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Item Reviews for: ESP LTD AX50 Electric Guitar  -  ESP AX50 LIST

This Ax Can Kill!
By: Doc Steele from Lufkin, TX, USA      Submitted: 11/5/2013

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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.
good for the price!!!
By: Harley Fay from Ludington, MI, wefay@charter.net      Submitted: 4/24/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Seems pretty sturdy. I have dropped it, bumped it, smacked it, and it stays in tune, and no damage! General Your general opinion of this product. I love this guitar. I had a Fender Squire Strat but I just didn't like the sound. So I bought this and I am very happy! I got rid of the Squire and haven't looked back! Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? It's a darker tone but I think with different pickups or even the upgraded model would probably produce better chunk Finish How did the stain or paint job look? I love the dark look of this guitar. I have just recently started to add some accessories to make it look even more dark and sinister
Killa Axe!!!
By: Jim Melton from Willcox, Az, jimluvsbugs@yahoo.com      Submitted: 4/23/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? This is ESP quality and at this price, amazing. Solid aa a rock, low, low action after setup, but close right out of the box! If ur not paying attention to the almost imposible low price you just paid, you'd swear to God that ur playing a way more expensive guitar. Never in my life, have I ever paid such a cheap price, expecting to get a some what "ok" guitar, to playing a dream such as this, is a total mind screw, but a wonderful surprise. This is the entry level type of guitar, but upgrading the pups, puts that right in the trash and makes this a great player! You must buy this. I was using the force, did any of you "feel" it??? Lol, I'm guitarded. General Your general opinion of this product. Solid built, awsome action, easy setup and fun to play, a lot! I've only put it down long enough to go to the restroom, eat, clean up and use the internet, but the rest of the time, this axe is in my hands. My fingers are calloused up again, this axe is super faxt to play, I just can't believe that this guitar is almost free in price, yet plays like a god's guitar!!! Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? I love the crunchy way it plays, since I play Heavy metal anyways, why wouldn't I like the crunch, lol, pinch harmonics are a snap anywhere your fingers land. I'm upgrading the pups to the SH-6s Distortion Mayhem set by Seymour Duncan and can only imagine what that's going to sound like. I love this 'lil beast!!! Finish How did the stain or paint job look? I don't care for satin finishes, never have, never will, but not too bad. Thinking about clear-coating myself, when I upgrade the pups in it.
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