Price paid: $ 350
Purchased from: Pianos 'N Stuff
Sound — 9
I play metal so I needed something that could shred, this was that guitar. I use an Orange Dark Terror with one of their cabs and run just a tube screamer and an ISP decimator through it. Not noisy at all but these pickups aren't very great, they sound like really strong passives but don't sound very hot. Harmonics are easy to do but hard to make many since there is no trem.
Overall Impression — 7
I play metal, this guitar is a great match for the genre. I have been playing for so many years that I've lost count, I own ESPs, PRSs, Schecters, Gibsons, a variety of different amps, and tons of effects. If it were stolen I would buy another one, simply because this is a great guitar for modding the hell out of. I love the mahogany and I hate not having a floyd. I wish I would have asked the guy if he would at least mark what guitars are B stock or not. My favorite feature is the binding, has a really nice gray celluloid guitar pick look to it. I did not compare it due to the fact I like the surprise of seeing for myself what guitars are like and then reviewing them. I wish it had a sandwich maker on it cause I'm hungry. I dunno.
Reliability & Durability — 5
It would withstand live playing, hardware would last, solid strap buttons, given it is a B stock guitar I would not depend on it, and the finish is messed up so I couldn't tell you if it would last. Something I do have to point out is because the neck is laminated like the body, it gets very sticky or greasy. I would recommend sanding it down a little to prevent this but do make sure you know which grade you use. I am not responsible for the damage you may do. Waxing it may be an easier option as it should not leave any damage on the guitar or finish.
Action, Fit & Finish — 1
Good setup out of the factory, I like my fingerboard as close to the strings as possible and that's how it came. Neck pickup needed to be sunk into the body just a little. This is where this guitar REALLY takes the good ESP name and kills it. There are at least 14 different finish flaws that should have marked this as a B stock guitar. ALL OVER THE NECK and a few on the headstock. When I played one in the store I played one that was perfect, no flaws at all but I received unfortunately, a different guitar. Pulled out the receipt later and it said B stock after the item name but did not say on the tag of the guitar I bought AND I wasn't even informed it was of lesser quality, which if I am not mistaken is breaking a federal law in the United States.
Features — 8
Made in 2011 in Indonesia, this 24 fret 25.5" scale guitar can shred. This guitar has a mahogany body, maple neck, and rosewood fretboard. Comes only in white, Strat style, Tune O mastic bridge. Active pickups, 1 volume, 1 tone, 3 way switch. 2 humbucking ESP ALH 200 pickups, ESP non locking tuners, and didn't come with so much as a manual or some sort of ESP card in the box but that is mostly resulting from the incompetent "employees" at this store.