LTD M-100FM review by ESP

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (148 votes)
ESP: LTD M-100FM
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Price paid: $ 249

Purchased from: Sam Ash

Sound — 9
It suits perfectly my music style that goes from thrash to metalcore. I use it with a Line 6 Spider IV 15 in metal settings, that is very similar to a distortion of death metal. The sound is very rich and bright, you just need time to figure out an amp setting that suits you.

Overall Impression — 9
I always played metal and this guitar is just perfect for me, 6 months with it with my KH-95 wah pedal and my DigiTech RP-70 guitar processor, it's a great combo for live playing. If this guitar would be stolen for me I could change my mind and buy a Jackson RR3 (I didn't do it before because of my mom's budget) but is just an amazing guitar for the price paid, I wouldn't change anything in this guitar except the FR special for an Original FR.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I have this guitar since 7/1/2011 and on every live play I've made it was perfect sound. The hardware will last until you want, including the strap buttons. It is be very reliable, I wouldn't doubt to take only this guitar to tour since it won't wear off with constant play.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The factory set-up was great, it comes with .009 gauge and E standard tuning, the action was very low. The pickups were well adjusted, even tough I changed the height of them. The top was properly bookmatched, same as with the bridge. It didn't had any piece of hardware bad or oxidized.

Features — 10
This guitar is produced in Indonesia, in an automized line, not sure in what year. It has 24 XJ frets, with a scale of 25.5", a rosewood fingerboard and extra thin-flat neck contour. It has a solid-top, the body is made of basswood and the neck is made of maple. The body finish is flamed maple top that comes in see-trhu black and see-trhu black cherry. The body style goes like a Strat and the bridge is a Floyd Rose special, that is very reliable and durable, I bought it on July and haven't go out of tune. The electronics are all passive, you don't need a single battery, it have Master tone and Master Volume controls and a 3-way selector. The pickups configuration is H/H, it comes with 2 ESP LH-150 (Bridge & Neck), and have ESP tuners.

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