Price paid: C$ 789
Purchased from: LA Music
Sound — 8
I used to play lots of Children Of Bodom and Protest The Hero but have toned down to 80's Metallica, AC/DC, and Jimi Hendrix. The JB is NOT a high power pickup, versatile as it is, it will suit Metallica and lighter metal but it will not tolerate anything lower. Cleans are great coming from a 59' but overall it is very much worth every dollar spent on it.
Overall Impression — 8
This guitar is worth the money but any guitars from china, Indonesia, or Malaysia are pretty "hit or miss" and I just got lucky and hit with this guitar. Worth the money, just be aware that no guitar is perfect (unless it's a custom shop).
Reliability & Durability — 6
The durability was "meh" and passable, the setup was top-tier but the finish wasn't, my 4 year old Chinese made Epiphone Les Paul's finish lasted longer than this. I could feel the grain of the top around my volume control after 1 year. The pots started to become loose and the set screws in the bridge became "screwy" after a month or two... Okay job, not excellent but passable.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
AMAZING JOB LIL' KOREANS! Basically, the MH-Deluxes are budget models of its higher tier Horizon masterpieces but this guitar definitely had a top tier fret job, wiring job, and total guitar setup. The one annoyance I have with import guitars are that they are VERY hit or miss. I have a Schecter Blackjack (WHICH IS MADE IN THE SAME EXACT FACTORY AS THE MH-1000) and that thing was absolutely horrid out of the box, sprung frets, cracked binding, and dis-positioned nut. Just try the guitar in personal before buying any guitar.
Features — 7
This guitar was made in 2010 in Korea, it is a very common superstrat with 24 frets, a 25'5 scale guitar with a decently slim 3 piece quartersawn maple neck and rosewood fretboard. Mahogany body with a quilted maple top with a trans-blue finish. As for hardware, it has locking ESP tuners, a tonepros TOM bridge (string-thru) It has a Seymour Duncan JB and 59 and 5 way switch. Something that I did like was the cutaway on the set neck which made the neck feel like a neck thru. Something that saddened me was that over 2010, ESP had swapped their Grover tuners for ESP locking which I don't see much use for and that the maple top was a measly 4mm veneer.