Price paid: $ 150
Purchased from: Sam ash
Sound — 9
This guitar sounds absolutely amazing I play mostly hard rock and metal and I must say this guitar handles it really well the amp I am using is an Orange Crush Pix CR20 L and for my metal tone I use a DOD Death Metal FX86 pedal. The ESP LH-100 set also handles cleans very well, I also have an Esp LTD EC-1000 and I still prefer this M-10 for most of my metal playing. The only complaint I have is that with this guitar the pinch harmonics are kind of difficult but they sound ok if you get them right.
Overall Impression — 10
I play alot of Bullet for my valentine and disturbed and you gotta believe that ESP targets metal players. I've been playing for a little over a year. If this guitar was stolen I would hunt that person down and get it back, I have 4 guitars and this is probably my favorite. I think one of the best things about this guitar besides the overall sound is that the neck is extremely thin and smooth so it's good for solos.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is definitely solid and yes I have dropped it and a little chip of the finish came off but I was surprised it wasn't more then just a chip. I would definitely take it to a gig without a backup. These strap buttons are the best I have used they are very solid and haven't givin me any problems so far.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I was able to just take this guitar out of the box, tune it and start rockin out so the action was great I haven't had to adjust the pickup height until recently but that is just because I installed blackout pickup covers.
Features — 8
This guitar is great! It has a basswood body maple bolt on neck and rosewood fingerboard it has ESP tuners and ESP's own LH-100 pickup set (humbuckers) a tune o-matic style bridge and string thru body. It has 22 jumbo frets w/ dot inlays and the model name at the 12th fret. I just wish it could have included a floating bridge but that's just my opinion because I like the whammy bar.