LTD WA-600 review by ESP

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 6.8 Neat
  • Users' score: 5.9 (27 votes)
ESP: LTD WA-600
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Price paid: $ 819

Purchased from: guitar guitar

Sound — 7
This is very much a metal guitar, I was thinking it would be a regular Les Paul (I was unable to check it out prior to purchase as I needed a guitar with stable tuning for short notice gigs). This is really designed at metal rhythm players (obviously) due to the extended scale, making bends etc more challenging and giving a brutal tone on the first frew frets. I was using a 5150, Carvin V3 and Zoom G9 with it testing different configs out. I need to be able to play all musical styles for my job as well as metal for fun so unfortunately I am going back to my Gibby Studio and a new Tokai LS for more versitility. The JB is pretty noisy however I think my particular model wasn't grounded properly. The guitar with the jb makes a very warm sound with lots of low end. I could have configured the polepieces to get more mids however it's going back to the shop. I prefer my screamin deamon in my Gibson TBH. The tonepros locking bridge really enhances the tone, like you are using 2 fingers on the pick like a jazz player, you get that much more of a defined attack. I will get these on my other guitar now.

Overall Impression — 7
This is a metal rhythm players guitar really in my opinion, I think the guitar looks like a bargain however the tuners are a let down, and there were many flaws like the unfiled frets. I think if I had kept the guitar the camo would get on my nerves after a while. I would really compare this to a regular Epiphone, so you are paying for the extra features really. I would recommend to get a epi Zakk Wylde and buy the tonepros and sperzels seperately and still have cash left over I think.

Reliability & Durability — 7
It's a solid guitar very heavy and will withstand touring but I won't get to that stage. The tuners were the main concern. The tonepros bridge was solid as gell. There was a fair bit of sway in the maple neck however being 3 piece, which could lead to breakage along the line, and also this makes the guitar feel somewhat unbalanced, tone wise and feel wise.

Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The finish is vrey attractive, however flaws were frets werent filed down correctly (actually sharp on bottom of hand), guitar wasn't grounded well, tuners were loose. The guitar was set with 10s and medium action, with with the long scale was more like a Schecter or something. The guitar went out of tune constantly despite apparantly being 'set up'. I wouldn't rate the schaller tuners highly, small and flimsy, I've played better on my pupils Schecter and Epiphone.

Features — 7
The WA600 features a 3-piece maple neck, mahogany body, and Seymour Duncan JB and '59 humbuckers.

12 comments sorted by best / new / date

    roarinflames
    my friend has this guitar im pretty sure yours was just a bad one cause his is actually amazing he uses it play a lot tool and zeppelin its got a very diverse tone and the wide neck is great for complex riffs
    Levi79
    richard_edwards wrote: Blood of Greed wrote: what does tuners mean? ok...you consider yourself a guitarist? next he'll be asking what strings are.
    be easy, hes a beginner, leave him alone. Douchebag
    exodus_thrash
    i have this guitar and believe me it isnt what this guy says it is. trust me, it is a great guitar for solos, and bends arent hard at all. maybe this guy has pussy fingers.i would recommend this over a SHIT epiphone anyday, epiphones are the biggest piece of shit on the planet. and if the -600 series is good enough for pro's then i think it would be better than a gay epiphone cheap zakk wilde piece of crap. lee altus uses the dv-600 and he is a pro musician. i dont see anybody using a shit epiphone zakk wilde
    Sho_Me
    Epiphones aren't all that bad, they just feel cheap. I saw Zakk using his epiphone onstage, so i suppose if he can run around onstage and shred it isent gunna be a piece of shit. p.s. schecters suck shit
    exodus_thrash wrote: i have this guitar and believe me it isnt what this guy says it is. trust me, it is a great guitar for solos, and bends arent hard at all. maybe this guy has pussy fingers.i would recommend this over a SHIT epiphone anyday, epiphones are the biggest piece of shit on the planet. and if the -600 series is good enough for pro's then i think it would be better than a gay epiphone cheap zakk wilde piece of crap. lee altus uses the dv-600 and he is a pro musician. i dont see anybody using a shit epiphone zakk wilde
    Andreas1
    of course but i wasnt looking to pay that sort of cash to do that, tokai ls90 sperzels and bareknuckles pwn all under 700
    [I Buy Peace]
    Hmm, maybie you should do you reaserch before buying a guitar, and try it out. sounds like you got a guitar that didn't suite your style. But atleast you wrote an honest review instead of just giving it a 10 for everything like most people do with new guitars Also, I thought the guitar had a standard les paul 24.75 short scale lengh? Thats what it says on the ESP specs
    Black Vista
    tuners are the things you twist to tune the guitar and what you wrap the strings around
    richard_edwards
    Blood of Greed wrote: what does tuners mean?
    ok...you consider yourself a guitarist? next he'll be asking what strings are.
    nikkore1
    richard_edwards wrote: Blood of Greed wrote: what does tuners mean? haha thats dick man he's just curious ok...you consider yourself a guitarist? next he'll be asking what strings are.