Sound — 1
Of the guitars I have played, this is the worst, though the EMG's do have some punch there is too much difference between bridge and neck sounds, the bridge with no sustain and a strange cutoff that resembles a noisegate, it's physically impossible to play any song with it, and the neck being a muddy flat mess with little definition. I've messed around with tube stacks, solid state stacks, combos and even practice amps and there is just nothing exciting, even the good old analogue stompboxes just don't seem that good hooked upto this guitar.
Overall Impression — 1
I've played a few ESP guitars, and they all seem to be cheap, being a lefty and playing something that sits between Sonic Youth, Frank Zappa, Mr Bungle and Captain Beefheart I'm very limited. This guitar is very expensive firewood with a magnet whacked in for good measure but never could it pass as an instrument. Lefty's don't have a choice of instruments seeing as custom shops won't even build them, so what's on offer is very limited and I nthis case cheap. I did go back to muso's corner, a.k.a destroyer of guitars and played a right handed version, just as bad. Thanks ESP for screwing up my life.
Reliability & Durability — 1
A guitar that you buy then can't play for 9 months then find it's still unplayable doesn't even deserve this section of review. Comparable to a guitar made entirely out of glass or possibly ice. This doesn't help but just scroll up to "action, fit and finish."
Action, Fit & Finish — 1
Of the 12 months in use, I had played this guitar for maybe 3 months tops. From the factory, the neck was warped and not a single fret was set properly, originally jumbo, these frets now resemble Vintage sized frets from the work done on it. The lisenced tremelo fell apart after I restrung to a nicer guage of strings then continued to almost reach snapping point for no apparent reason. The physical finish is rough as guts, every little ding in the wood from manufacture can be seen through the paintwork and the glossing is horrible.
Features — 1
This guitar has your Standard thrashy Strat. ESP locking tuners, flat you neck, jumbo frets and a lisenced trem. Sound comes from a set of EMG hz/h4 passive pikups; for those of you playin out there this is a '05 model, last of the Kh-202's to come with real EMG pikups, and a somewhat contoured basswood body.