I've looked at the Ibanez JS 100, it was way lighter and had a faster neck on it. Come on, the thing was made of bass wood (very light) mine is a heavy mother! I kinda like the heavy feel though, you get use to it after a while. I also looke at a Hamer double cutaway which to
me was poorly made for some reason. They all played
really well, especially the JS 100. (very nice tone)
If my guitar was stolen or lost, I would buy a U.S.A.
Hamer Duo tone or a Gibson SG supreme, just because.
If you want a nice guitar that will fit your budget,
then the ESP MH-300 will do the job. The case is not
included, so you will have to shell out a good 120 bucks extra to get one that is factory.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Cheshire Music
This is a Korean made ESP LTD MH-300 series electric six string guitar with a mahogany body, carved maple top, and mahogany neck. It has a 3 way selector switch, and one volume and one tone knob. Two EMG HZ pickups come standard on it, and it rocks! The flame maple top is a beautiful black cherry color. A neck thru body design that can sustain forever and equiped with a licensed Floyd Rose locking tremelo.
I can get almost any type of sound from this six string.
I mainly play hard rock and heavy metal, and it can
handle the delicate stuff with ease. The neck is slim
and I can get to where I want to pretty easily. I've
owned a Hamer ST-1 in the past, and plays just as nice. (I really loved my Hamer though)I found only one flaw
after I purchased my ESP. I noticed the flames didn't match perfectly like on higher end Gibsons and PRS.
Other than that, this guitar is worth the amount I paid for it.
I use a Pod 2.0 through my Fender Roc Pro 700 amp.
I mainly play AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith etc...
As well as my own music, and it can handle any type
except jazz. Since I use my Line 6 Pod, I can change
the sound in a heart beat, so it's almost limitless to what I can jam to. I will eventually purchase another
amp, my Fender is only a 2 channel, but it works, and
it is pretty darn loud! Plenty of power for a practice amp, but want the new Line 6 Flex. It can handle the stage just fine, but would always have a backup just in case.
The ESP MH-300 is steady enough for live use as well as
home or studio. I had it intonated and put on some 10's
for strings. The strap locks are great! Haven't had them
fail yet. The controls and hardware are holding up just
fine. As far as climate, and can't say because I don't
live in too hot or cold of weather.
This guitar has all the features of axes costing twice its price. Compare it to the Jackson Soloist and the Soloist may win, but the winner will walk home $1,300 poorer. The most amazing feature of this guitar is its price, which means people like you (if you dont wanna spend more than $700) and me can get an awesome guitar for an awesome price. There are no other guitars in the same price range that can match it, feature for feature (or even come close). ESP really caps the deal with a free cord! Amazing!
Price: $629.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
This guitar has everything an aspiring metal-head needs. The neck design is thru-body, the fretboard is rosewood, and the body is poplar. For electronics, you get two EMG HZ's, which sound amazing, and are wired really hot. The controls are simple, just volume and tone. The bridge system is a Floyd Rose double locking tremelo, which can be a pain, but is still cool. This guitar is also easy on the eyes, with a beatiful cloudy see-thru finish, and a wood brown binding. The hardware is all black, and the shape is nice and curvy.
This guitar is a speed monster. Once you set-up the FR trem and the action, your fingers fly across the fretboard. The neck is nicely c shaped, and not too fat. The body is semi-heavy, but not like a les-paul. Usually, rock guitars are set-up with light strings (9s or 10s), so playing them is a breeze.
Wow. The neck-thru construction gives you endless sustain, and the EMGs really growl. The only way to get closer to the hammet/hetfeild sound is to grow long hair and drink alot of Jagermeister. The neck pickup stays nice and deep, with a smooth low rythym sound. The bridge pickup is very bright, and is sounds great with GOG (Gobs of gain). Just play the first few chords of "Master of Puppets" or "Hit the Lights" and you'll see what I mean. When it comes time to play softer songs, like "Nothing else matters", put the toggle switc in the middle for a great clean sound. Its sharp and crisp, but could use a little more bottom end. But you shouldn't buy this guitar to play your favorite Simon and Garfunkel hits.
I am hoping I will never need to write something in here. So far, so good.