Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
As expected its a badass guitar. From what I know its discontinued and its a shame. If your any type of metal player this guitar is it. When I play its as much gain as I can get and the guitar loves it. I play on a Marshall Mode 4 with a 4X12 and a 2x15. The two 15's are perfect for the massive low end it puts out. On the clean channel its also amazing. You can get very warm rich tones from the neck and crisp brite tones from the bridge. One thing i should also mention is I use the fattest strings I can buy. I use a 70 on the low curtesy of Zakk Wylde. Then I pretty much use the rest in that package; 52,48,... somthing like that and come up with the 7th string out of my stash.
Overall Impression — 10
Overall its the best guitar ive owned. I stopped playing my others when I got because this one spoiled me. I've been playing for about 7 years and this is guitar 11. I got a couple Jacksons, a couple acoustics, an Ibanez, and alot of Gibsons. I kinda inhereted them from my dad. I would recommend this guitar to anyone whos not a pussy. If you like thin little strings I'd say look elsewhere, maybe a Fender. If you're tough and you play badass metal tunes the land of ESP is your home.
Reliability & Durability — 10
Nothing has broke or malfunctioned since I bought it which was about two years ago. I've played a bunch of shows with and never even broke a sting. It's just tough, and kinda heavy.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
From the factory the action sucked because the strings were dinky and flopped all around. As soon as I put new strings on it was a different guitar. I had to file the nut a bit and file the tuner for the low string because it was to fat to fit. I raised the bridge a bit and it was perfect. The pickups came adjusted well although the black platic around them was kinda cracked. Other than that everything was mint. The see-thru black finish is awesome and it has a natural color binding. All the hardware is black. It's one tough looking guitar.
Features — 10
This is the 7 string H body style. It has 24 frets and a see thru black finish. One volume one tone and a three way selector. It came equiped with two seymore duncan humbuckers. It has a string thru body, non locking tuners a fat seven string neck. I bought it used but it was in perfect condition and I got a good deal.