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The LTD MH-103 electric guitar from ESP features a bolt-on 3-piece maple neck, basswood body with gorgeous quilted maple top, and a maple fretboard. The thin U-shaped neck with 24 extra jumbo frets pr... Read More

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The LTD MH-103 electric guitar from ESP features a bolt-on 3-piece maple neck, basswood body with gorgeous quilted maple top, and a maple fretboard. The thin U-shaped neck with 24 extra jumbo frets provides comfort and speed. An ESP humbucker and 2 single-coil pickup configuration provides lots of tone versatility. ESP tuners keep you tuned so you'll sound your best. Volume, tone and a 5-way toggle give you options with simplicity. Tremolo bridge lets you dive bomb the night away. Black nickel hardware finishes off a great look.

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Features
  • Bolt-On
  • 25.5" Scale
  • Basswood Body
  • Quilted Maple Top
  • Maple Neck
  • Maple Fingerboard
  • Locking Nut
  • 42mm Neck Width
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 24 XJ Frets
  • Black Nickel Hardware
  • ESP Tuners
  • Floyd Rose Special Bridge
  • ESP LH-150 (B) / LS-120 (N&M) pickups
  • Case sold separately
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ESPLTD MH-103 Quilted Maple Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

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Great Guitar!

I stopped by Guitar Center to checkout some guitars looking with a maple neck, with H-S-S pup config and with maple top, The finish and hardware of the guitar is awesome, neck has...Read complete review

I stopped by Guitar Center to checkout some guitars looking with a maple neck, with H-S-S pup config and with maple top, The finish and hardware of the guitar is awesome, neck has a wonderful feel to it, the pickups are decent,whats great is the way the frets are finished which usually found on higher end ibanez prestige or korean made guitars..the guitar is made in china, but it doesnt feel like it was.the sculpted top just makes this guitar worth more than whats its current price tag. Dave(GC brookfield) was awesome enough to order me one online even before they have in stock!

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Disappointed

13 five star reviews. Nothing but five star reviews. Claims that the guitar looks and plays like a $600 guitar. All this and a gorgeous web site photo. So I bought one....Read complete review

13 five star reviews. Nothing but five star reviews. Claims that the guitar looks and plays like a $600 guitar. All this and a gorgeous web site photo. So I bought one. Now I'm wondering if the reviews are for a different guitar. First, the photo looks WAY better than the actual guitar. The blue finish is much darker and doesn't let the detail of the wood come through like the photo shows. Not that it looks bad, it just doesn't look as good as the photo. Kind of like going on an internet date and finding that the other person's photo is the best photo they've ever taken in their life. Second, the Floyd Rose fine tuners were nearly frozen. This was the first FR guitar I ever played, so I thought it was normal. Then I bought a used Schecter Omen-FR (for only $100!) and the tuners turned freely. At that point I knew this one was severely wrong. It took some WD-40, a pair of pliers, and all my strength to get them to turn. I don't know if the Chinese dude who installed them just jammed them in there or if the chrome finish made the screws not fit the holes, but it was certainly not something I'd expect from a so-called $600 guitar. Contributing to pissing me off was the fact that in using the pliers to try to turn the tuners, they slipped off and dinged the finish a couple of times, not to mention the damage the pliers did to the tuners themselves. Overall, I'm very disappointed. I'd sell it but looking at what they are going for on eBay, I'd be lucky to get $200. I'll never buy another ESP-LTD and I won't buy another guitar from Guitar Center without playing it first.

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4.0

Tuners came bottomed out.

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By Sean Wieder

from Miami, FL

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about ESP LTD MH-103 Quilted Maple Electric Guitar:

Tuners came bottomed out, and strings were harder than most Floyd Roses to change, but it has pretty good tone, my major gripe is how easilly the saddle got stripped. I had to order new ones almost immediately, it sounds great though, wood is solidly built, metal is meh built, just be careful when changing strings, I wasn't. It looks beautiful, but not as good as it does in the picture, and it's a GLOSS finish, not a Matte or Satin like the picture would suggest. The neck is a bolt on satin neck and plays great, 24 frets of killer tone, the strings that come with it are a little low gauge, but it works great. Hope you jam out on this!

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5.0

Great for classic or modern Heavy metal or Hard Rock

By Adam C665

from Brooklyn,NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP LTD MH-103 Quilted Maple Electric Guitar:

    Okay if you know nothing about ESP or LTD let me tell you something. This was used by most great metal bands of the 80's. At one point the Big Four all used this brand of guitar and it's great for any type of metal. It's great for anything classic rock, blues, jazz hard rock. Really any type of music that uses guitar this one will make you sound great. For any metalheads reading this get some EMG's but in it i got the 81 and two S' and it sounds god like.

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    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Color guessing game?

    By ERIK

    from Las Vegas, NV

    Comments about ESP LTD MH-103 Quilted Maple Electric Guitar:

    This review has nothing to do with the guitar other than the color, and the apparent difficulties ESP is having in their Quality Control department. Visit to Guitar Center results in falling in love with this guitar. The one hanging on the wall was a beautiful light blue with fantastic quilting. The only problem: the neck was shrunk to the point that every fret was grinding skin on either side of the neck. Las Vegas is rather low humidity, and the guitar had been hanging there for some time, but no other guitar present exhibited this neck shrink. So I placed an order for one instead. Short story, the guitar that arrived 6 days later was a substantially different color. Another "See through blue" ESP had been delivered to the store during this time, but was a borderline green. The short version is that the folks at ESP seem to have difficulty with their paint. Three guitars, all the same model, and all identified as "see-through blue", had substantially different colors going on. I refused the guitar, and am awaiting another one from the factory to see if it is any closer to the color I wanted in the 1st place. I will follow up with another review upon receipt of the next blue question mark guitar.

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    4.0

    Sweet Sounding LTD

    By Eldin

    from Louisville, KY

    Comments about ESP LTD MH-103 Quilted Maple Electric Guitar:

    I went to my local Guitar Center to look at this Schecter they had on clearance and ended up picking this guitar up because it was in the same price range as the Schecter I was looking at. This thing blew me away. The Floyd Rose on it clearly wasn't any of the cheap stuff you'd see on some other guitars. It was pretty sensitive and worked really smoothly. The pickups sounded great. I was in love with the powerful tone that came out of that humbucker with a bit of distortion and the single coils were spectacular for clean settings. The neck was nice and unfinished, which I loved because it was a lot smoother and allowed faster playing. The guitar was pretty much perfect. It even looked nice. Came with a beautiful transparent blue quilt top.

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    5.0

    I LOVE THIS GUITAR

    By SCOTT

    from Ipswich, MA

    Comments about ESP LTD MH-103 Quilted Maple Electric Guitar:

    I traded in my old jackson black guitar because I wanted something that was not so dark and scary, this is pretty close to the jason becker carvin model and is sounds and plays amazing. I initially fell in love with the maple neck, blue color, and floyd, but when I plugged in the pickups sound better than any of my other guitars. The only difference I saw from the picture and the one I got was mine sayS "ESP DESIGNED" on all pickups. Anyways it sounds and plays great. You dont need to spend a lot of money to get a nice guitar.

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    4.0

    Great, but a couple issues...

    By Benjamin Johnston

    from Aurora, CO

    Comments about ESP LTD MH-103 Quilted Maple Electric Guitar:

    I bought a M-100FM and then picked up the MH-103 a few days later to replace the guitar I originally started learning on. I use both and both guitars have the same issue with the trem arm: it will quickly come lose during use and wobbles quite a bit. Aggressively tightening the back-nut for the arm receptacle on the 100 and swapping out a different arm and it now stays in as long as it's tight. If you let the arm swing lose, it will continue to loosen and get more and more wobbly. The 103 will stay tight for about one song. The 103 will also occasionally stay flat when diving hard, but it seems that pulling the arm back will return it to regular tuning. The bridge doesn't always want to come back all the way. All in all, this is still a great guitar: it's comfortable, sounds great, looks great, and stays in tune (aside from the minor issue above). As a beginner, the trem arm issue isn't really huge. I'm having fun with it.

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    5.0

    AMAZING!! Just buy it already!

    By Tanner Duncan

    from Price, Utah

    Comments about ESP LTD MH-103 Quilted Maple Electric Guitar:

    There is not one thing this guitar cannot do! Very nice looking beautiful guitar, This baby will stand out in any crowd or gig. I am very very impressed with it. Fantastic tones(Clean or Distorted)Very nice floyd rose special, however i would not recommend this for a beginner simple because floyd's can be a huge pain. Lovely pickup setup allows you to play ANY style of music from county to thrash metal. Center pickup has a nice tele sound and neck has a nice strat sound while the humbucker is very good for playing metal. I would put this guitar up against any other. ESP did a fantastic job with simple as that. I play Jackson and ESP LTD and i will say that this guitar blows most high priced guitars away! I would recommend this for any guitarist just not so much for a beginner. Super Super B!

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    2.0

    Disappointed

    By Tim Caudill

    from Pittburgh PA

    Comments about ESP LTD MH-103 Quilted Maple Electric Guitar:

    13 five star reviews. Nothing but five star reviews. Claims that the guitar looks and plays like a $600 guitar. All this and a gorgeous web site photo. So I bought one. Now I'm wondering if the reviews are for a different guitar. First, the photo looks WAY better than the actual guitar. The blue finish is much darker and doesn't let the detail of the wood come through like the photo shows. Not that it looks bad, it just doesn't look as good as the photo. Kind of like going on an internet date and finding that the other person's photo is the best photo they've ever taken in their life. Second, the Floyd Rose fine tuners were nearly frozen. This was the first FR guitar I ever played, so I thought it was normal. Then I bought a used Schecter Omen-FR (for only $100!) and the tuners turned freely. At that point I knew this one was severely wrong. It took some WD-40, a pair of pliers, and all my strength to get them to turn. I don't know if the Chinese dude who installed them just jammed them in there or if the chrome finish made the screws not fit the holes, but it was certainly not something I'd expect from a so-called $600 guitar. Contributing to pissing me off was the fact that in using the pliers to try to turn the tuners, they slipped off and dinged the finish a couple of times, not to mention the damage the pliers did to the tuners themselves. Overall, I'm very disappointed. I'd sell it but looking at what they are going for on eBay, I'd be lucky to get $200. I'll never buy another ESP-LTD and I won't buy another guitar from Guitar Center without playing it first.

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    5.0

    Very nice guitar!

    By Randy Johnson

    from Grantville, GA

    Comments about ESP LTD MH-103 Quilted Maple Electric Guitar:

    I am well pleaseed with this guitars looks and handling. The blue on mine is dark like a turquoise blue. Everyone who has seen it loves the color. I ordered mine through the mail, and it came in tune, with very little adjustment needed to start jammin'. Love being able to access easily all 24 frets, and it stays in tune very well. I've been playing for 40 years, this guitar is a deal.

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    5.0

    GREAT guitar for the price!!!

    By Allan (Chris) Laird

    from Marion, Ohio

    Comments about ESP LTD MH-103 Quilted Maple Electric Guitar:

    I had been on hiatus from playing guitar for several years when I decided I wanted to play again. So, I had a budget in mind when I started "window shopping" on Guitar Center's website. I've always played Ibanez guitars, for 25 years in fact, and I thought that's what I really wanted to get this time as well. Until...I went to G.C. and found this gem for almost half of what I would've paid for a comparable Ibanez model. I still love Ibanez and I mean no disrespect to that company whatsoever. The paint job on this ESP is spectacular and it has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated! The maple neck really makes the colors pop out even more. I play mostly rock and metal so a Floyd Rose tremelo was a must, and it delivers like every other one I've used. The pickups are ample enough. Certainly not the most powerful or diverse but, what do you expect for stock equipment? They're good enough for me and besides, I use a lot of effects anyway to make up for any shortcomings (who doesn't). They perform like a champ as far as I'm concerned. The guitar overall is pretty darn light and I'm very happy with the neck, it's relatively thin and very fast. I couldn't be more pleased with this guitar considering what I paid for it.

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