LTD M-50 review by ESP

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  • Features: 9
  • Sound: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (177 votes)

Price paid: $ 250

Purchased from: Local music store

Features — 9
2007 Indonesian-made guitar. 24 xj frets 1 piece maple bolt-on neck. Solid 3 pcs. agathis body, superstrat style shape, blue satin finish. A standard strat 3 spring tremolo system. Dual passive LTD LH-150 humbuckers (which is actually made by PowerSound brand), 3-way switch. 1 volume, 1 tone knobs. No coil tap. Non locking tuners. All hardware is finished with black glance paint. Good metal quality. no issues with hardware after 10 years of usage. Two hex wrenches (one for a trussrod, one for string height) included.

Sound — 8
This is pure metal machine. Aggressively-sounding, high-gain pickups is ideal for a deep saturated sound. A little lack of heights, but it is not an issue for heavy rock and roll music. Using with Line 5 Spider 3 30-watts digital combo amplifier through Boss DS-1 distortion pedal. Do not expect glassy clean sound. No extra noise, just a normal humbucker level. Not a super versatile guitar, but a great distortion-per-dollar axe. For those who is looking for a multi-purpose instrument tis guitar is not a best choice. Or, at least, it requires pickups replacement to bring more clarity.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
A great finishing and great out-of-box factory set up for its price. Super low action, no need string/scale tuning. Well installed frets, does not requires additional polishing. Dot inlays installed correctly. The only thing i noticed since 10 years of usage - you can spot deck wood pieces. Not a big deal at all - wood is not a dead piece of a plastic, its living it's life. No issues with this at all. Bridge is routed perfectly. Absolutely no issues with construction and build quality. All mechanical parts is fully functional, durable and reliable.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I am not a professional studio recording artist, so i can't recommend anything for a recording sessions, but this is awesome first learning guitar. A big issue is agathis wood - it's pretty heavy, not sure this guitar is comfortable for a long jam/rehearsal sessions if you want to spent whole session standing. Really heavy guitar, keep that on mind. 10 years gone, guitar still works great. No need to fix anything. Hardware, frets, etc. This guitar is a solid piece of rock. A super durable satin painting - a few scratches after 10 yrs. of heavy usage.

Overall Impression — 9
This was my first guitar, so i learn to play with it and the main requirement is durability. Different styles, mostly - heavy rock and roll. I've also own a couple of other superstrat guitar, 10 years overall electric guitar experience. I don't know the situation with the current quality of this guitars, but mine, Indonesia-made sample is really decent when it comes to reliability. A few things i wish to have - a locking nut and a bit more clear pickups to be able to achieve bigger variety of sounds.

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