The ESP LTD F-10 has all the credentials of a great entry level metal guitar. But does it deliver?
The ESP LTD F-10 electric guitar is everything you could want in a starter rock guitar. High end specification, great construction and cool looks, if you like to rock then this guitar is worth a serious look!
ESP guitars really need no introduction. The Japanese guitar firm have been designing and manufacturing some of the coolest looking guitars in rock for 30 years. In that time they have gained quite a reputation and a string of top name guitarist who endorse their guitars. With ESP guitars you know you are in safe hands.
The LTD range was introduced in 1996 as a way of bringing all the high end quality that you would expect from ESP guitars but at a more affordable price. The range has been extended to cater for the wide range of tastes us guitarists have and I have to say there are some fantastic guitars that have been launched under the LTD banner. But is the ESP LTD F-10 one of those fantastic guitars or should you steer clear and look for something else.
The ESP LTD F-10 is, certainly by the cut of the body, a rock/metal guitar so if that is what you are after this is a good guitar to check out. The body is essentially a strat shape but has been cut with a more angular design and is nicely contoured. The body is made from basswood and is finished in a dark and brooding black gloss finish. The full 2 octave 24 fret neck is made from maple and topped off with a rosewood fretboard. The profile of the neck is the ESP thin U which is a quick, slick neck to play. The 24 frets give you plenty of options in soloing and the action is nice an low. So far so good.
In terms of electrics the ESP LTD F-10 is armed with an ESP LSH 100 humbucker in the bridge position and an ESP LS 100 blade style single coil pickup in the neck position. The pick-up selector is a 3 way toggle switch giving you bridge, neck or both pick-ups as the options. There are master volume and master tone dials for on-board control of tone and volume. The bridge is a fixed TOM (Tune-o-matic) design so if you like your whammy bar this is not the guitar for you.
Plugged in this guitar is great to play, especially when you consider the price. The feel of the guitar is good, there is some weight to the instrument which is re-assuring. The contoured body is nice to hold and the cut-aways allow good access to the upper frets. The sound of the guitar is also great. Played clean there tone is warm and mellow which sounds really bluesy with a bit of reverb. However, this really is a guitar designed for metal so best played with the distortion cranked up. In this situation the guitar does not let you down. The neck pickup is great with a re-assuring growl and the humbucker performs equally well. You must remember that this is an entry level guitar so the pick-ups have their limitations, certainly at high gain they start to lose something in the definition. But this is a minor grumble and should not detract from what is a good guitar.
The ESP LTD F-10 is an entry level guitar. However, for a low priced instrument it performs exceedingly well. Therefore if you are looking for your first rock/metal guitar to shred on then you should certainly consider the ESP LTD F-10.
|ESP LTD F-10 Electric Guitar|
|Neck||Bolt on Maple|
|Frets||24 XJ frets|
|Nut width||42 mm standard nut|
|Neck style||Thin U Neck|
|Scale length||648 mm / 25.5"|
|Bridge pickup||ESP LH-100 Humbucker|
|Neck pickup||ESP LH-100 Single coil|
|Pickup switching||3 way toggle switch|
|Controls||1 master volume and 1 tone control|
|Hardware||ESP Tuners (Chrome)|
|Recommended retail price||£191|
|If you love this guitar||Buy now from Gear 4 Music|
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