LTD MH-417 Review

manufacturer: ESP date: 01/11/2013 category: Electric Guitars
I have chosen this guitar because I wanted to get 7-string guitar with a fixed bridge, 24 frets and active electronics at the price for about $900 and it had met those conditions. For now I use this guitar for about a year and it doesn't looks like I am going to replace it with something else unless it will get broken or lost.
 Sound: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 8.5
 Reliability & Durability: 9
 Action, Fit & Finish: 7
 Features: 9.5
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overall: 7.8
LTD MH-417 Reviewed by: unregistered, on november 16, 2012
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Price paid: $ 900

Purchased from: A guy shipped it from somewhere in the USA.

Features: So, LTD MH-417, made in Indonesia, black one, with satin finish. It has a palisander fretboard with 24 frets. They are quite large Jumbo frets. A maple neck which goes through the body. It is rather thick, since the guitar has 7 strings. The scale length is regular 25, 5". Fixed Tune-O-Matic bridge, string-thru body, Earvana 48mm top-fret and Grover tuners. Active pickups with EMG 81-7 at the brige and EMG 707 at the neck. The control set is regular and includes volume knob, tone knob and 3-way Gibson style selector. No accessories were included. // 9

Sound: I play some not-very-fast kind of extreme metal, concerning black-, death- and thrash-metal aesthetics. And some mid-tempo near-core alternative rock as well, both at Hi-Gain settings, with half-step down tuning, including quite lot of riffing and palm-muting. It suits me well in the both cases. For about a year I have used it through Korg AX1500 floor processor either with the Randall RG75 combo or with Invasion VSH100 amp. Eitherway I was pleased with sound it yielded at rehearsing. Recently I have acquired Boss GT-10, now it sounds much clearer, yet it lost some nice evilness. Though that's still tunable I think. By the default, it was catching a lots of unwanted feedbacks while playing at Hi-Gain, had to fix the wiring to make them go away. Still it hums a bit when I am not playing, but that's tolerable level. When using clean sound I don't crave to get any similarity with acoustic guitar tone but pleased with the default preset that is usually dubbed "Summer" in processors. It's a bit synthetic but mysterious. Never achieved to get a good dynamic-controlled crunchy tone with this guitar, though I wasn't trying hard because that was a casual interest and I don't need it much anyway. // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: Well, the guitar came up rather poorly prepared and had some things to fix afterwards. First of all, as I mentioned above, the wiring was poor. It was different from one described in the EMG manual for this configuration (inaccurate grounding especially) and had loose wire coils. that's resulted a lot of feedbacks, fixable though. Both pickups were tilted to the bridge by 30 degrees approximately via angled saddle-boxes' bottoms. As far as I know that doesn't matters with EMG pickups, yet it looks unpleasantly a bit and can make difference if you decide to set some other affectable pickups. That's fixable as well - I have stacked a few dozens of sticky tape lines at one side of the each box's bottom to equalize the edges. The neck curve is ok for me but uncomfortable for more professional players since strings are lifted a bit high. Lowering them down causes strings to jam at some frets. Well at least this happens with my half-step down tuning and 10-56 strings. Last of all, the small metal cap-cylinders preventing tensioned strings from damaging the wood at the upper side of the string-thru-body orifices are not sticked. I don't know maybe it should be so, but they are very easy to lose when changing strings. Everything else is pretty ok. Volume/tone knobs and tuners are sturdy and turn smoothly, jack socket is firmly. No loose parts that makes buzzing. // 5

Reliability & Durability: Played few times live with it and never thought of any backup (although I could provide the one). Pretty reliable. The hardware seems totally unkillable. You should try to prevent the neck from any damage as much as possible though since it is irreplaceable, like all the neck-thrus are. The satin finish is very vulnerable to any damages and wears off very easily. After a year of moderate playing it looks like it was used hard for about a 7-8 years. A lot of scratches and the finger rub-through under the volume-knob because I had used it a lot. I advise you to treat it more carefully than a common guitar and recommend using a good guitar-case to carry it around. Also, it might be a good idea to tear off the finish totally. // 8

Overall Impression: I have chosen this guitar because I wanted to get 7-string guitar with a fixed bridge, 24 frets and active electronics at the price for about $900 and it had met those conditions. For now I use this guitar for about a year and it doesn't looks like I am going to replace it with something else unless it will get broken or lost. In this case I'll get something else, just because I don't want to mess with the wiring and pickups again. It's rather comfortable for me and yields the sound that's ok. Just maybe one day I'll replace EMGs with some other pickups if I'll ever get tired of them. Then again, maybe not. Comparing to my previous guitar (6-string Washburn X200Pro) this one is much heavier and has a way thicker neck, but doesn't hurt my right wrist at the bridge as the Washburn did and has no loose parts, which the Washburn has plenty. I can't say it worths money to spend via some flaws it has, but if you are not lazy enough to fix them you can get a reliable unit as result. Well, if you are going to get this guitar, you should remember these ones are a metal-and-core guitars. Doesn't looks like they will go well with some kinds of 'serious' music like jazz, blues, daddy-rock and so on. P.S. Sorry for the poor English. // 8

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overall: 9.6
LTD MH-417 Reviewed by: rockstar256, on january 11, 2013
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Price paid: $ 850

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Features: I am a big fan of Deftones, Korn, Mudvayne and all the downtuning section, but not only. It was really that hard to find which guitar would be really comfortable for me and sound like a heaven and hell. Used to play 6 strings most of time, and always wanted to get 7 because of and especially Stephen Carpenter or James Shaffer! - Neck-Thru-Body Construction - 25.5" Scale - Mahogany Body - Maple Neck - Rosewood Fingerboard - 48mm Standard Nut - Thin U Neck Contour - 24 XJ Frets - Black Nickel Hardware - Grover Tuners - TOM Bridge - EMG 81-7 (B) / 707 (N) Active p.u. - Finish: BLKS // 10

Sound: This guitar sounds like a heavens gift and hell flames. It has some heavy and crunchy tone which gives me chills, it doesn't sound anywhere moody either creepy, it feels like its alive. Both EMG's are excellent and allow to play up from blues rock to deepest metal sections which makes it versatile. Used Roland Cube 15 xl with extreme channel and clean tones and Dunlop Heavy Core 7 strings 60-10 gauge. Guitar sounds good in any tuning, tunes it from B standard to A standard and even G expect the fact I had strings prepared for B. No buzzing. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: Guitar came fully prepared by Guitar Center in Poland, it was regulated and seemed strings were replaced, although string gauge was to small as 56-10 was stock and I couldn't Imagine playing with floppy strings, especially B so as mentioned switched it to 60-10. The guitar finish is at it highest, no rusted or damaged parts. Everything like wiring, pickups, tuning keys seems to be done perfectly and solid. Frets are shiny and done excellent without any scratches. Guitar feels so soft as you want to hug it every time. My only complain is that switch buzzes a little during selection between pickups and it feels a bit loose, like if it wasn't regulated enough to be steady. Guitar seems to hold up max 0.75 string gauge after some work. // 9

Reliability & Durability: This ESP Ltd is surely a way to go live at any stage. Its made like a tank. It is awesomely comfortable and you can depend on it any time. I might consider it being my main guitar live. Fabulous piece of wood which seems to stay forever. Honestly I share all the love for it and known I can fully count on this guitar, no matter if it is a huge gig, home rockin' party. Finish of the guitar might scratch in some period of a time, but it doesn't really matter I guess. I recommend anyone this guitar even as first 7 string. // 10

Overall Impression: With all the love I share for the Deftones, Korn, Mudvayne, Slayer, Metallica etc, it is a definitely a dream guitar I wanted to get. As a fan of Alternative Metal this guitar fills in those heavy crunchy tones. I've been playing 5 years classic guitar and year and electric one for one or two. From 1 to 10 I hang below 3 in terms of guitar experience, expect classic guitar. My very big complain is every 7 string is black or white, I wish ESP Ltd put some work on See Thru Blue or Black Aqua or See thru Red colors for 7 strings. Played along with Ibanez GRX70, so MH417 is my first 7. If it was broken or lost I'd buy immediately same one. I'd wish it was See Thru Blue just. // 9

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