LTD KH-202 review by ESP

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 6.6 Neat
  • Users' score: 8.4 (47 votes)
ESP: LTD KH-202
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Price paid: $ 350

Purchased from: Guitar Center

Sound — 6
This guitar is made for metal, but the pickups sound very thin so I don't really use this guitar. In fact I returned. I mainly use a Marshall Haze 40, which is pretty good. Its not that noisy. You can play pretty much any kind of music on this, but I hate the stock pickups.

Overall Impression — 6
I mostly play metal but do play some blues and rock sometimes. I have been playing for 4 years, I bought this around a year and a half ago. I also own a 2011 Gibson Explorer which is my main axe alongside a PRS SE model which is great also. I actually traded this guitar in for the PRS, overall it felt better and had way better hardware for only $100 more! If this guitar were stolen I would definitely not buy it again. I liked this guitar at first, but then after 6 months I realized how much I hated it, It had cheap hardware and I wasn't a beginner anymore. I also got it at a pretty cheap price as back then they were $500 new (which is a ripoff). Now they are $350 new which is a much better price. The LTD M-100 has all of the features of this guitar, minus the signature and the skull inlays, but plus the flamed maple top, for $300! Used for around $200! That's a better deal, and all the hardware is the same.

Reliability & Durability — 6
I think it could withstand live playing, I would however change all of the hardware after a while just because it is low quality. The strap buttons are fine, and I would definitely not gig with this without a backup. I like to mess with Floyds a lot during shows and this guitar does not stay in tune all that well when I do. I had this guitar for around eight months and the paint on it still looked quite excellent.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar was fine out of the box, action was the way I liked it, the pickups were well adjusted. One problem was the Floyd, it was not setup correctly so I had it set up at the shop. I hate basswood body guitars, but this one was fine out of the box, no scratches or anything major.

Features — 7
My KH was made In 2011, made in china. It has thin 24 fret neck made out of tree wood. - Bolt-On Construction - 25.5" Scale - Maple Neck - Rosewood Fingerboard - 42mm Locking Nut - Extra Thin U Neck Contour - 24 XJ Frets - Black Hardware - ESP Tuners - Floyd Rose Special Bridge CONTROLS - 3-Way Switch - Neck Volume - Bridge Volume - Master Tone It has passive stock LTD humbuckers.

3 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Omar.Hasan.moha
    can any one make a review on the kh 330 iam going to get it but i wanna know is it good or bad i didn't find any review of it
    OGSawedOff
    Funny how all these guys bash this guitar.. It's my favorite right now over a Schecter, a Jackson, and an Ibanez RG-470. Super fast neck, decent cutting pickups (ESP), cool looking hardware, and mine NEVER goes out of tune! Made to shred, and looks great too.. Nice guitar!