a lot better than the Chinese made Epiphones and some of Gibson's lower priced MIA models that are out today. If you have them set up and intonated properly , you'd be very surprised my friend at how great they actually sound.
    blackborrego
    saint_berzerker wrote: I have no comment on THIS guitar, but the Chinese made LTD's are probably the worst guitars I've ever handled. They literally feel like toys.
    Don't generalize you haven't tried this guitar.