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.