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The spawn of a Wildchild!

The LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Electric Guitar features a basswood body, and a bolt-on maple neck with rosewood fretboard. The neck is a thin U-shape with 24 extra-jumbo frets, providing comfort and speed. Sawtooth inlays and black hardware complement the rest of the Laiho guitar's look perfectly. An ESP humbucker pickup provides plenty of power. A double-locking Floyd Rose Special tremolo bridge gives you the control to make this beast scream and groan. ESP tuners ensure you'll sound spot on in tune in every key.

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FEATURES
  • Bolt-on neck
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Basswood body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 42mm locking nut
  • Thin U neck shape
  • 24 extra-jumbo frets
  • White neck and headstock binding
  • Black nickel hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • Floyd Rose Special double-locking tremolo bridge
  • ESP LH-301 bridge humbucker
  • 1 volume control

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ESPLTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
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Great guitar but buy it second hand.

I've been playing for over 25 years and got this guitar in a trade. I'm an avid Ibanez junkie so this was a stretch for me. It came with the EMG Alexi pickup which...Read complete review

I've been playing for over 25 years and got this guitar in a trade. I'm an avid Ibanez junkie so this was a stretch for me. It came with the EMG Alexi pickup which sounded super bright live, but when I recorded it through my eleven rack it actually sounded quite amazing. But then again you can put an EMG on a tennis racket and still sound like an EMg. As with all V's, be prepared for chips on the wings, they tend to bump into everything.
Don't bother playing sitting down, it's uncomfortable as you can imagine.
Neck is decent, Floyd is ok, stays in tune and you get great reach on the higher frets.
I wouldn't pay retail for this guitar though, 300 is tops. I would say this guitar is strictly for metal, specially with only one pickup.

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ESP LTD Alexi 200 Product Review

I purchased this guitar about three years ago when I was big into my C.O.B. and V-guitar phase. For the time it was nice. It sounded way better than my guitar from my...Read complete review

I purchased this guitar about three years ago when I was big into my C.O.B. and V-guitar phase. For the time it was nice. It sounded way better than my guitar from my Behringer starter pack.But after playing higher end guitars over the last couple years (ESP MH1000 Deluxe and Schecter C-1 Hellraiser FR), I don't really understand why this thing is priced at $500.I'll start with the pros about it.PROS: Regardless of what anyone says, the Floyd Rose Licensed trem DOES stay in tune suprisingly well. After playing OFR's over the past couple of years, I can tell the difference, but I still have no problem with the Licensed Floyd. Plus, if it gets out of tune, all you to is twist the fine tuners and you're good to go.The neck is probably my favourite neck I've ever played (other than my ESP MH1000 Deluxe). I really like it because it's flat and fast. The 24th fret can be hard to hit at times, but that's what tapping is for yo!The jack for the cable is in a really good location as well. I think they put it there so you can solo with it on your knee just like Alexi does!One other thing about it that is really nice is how small and light it is. When I used to use this at local gigs I would swing this thing around with ease. It's so light and small and just fun to get heavy with live! But the small body and lightweight is also a con...Now to the bad stuff.CONS: Because it's so small and lightweight, the wood in the guitar aids to absolutely zero tone. You cannot get a warm tone out of this thing stock to save your life. I play a little jazz and this thing is terrible for it because it's got no warm tones at all.The ESP-EMG humbucker blows. Bottom line. Replace it and maybe this guitar will blow your socks off. I'd put an EMG 81 and an 85 in there if I had the money, but that would also require cutting holes out for a neck pickup. I wish I knew more about guitars before buying this one. At the time I didn't even know what the pickup selector switch was for!BOTTOM LINE: You deserve a better guitar. Don't buy this one because of the reasons I did. If you plan to switch out the humbuckers it, I imagine it will sound way better, but until then get earplugs because the stock ones are terrible.Look into Schecter or higher end ESP models. Sure, it's more cash you're out, but it's years of a great guitar you'll enjoy!Hope this helped.

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(8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

ESP LTD Alexi 200 Product Review

By SIKE!!!

from Helsinki, Finland

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Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar about three years ago when I was big into my C.O.B. and V-guitar phase. For the time it was nice. It sounded way better than my guitar from my Behringer starter pack.But after playing higher end guitars over the last couple years (ESP MH1000 Deluxe and Schecter C-1 Hellraiser FR), I don't really understand why this thing is priced at $500.I'll start with the pros about it.PROS: Regardless of what anyone says, the Floyd Rose Licensed trem DOES stay in tune suprisingly well. After playing OFR's over the past couple of years, I can tell the difference, but I still have no problem with the Licensed Floyd. Plus, if it gets out of tune, all you to is twist the fine tuners and you're good to go.The neck is probably my favourite neck I've ever played (other than my ESP MH1000 Deluxe). I really like it because it's flat and fast. The 24th fret can be hard to hit at times, but that's what tapping is for yo!The jack for the cable is in a really good location as well. I think they put it there so you can solo with it on your knee just like Alexi does!One other thing about it that is really nice is how small and light it is. When I used to use this at local gigs I would swing this thing around with ease. It's so light and small and just fun to get heavy with live! But the small body and lightweight is also a con...Now to the bad stuff.CONS: Because it's so small and lightweight, the wood in the guitar aids to absolutely zero tone. You cannot get a warm tone out of this thing stock to save your life. I play a little jazz and this thing is terrible for it because it's got no warm tones at all.The ESP-EMG humbucker blows. Bottom line. Replace it and maybe this guitar will blow your socks off. I'd put an EMG 81 and an 85 in there if I had the money, but that would also require cutting holes out for a neck pickup. I wish I knew more about guitars before buying this one. At the time I didn't even know what the pickup selector switch was for!BOTTOM LINE: You deserve a better guitar. Don't buy this one because of the reasons I did. If you plan to switch out the humbuckers it, I imagine it will sound way better, but until then get earplugs because the stock ones are terrible.Look into Schecter or higher end ESP models. Sure, it's more cash you're out, but it's years of a great guitar you'll enjoy!Hope this helped.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar but buy it second hand.

By NARSHADDA

from Pembroke Pines, Fl

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Pros

  • Metal

Cons

  • Don't Play Sitting Down

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording

Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

I've been playing for over 25 years and got this guitar in a trade. I'm an avid Ibanez junkie so this was a stretch for me. It came with the EMG Alexi pickup which sounded super bright live, but when I recorded it through my eleven rack it actually sounded quite amazing. But then again you can put an EMG on a tennis racket and still sound like an EMg. As with all V's, be prepared for chips on the wings, they tend to bump into everything.
Don't bother playing sitting down, it's uncomfortable as you can imagine.
Neck is decent, Floyd is ok, stays in tune and you get great reach on the higher frets.
I wouldn't pay retail for this guitar though, 300 is tops. I would say this guitar is strictly for metal, specially with only one pickup.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By jcnnn

from Houston TX

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Only For Metal Or Rock

Best Uses

    Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

    So is funny how i got this guitar. Long story short I bought it in a leap of faith for 200 dllrs with a case. Anyways, I was going to sell it has I have a hellraiser with emgs 81-85 but man the tone on this thing through my not so great amp makes it sound so crunchy and agressive, as well as clean. I have a vypyr (which is not the best thing I know) but for metal this guitar and that amp make a better combo than my schecter with emgs 81-85. It is personal opinion i guess. But I also have a mexican strat and a ibanez rg350 and this guitar is pretty nice and super light too which I like.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME!!!

    By cyanide

    from colordado

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    Pros

    • Fast
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I think it is awesome for sitting. plus the jumbo frets make it amazing for shredding. I wouldn't recommend it for rhythm, but that's why it's a lead guitar. Get it

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Alexi is a god

      By SIKE!!!

      from Helsinki, Finland

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      Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I bought this axe three months ago.Everybody had trashed it, hated on it etc etc.I didn't care about other people's words, so I bought it.If you play shred or rock, this axe is DEFINATELY for you.All the haters who hate on LTD's and only want ESP's, its awesome that your mommy and daddy will buy you a 4000+ $ guitar, but play this for a while and tell me what you think.It's tremendous for the amount I paid.I'm super psyched.The LICENSED bridge stays in tune....the pickup is...okay.I bought a seymour duncan Blackout and this axe is now a beast.I knew what I was buying [bolt on, licensed bridge, ESP-EMG pickup etc.] and I got more than I asked for.Thanks ALexi.you are god

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      great guitar

      By denver walker

      from VA

      Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      It is amazing the only thing I recmmend you do is swap the pickup for something else
      I liked everything about this guitar exept the pickup so i swapped it for a dimarzio super distortion and now this thing screams.
      It is made very solid and is light as a feather.
      You get a great guitar for the money.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good for The Price

      By MetalHead75

      from Ottawa, ON

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      Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar in Steve's Music Store in Toronto, it did not come setup, and while I was trying it I really wanted to buy it and felt something was wrong. I discovered that even after being setup, this ESP feels pretty stiff. Also, the only included pickup is an ESP original, which for metal lead guitar, works wonders, but otherwise, is horrible. I suggest adding a neck and middle pickup, and if you want, replacing the bridge pickup. The 24 frets are all easily accesible, but the neck wood is too resistant, and I can't seem to move very fast on the fretboard. Going through a shred lick vertically in a 4-5 fret range can be done quite well, but if you move horizontally up a string or in a diagonal fashion, shredding becomes very difficult. I find shredding on most Grestch Acoustic and Semi-Acoustic guitars is actually easier then on this thing. The quality is put to 4.0 because it literally comes with a sticker on the back that states the guitar is made offshore, instead of actually imprinting it. Overall, this guitar should only be bought if you're down on money, and need a guitar for a really loud Metal Lead sound.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome

      By IbanezXPT700

      from Ocala, FL

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      Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I own this guitar and it plays amazing. The fretboard feels nice, the cutaway is a welcome over its counter part the jackson rr3. The sawtooth inlays are awesome. The double locking tremelo system is awesome as well. The pickup it came with is ok, but i decided to put in an emg hz-4 in it, and now its wayyyyyyyy better. overall this guitar is awesome and id suggest it.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good guitar with a bad pickup

      By scythespawn

      from Arkansas

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      Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is pretty good, you need to change the pickup ASAP though. it sucks bad. i personally think it sounds much better with a dimarzio evolution personally. It has a great neck. The body is VERY hard to play sitting down. If money is tight and you saved alot to get this, i suggest looking at an Ibanez or a Schecter. I'm really trying to help whoever reads this.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      buy it

      By Metalhead127-SOLm7

      from Tucson, AZ

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      Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      This is a sick guitar. If you're like me and you want a sick looking V guitar, but you don't want to have to spend several people's life saving to buy a Gibson, or nowadays even a Jackson, this thing owns. It could do with a better pickup, a tone knob is nice, but hell, you really can't complain when you see the price tag. The neck is just right, not extremely thin like an Ibanez Prestige, but not fat like a Gibson. It's great for leads, as well as for chording. Alexi Laiho is good at designing guitars. People such as me who liked the Jackson RR3 Rhoads should consider this guitar, many of the same traits.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic.

      By 7G7OR7

      from Addison, Alabama

      Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

      I played this guitar today at a local music shop and was blown away. i thought, "wow only one pickup" but then i noticed the beautiful contour of the body and how comfortable the neck played. I also noticed how hot the pickup was. ITS PASSIVE!! No more burning up 9v batteries. And the floyd-rose/locking nut counterpart is amazing. No matter how much i squealed the harmonics, perfect tune. No fret buzz. Great guitar.

       
      5.0

      Brings out your inner Shredder!

      By eeL

      from Cordova

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • One-pickup Wonder
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Shredding Metal Loudness

        Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        I've been playing guitar and other stringed instruments for around 45 years. I found the ESP LTD Alexi-200 in a local warehouse buyout store where this guitar, along with a bunch of other musical equipment purchased from some liquidated store, sat forlorn with a broken string and horribly out of tune. So I picked up this guitar and several other real steals for less than 1/2 retail price, and went to work to restore all to former glory. First of all, I hadn't owned a guitar with a Floyd Rose tremolo bridge and locking nut since the '80s, so it took some downloading of instructions to get it all properly set up with new strings, adjust the action, and set up the bar/bridge motion just right. But then... WOW! I set up an '80s-style rack with several vintage, NOS guitar processors (also purchased from said warehouse) and put the signal to a Marshall mini-stack. Talk about bringing out your inner shredder!! This guitar, along with the appropriate amount of signal processing, just forces one to play loud, proud, and fast! Sure, as other reviewers point out, it ain't for jazz or chord-comping rhythm or C&W twanging, but then that's not what this guitar was intended for; it's intended to SHRED!!! I haven't had so much outright FUN with a guitar since... well, since I was in my twenties!!! Get one, and bring out your own inner shredmeister!

         
        5.0

        Stellar

        By AreYouShredYet?

        from Boston, MA

        Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        I've owned this guitar for two years now, and I just keep loving it more and more. Its jackson counterpart, the RR3, is given a run for its money here. The Alexi is undoubtedly just as good as (or in many peoples opinions, such as mine) better than the rr3.. It has great tone, and a much more comfortable neck than an RR3. The fretboard is crafted AMAZINGLY and the body is smooth and comfy. The floyd rose won't frustrate you even though it's lisenced. Highly reccomended.

         
        5.0

        Great metal guitar at a cheap price

        By NICKmetalGUITAR

        from Philadelphia, PA

        Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        Overall, this is one of the best metal/shred guitars for it's price. Only problem I noticed so far is that there is some trouble keeping it in tune when using alternate tunings. This makes it very hard to change tunings, because sometimes it will come out of tune before you can lock the tuners. After tuning it 3-5 times, you should stay in tune, and it will be safe to lock your tuners. Other than that, this guitar looks sick, plays great, and has tone ready to rip your face off.

         
        5.0

        new pickup

        By ironmaiden38

        from california

        Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        this guitar is really good the floyd rose is really good, the only thing that i would change is the pickup to maybe an emg or a duncan. overall it stays in tune and its great for beginners and advanced players.

         
        4.0

        Here what I think about the Alexi-200

        By BrandanWildChild

        from Wilmingotn, NC

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        Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        its a pretty solid guitar...Heres the ONLY complaints I have: Hitting the 24th fret can be hard at times when it matters, the humbucker sucks, change your strings to something different cos they will break in a couple of days. I'm not a huge fan of bolt-ons but I was suprised at this one. I gave features a 3.5 cos theres no tone switch (which isen't bad if you have a good pickup) and the pickup sucks...The guitar quality (3.5) is better than some, its not top notch but its not crappy either...I love the maple neck.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A great guitar for it's price

        By Jacob Bender

        from Vail, AZ

        Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        This guitar provides more than it's price. Although not as suped up like its counterpart, it will impress even the most doubtful customer. The jumbo frets are great for quick shredding and the extra 2 frets provide the requirements to do some quick shredding. Overall a magnificent guitar.

         
        5.0

        Pretty freakin' amazing.

        By Richie-f1Ldv

        from Jomo

        Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        So me and my friend went to the local music store today. I'm a owner of a V and I really enjoy playing them. I saw this thing hanging up and got it down and started playing it. This thing is beautiful. It had a EMG in it, and it sounded amazing. I plan on buying this. The floyd rose is beast, easily dive bomb and all that good stuff. Plan on buying it soon. It's amazing.

         
        4.0

        Decent for the price

        By JCP

        from New York City

        Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        You could get something else that is better for the price, but as far as a V-shaped guitar with a floyd rose, I believe this is the best thing you can get new for this price on the market. Having said that, the body materials are decent, the pickup is decent, and the floyd rose works fine but the fine tuners are stubborn sometimes. The sound is very crisp and clear but somewhat lacking tone. It can do the job. Now keeping that in mind, if you're anything more than a beginner rock guitarist, you should get a Jackson RR3 Rhoads Pro Series. It has similar shape and is also bolt on, but every part about it is better-- the body wood, electronics (2 duncan pickups) and a licensed quality floyd rose. I'd HIGHLY recommend that guitar over this one, and you get to support America by buying it!

         
        5.0

        Shreddrunk

        By Step Hen L.

        from Byfield, MA

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        Comments about ESP LTD Alexi-200 Alexi Laiho Signature Series Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is a shredders dream. With the thin neck that you've come to expect from an ESP product and screaming tone, you'll be lucky if you can put it down. I would recomend changing the strings when you get it, for mine had almost a "dead" low E... not really dead but insanely dull. The only problem is that since it has a maple neck (heavy) and a basswood body (ridiculously light), it's really neck heavy. I dont know why but the wood combonation is wonderfull on distortion... it knocks the socks off of guitars that cost twice as much (I own expensive ones). For clean... well lets just say I highly doubt you'll be buying it for a clean sound. Am I right? Anyway, it's a wonderful, shredfriendly ax from a company that will get nothing but praise and trust from me.

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