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Item Reviews for: ESP Standard Eclipse II Electric Guitar with Case  -  ESP ECLIPSEII LIST

My most playable guitar
By: Azjman from Phoenix,AZ. USA      Submitted: 6/16/2013

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General Your general opinion of this product. As a reference, I own 8 les Paul's and 4 paul reed smiths. I owned an LTD version of this some time beck and really liked it as well. This ESP came out of the box playing better than any of my pro set up higher end guitars. Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? The quality of materials and workmanship is wonderful. I have the vintage black satin finish and love it. I would put the quality of this guitar up against anything made today. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Action is low and fast. The EMGs give you THAT tone. I know some people just done like that sound but its an easy fix if that ain't your tone. The guitar plays wonderfully and if I had to pick one guitar to take with me...this would be it. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Satin finish, looks cool, I don't miss the gloss at all.
Why buy an ESP?
By: Brandon from Massachusetts, USA      Submitted: 2/25/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Let me start this review by saying I have played probably hundreds of guitars in my life. My main guitar used to be a 1980's era Gibson Les Paul Custom and in terms of construction and quality control, the ESP blows it out of the water. I'm not joking. Right out of the beautiful hardshell case this axe was set up flawlessy; the ebony fingerboard is dark yet shines in the light, the frets are perfectly set up and feel pristine, and the hardware is all put together without any adjusment needed. Just simply perfect worksmanship. I'll be going over every aspect of the guitar in this review, from tone to ease of use/string changing to what seperates this brand from the mighty LTD brands. Overall, it's my new favorite; which is a hard title to achieve. General Your general opinion of this product. Overall, you know what I'm going to say and have heard of ESP if you're checking out this review. This guitar is pricey, however it plays and feels better than any guitar I've owned/played at prices double of what ESP sells it for. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Truly, this is what sold me. I play all kinds of music, from blues to pop punk to classics to progressive metal. The clean smooth creamy tones from the EMG 60 in the neck with the mohagony body is balanced and wonderfully easy to color to your liking. However, most of you reading this, I know what you want to hear. The metal sounds from the EMG 81 are insane. I play off-timing palm mutes frequently, with fast licks and arpeggios to follow and the the bottom end not only shakes shakes everything around you, but the transition from low to high happens so fast and so seamless with such a great tone. Few other guitars get that sound, with such a light body. But what would you expect with a skillfully handcrafted guitar? THAT is what seperates an ESP from an LTD. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? The paint is impeccable. Not one flaw, and I'm ocd about paint. I went up and down the whole guitar inspecting it and
4 Years of reliable play
By: Arioch Empyreus from Chicago      Submitted: 11/5/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? This guitar is impeccably made. The finish is incredible, the instrument is very resonant and punchy. All the hardware is the highest quality. General Your general opinion of this product. This guitar is unbeatable. I have owned several ltd's and this slays all of them. I have played a few les paul customs, and this holds it's own against them no problem (even surpassing in some areas, like the neck shape). The attention to detail is excellent, no file marks or overspray anywhere on the guitar. The ebony fretboard has a very tight grain and consistent color. They put the battery inside the control cavity rather than routing another cavity (which I find preferable). Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? The combination of the EMG pickups and choice mohagany (with a maple top, which the LTD's do not have), gives this guitar a lot of punch and sustain. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? The finish is incredible. The paint is flawless.
Great Guitar. Best in price range!
By: Darren from Grand Junction, CO, dcullen90@aol.com      Submitted: 2/27/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Very well made. Have never seen a Gibson with this quality. And the price difference is astounding. General Your general opinion of this product. This guitar is made to show that no one has to buy a 4000 dollar guitar for a beautiful and very well made product. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Already told you, AMAZING! Finish How did the stain or paint job look? I got the see-thru black cherry version and the wood and finish are superb quality. I will come back for more of these soon!
The highest quality instrument I've ever played - the absolute BEST
By: Nique from Western New York      Submitted: 9/2/2011

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Top notch, comparable to any USA made gibson, even customs. Before I bought this guitar I purchased the Epiphone Prophecy EX at around $800..I knew it was Korean made, but I figured, hey, they're owned by Gibson now, and it's one of the highest priced epiphones that they sell -- so the quality HAS to be good, right? Wrong. It was TERRIBLE..so much so that I shot an email to Gibson saying how dissatisfied I was. The Eclipse is expensive, but it's worth it in the long run. General Your general opinion of this product. It's expensive, but it's worth every penny. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Oh man, tone is A++++ top notch PERFECT..both metal rythm and leads, and clean. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Perfect..I went with snow white to match my 7 string Ibanez RG1527M (it's "Galaxy White")
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