ESP LTD Viper 301

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by ESP

Description It wasn't even love at first sight when I first met my wife, but the this guitar.....yeah baby! Andrea calls it my Batman Guitar: SG body style, black hardware, fretboard, white binding and mother of pearl flag inlays.
Posted By William Glover (1064)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 6/30/2004, Brett Smith (169) posted:
Overall Rating:
For the money, a great guitar. ESP showed me they make good instruments. I think I'll stick with them for a while.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $350.00 (new)
Features:
It's a Korean guitar, but they must be getting better at stuff. This guitar is great. The Seymore Duncan humbuckers are a nice touch.
Playability:
The best feature. The frets are nice and small, so large string streaches are pheasable. This guitar just feels good to play
Sound Quality:
Its more of a shred guitar to me. Metal Rhythm and Shred solo. I used it in my jazz band last year, and it held up just fine. I think its a better studio guitar. Its mighty heavy to hold standing up. It will do for any style, but shred seems to be were it excels
Durability:
I had to have it repaired three times now. This is probably it's weekest feature.
On 8/29/2002, William Glover (1064) posted:
Overall Rating:
For my purposes, it's great. If you like the Sg, but don't like the price then you might want to try one of these on for size.
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: Boogie Music, Scottsdale, Az
Features:
They say this thing is made in Korea, well, Korean guitars must be improving dramatically. This mahogany beast is exactly what I wanted. Stop tail piece, black painted body and neck, and two mean hum buckers. I always loved the Gibson Sg, and this comes close from an aesthetics standpoint.
Playability:
I know a couple of SG players who considered trading in their Gibsons for one of these. Heresy? I think not. The painted neck is smoothe and comfortable and the guitar is not overly heavy.
Sound Quality:
That being said, the sound is far from lite. I run this demon through a Peavey Ultra Plus head, maxed out gain, scooped EQ. The sound is heavy but not muddy. She comes equipped with two EMG-hz passive pickups. EMG-81s might be better but these due the trick. Never-the-less: Emg+Mahogany= nice sustain. This guitar was not built for clean tones, but you would expect that to be the case. Tuning: it's a breeze to tune and it stays in tune as well. Sounds Really nice when down tuned.
Durability:
So far so good. The only problem I've had thus far was with the action on the high E string. The shop fixed it for free and the problem has not reocurred. I've dropped this guitar several times, and she's held up fine.