Ever since 1975, Japanese manufacturer ESP have been crafting exquisitely made rock and metal guitars. Their LTD line provides an affordable gateway to beginner and intermediate rock/metal guitarists by manufacturing their designs in cheaper regions of the world using cheaper woods and components. These are well sourced and specced and really provide an awesome gateway to the world of distorted guitar tones!
The EC-50 takes many of the best features of the classic Gibson Les Paul design and throws in some more modern additions for comfort and playability. The stopbar tailpiece and Tune-O-Matic style bridge are present, which give great tuning stability and sustain. There are two humbuckers with a 3-way pickup selector switch, but unlike a classic Les Paul the EC-50 has a master volume and two tone knobs which means you can balance the pickups in lots of different ways. This gives you a wide range of tonal option but with an easily accessible selection of controls. The body shape has been slimmed down a lot which means this guitar is considerably lighter than a Les Paul, perfect for long practice sessions or gigs. The body also has a really comfortable contoured back and a cutaway for easy access to the higher frets. Talking of higher frets, this quality rock axe has 24 of ’em rather than 22- perfect for seering metal solos! The neck is a slim C profile, very comfortable to play even for players with smaller hands. The action has been professionally set up and the guitar has been restrung. The shorter than average scale length of this design also means that the stretches are slightly smaller than on most electric guitars, and the strings are easier to hold down or bend thanks to their lower tension. Amplified this guitar sounds great. It’s got a good gritty rhythm tone which is really chunky when distorted. The bridge pickup cuts through nicely for solos and there is loads of sustain thanks to the stop-bar tailpiece. It also looks great thanks to its beautifully contoured back and cutaway and unusual headstock design.
There is some cosmetic damage, one chip to the back left side, one ding on the back and some minor scratches and damage near the jack socket, but none of this affects tone or playability and generally this guitar looks absolutely great! If you’re looking to get into rock or metal playing or are searching for a good Christmas present for someone who is then this could be the perfect guitar for you. With great tones and fantastic build quality for very little money, LTD models really represent the best in value for money and this one is no exception. Pop in to the shop for a test drive (or to browse our selection- lots more guitars in stock!) or checkout online now for affordable UK postage.