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ESP LTD AX50 Electric Guitar

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Product Description

The ESP LTD AX50 is an EXTREME guitar to fit your EXTREME style of music!
The wild AX series body style will definitely get the audiences attention. But that’s just the start. The AX50 features a basswood body, a 24-fret bolt-on mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard and dot inlays as well as chrome hardware, a string thru body tune-o-matic bridge, and an ESP LH-150 pickup set. This is as complete as it gets at this price!

Product Specifications

ESP LTD AX50 Electric Guitar Specifications

  • Type: Bolt-On
  • Scale: 25.5 inch
  • Body: Basswood
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Nut: 42mm Standard
  • Neck Contour: Thin U
  • Frets: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Tuners: ESP
  • Bridge: Tune-o-matic
  • Pickups: ESP LH150 (Bridge and Neck)



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Phone:  800-423-8388 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty
Doc Steele from Lufkin, TX, USA
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This Ax Can Kill!
General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
I've played guitars of all shapes, sizes, and prices, and this is the best all-around model I've come across. Even with the stock pickups that mark the 50 series, this thing has a tone and feel superior to many models I've played at ten times the price or more.
Quality
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Being an entry-level guitar, the quality of the AX50 is unparalleled. It's easily the most solid bolt-neck I've ever experienced, even compared to higher-end American models.
Feel
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The body has just the right curves for optimum fret access and comfort when played sitting or standing, and I don't know how they managed it with basswood and maple, but it's ideally balanced and lighter than many short-scale, acoustic, and even toy guitars. The neck is very slick and fast, with the hardest, smoothest rosewood fretboard I've ever played and perfect frets for both rhythm and lead playing, plus the comfortably contoured heel sits against the palm perfectly for high-fret soloing. The only changes I'd like to see would be migrating the output jack to the upper horn as in the V300 and switching the positions of the master volume and toggle, but the output and controls are in a very standard setup, so short of having one custom-built, I'm happy to accept it as is.
Tone
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
This is where the AX50 earned the most points. I compared it side-by-side against an EX50 and an EC1000, and the tone and sustain were unmatched, even versus the superior tonewoods and active pickups of the EC1000. The body is just right, with a bass presence slightly over the high end and sustain for days. I can see it cutting through the densest of mixes with the stock LH-150s, which I'm torn for once in my life about replacing. Normally, when I get a new guitar, I'll replace the bridge pickup with a Duncan JB or Distortion and the neck with a '59, but the stock humbuckers have incredible output as is.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish in satin black is gorgeous, with an almost metallic look and a smooth feel that lets the hand slide quickly up and down the color-matched neck, while the finish on the body itself allows the forearm to be secure, but still move freely. In short, the finish was flawless and beautiful.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
There is no comparison between other sub-$300 guitars and the AX50. The AX50 blows them all out of the water, and goes on to surpass the finest American and Japanese models I've ever played.
Playability
How was the action out of the box?
Having picked it up at a local shop, I'm not certain how the setup was right out of the box, but the action was the perfect height, the neck and fretboard wide enough to accommodate my thick fingers without accidental fretting, but not too wide. The hard, smooth fretboard is excellent for broad bends, with a very solid Tune-O-Matic bridge that sits comfortably against the palm without making it awkward to go for wider strumming.
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