LTD H-251FM review by ESP

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.1 (37 votes)

Price paid: $ 399.99

Purchased from: Sam Ash

Sound — 9
This guitar plays beautifully for pretty much any style. I play mostly rock/metal and this thing screams. I'm running it through a Marshal 50 watt amp (sorry I don't have the entire model name right now) and a DigiTech RP150 modeling pedal. The pickups are a little muddy soundin with a lot of overdrive, but they're pretty much typical of any passive humbucker. The harmonics could be a little better, I plan on upgrading the bridge to a dimebucker or even get an EMG active set. overall sound is pretty decent.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall I believe that this is a very well made instrument for the price and I believe that with a few personal improvements (i.e. pickups) this could be an extremely great sounding instrument. I've been playing for about two years, this is my fourth electric guitar, I've owned a Behringer Starter Kit, a Schecter Gryphon, and a Windsong unnamed model. If this guitar were stolen I would most definately buy a new one ASAP. My favorite feature overall on the guitar is the neck thru design, it makes for a very versitile instrument, I haven't yet found anything to hate about it.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I believe this guitar would definately withstand live playing, it seems to be a very well built instrument. The hardware seems to me like it will last, but the finish on them does not, they are chrome plated and I believe that will over time flake off. starp buttons were very solid, but like all of my electric guitars I had them swapped out for strap locks. The finish on the guitar itself seems like it will withstand some pretty rough abuse, it's taken a couple spills since I've had it and the finish has stayed in perfect condition, no chips dings or cracks.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar came pretty well set up from the factory. There was a slight blemish on the neck binding close to the body, and I found a small crack in the finish between the fingerboard and the neck pickup. The finish I recieved was a little darker than the one I saw online but I expected that, the top looks authentic and doesn't look like a photo or sticker. otherwise the guitar was perfect, really low action, neck was straight and the intonation was perfect, it even arrived in the mail in tune.

Features — 10
This is a 2007 ESP LTD H-251FM it was made in Indonesia. The guitar is neck-thru and has a very smooth neck joint. The neck has a 25.5" rosewood fretboard with 24 XJ frets. Body is Agathis witha flamed maple top, Body style is Strat with a TOM and string thru body. Has 2 ESP EMG humbucking pickups (passive) One tone one volume, tone knob is a push pull coil tap. Standard ESP LTD tuning machines. Guitar comes in only one color, it's a see thru black wit white bining around the front of the body as well as neck and headstock.

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    Serjem wrote: in general i hate ESPs .. but this one seems to be good
    How the hell did that happen?
    I own this baby, and it's a ****ing BEAST. Flawless performance, it's bridge pickup makes girls orgasm.
    -fez- wrote: ibanez and bc rich pwn esp
    i own an ibanez and an esp and to be honest theyr about the same
    many ppl say that agathis is shit only because its not mahogany, agathis is still a decent wood that plays very nicely. its a lot lighter but doesnt hold a tone quite as long as mahogany but is still a pretty comparable wood.
    the only thing discouraging me is the people who say agathis wood is shit.
    -fez- wrote: ibanez and bc rich pwn esp
    Absolutely NOT
    Pingis_Or_Death wrote: Nicely carved body. I've never liked the Esp headstocks though.
    I own this guitar (i actually wrote the review i just didnt sign in) and this is the new H-series headstock, it very closely resembles a schecter, its not at all rounded like the previous ones.
    Y00p wrote: Serjem wrote: in general i hate ESPs .. but this one seems to be good How the hell did that happen?
    wow this esp aint even that good 2
    looks pretty cool.. "Dear Santa, plz bring me ESP-LTD H-251FM & XBOX 360 and ill try not to steal to much stuff next year"