Price paid: $ 280
Purchased from: Tara Music Store, Jonesboro, GA
Sound — 6
Suits my style well, I play rythym, and it gives a good punch, with a fair variety of tones, I have tested it with two digitech pedals, models unknown, a pandora PX3 effects processor, a Boss D-1 distortion pedal, and two different Fender Amps. It is noisy if set to the bridge only position, but only if gain and reverb are up on the amp, other than that it is pretty subdued. Mostly a rich and heavy, full sound, but you can coax a bright tone form it occasionally, due to the uncovered pickups. Fairly Diverse range of sounds, it would be more diverse if it had another tone and a few more stops on the selector Switch, but it serves well for basic functionality, and for outlining tones.
Overall Impression — 6
Been playing 7 years, have a Schecter C-1 classic, a digitech Pedal, Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal, two Fender amps, a korean made guitar that i got for free, and an Ibanez PF series acoustic guitar. If it were stolen i think i may buy a replacement, as this guitar is a fairly good guitar, especially for 280 bucks. I love the humbuckers and the floyd rose. I dislike the lack of more tone control. My favorite feature is the FLAT RADIUS FRETBOARD. I wish it had more tone control, maybe another selector, active pickups, a coil splitter (im gonna hot-rod it :)) An overall decent guitar, good for any lead or rythym player who wants a humbucker charged kick.
Reliability & Durability — 6
This guitar is not a thrash machine. I have had one pickup reset, as it sidled loose, and i have had the fret bar fixed as well, but that was a shipping accident. The hardware has lasted, except that there is a little rust on one of the allen nuts where the allen wrench has scraped the nut from locking/unlocking the frets, but they can be replaced. The finish is definitely strong, and still there after I have scratched it up due to not haveing a pickguard on it. The straps stay on forever, and the buttons are solid. It can be depended on, stays in tune well. I don't think I would use it wihout a backup though, as it may be damaged by antics onstage. It is fairly well made, but seems a bit fragile.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Action is perfectly executed, retains tunings even on alternate and downtuned strings, pickups are adjusted well, top and floyd rose are set well, no finish errors. The guitar did contain one flaw when I got it. Apparantly, during the trip from the factory, the fret bar became dislodged, and as a result the action was high as hell. But I had the problem corrected and the guitar plays like a dream now, as it was set up to do. There are no other flaws on the guitar.
Features — 8
Made back in 1998 24 frets, 23.25" scale. Solid top, no pickguard. Tone control, Volume control, 3 way selector Switch. H/H pickups I believe they are LTD humbuckers, they come standard on whatever guitars ESP produces in the LTD line. Passive electronics. Body is basswood, neck is maple back with rosewood fretboard and fingerboard. Finish, laminated Solid color, no pickguard. Body Stlye is Strat style Bridge, Floyd Rose w/ locking tremelo um..; I don't exactly know the make of tuners, they are non-locking at the headstock, but can be locked at the neck and tuned with the floyd rose too. Neck is regular 24 fret 23 3/4" scale, Rosewood, Maple back. Came with strap and cable (he threw in the cable cause I bartered with him). inverted headstock, also.