LTD Viper-50 review by ESP

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.2 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.5 (115 votes)
ESP: LTD Viper-50
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Price paid: $ 200

Purchased from: Pianos 'N' Stuff (Pittsburgh)

Sound — 10
I play most kinds of metal and rock, and this guitar fits both styles well. I've never really played much else on it, though, but from screwing around with it I can tell you that it would probably sound good for blues. The humbuckers handle all distortion well, and it also sounds great played clean. I'm using it through a DigiTech RP80 and a Sunn Beta Lead, and there are no problems with this guitar on either of those. The humbuckers give it more of a rich sound, but if you know how to adjust the amp and play with the knobs on the guitar, you can get it sound any way you want. I have no comlaints here.

Overall Impression — 10
For rock and metal, this guitar fits the bill, looks the part, and takes the cake (as well as other three-word phrases with "the" in the middle). I have been palying it for about six months. I ahve n regrets in buying this guitar. All I can say is that is owns the Ibanez GAX70, the other guitar I was considering. If someone stole it, I'd hunt them down, corner them, and beat the hell out of them with a brick. Or I'd get another one. Either way sounds good. As for what I wish it had, I'd have to go with a $100 bill dispenser, or maybe a built-in home theater system. But as for music-related stuff, it has all I need.

Reliability & Durability — 10
I've never played a gig with this guitar, because I don't have a band, but It hasn't broken yet, so I trust it. THe harware looks great, the finish looks durable, it's good.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The action was great when I got it, but after a month or so it got a little buzz. I've since dealt with that. The pickups were fine. Strangely, though, my volume knob doesn't work. That doesn't affect me much, but I thought it was worth noting. Other than that, the guitar is great.

Features — 8
- 24 frets - Bolt-on neck - Rosewood fingerboard, rest of neck is maple - Agathis body - Black finish - SG-style double cutaway, but kind of tilted to one side like the other Viper models - Tune-O-Matic bridge - One tone, one volume, three-way toggle - Two ESP LH-100 humbuckers - Nothing was included. My only comment is that the knobs have no numbers on them, wihich is kind of annoying.

36 comments sorted by best / new / date

    JayLacelle
    willlplaysguita wrote: bankrupt wrote: Should i buy this or an Epiphone G-400??? Someone help me =[ buy an esp instead because well....theyre alot better than gibsons
    i happen to disagree with that. if you want an all out metal guitar than ESP is the way to go but the gibson/epiphones are made with much more versatile pickups that handle cleans a lot better
    choii
    GibsonBarracuda wrote: stumtk is my friend play with his viper all the time:nm: and just for people to know IM NOT RETARDED!!!!!
    wtf was that about
    GibsonBarracuda
    stumtk is my friend play with his viper all the time:nm: and just for people to know IM NOT RETARDED!!!!!
    Hobbestiger
    its a realy good guitar. ive had it for a while and ive seen nothing wrong with it. i love the finish on mine (crimson red) and love the shape.
    billthegeek
    Guglet wrote: How dose a guitar like this get a better over-all value than a viper 400 the 400s pickups alone make it a far better guitar.
    I believe the reviews are wrote keeping in mind that the Viper-50 is a really affordable guitar.
    heartrocks_yogi
    is it better than the standard stratocaster hss?i'm plannin to buy my 1st electric guitar so plz can someone advice me...
    BozoKu
    Hi, I would like to buy this guitar (200$ price) but I don't want to pay 120$ for esp case.. for me it makes no sense to pay 1/2 of the guitar price for this cheep guitar. Is there any other guitar case that'll fit this one? THANKS
    BozoKu
    Also, if someone has this guitar, can you please tell me what is the length width ... so I can compare it to some uni. cases. thanks
    DNC
    bankrupt wrote: Should i buy this or an Epiphone G-400??? Someone help me =[
    definately get the viper. i have a gibson SG special. and im getting the viper as well. ive always loved the look of it. i played it today in a shop, and i loved it. not MORE than my SG but not dramatically less either. so yeah, im getting it. sound wasnt quite as chunky as my SG, but still a fantastic one.
    nirvanapwns
    probably this fits on any sg case theres a fit-all case on musiciansfriend.com for like 70 bucks
    mr. BiGG
    i own this guitar and it rocks! there is nothing i dislike about it i love it to bits tiring to clean (gloss finish) but not a chore i love being with it sad i know but it just rocks
    tobuei
    i was thinking of getting one of these and replacing the stock pickups with some emgs i have i was wondering if there is enough room in the back compartment for the battery
    YetAnotherMuso
    Anybody reading this and considering it as a gigging guitar, I wouldn't advise it. Great if you're sitting down, but the playability when you're running around on stage playing it is not so great. It's heavy as f*ck, and not well balanced, so I have found it quite annoying, especially when your playing alot around the lower frets (E.g. Cannibal Corpses "Hammer Smashed Face" is a bitch to play on stage with this thing)
    Quicktime09
    I'm stuck for choice. I've the option of either the ltd viper 50 or the m-50 and whats a tune-o-matic bridge?
    archangelseren
    willlplaysguita wrote: bankrupt wrote: Should i buy this or an Epiphone G-400??? Someone help me =[ buy an esp instead because well....theyre alot better than gibsons
    i hope thats true coz i think ile buy one of these if its good
    life 4 a life
    i love my viper-50. im surprised no one mentioned the fret access tho, for me it is the only thing that i noticed. the pickups are great, the feel is great, and if i ever find anyone else complaining about no numbers on the knobs, ill fly kick them in the face. dude, who cares? the viper-50 is my favourite in the viper series.
    emoxpestilence
    i'm tryin to decide wut i should buy for my second guitar, i was thinking a used epiphone sg g-400, but i play a lot of metal, and i've heard that EPS's are better for metal, any advice?
    liam2309
    since i'm on a budget i'm gonna buy this guitar and switch the pick ups for emg 60 and emg 81
    JayLacelle
    DrunKid wrote: does it have a whammy bar?
    no.....u need either a tremolo or a floyd rose bridge buddy and this is tune-o-matic so ur out of luck
    JayLacelle
    tobuei wrote: i was thinking of getting one of these and replacing the stock pickups with some emgs i have i was wondering if there is enough room in the back compartment for the battery
    all the guitars that are factory made with passive electronics are built with a solid body so unless you want to tear a chunk out of the guitar itself your limited to passive humbuckers
    tristan_deity
    JayLacelle wrote: willlplaysguita wrote: bankrupt wrote: Should i buy this or an Epiphone G-400??? Someone help me =[ buy an esp instead because well....theyre alot better than gibsons i happen to disagree with that. if you want an all out metal guitar than ESP is the way to go but the gibson/epiphones are made with much more versatile pickups that handle cleans a lot better
    Now i disagree with you. I own a Gibson SG special and the viper 50. the viper 50 has a such better clean tone, its so full and smooth that is gives me a boner, and it kicks ass for metal. the only instance where the epiphone would be better is for hard rock.
    Brandon1993
    I have one i got it for my birthday. the guitar is awesome the entire guitar is like a metallic red. it is just in awesome shape. got it for $200.00. i use it to play anything from punk, to grunge, to alt rock, to classic rock, a little metal, and so on.
    Sparda93
    A friend of mine has this guitar, and i`ve played it alot, this guitar has sick tone, the sound of it is very metallic(you`ll know what i mean when you hear it) and hardhitting, the neck tends to drop a bit, kinda like BC:RICH, but the best thing about this guitar(in my opionion) is how easy it is to get pinch harmonics, with this guitar, everybody can do it easily and no need for effort. They are passive pickups, but they are good ones(by my standards) The guitar takes some getting used to, i used a 25 1/2 scale Strat copy from J&D(SUCKS BALLS) as a beginners guitar, and this one is shorter 24,75 i think. Fits nicely with straightforward metal, hard rock isn`t very much godlike on this guitar, but it can if you force her. If you want a cheap guitar with the most possible attack, you won`t ever get that..but this is a good alternative, is good for drop D and standard D tuning. All in all, this guitar is for metal spawns Go get`em!
    korn56
    Samppa92 [Fin] wrote: How much better this is than EC-50(ESP Ltd)? I got an EC-50!
    is the same thing, except for the 2 vol 1 tone controls, and the shape of the body
    rossmann
    Hi all, I'm a guitar doctor and I'm currently upgrading one of these Viper 50's so far I've replaced the cheapo Korean T.O.M and stop bar with a superior quality tonepros locking set. A question I see you all say this model has ESP LH 100 pickups, well I pulled put the bridge p/up and I certainly did not see the words ESP or LH or 100 this thing has B&D humbuckers which look and sound exactly the same as the Alnico V buckers I pulled out of my Epi Les Paul!! Are these actually ESP,s ??? I've never heard of em I've done a bit of research but can't find anything about em. Oh I make better guitars than this one too!!! LTD axes in my opinion are over priced (down here in Australia) and extremely over rated!!
    charlie21r
    How is the weight of this guitar, like is it comfortable to play or is it very heavy?
    Guglet
    How dose a guitar like this get a better over-all value than a viper 400 the 400s pickups alone make it a far better guitar.
    willlplaysguita
    bankrupt wrote: Should i buy this or an Epiphone G-400??? Someone help me =[
    buy an esp instead because well....theyre alot better than gibsons