LTD V-500 review by ESP

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.7 (59 votes)
ESP: LTD V-500
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Purchased from: Sam Ash

Sound — 9
The sound is actually really amazing for the price. I mostly play metal but sometimes drift off to rock, blues and classical. I use a Peavey Triple XXX with it. It is not noisy at all. I barely need a noise gate with this. It tends to give out a really warm clear sound on the neck that, with some distortion, can become decently chunky. On the bridge is still has the warm sound being complimented by the mahogany body, yet with of course, more treble and suprisingly more clarity. It works extremely well yet a bit awkward when it comes to effects. It does not seem to work a Wah-Pedal too well. Other then that it has lots of variety to it.

Overall Impression — 9
I'm in a metal band and the pickups along with the wood seem to go perfect for my type of music. I've been playing for over 3 years now, and I own a couple other guitars, including a EC-1000, RGTHRG1, Dime Razorback, M-II, etc. This one actually beats my Razorback (I was actually very displeased with what I got in the Razorback for the money). If this were lost or stolen, I would work as hard as I could to get a new one, due to the fact that it's my first V and one of the the best one's I've felt (1st being Alexi's V). I love the tone from the combination of the wood and Active pickups, as well as the shape itself and decently easy fret access. I hated the fact that it came without any lockings. My favorite feature is the string-thru body just cause you're getting more sound from the wood. I compared to all my other guitars and some other V's and this is actually really good for the money. the Jackson's are too small for me and have a average feel, the Gibson's actually matched up pretty well, but when it comes to the feel and the tone for the music I play. This V beat all of those. I just really wish it had the locking and maybe was more balanced. If you're looking for a kick ass V, get this one. It maybe average but does give you everything you need.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar seems well fit for Live playing. The hardware seems durable. The strap buttons seems extremely sable, yet I did have those replaced right away with Dunlop Straplocks. The guitar felt kind of unbalenced yet I was ready for that considering the shape. I do believe I can depends on it, yet I would most likely use it as a backup due to the fact that I have some nicer guitars, not only that but the fact that it's not locking. Maybe when I do get the sperzels on I'll use it as a main guitar. The finish seems extremely durable yet I'm very careful. The fact that it has pointy edges worries me.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
When I first got it, the action was a bit too high when playing it. I had that adjusted immediately. The neck has a pretty fast feel to it, and gives some good upper-fret access. The pickups were adjusted just fine. Other then the action everything else was just perfect. No problems. The finish was flawless with only one hairline scratch in the back.

Features — 8
This is a pretty new 2007 ESP Model out now, that I was able to get my hands on early on. I believe Korean made. Comes with 24 XJ frets with a 25.5 scale. It's a solid-body with a very solid glossy black finish. It's a V (Mustaine-style) shape with a mahogany body with a String-thru body bridge that really compliments the wood. The neck is a 3-peice maple/rosewood with a neck-thru body and also includes the earvana compensated nut. It comes with active dual 81 pickups with 2 volume, 1 toggle, and 1 tone. It also comes with Grover tuners which can be a bummer due to the fact that there is no locking (I plan on ordering some sperezels) Pretty Standard features with nothing real special. It came with all the basic tools. I would have bought the case with it, but sadly they didn't have it.

35 comments sorted by best / new / date

    ldnovelo
    how much does it cost. i wanted for a long time one of this, but havent found here in mexico
    McMetal
    Does anyone know if the LTD V-200 is any good? The v-500 is out of the price range but the v-200.....
    spencer1570
    does anyone know if this guitar would make a 15 year old look funny because of its size? im only like 5' 5'' 113 pounds.lol
    Anjohl
    Hanger17, I just test played an DV-200 today, and it was fantastic. It DOES have a bolt on neck, that's the worst thing. Also, I am not sure if it's the ESP/EMG LH-300's on there, the pickups on the one I played were Seymour Duncan open humbuckers. BEAUTIFUL tone though, I was playing some thrashy Megadeth/Iron Maiden through a 65 watt Crate Flexwave, and I near on fell in love. Just before that, I played a couple of EPiphone Pauls and SG"s, and a Korina V, and the LTD DV-200 blew it out of the water, Seriously.
    YuGi
    I m so lucky to live in holland at music store(Cologne, Germany, www.music-store.de) they have the ESP LTD V-200 for 469 ~ $677 and ESP LTD V-500 for 799 ~ $1155!!
    Beebaboo
    Spencer1570, there is no such thing as looking "funny" on a guitar! As long as you have a guitar in your hands, you will be a badass. If you do feel like you are overwhelmed by the size, you can always lower the guitar to a lower point on your body to make yourself look bigger compared to the guitar.
    ashish_2903
    The only thing I have a problem with about this guitar is the position of the control knobs and pickup selector. If you're shredding on stage and switch between the neck and bridge pickup consistently, the volume knobs gets in the way of this. I recommend rewiring the thing to take out the tone control altogether and replace that pot with the other volume knob. Then get a diamond plate faceplate and replace the plastic plate this comes stock with. Then you will be man.
    ripdbdarrell90
    im considering 3 different guitars right now. the jackson kvx10, the ibanez vbt700, and this one. im leaning towards this one. but out of those 3 which is best for death/black metal???
    Alex_Lynch
    i'm just about the get it from Sam Ash...man, as far as i can understand, it really ROCKS like hell
    guitargod...not
    Hey I am either going to get and ibanez rg7321 (7string) or an esp ltd v -200 does anyone know if they are ar#ny good?
    olpaj
    I've had it roughly for a year now and it hasn't failed me so far. Great guitar.
    luke-bassist
    I've been longing for one of these for ages! Just wondered if anyone could tell me how balanced this guitar is when standing up? Neck heaviness could be a huge deal breaker.
    SeanHart213
    i was hoping they would keep dave's design after he switched to Dean. if you haven't played this design, you must. the feel of the neck contour and the v shaped body is just incredible. i'm an EMG fan so i really want to get one of these! i also didnt like how the Dave Mustain verison had an 8 ball inlay and his signature on the headstock. i like having guitars feel like their your own custom guitar, not someone else's. this guitar is perfect. its no wonder Lee Atlus, Ralph Santolla, and the Coyle brothers from God Forbid use it.
    SMK626
    ldnovelo wrote: how much does it cost. i wanted for a long time one of this, but havent found here in mexico
    lol, long time? they just came out this year xP anyway, its about 600-700
    Hanger 17
    yeah i know that man, but does anyone know what it plays like is what i meant. And im looking at getting a guitar which i can have for soloing for under $1000 Australian until i can get a really good one. So i want to know what the price will be cause it hasnt been realeased in Aus yet and wont be for another month or so apparently.
    Danis1
    SMK626 wrote: ldnovelo wrote: how much does it cost. i wanted for a long time one of this, but havent found here in mexico lol, long time? they just came out this year xP anyway, its about 600-700
    dude, they've had similar models to this for ages. This particular model you have has only been out for a year. IN fact i think they had the exact same one out before, but just with other PUPS or something else really trivial.
    Hanger 17
    Dammit!...Im still waiting for this guitar to be available in Australia man! It should be available soon hopefully, i been wanting a V since my first guitar, how is it to sit down and play comfortablity wise? (not that any V is easy) Im not sure about the price either over here
    seek_&_destroy
    Danis1 wrote: SMK626 wrote: ldnovelo wrote: how much does it cost. i wanted for a long time one of this, but havent found here in mexico lol, long time? they just came out this year xP anyway, its about 600-700 dude, they've had similar models to this for ages. This particular model you have has only been out for a year. IN fact i think they had the exact same one out before, but just with other PUPS or something else really trivial.
    yeah it was the dave mustaine signature, with seymour duncans and an eight ball inlay
    .:Darkness:.
    The Dave Mustaine model was slightly different i beleive. ESP Would of had to change it after Dave left.
    .:Darkness:.
    well its a cheaper version of the V-500. major differences are its bolt-on neck and EMG ESP LH-300 Pickups, instead of the 81's that come in the 500. Specs: The V-200 Features Bolt-On Construction, 25.5" Scale Length, Basswood Body, Maple Neck w/ Rosewood Fingerboard, Standard Nut, 42mm Nut Width, Thin U Neck Shape, Dot Inlays, 24 XJ Frets, White Binding on Neck & Headstock, Black Nickel Hardware, ESP-LTD Tuners, Tune-o-Matic Bridge w/ String-Thru-Body, EMG-ESP LH-300 Set Pickups, 2 Volume, 1 Tone & Toggle Switch.
    .:Darkness:.
    Try www.guitarsfromhell.com.au I have a deal there waiting for me on this guitar, $1599 including postage. the v-200 will be cheaper, just email them about it and they should get in touch
    Hanger 17
    What deal did you get? Thanks heaps for that, is that DV8 actually a DV8 or a DV8-R? and thats awesome for that price, now all i need is $1500 i sent them an e-mail and everything already but i dont know how many they have in stock! could either turn out really good or real depressing lol
    .:Darkness:.
    Im getting mine for $2059 with livewires and a case. They have both the DV8 and the DV8-R. on the ESP page go to page 5 then click next. there is an extra 4 pages after page 5 so look through them.
    Hanger 17
    Are you talking about the DV8-R and the DV-200 or do they actually have a DV8 there. When are you getting it? What colour, cause im now getting a silver one with livewires and a case for $1699
    batesyy
    I was just wondering how LTD compares to ESP. I know they are the same, but I want to know if there is much difference in quality.
    kokevinny
    LTD guitars are of lesser quailty than ESP guitars in that they are usually produced in Korean factories instead of Japanese factories. LTD guitars have less human labour, and are prone to have small defects in the paintjob. However, it should be noted that LTD guitars are good enough to be used on stage by Glen Drover of Megadeth (and man other bands like static x).
    .:Darkness:.
    They actually have the DV8 there hanger. Its something like $6,000. i WAS getting the V-500 with livewires + case but now I'm looking more at an amp. Nothings final for me, I'm also loving the MH-1001 but you know, amp first I'm thinking.