ESP has always maintained its rigidness interms of its hardware and of course its heaviness in its tone, these stock pickups are really crunchy and heavy! the only drawback i felt about this guitar is its very heavy in weight i some how manage to play this one for an hour wearing this :p rest its perfect. i hope i will get used to its weight very soon and not end up having back ache. :/
been using this guitar since the last few weeks..and its kick a#$..the look itself makes me want to pickup and play it all day long..lol. the control - knobs and pickup selector all feel premium and work smoothly. I mostly play heavy metal and the sounds across the frequency spectrum are consistent and clear without being too biased to either the high or low notes. you can set the action quite low without actually buzzing. been happy with my purchase and service from bajaao
I use this guitar for playing metal and blues and I must say i'm pretty impressed with the results. I purchased this guitar 3 months back and it played right out of the box. The stock pickups offer a pretty balanced tone and nice crunch. The maple neck is sturdy and the fretboard is decent even if you are someone who shreds a lot like me :)
I bought the this guitar over 4 years ago and its still my favorite guitar over an ibanez. My only complaint is that the treble pickup is a tad overwound. But that is a minor issue as all you do is roll off on volume a bit and your good. I highly recommend to any beginner guitar players. Even seasoned players looking for a cheap axe that can churn out some hard rock and metal and still retain classic rock grit and mediocre cleans, this is a great choice.