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ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar

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The sinister-looking ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar has a very fast neck. A basswood body with maple neck and 24-fret rosewood fretboard is capped with ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Flamed maple top for looks as hot as the burning signal from its two hefty humbuckers.

The sinister-looking ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar has a very fast neck. A basswood body with maple neck and 24-fret rosewood fretboard is capped with a gorgeous slab of flamed maple to create bright resonance and flash appearance. ESP LH-150 humbuckers crank out bold leads and massive chunk. Black nickel hardware.

FEATURES
Flamed maple top
Basswood body
25-1/'2" scale
Bolt-on maple neck
Thin U neck contour
42mm standard nut
Rosewood fretboar
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ESP LH-150 humbuckers
24 extra-jumbo frets
Tune-o-matic bridge with string-through body
ESP tuners
Black nickel hardware
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ESPF-100FM Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Chinese, but NOT Garbage

My "arsenal" consists primarily of high end and vintage USA made guitars. Gibson, Guild, Fender, etc. I also have some Japanese Ibanez models floating around. I feel that...Read complete review

My "arsenal" consists primarily of high end and vintage USA made guitars. Gibson, Guild, Fender, etc. I also have some Japanese Ibanez models floating around. I feel that this fact is important, as I'm not just some psyched out 14 year old who just got his first guitar as is the case with many if not most reviews of this guitar. The ESP F100 does NOT have a flamed maple "top" or "cap," it is a veneer. That is the only remotely negative comment I have about this guitar (and it isn't worth mentioning aside from the fact that it is advertised as such). This guitar has very decent fret work, plays great, quality hardware (ESP relabeled Gotoh, perhaps?), nice finish (a couple of minor flaws), and great sounding pickups. This will be the guitar that I lean up against my couch and play daily. It is an incredible bargain at under $300. Most of my guitars get sent to a luthier for a setup, and most require some fret leveling done. Not this one. Most of my guitars get new pickups installed (the stock pups in my Gibson '58 Reissue Les Paul were terrible). not this one. This review is not gratuitous in any way. The ESP F100FM is a fantastic guitar and a great bargain, even for those with discerning tastes and high end gear.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

This guitar sucks

I have had my f-100 for a little over a year and i hate it. it was fine when i first started playing, but man, now it sounds horrible. When you play...Read complete review

I have had my f-100 for a little over a year and i hate it. it was fine when i first started playing, but man, now it sounds horrible. When you play this guitar and then listen to your friend play right after with his les paul, then you know just how bad it is. my advise, don't get it. save for a up for something sick, like a PRS.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Chinese, but NOT Garbage

By Diceman-Fq2VP

from MidWest

Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

My "arsenal" consists primarily of high end and vintage USA made guitars. Gibson, Guild, Fender, etc. I also have some Japanese Ibanez models floating around. I feel that this fact is important, as I'm not just some psyched out 14 year old who just got his first guitar as is the case with many if not most reviews of this guitar. The ESP F100 does NOT have a flamed maple "top" or "cap," it is a veneer. That is the only remotely negative comment I have about this guitar (and it isn't worth mentioning aside from the fact that it is advertised as such). This guitar has very decent fret work, plays great, quality hardware (ESP relabeled Gotoh, perhaps?), nice finish (a couple of minor flaws), and great sounding pickups. This will be the guitar that I lean up against my couch and play daily. It is an incredible bargain at under $300. Most of my guitars get sent to a luthier for a setup, and most require some fret leveling done. Not this one. Most of my guitars get new pickups installed (the stock pups in my Gibson '58 Reissue Les Paul were terrible). not this one. This review is not gratuitous in any way. The ESP F100FM is a fantastic guitar and a great bargain, even for those with discerning tastes and high end gear.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice instrument

By S

from madison florida

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear sound
  • Easy to tune
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Hums If Tuned Low

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

the instrument was nice in all and yes there are better guitars but for the price i do not think you will find anything more than this beast of a guitar

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar for the Price

By Jagart01

from Parts Unknown, Universe

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Price

Cons

  • Knobs Are A Little Lose

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Live Gigs
  • Metal Music
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

I bought this 4 years ago to upgrade from the little Behringer Strat i use to have. I love this guitar! The tone does not match that of a vintage fender or a gibson BUT its still a good guitar. I know some people have complained of fret buzz but honestly since getting new strings (D'addario Rock/Jazz stings) and tweaking the bridge a bit, i didn't have any at all. I use mine for all kinds of styles (punk, rock, metal, blues, etc.) Its defiantly one i wont have to mess with at. Good pick ups, great feel. I recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable LTD to purchase. As for fret buzz, take it to someone who knows more about guitars or mess with the bridge a bit. Its easily fixable.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not bad for the money!

By Brandon-S99OA

from Philadelphia, PA

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Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

I mostly play mid to upper range guitars but was looking for a decent axe that I could leave tuned down. For the money I paid for this guitar I was impressed. I didn't expect much so it was a pleasant surprise. I replaced the pickups with a set of EMGs and this thing is a solid metal guitar with awesome sustain. I would highly recommend this for the beginner or intermediate player. Or somebody looking for a very nice project to hot rod.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A good guitar for a sick price.

By ZHR0

from Minnesota

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Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

It's simply what it is - awesome, especially for the price. It plays great. The action can be set perfectly, thicker strings work great if you want to tune it low due to the convenience of the string-through body, and it sounds very good, and mine stays in tune pretty well. For the price you can't ask for much more. The pickups are okay, but they get the job done. You could probably switch them out yourself with better pickups and may even need different pots. The only problem I had was the solder on the input jack. It was pretty poorly done. It's made in Korea, bound to be something wrong sometimes. But I fixed that myself no problem for a price less than dirt. It sounds better after the solder fix. I play this quite a bit, more so than my custom ESP, because my custom ESP can't go as low as this thing, and I love low tunings. Pick this LTD, especially if you are low on cash and looking for a sickly guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This guitar doesn't suck

By chief7012

from Oak Harbor, WA

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Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

I've owned this guitar for awhile now and it has not given me any problems. It stays in tune and looks great. My roommate owns a Les Paul and an SG, and the F-100FM sounds way better, and these aren't even my words. If you have any problems with it, you might want to try a different type of strings or just learn how to play better.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One word: Awesome

By Decyferium

from Undisclosed

Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

Ok, I've played a few electrics; a Strat, a B.C. Rich Avenge, an Ibanez, etc. and I've got to tell you, this one beats them all. Don't know what it is about it, all I know is that if it gets damaged or just gets too old, I'm gonna be replacing it with another just like it. Good guitar, good price. It stays in tune really well, no slipping at all. The only problem with it is the nut around the imput gets loose every now and then, so I have to tighten it. But still, it's awesome, show me a guitar the same price and equal or better quality and I'll be shocked.

 
5.0

Sweet Guitar... Wow!

By FkrissyJ

from TOR, ON

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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 F-100FM Electric Guitar:

    Got This guitar on trade. Love the sound and the feel. Plays just as well as my Fender Strat.

     
    5.0

    great beginning or second guitar!!!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

    I bought the ESP-100FM as my second guitar and had it for 4 years. Its neck has a great feel and for the price it can't sound any better. Plus its one of the coolest shaped guitars I've ever seen.

     
    5.0

    Pure Awesomeness

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

    This guitar may be the best guitar in the price range.The look is perfect. not as mean as B.C Rich warlocks or stuff but this is kinda in the between, which is perfect for me. i switched out the pickups for EMG Passive H4 pickups(like my idol, Alexi Laiho) it screams. stays in tune fairly well. overall this is a great looking guitar and a great deal.

     
    5.0

    Esp F100 FM

    By UP THE IRONS-60XHR

    from CA

    Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

    I just got this guitar for my birthday, and it is one of the best I have ever played on. I just have a Crate 20 watt amp, but this guitar still sounds great. It's the perfect guitar if you are in the metal genre. The pickups are decent, get some EMGs and you are set. It also looks like a friggin beast! Well, thats all I have to say. Get this guitar!

     
    5.0

    AMAZING GUITAR, LOW PRICE!

    By ZaXoESP

    from Milliken, CO

    Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

    I have had the ESP F-100 for about 2 years. This is an amazing guitar that is always at a low price. It looks an plays great. Never has anyone sayed anything bad about it. It can play any style I throw at it, ranging from blues or jazz to thrash... ANY style. The only problem is that many people (including me) have had problems with high-E strings breaking too often. But this is easily fixed by using a light B string. Overall an awesome guitar for anyone.

     
    5.0

    A Great Value

    By Dudemanguy

    from Orlando

    Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

    I saw this guitar in the store and it's sinister look imediately caught my eye. It's hard to see in the photos online, but this guitar is beautiful. The Neck is the fastest that I have ever played on, even faster than Jacksons that are more than twice the cost. I've played a Randy Roads Pro before and the only thing it has better are the pickups. The humbuckers that come with this guitar are great. Emgs would be better if you want to spend the extra money. Or just get a more expensive guitar in the series. Regardless, this guitar is a wonder for it's price. The guitar puts out some nice tones and great low end. I haven't had a problem with it breaking any strings and it tends to stay in tune quite nicely.

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar!

    By Hunter

    from Mississippi

    Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

    When I first saw the ESP F-100FM I thought, Wow that looks like a good guitar, and I was right. I have had no trouble with this guitar, The Pickups sound good though I plan to Put EMG's on it. The metal band I am in plays In C and this guitar Stays in tune really good. The only problem I have had is these tiny tiny little scratches that are only visible when light shines directly on them so they are really not that visible, I'm pretty sure its just because the shine of the guitar. I 100% recommend this guitar to new and old guitar players.

     
    5.0

    BUY THIS GUITAR

    By Adam-qQULr

    from Pensacola,FL

    Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

    I played this guitar in my bands first practice, our rhythm guitarist Mike uses it. He uses John Peirce strings with it and creates a sound that is absolutely amazing. I favor this guitar over my $400 Silver Sister Fender Strat, as the lead guitarist of the band the only reason that I don't buy this guitar is because he has it, and we don't thing two guitars that sound exactly the same will sound to great, so I am hoping to buy the ESP LTD MH-1000. This guitar is absolutely amazingBUY THIS GUITAR

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    string killer!

    By xFEATHER-STLx

    from ST.LOUIS

    Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

    I've had this guitar for about a year and I HATE it!!!! It won't tune on the frets and it breaks strings constantly. I even went and got it set up and it still acts up. I mean, don't get me wrong I love ESP's, just don't get this guitar! Buy a STEPHEN CARPENTER model, that's where it's at.

     
    5.0

    Nice LTD

    By Metalburns

    from WI

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    Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

    I've had this guitar for about a month now and it's a awesome for the price. There's not much difference between 2 and 10 on the volume, there's a little hum/feedback (but I'm sure better strings, pickups etc. will take car of that), the finish looks a little purple in direct light but I love the dark sound and the fast playability. Definitly a match for my fender that costs twice as much. Great 1st 2nd or even 3rd guitar.

     
    5.0

    look no further

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

    WOW. If your looking for a great looking guitar at a great value, this is it. It is a very light guitar, making for long periods of play withstand able. Agreed that better pickups would be cool, but for the $ you could never go wrong plus it looks like a f-in beast!

     
    5.0

    Awesome guitar for low price

    By XxMetalMeltdown

    from Queensbury, NY

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    Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

    This is my 4th guitar that I own. I bought it because my back kills me when I try to play my Jackson RR3 sitting down, so I use this for lessons or whenever im sitting down to play. I was suprised at the sound that came out of this. I still prefer my Jackson RR3 over this, but this is right up there with it. Very good tone, the colors pretty sweet (it does have a slight purple tint, but I dont care), and I can play the same way as I can on other guitars. Great buy for a serious (or some-what serious) musician, especially if you dont have a lot of money to drop on a guitar. Im still suprised at how a guitar like this can go for such a low price.

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Zach-Et5iw

    from North Carolina, NC

    Comments about ESP F-100FM Electric Guitar:

    Just like The others said Its nice on the budget and it looks awesome. I Kinda dont like the pick ups but get some emg's. I like this guitar mainly for looks though you will be adored by friends no doubt

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