Viper Standard review by ESP

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.8 (33 votes)
ESP: Viper Standard
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Price paid: $ 1259

Purchased from: Drum City Guitar Land

Sound — 10
Running through a Line 6 Spider II, the guitar produces a great full and deep sound with distortion and overdrive, with no noise when running through the bridge EMG 81. However when running clean on the neck 81, the tone is fairly bright, and for an improved clean tone it is advisable to "upgrade" to an EMG 60, with a slightly warmer sound. The guitar can handle itself playing everything from blues to classic rock, however truly excels when playing metal, in standard or dropped tunings.

Overall Impression — 10
I primarily play metal, but open to other genres, yet guitars versatility has allowed all genres to sound brilliant, despite it's slightly bright clean neck tone. The guitars body shape is often compared to a Gibson/Epiphone SG, but the Viper is slightly thicker and slanted, giving it a far more reliable and comfortable feel.

Reliability & Durability — 10
The guitar is built like a rock, and feels very solid, yet is very light. The black Goth hardware is well fitted, and I have had no problems with the stop tail piece. The strap buttons are also solidly finished, giving the guitar a very strong feel, and the finish is once again flawless, and has yet to surcome to any wear or tear. Despite always gigging with a back-up, if this was the only guitar avaliable I would not question its reliability. The tuners are secure, the brige solid and I would have no problem walking on stage knowing there is no replacement.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I can not comment as the guitar was not straight out of the box, and set-up before being delivered, therefore my comments upon the action are irrelevant. However in terms of finish, the guitar was flawless, with a very well cut nut, very quiet pick-up selector, and very solid controls. Upon receiving the guitar, I have yet to find any major or minor flaws.

Features — 10
- Set neck - Scale: 24.75 - Body: Mahogany - Neck/fretboard: mahogany/ebony - Inlays: dots w/ESP at 12th fret - Pickups: EMG-81 active set - Electronics: volume, tone, 3-way toggle - Hardware: black and Sperzel locking tuners - Bridge: gotoh tune-o-matic w/stop tailpiece - Binding: white (neck, headstock) - Frets: 24 XJ - Colors: black, camo, urban camo.

21 comments sorted by best / new / date

    AGowans
    I respect Guglet's comments, but I've played all models from 400 - 500 - 1000 - Standard, and theres a massive no contest even between the 1K and Standard. The set-thru on the Standard and extra attention to detail really does separate the guitar. To say it is over price NOW is very infair, ESP have dropped prices considerably since last year to $1399, but the Viper now comes in a considerably flavour to my 2004 one. http://www.espguitars.com if you want the details
    Rockwillnevrdie
    hey 98 why dont you just take er easy...if someone giving their opinion ticks you off....whos the one who needs to grow up
    pfricky98
    Guglet wrote: I found this guitar to be over priced. A cheaper model will still give you the same pickups. If you pay the full price you will only be paying for the looks, I think its better of saving your money and buying a cheaper model.
    actually when you buy an actual esp instead of the ltd you are paying for sound and the quality of how it was made. esp are made alot better then ltds thats why they are more. i sudjest you grow up and get a real guitar instead of wasting your money on cheap look alikes, because thats what your getting with an ltd
    noodleplugerine
    The build quality on an LTD is nowhere near what it is on an ESP. The Koreans just can't beat the Japanese at building guitars.
    rezr
    lol at the dumbasses who think there is no difference between an ESP and an LTD, run along and play now children
    rezr
    8.5? any user who did not atleast vote 9 is a dipshit
    THRASH-METAL
    I have an ltd m-1000, and it is great, i would imagine esp guitars are better, but not by much.
    osucharger
    I own viper standard. IMHO, the ltd viper is a great guitar BUT compared to the esp the ltd feels like it is made out of particle board. The quality, fit and finish of the ESP is 2nd to none. I ordered mine new and picked it up new years day. Sam Ash had to ship him in from Japan and it took 2 weeks. This guitar is fun, easy to play and striking in which to look. It does come with the 81/85 set now and is no longer available in camo. You can get the ltd1000 in white, but the real deal only comes in flat black now. This guitar makes a crappy amp sound good and a great amp sound exceptional. Good reviews above. I'd personally give this guitar at least a 9. I am biased though, I've owned a first year strat plus american.
    Chaos_AD
    i have an LTD and i feel that its exactly the same as a ESP i have the AX-400 and its an amazing guitar, when buying this all you are really paying an extra $600 for is LTD to change to ESP on the headstock...its not worth it
    zachg
    pfricky98 wrote: Guglet wrote: I found this guitar to be over priced. A cheaper model will still give you the same pickups. If you pay the full price you will only be paying for the looks, I think its better of saving your money and buying a cheaper model. actually when you buy an actual esp instead of the ltd you are paying for sound and the quality of how it was made. esp are made alot better then ltds thats why they are more. i sudjest you grow up and get a real guitar instead of wasting your money on cheap look alikes, because thats what your getting with an ltd
    They are the same, quit wasting your money on a more expensive look alike.
    pikey_no1
    This guitar is the business when compared to the Ltd models. The only slight problem I had when comparing it to the Viper-301 that I use is the neck, but thats only because I wasn't used to it yet. Given a day or two to live with the neck, I'd say that this is easily the best shop viper to get. The camo finishes are also awesome
    DeathByStereo23
    zeBailey wrote: Guglet : I found this guitar to be over priced. A cheaper model will still give you the same pickups. If you pay the full price you will only be paying for the looks, I think its better of saving your money and buying a cheaper model. agreed..your paying for the looks...and the name...but LTD's are 99% ESP..just the name is different..either way...they rock
    not fully 99%... I mean,the tonewood is slightly less quality...and the electronic part is not as good as ESP..but definitively...both ESP and LTD rock
    zeBailey
    Guglet : I found this guitar to be over priced. A cheaper model will still give you the same pickups. If you pay the full price you will only be paying for the looks, I think its better of saving your money and buying a cheaper model.
    agreed..your paying for the looks...and the name...but LTD's are 99% ESP..just the name is different..either way...they rock
    nemoderfisch
    Hey guys! THere are different models! Theres one EMG 81/81, 81/85 and the best 81/89 My opinion is that you can play this one for Rock and Metal! But you have to say, that the cleansound is a special clean sound! A rock clean sound! Not like Tele for example! But i think this one is better (ESP)
    Guglet
    I found this guitar to be over priced. A cheaper model will still give you the same pickups. If you pay the full price you will only be paying for the looks, I think its better of saving your money and buying a cheaper model.