Price paid: € 200
Purchased from: Musique Point Com (France)
Sound — 10
I mostly play metal through my little Roland Cube 20X, but the M-50 is very versatile: it can play mostly anything from blues to heaviest styles. It has a good sound, not noisy but very clear (yeah except on full gain that's obvious). I love it because you can easily play rhythm riffs and melodies without having to change completely your effects or amp settings, always having that clarity it the sound, even playing black metal or so. Still, If you can't play and you hope the noise can help you or if you want a strong low boost sound, turn the tone knob down and your playing gets really thick (best with a dirty fuzz effect).
Overall Impression — 10
Finally, I would say this is the perfect guitar for beginners, especially if you're plying heavy. For lead guitarists, it won't be enough after years f practicing because you may need a Floyd Rose or 24 frets, which the M-50 doesn't feature. For me, it's perfect because I mostly play the rhythm parts with my band and for lead parts except solos it suit me perfectly too. I practice a lot with this guitar and it hasnever disappointed me. You can do so many thins with this simple guitar it would be a sin just to buy anoher one and never to use it again. If it was stolen or lost, first I'd run amok till the guy takes his Bullet (no I'm kidding, I would buy the same one again it's the second part of myself). Personally, my wish is to get an LTD Alexi-600 but not because this guitar is too bad for me (more because of the awesome features and for the style), if I can't get the other one the M-50 is still the best guitar I played on so far. There is nothing this guitar hasn't but should have. It is exactly what I wanted to have before I started playing, it still suits me now and certainly will continue to. If you don't need the very best features all included in the same guitar and want a reliable instrument you will keep for a long time (and if you don't want to buy a new axe every few years), this is a very good choice. If you like heavy music, this is the perfect choice and it should suit you for any kind of playing.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This is definitely a good guitar for indoor or Live performance and it will surely last a long time (I dropped it once on the floor and NOTHING not a scratch or break). It's perfect for gigs as I played a few times Live in a small room wih a bunch of friends listening (and kicking you in their pogos, these weird people... ). The finish will surely last a long time (and maybe a second drop on the floor, sorry but I don't want to try).
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
As I got my M-50 I didn't know very much about guitars, it was my first one. Though I know now it was perfectly adjusted and I never have trouble playing: the guitar stays in tune even if you use your vibrato a lot or shred like a madman. Not one part of the hardware got oxidized in two years (very hard years for this axe).
Features — 9
The ESP LTD M-50 has a basswood body, a thin maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard with 22 XJ frets, the whole in a bolt-on construction. The "Strat" body has a satin black (or blue) finish. The bridge is Standard tremolo (but even without a Floyd Rose you can do crazy things). Hardware is chrome, the guitar has got passive ESP pickups (humbuckers, one at the bridge the other at the neck) Who already rock, but with an EMG-81 and EMG-85 configuration the sound really kills your neighbours. It has a volume and a tone knob, a 3-way toggle and ESP tuners (not locking).