The ESPLTD MHFR-330FM Flame Maple Top Electric Guitar delivers some powerful features at an affordable price. It's got a mahogany body with a flame maple top that is highlighted by a gorgeous see-thru... Read More
The ESPLTD MHFR-330FM Flame Maple Top Electric Guitar delivers some powerful features at an affordable price. It's got a mahogany body with a flame maple top that is highlighted by a gorgeous see-thru finish. The bolt-on maple neck has a rosewood fingerboard with 24 extra-jumbo frets and a thin U neck contour. Special ESP active pickups are onboard to produce plenty of power and tone-shaping via an assortment of controls. A Floyd Rose Special bridge, ESP tuners and black hardware complete the list of appointments on this versatile rocker.
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I do a lot of shopping at GC, but this guitar I got somewhere else. I feel this guitar deserves a fair unbiased review from someone that used it for a while. First off this is a well made guitar, for it's price point it's hard to beat in some ways. It a mahogany body, a smooth maple neck, rosewood fretboard(would of been better with an ebony fret board, but still does the job), 2 ESP brand ALH-200 b and n pickups, a simple 1 volume and 1 3 way switch(a Les Paul style which I love because it's easier to switch between pickups) and a nice cut away at the neck joint for easy access to the higher frets. Even though it's a little heavy, it's so well balanced that it doesn't bother me at all. When I got it the action was set high so I lowered it since I know how to. There was a little dirt by the bottom of the neck area, but some rubbing alcohol cleaned that up. I looked at the solder job and there were some cold solder joints(this is why I'm glad I redid the pickups). The pickups themselves are great for clean sounding music, but when adding over drive or heavy distortion they sound weak, they are workable by adding a ton of gain and using an EQ to cut the highs a lot and the mids a little. I ended up putting in a set of Seymour Duncan AHB-3s(the Mick Thomson signature series) and those pickups work great with the body and neck wood since they have more high end than the regular AHB-1 set and that also fix my cold solder joint problem too(it great to know how to solder, but if you want to replace the pickup and you don't know how to solder I'd take the guitar to a local GC tech to have it done). The way it is would be great for a beginner or someone on an intermediate level with a low budget like myself, but since I'm start to get to the higher end of playing and I know how the change pickups and do my adjustments this guitar now is perfect for my needs.
When i first received this guitar, the post where the tremolo bar goes in was completely loose. it actually fell off when i opened the box. i could hear the other half shaking under the bridge when i shook the guitar. BUT, when i got my replacement from guitar center, it is 100% perfect. the finish is stellar (i have the green sunburst), the esp active pickups are waaaaay better than i expected, the feel is amazing, very easy to play. the reason i gave this 4 stars was because of the manufacturer defect, but the guitar itself is a 5.
The guitar was ordered and arrived in perfect condition. It plays like a dream with a great action. The ESP active stock pickups are surprisingly nice. My one criticism is that pickup positions 2 & 3 have too much low end when playing clean. Can't beat the quality for the price. Before I ordered this guitar, I played several other ESP/LTD models and other brands (Ibanez, Jackson) some of which were $500.00 more in price, but were no where near $500.00 more in quality and playability.
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