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Item Reviews for: ESP LTD ST203M Maple Electric Guitar  -  ESP ST203M LIST

amazing guitar for the price
By: Cody from Austin TX      Submitted: 4/16/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? I have 2 american made fender strats and the feel of the neck and body of this ltd compares and at a third the price. frets where dressed nicely, worn finish looks great in person. well crafted guitar. General Your general opinion of this product. for the price everyone should buy this guitar even if you just use it as a back up. but it could easily be your only axe. for my taste i will probably upgrade the bridge and pickups but they are better then most straight out the box. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? neck pickup sounds fantastic deep lovely tone then bridge the classic hot strat tone Finish How did the stain or paint job look? distressed finish looks great, i put a black pickguard on mine and it looks even better! i did notice one screw from the back plate goes thru the control cavity wall but nobody will notice that but me so who cares.
ESP Rocks
By: G & L from USA      Submitted: 3/1/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Very nice quality,looks and feels vintage, I know I had one of those 1957 Fender Strat. General Your general opinion of this product. Nice guitar for someone who knows guitars. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? To me the pickups sound great, better than Fender Mex-Tex. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? I like this finish!!!
ST-203 is A-ok.
By: Doug from Texas      Submitted: 1/28/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? First off, I have to say I like the idea of the alder body with the maple neck. This is a nice, heavy guitar, not a lightweight at all. The only real issue I have with this guitar was the nut. It was cut too low at the factory and was buzzing even with the bridge set high. Not good. The nut looked pretty ragged. I have it at the local luthier having a new graphite nut made. I have no doubts it will play like a million bucks after I get it back. Another issue, that is not so bad, is that the bridge dosen't have a full size trem block. I had an import Fender bridge lying around and I changed the block out along with putting on graphtech saddles. The input jack was loose, so I tightened that up and put on an extra nut to keep things from coming loose again. General Your general opinion of this product. It is a decent guitar for the money, just check out the nut before purchase. The other issues can be fixed relatively easy. (like a new trem block) I do like relic'ed guitars and this one pulls off the look in a fairly convincing manner. Most don't have 2k lying around, so this is a decent option. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? The tone is average. I am not going to replace the pickups just yet. I can get a decent amount of tones using the onboard eq and my amps settings. The tone seems suited for hard rock and blues. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? It has the worn finish with a satin coat over all the relic'ed areas. I'd prefer the worn areas bare wood, but you get what you pay for.
Affordable quality
By: Paul M. from Houston, Texas USA      Submitted: 11/23/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Overall is is a well made guitar = Nice body, great feel to the neck, harware good, tone and volume knobs feel kind of cheap but do the job General Your general opinion of this product. I own a MIM strat but like the feel of this neck better. I am truly suprised with the quality of this guitar Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Typical strat sound. I play the blues and this sound works well for me. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Distressed finish is not my favorite, but ESP suceeded with trying to make a new guitar look old. If it came in a finish that wa not distressed I would buy it
Very Cool...
By: Eric from Lacey, NJ, USA      Submitted: 10/23/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Real nice quality for the price. Does not feel like a cheap guitar at all. The neck is very straight. General Your general opinion of this product. ESP makes some great affordable guitars, and this is right up there. The neck really does feel like an old guitar thats been played for youears. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Pickups are not great, but not bad either. Neck sounds real smooth. Bridge could be a touch hotter, but again, this is not supposed to be a metal monster. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Relicing looks very good. Nice matte finish.
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