Great guitar for any style. I would recomend this over a Les Paul
Model Year: 2006
Price: $750.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Alto Music Wappingers, NY
Came with case, heavy strings, tuned to a D, This is one great guitar for
heavy chugging. I have since had it set up with custom set strings heavy
bottom light top. still great tone and a great player. I had a Les Paul and I
like the neck and sound better on the ESP. The guitar was made in Korea
not a flaw on it and the abalone inlay around the guitar is beautiful as is
the cherry finish on the flame top. EMG active pickups sound great with
any style playing.
I love this guitar, it is a real treat to play. It is really attractive in design, and impresses anyone I show it to. I would definitely be really sad if it was lost or stolen, but after I saved up the money to get another one I surely would! My favorite thing about this guitar is the locking tuners, it makes it really quick and easy to change strings (I didnt really know how cool they were prior to owning this guitar). Overall, you can't really go wrong with this guitar if you like to play metal/rock/alternative.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $749.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music123.com
The guitar was made in Korea. The body is mahogany, and the fretboard is rosewood. It has 24 extra jumbo frets. The controls are 2 Volume, tone, and 3-way toggle. The pickups are different depending on the model, but I have the black model and it includes two EMG-81 pickups (these are Active pickups requiring a battery). I love the EMG's because they have incredible sustain and are perfect for metal. Kirk uses the same pickups in his guitar for Metallica. The body style is basically a les paul look. The bridge is a TonePros locking w/stop tailpiece and the tuners are Sperzel locking tuners.
I am very satisfied with this guitar. I purchased it on the internet without ever playing it for myself because there were none available in Austin, TX to play (All the stores here were up to 4 months backordered on this guitar!!). The only other guitar I can really compare it to is a Fender Stratocaster as that was my previous guitar, but this one blows a Strat out of the water for playing metal. I still play my Strat though because it can produce more mellow tones. There are no flaws in my opinion.
My amp is a Crate MX120R, a basic solid state amp. This guitar is clearly made for playing metal or rock. I am considering replacing the neck pickup with a different EMG to get a lighter sound. It is not noisy at all, and I would think it's fine for studio or stage.
I have not had the guitar for more than a couple of months, so I am not sure about the long-term durability, but I would highly recommend getting a hardshell case with this guitar.
My impression of this guitar is simply 'wow' The construction is flawless, the cosmetics are seriously impressive, and this bad boy crunches like no guitar I have ever played in this price range. The black cherry maple top is beautiful, the binding is flawless, and the overall looks and feel are awesome!
Model Year: 2003
Price: $799.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musician's Friend
Mahogany body, see-thru black cherry finish on a quilted maple top, abalone 'flag' inlays, white and abalone binding on body, neck, and headstock. Pair of EMG-81 pickups, Tonepros locking bridge and tailpiece.
This guitar has a nice neck, 24-frets with good access, the action is perfect, I love playing this guitar. The body has a nice contour on the back, and the cutaway gives good access to the high notes. The frets are well-finished, the neck is smooth, the fretboard feels fast.
Well, I changed out the EMG-81 in the neck position for an 85, like Zakk Wylde has his Bulleye LP. This gives a little more tone variety than the twin 81s. The cleans are ok, but the distorted sound is monsterous! This is about a perfect metal guitar, soundwise.