Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: Furtados music
Sound — 9
I play mostly thrash metal. Basically Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer etc. Also older metal like Maiden and Sabbath etc. However I also like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin and I can pull off all of this with this guitar. It has a dark sound while using the bridge pickup with distortion and you can also get those beautiful ringing chords of the neck. I'm using this through a Roland Cube 15 which honestly isnt the best amp but I still get a nice sound. My only complaint is the it's a bit noisy and kind of hums when you're not playing.
Overall Impression — 9
I'm really pleased with this guitar. It's a perfect match for my playing style and it has great looks that get me lots of compliments. I've only been playing two years but this guitar is great and beats the living crap out of my old Ibanez starter pack guitar. If it was stolen I would find the guy steal some mopney from him and buy the ESP LTD MH-100NT which is the same guitar without the whammy. But if you want great metal and classic rock sound with a whammy bar this is yours.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is quite heavy and very solid. I would definetly play this witout a back up. Strap buttons have not failed yet and I don't expect them to. Again this guitar has a good, great looking finish that really compliments the quilted maple.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Action wasn't perfect but I was able to sort that out by myself no problem. There was a screw missing from the back plate as well but I got another one and is no big deal. So yeah, no big shit.
Features — 9
The features on this guitar are frickin good for the price. It comes with a lincensed Floyd Rose (however this admittedly makes chaging strings a pain in the ass) that sounds great. It has 24 extra jumbo frets that are just perfect for shredding it up like a metal god. It has the basic Strat shape but this guitar will really stand out because it's beautiful. It comes with a quileted maple top that looks great (mine is green but I think now only blue is available). This guitar seriously looks much more expensive than it is. The pickups are incredibly good for stock pickups (passive, I think they're the ESP LH-150 pickups). It also has tuning locks made by ESP that are really useful because the floyd rose tends make the guitar go out of tune. Anyway the tuning locks take care of this. I'm giving it nine because I wish I got the one without the tremolo.