Price paid: $ 1900
Purchased from: B Music
Sound — 9
This guitar was made to be thrashed and it kills! Perfect for playing metal styles of all kinds due to the dual 81s. Perfect for those trying to get a Metallica sound without the Kirk Hammett price of his signature guitar! Like I said, cleans weren't too good with 81s, but with the JB/59, I expect better cleans. Being an alder body, having Duncan pickups would give you a better sound and it works with the wood to give a unique sound. Have 81s does work with the wood but however you hear a slight distortion on cleans.
Overall Impression — 10
This is a perfect match for what I play! If it was stolen I probably would get enough money to buy another one, this one kills! Playing with a Boss GT-8. You can get all kinds of good sounds, plug it into a Marshall or Mesa/Boogie and you've got it made!
Reliability & Durability — 10
Yeah obviously! It's ESP! I would use a bakcup guitar always just in case anything goes wrong but it will withstand live playing!
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Action was perfect, din't need to touch it until I changed to a higher gauge. Factory gauge that it came with was 9 to 42. Whereas I'm using 10 to 52. So there was some work to be done. ESP have done it again with their neatly soldered electronics. Everything was in perfect condition. Strap pins were secure, although I changed it to DiMarzio locking strap. So far so good, I've had this for 6 months and hasn't had any problems to parts what so ever.
Features — 9
This is the Standard ESP M-2 series. There's the one in balck and the one in camo colour. Basically this is the gutiar that Jeff Hanneman and Kirk Hammett has except for a few differences. OK the one that I got it's black. All alder body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. 24 jumbo frets, there's a choice of neck-thru body or bolt-on. Black hardware. The body shape is a Strat type with a original floyd rose. Choice of either Seymour Duncan JB/59 pickups or Dual 81s, both is good for metal to rock kinds of genres, however the dual 81s aren't too hot for cleans. Simple controls, a 3-way pickup selector Switch and a volume knob. Gotoh tuners with a locking nut. Incl was a free hard case.