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ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar Satin Black Chrome Hardware

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The ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar is one of the best values in a serious, hard-rocking electric guitar. The EC-50 sports a pair of ESP LH-150 pickups tha...Click To Read More About This Product

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Huge humbucking tone, easy-play scale length, and sharp looks with a tiny price tag.

The ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar is one of the best values in a serious, hard-rocking electric guitar. The EC-50 sports a pair of ESP LH-150 pickups that generate super sustained distortion. Maple neck with rosewood fretboard on a basswood body provides great resonance while the shorter 24-3/4" scale makes note bending a breeze.

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FEATURES
  • Bolt-on neck
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Basswood body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 42mm standard nut
  • Thin U neck contour
  • 24 extra-jumbo frets
  • ESP LH-150 humbucking pickups
  • Chrome hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • Tune-O-Matic-style bridge with stopbar tailpiece
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ESPEC-50 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 145 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

inexpensive, not cheap!

let me start by saying that i've had a kh-602 for the past ten years. esp always makes a solid instrument, and this is no exception. i was expecting something sub-par when...Read complete review

let me start by saying that i've had a kh-602 for the past ten years. esp always makes a solid instrument, and this is no exception. i was expecting something sub-par when i pulled it out of the box, but was shocked when i realized this will probably be the best guitar i've ever bought in this price range. even with the bolt on neck, this guitar is as solid as my ZW les paul, and as fast as my KH. i've considered swapping out the stock pickups for some emgs, but they're so close in sound it almost makes no difference. it can handle a beating on stage, and is light enough to not be killing you after an hour and a half. the only challenge i've faced with it is that they turned around the volume knobs so that the bridge is closer for quick shut offs. a good idea, but a learning curve none the less.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Beginner's Guitar

This is definitely a Beginner's guitar. I own the one with the satin black finish, and i don't think musicians friends pictures do it justice because it looks much better in person. The...Read complete review

This is definitely a Beginner's guitar. I own the one with the satin black finish, and i don't think musicians friends pictures do it justice because it looks much better in person. The neck is nice and thin, allowing easy access to higher frets. It handles gain very well, so if you are a beginning metal guitar player this may not be a bad choice, however i think there are better, and still cheap, options. The down sides to this guitar are small but plentiful. The pickups are not very good at all, being stock pickups from ESP. The neck is very delicate, and i have heard horror stories from a two different acquaintances that told me their neck snapped off when they hit it on something(which is inevitable to do at some point if you are playing shows). I have played many shows with this guitar, and hit the neck and it has stayed completely intact for me, so i do not know how credible those stories are. The bridge produces some slight buzz due to loose saddles, which could be fixed but is an annoyance. I have to say that the two worst parts about the guitar would have to be the fact that the tuners are very poor quality, and the fret work on the upper portion of the neck is poor therefore intonation can be thrown off. On the twenty first fret off mine, if i try to hit the note it sounds as the 22nd fret because of the poor craftsmanship. In addition to that there is some irreversible fret buzz, which can't be fixed with a good setup. Now, these things being said, I really do love the neck because of its 24 frets and ease of use, and for being such a cheap guitar it does handle metal and distorted tones well. I am not a metal musician and bought this guitar when i was young and not a knowledgeable musician, and would have been better off with a guitar from another company. I know it sounds as though i am slamming the guitar but i am just giving the true facts about it from a practical perspective. In conclusion, if you are a metal guitarist the EC-50 is not a bad guitar to go with, but there are better options from ltd and better options from different companies such as Jackson. If you are not a metal guitarist do not waste your time with this thing because it will do you no good.

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(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good but not great

By SJB-WhYGv

from NJ

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Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

This guitar is a decent place to start for a beginner. Seasoned (or slightly experienced players) look elsewhere.
It has a polyester painted back of the neck, so the speed of the neck is limited, especially under sweaty hands. This is not clearly disclosed in any advertising for this guitar. Also, frets 20-24 are difficult to reach or play due to its 24.75 scale. This scale should really only be 22 frets. The tummy cut is nice.
The nut clearly needs to be lowered and the slots filed, but it is serviceable as received.
For the money, you get a slightly above-average value. -- nothing more; nothing less.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

A Beginner's Guitar

By Sillymcwet

from missouri

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Comfortable Playability
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Nice neck

Cons

  • Bad Pickups
  • Bad Tuners
  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

This is definitely a Beginner's guitar. I own the one with the satin black finish, and i don't think musicians friends pictures do it justice because it looks much better in person. The neck is nice and thin, allowing easy access to higher frets. It handles gain very well, so if you are a beginning metal guitar player this may not be a bad choice, however i think there are better, and still cheap, options. The down sides to this guitar are small but plentiful. The pickups are not very good at all, being stock pickups from ESP. The neck is very delicate, and i have heard horror stories from a two different acquaintances that told me their neck snapped off when they hit it on something(which is inevitable to do at some point if you are playing shows). I have played many shows with this guitar, and hit the neck and it has stayed completely intact for me, so i do not know how credible those stories are. The bridge produces some slight buzz due to loose saddles, which could be fixed but is an annoyance. I have to say that the two worst parts about the guitar would have to be the fact that the tuners are very poor quality, and the fret work on the upper portion of the neck is poor therefore intonation can be thrown off. On the twenty first fret off mine, if i try to hit the note it sounds as the 22nd fret because of the poor craftsmanship. In addition to that there is some irreversible fret buzz, which can't be fixed with a good setup. Now, these things being said, I really do love the neck because of its 24 frets and ease of use, and for being such a cheap guitar it does handle metal and distorted tones well. I am not a metal musician and bought this guitar when i was young and not a knowledgeable musician, and would have been better off with a guitar from another company. I know it sounds as though i am slamming the guitar but i am just giving the true facts about it from a practical perspective. In conclusion, if you are a metal guitarist the EC-50 is not a bad guitar to go with, but there are better options from ltd and better options from different companies such as Jackson. If you are not a metal guitarist do not waste your time with this thing because it will do you no good.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

10 YEAR OWNERSHIP.

By xshorizon

from Nashville, TN

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Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

for $210 USD, i can't ask for anything more to have stood by me over the past 10 years through any style of music i wanted to play.i spent a lot of time learning the most advanced picking styles i could along with speed articulation as well as intervallic theory, modes, scales and the like for a better half of 3 years, when it was played the most at roughly 6-7hrs a day straight.this guitar is solid and if i ever lost it somehow, i'd quickly replace it.
i bought this guitar USED when i was 15 but everything on it was still stock and pretty new at $210. i'm about to be 25 in september.i have no prior knowledge from previous owner(s).everything about this guitar is well rounded to me and i've played everything from hardcore punk, death metal, alternative, nu-metal, jazz, blues, classic rock, post-rock, screamo, post-hardcore, grind, math rock, pop-punk, neo-classical metal.. all through many SS and TUBE amps over time.if you can't get a decent tone out of this, please stop playing music or just approach your instrument with some humility next time and learn to EQ. the only problems i have ever had out of this guitar has been the volume pot and a sagging pickup.after about 7 years, i replaced the stock tuners with grovers fine tuners as they always performed better than any locking ones i'd experienced and i was just ready to upgrade.
this guitar has seen extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, harsh environments where water, alcohol and even electrical tape and white out among other such things have come into contact with its surface. it has been gigged countless times and has been slammed into many things creating quite a few dents and chips all over the neck, headstock, back and front.

i once was shoved right over my halfstack live and continued playing right through without any problems.

with all of this, the guitar has never ceased to function for me and has only had very minor hangups like loose screws, fret wear, etc but i've never had to have any heavy maintenance done besides your regular setup and adjustments over time.

i have to say i did NOT baby this guitar and even practically abused it.the 8 rating seems very honest and acceptable given these circumstances.
i can't recall just how much this guitar has been through but it's still being used heavily as a backup and in another project flawlessly.

i have to say that this is a great guitar in the hands of any good guitar player but if you prefer expensive equipment to create your desired tone, then you won't like this guitar.

i've since bought an EC-401 that i've made my main guitar for my main project since it's the same style with better hardware, pickups, setup, etc and have a review on that as well.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Father Time Says

By AL Hamilton

from Colorado

Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

Overall, I can't say anything bad about this instrument, especially for the price! I'll get my money out of this one a dozen times over and I would buy another one tomorrow! I can't wait to save a few more bones and try a step up ESP's Ladder to one of their deluxe LTD models! I can't seem to get My mind around the idea that They make a bunch of 'em higher in quality! I CAN"T FIND NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS ONE! ESP has won My business! 20 THUMBS UP!!! Other brands are now just a faded memory, Who Cares!
For People who are just starting out on an Electric Guitar, I would say that You are kind of LUCKY to have something like this available! Where were these 30 years ago? I wish I'd had this one back then! A lot of name brand guitars I've owned over the years now seem a little like junk by comparison! How Ironic! GO ESP!!!
24 Frets, Neck is Fast and Comfortable, Perfect Cutaway Shape, Stays in Tune nicely (Even Under Abuse)! Pickups are O.K. too!
I am thoroughly delighted! The best bang for the buck I've seen in ages! This is TOO COOL!!!
The only thing it doesn't do is shoot sparks!
Sometimes I just catch Myself staring at this insturment across the room sitting on it's stand! It's like looking at a fine car, Your eyes just can't seem to leave it alone! THEN, You pick it up and You realize why it looks so good, It flat out FEELS GOOD TOO! The neck is So Comfortable and these guitars are well balanced! The fretboard, pickups, finish, hardware,... everything is Well Made! Thank You ESP for putting a real quality instrument within reach, especially to someone on a budget! I couldn't be happier!
Who would have thought that just a Couple Hundred Bones could buy such a quality instrument?!!! These guitars are well made and just plain do it all. This is a more economy model in ESP's LTD Line-up, but I am still shocked by the quality for the price. I can only imagine how good the more deluxe ESP models are, especially in the LTD series. WOW! I feel a little guilty because My other guitars just sit around collecting dust now! All My friends who own an ESP/LTD as well ALL say the same thing! If You haven't tried out an ESP yet, Well, YOU REALLY JUST DON'T KNOW what You're missing! These instruments are NO JOKE, Seriously, They ROCK!!!

I want to Offer a Special Thanks to ***Musician's Friend*** for carrying the Entire ESP/LTD Line Up, I'll be back for more!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar!

By Samuel Overman

from North Carolina

Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

I love this guitar! I bought not too long ago and haven't had a complaint! It had some pretty good strings when I got it but then I put some Elixers on and the sound improved tenfold! It's light, and very easily played. I would recommend this to anyone experienced or beginner!
Great ESP pickups, Not too heavy, Easy playability
The price on this was amazing! It is obviously worth more!

(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good pick

By Kyleton

from Maryland

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Not much

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for the past 2 years now. mines all white but I'm diggin the black fade. This guitar is great for multiple types of music. I play alot of Tool all the way to lamb of god, usually use my Jackson for LoG, but anyway, you get the point... great guitar. Great vibe. I cant remember but one of my knobs came un-done(i think I turned it too far without realizing) where I had it soughterd back together, not a big deal at all, that can happen to any guitar!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

PRETTY GOOD

By 16 prodigy

from Protem MO

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is well worth your money I paid a small amount for at a pawn shop and I use it at all my gigs. I was very surprised what I paid for it in the quality that I receivedI recommend it as a first guitar or experienced players.well done ESP.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awsome guitar

    By Rwmcneal

    from Hannibal mo

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar has a great sound great fill the price is awsome

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Novice Guitar!

      By Alex Hulsey

      from Longview, TX

      Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

      It was a great guitar for me to use as a novice. it has such a great tone with just a simple Boss MT-2 metal zone pedal. i play metal music, so ESP is the first choice for me and this guitar really introduced me into the superb quality of ESP LTD guitars. GREAT buy i reccommend to any new to moderately skilled guitarists, especially those who want to play metal or rock music and are on a budget.
      The features on this guitar are simple at best, but the stock pickups are easily the best stock pickups ive ever heard. The tone knobs breoke off the 2nd day i had it though, an easy fix i was just too lazy to attempt as the knob still worked, it just didnt have the fancy chrome cover. the small neck size was great for me because i was 14 when i got it and it was a good sized neck that was easy to play on.
      Even though it is a rather low-numbered model in the EC series, this guitar really is BEAUTIFUL. i got the white finish and its very pretty. its sturdy and well made for the most part, exept that i was rough on it and didnt yet have strap locks so the strap holders came unscrewed. after many times of sliding out, it wore the grooves down and i had to drill a new hole, but it was again an easy fix, just get strap locks.
      This is an overwhelmingly exeptional guitar that plays great for any style of metal or rock. its beautiful and WAY worth the price.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      inexpensive, not cheap!

      By cjm

      from belleville MI

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        let me start by saying that i've had a kh-602 for the past ten years. esp always makes a solid instrument, and this is no exception. i was expecting something sub-par when i pulled it out of the box, but was shocked when i realized this will probably be the best guitar i've ever bought in this price range. even with the bolt on neck, this guitar is as solid as my ZW les paul, and as fast as my KH. i've considered swapping out the stock pickups for some emgs, but they're so close in sound it almost makes no difference. it can handle a beating on stage, and is light enough to not be killing you after an hour and a half. the only challenge i've faced with it is that they turned around the volume knobs so that the bridge is closer for quick shut offs. a good idea, but a learning curve none the less.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        EC-50 Worth the money

        By None

        from San Diego ca

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        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • 22 Tone Ceramic

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        Great guitar for the price. Definitely ready to play

        (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Only for beginners

        By JamesM

        from NV

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        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar, thinking it would be and upgrade from my Squire. Well, I was wrong. Sure, it looks sweet and feels great, but the pick ups are such total garbage it kills any other positive things about the guitar. The distortion is ok, a pedal is necessary for any REAL metal crunch. The clean tone, however, is the worst thing I have heard in my life. It sounds like my tone is being dragged through mud. All in all, buy this guitar for someone who is learning, not as an upgrade.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing for the Price

        By impressedowner10

        from CA

        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        I bought this used in black with black hardware (I guess they no longer offer this color)and was so surprised. I bought it on a whim because I was tired of trying to get hard distorted (Metallica, etc.) tones out of my MIM Fender. I put some new strings on and wow. Great tone, extremely easy to play, great neck, and the shorter size makes bending notes so easy. Stays in tune great as well. For the price, it would be very hard to beat this guitar. In addition, the pics make it look a little cheap but at least mine in person looks much, much better. This is a fantastic first guitar or second guitar to those who are not wealthy or snobs about equipment. I endorse it fully and hope you check it out or buy it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        After Five Months... [READ!]

        By Les Pauler

        from Houston, TX

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        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        I have owned this guitar for almost five months and would like to share my views with all who are considering buying this guitar. The bridge pickup sounds really nice (you can tell they were going for an EMG 81 sound) and I rarely use the neck or even combine them, because it sounds so much darker and muddier, and it's hard to use them both without the neck overpowering the bridge. My tone knob and jack both came loose but i tightened them both by hand and haven't had any problems since. It was playable out of the box and the factory strings lasted quite a while, then I replaced them with some DRs and the tone was actually comparable. I got some boomers after the DRs though and they definetly sound better. Some people said the jumbo frets are a bad thing, I personally like them. This guitar blows my friends (cheap) strat out of the water. I can get my action super low and palm mutes sound great. I really don't think you could beat this guitar for a good 500 bucks, not including the upgraded versions of it. Just in case you were wondering about those, the 100 is the same thing but it looks fancier, the 200 is the same thing with better, but still esp brand, pickups, the 400 is now the seymore duncan version of the 500 which has EMGs and both have archtop bodies, then the 1000 is a 400/500 with abalone bindings and locking bridge and tuners and the inlays get fancier, too after the 200. The 500S is pretty much the same thing as the 500 but with different paint, no inlays, and a different headstock logo.To sum it all up, this is a great guitar for the price and I would definetly recommend it for starting or backup. It has good action, good bridge pickup, and functions well. Some things did come loose, though and the neck pickup is lame. It also weighs 12 lbs (but think about it this way: more guitar = more tone) but I know the EC-1000 weighs 8 lbs and after playing this one, I'm definetly saving for the deluxe.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing!

        By WPEREZ

        from Middleburg, FL

        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        I've been playing guitar for more than 20 years and I have owned several of them. This guitar is absolutely amazing. I also have a Fender Stratocaster which is already in the case, I'm using this ESP. It's action is very comfortable and the sound is just incredible. I'm more than pleased with this guitar. I can't believe a quality guitar like this is less than $200. The fact that it is this price almost works against it because you can't believe how good it is. It has the sound that for years I was looking for without breaking the bank.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome

        By SillyBilly

        from Central City, KY

        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        Ok. I waited awhile after I got this guitar to give it some time to mess up before I wrote an honest review. Honestly, this guitar is awesome. Needless to say, it hasn't let me down yet. The paint is beautiful, not to forget the matching headstock, the T-O-M bridge is really good and it stays in tune really well. I bought this online because I couldn't find it anywhere else, and I am glad I did. What about that price?! Incredible! The ONLY thing i would change is the pickups. Don't get me wrong, they rock, but they are passive and I personally prefer active ones, but that is really a MINOR issue. Buy this guitar definitely. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! And this site is awesome anyway, even if you are disappointed, they will take care of it for you! BUY BUY BUY!!!!!!!!!!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pretty Good...

        By Brad-IFgCH

        from RI

        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        this is pretty good for a beginning guitarrist or someone who wants to learn the basics about guitar upgrading. the pickups need to be changed (i put in a PAF Pro in the neck and an EVO II in the bridge) and i put in locking tuners within the first week. the neck is more c-shaped (like a strat) than like the Ibanez wizard II. overall, after 2 years of throwing this around on stage, this has held up and i would recommend this for anyone with a tight budget.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        probably one of the smoothest guits for its price

        By guywhowearsocks31

        from somerset ma

        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        probably the smoothest guitar for its value the dualing humbuckers were very powerful for the guitars price. I am only switching them because i like a different type of pickup dimarzio evolution. take it from me that this is one of the greatest new guitars for its price and it looks very good especially in black satin.an all around great valued guitar

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Am I Still To Create the Perfect System

        By Christopher Rico

        from Kansas City

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        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        overall i'm really happy with this guitar. i would temper your expectations as far at the tobacco burst finnish though
        All the features you could ask for at this price range. I especially love the countouring on the cutaway and and the body it really sets this guitar apart. i don't care for the LTD logo instead of ESP on the headstock.
        this feels and plays great. I ordered the tobacco burst finish but the guitar i got really doesn't look like the picture, it's more of a cherry burst, it goes from dark cherry on the back and edges to orange in the center and the wood grain is not as transparent as shown in the picture. it's still a beautiful finish it just not tobacco burst in my opinion.
        I love les paul style guitars and previously owned a 99 gibson les paul studio. this guitar is much more affordable but holds its own incomparison to the studio with the exception of having a bolt-on neck

         
        5.0

        EXCELLENT IN ALL RESPECTS!!!!

        By The ESP Kid

        from Middleofnowhere, NY

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        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar about a week ago, and let me tell you, it's incredible! I wasn't expecting much for the price, but it's great. The pickups can handle just about anything. I've been playing mostly metal and hard rock with it, and this thing sings!

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