Price paid: $ 474
Purchased from: mothers music
Sound — 8
I'm in love with the tone. There is so much more top end compared to my Epi Les Paul. I play with a wah, flanger and a noise suppressor into a Marshall AVT 50. It sounds great, perfect for rockin the thrash metal. The only issue with the sound is that the clean tones can be a little compromised, but that's what the Les Paul is for.
Overall Impression — 10
At the moment, I'm a pretty hardcore, all-out, long mop sportin metal-head, so this guitar is right up my alley. The shape is natural, the playability is excellent, great metal tone, and it looks wicked cool (sadly which is half the battle). I always like ready what people write for the stolen thing, so personally, I would take the guitar from the moron Who took it and impale his sternum upon the headstock (ala If you want Blood), pick up the guitar and rip a painfully fast solo over his rotting corpse. Then probably burn his house down.
Reliability & Durability — 9
LTDs are f--kin tough. Tougher than Fords. I've played their basses and guitars and these things are tough as nails. I've never had a problem playing klive although my bands nature prevents from gigging w/o a backup (different guitars for different tunings and tones).
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
This is the guitars specialty. The neck is thin and built for speed to kill. The black finish is great just like the saying "black is beauty". Only issue: black shows everything! Every tick, fingerprint, cigarette burn, or lipstick Kiss from my old lady shows up on here. it's a tad annoying. I bought this guitar to shred and shred it shall do.
Features — 8
'06 model has a 25-1/2" scale, Basswood body, Maple neck with rosewood fretboard, EMG-ESP LH-300 pickup set, 2 volume, tone, 3-way switching, Black hardware, Floyd Rose licensed tremolo, 24 extra-jumbo frets. The pickups are passive, the tremolo isn't perfect but it works, and I love the woodgrain finish on the back of the neck. I think it looks cool. The reverse headstock and skull inlays pulled out the old visa for me.