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ESP LTD Viper 256 Electric Guitar

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Product Description

The ESP LTD Viper 256 Electric Guitar features mahogany set-neck construction in a mahogany body for the ultimate in sustain and tonal clarity. The thin-U neck makes for a very comfortable playing experience all the way up the 24 XJ fret rosewood fingerboard. ESP LH-150 humbuckers and a worn finish makes the Viper 256 both look and sound like a vintage guitar.

ESP Viper Style Case
To protect and transport your guitar, ESP recommends the optional Viper Style Electric Guitar Case (#ESP CLVIPERFF).

Product Specifications
ESP LTD Viper 256 Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Construction: Set-Neck
  • Scale: 24.75 in. 
  • Body: Mahogany 
  • Neck: Mahogany 
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood 
  • Nut: 42mm 
  • Neck Contour: Thin U 
  • Frets: 24 XJ 
  • Hardware: Gold 
  • Tuners: ESP 
  • Bridge and Tailpiece: TOM Bridge and Tailpiece 
  • Pickups: ESP LH-150
  • Controls: 
    • 3-Way Toggle 
    • Master Volume 
    • Master Tone with Push-Pull Coil Tap


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Phone:  800-423-8388 Warranty:  Limited Lifetime Warranty
rallygsc from Hobart, IN USA
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A good value for the features
Quality
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
This guitar is built like all of the SG style / Guild S100 style guitars, mahagony neck and body with a rosewood fretboard, set neck construction, a proven design that is very solid. as with any guitar, if taken care of properly, it will last a long time.
General
Your general opinion of this product.
I have the see through aged cherry finish version, the aged finish is ok, they could have left some red stain in the worn areas like a real sg would have, just make those areas dull, the electronics are ok, the humbuckers sound like gibson 490's in some aspects, they are a little tinny sound wise, will replace them when I get the chance, otherwise the hardware and such are OK for a guitar in this price range, the tuning keys work well and so does the bridge and tail piece.
Tone
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
this guitar should have had two tone controls to balance out the sounds between the two pickups, the pickups sound too close to eachother tone wise which doesn't leave too much room for a variance in tone between the neck and the bridge pickups, as I said they sound similar to Gibson 490 pickups, a little tinny tone wise
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
The finish is nice for a relic or aged look, but Esp needs to looks are real SG's that have aged and seen how the cherry fades on areas that has a lot of contact, it would be more faded in those areas and not have the cherry finish missing showing what appears to be bare wood, remember the actual cherry finishes are stained into the wood, and the areas where the finish comes off would be dark and weathered, but aside from that it's pretty good for this price range and beats the gibson faded finishes where you can feel the wood grain.
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