Price paid: $ 160
Purchased from: Pawn Shop
Sound — 8
The pickups are fine for for the price, ESP does offer EMG's on a lot of their guitars, but they are $200+ more than this guitar, so the pickups are good. This guitar is made for metal and that is what it does best. Sounds good with distortion, but also has a nice tone for clean. Not much sustain on this guitar due to the floyd, but if you want sustain you can get a non FR for cheaper anyways. The Floyd raises the range of the guitar and creates a whole new selection of sounds including the famed dive bomb. Don't be fooled by the metal looks though, because this guitar has a nice blues sound too. The tone knob has quite a bit of range to it. at one end it sounds slightly muted and the other has a sound that sticks out, good for lead guitar playing. Very versatile guitar, sounds even better with the right amp.
Overall Impression — 9
Great guitar for the metal or hard rock guitarist, also good for beginners or as a backup. Looks very good and sounds good too. My favorite part of it would have to be the Floyd Rose tremolo, because it greatly increases what you can do with the guitar and creates extremely unique sounds. Pros: Floyd Rose (If you're into that), fast neck, two octave fretboard, locking nut. Cons: Floyd Rose (If you are a fan of sustain), pickups (not amazing but get the job done), simple electronics (no individual tone and volume adjustment). The gist of it is that this guitar is good, it just depends on what you want to play. I would definitely recommend it to someone. Only thing I wish it had is EMG pickups, but you can upgrade to those yourself.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This guitar is well built and can take a beating. The finish holds up well and although I haven't played any shows with it, I wouldn't be afraid to use it for one. Very dependable, stays in tune well because of locking nut, though if you remove this you are screwed for tuning as it doesn't hold it for more than a day. Like I said before, the strap buttons are fine, but if you are playing live I would get strap locks to be safe.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The actions is right where I like it, but it can be raised or lowered just by turning some screws on the bridge. I have no idea how you like you pickups, but the height on them can be raised or lowered by turning two screws. All the hardware is great quality and looks pretty good too. A well built guitar.
Features — 9
This review will be rated as compared to other guitars in this price range (Behringer, Peavey, Ibanez Gio, Squier, Epiphone, B.C. Rich, etc..). It costs $289.00 USD new. My guitar is around a 2006-2007 model, I'm not sure exactly what year though. It has 24 jumbo XJ frets, which are preferred for metal. The scale is 25.5 inches. The neck is bolt on, not neck thru body like you see on some more expensive guitars. The finish is high gloss black on a superstrat body with deep cutaways so you can reach the higher frets easily. Pickups are ESP LH-150 humbuckers. The pickup selector is three way and there is one volume and one tone knob. Mine cames with a Floyd Rose licensed tremolo (not the real thing), but newer models come with Floyd Rose specials (real thing, though not as good as Floyd Rose original). Floyd Rose Locking nut and ESP tuners. Strap buttons are fine, though I would suggest strap locks to be safe. The woods are as follows: Body: Basswood Neck: Maple Fingerboard: Rosewood