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A versatile ESP LTD guitar with great looks and tone.
The ESP LTD M-15 electric guitar features a sleek "M" style basswood body. The bolt-on maple neck has a thin ESP "U" contour and a rosewood fingerboard that is dressed with 22 extra jumbo frets. The ESP LTD M-15 comes loaded with an ESP LH100 humbucker and an ESP LS100 rail single-coil pickup for a variety of styles including country, pop, surf, jazz, blues, and rock. Controls include master volume and tone, and a 3-way selector switch. A Tune-O-Matic bridge with a string thru body design adds tuning stability and tonal sustain. Other features on this ESP guitar include, ESP tuners, dot inlays, and black nickel hardware. Guitar case sold separately.
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My guitar has problems with buzzing guitar strings. However It really fills the bill. It's great guitar for me.
At first, I wasn't too sure if I was going to keep this, but now, I can't pry it out of my hands. I absolutely love this guitar!
The stock ESP LS-100 and LH-100 pickups are absolutely great and IMO, once adjusted properly, can give you a great range of tones, ranging from Blues to full blown Metal. The tuners are ESP's and not Grovers as advertised and do a great job of maintaining tuning stability providing you have the tune-o-matic bridge adjusted properly at 2mm on each side.
The ESP plant in China could've done a better job with their Quality control because mine did have some fret edges sticking out, which I did file down.
IMO, once you take the time to do a proper setup and restringing, this could probably be the best guitar around in the 200 dollar price range. I've had mine for over 3 months now and have already used it at several gigs with my band and have gotten many compliments on it.
As I mentioned, the only fault with these, are the lack of attention given to the building of these guitars at the ESP plant in China. Even though this is a lower priced guitar, not everyone can afford an ESP and seeing that this has the ESP name on it, they should be a little more concerned about the quality of this product, seeing that high school kids are probably the majority who are buying this guitar. It's not a bad sounding guitar at all, but I wish ESP would put more effort into the quality of their lower priced guitars like Fender does with their Squier brand.
I have one of these in the Black finish, and to be honest, these are either hit or miss. Reason why is I originally wanted one in the White finish. Every single model though," had a miss cut nut where the high ""E"" string would slip off whenever you would go to try to tune it", and there were sharp fret edges sticking out along the lower edges of the neck. That ruined my chances of having a White model so I took a look at some of the Black models, hoping I could find one without any of the defects I had mentioned. To my surprise, I did indeed find one that had a smooth neck and a properly cut nut, so I took it home. Now, when I buy a new guitar, I always make it a point to give it a fool proof inspection along with a new setup, cleaning, and a restringing. Imagine to my surprise when I took the stock strings off, when the nut fell off! I kid you not! The nut was not glued on. Well, I had some wood glue available which did the job, so after letting it dry overnight, I did a full setup and intonation check , restringing, and I was ready to go. The stock ESP LS-100 and LH-100 pickups on this guitar, have quite a punch to them and can get muddy if not adjusted properly, but once done, sound phenomenal and have quite a bit of sustain to them. I know a lot of kid s use ESP's for metal but, I play in a Classic Rock &amp;amp; Blues band and this guitar can handle my kind of music with ease. I have already used it at several gigs as the lone guitar and have not had any issues with it. I did forget to mention one thing, the tuners on this are not Grovers, but stock ESP's. All in all, if you do get one of these, be prepared to put some work into it for it to be a truly playable instrument. Once you do that though, it's worth it .
these were assembled rather quickly and just shoved in the box
If you happen to get one with the issues that I mentioned and you take the time to work on it, this can be well worth the $199.99 price. I've seen and played a lot worse guitars that are in this price range.
I got one of these just today, in the Black finish at GC. Originally I had wanted one in White, but all the ones that they had in stock, had fret edges sticking out along the neck, so after looking at a couple of the Black ones that were in stock, I finally found one where the neck did not have any of these defects. I guess with these, it's either hit or miss IMO. Mine had really high action and was in need of a setup, which I proceeded to do once I got home. I read reviews where people complain that lower priced guitars aren't good, well let me stress something right now. 90% of the time, it's not the guitar but the player! The reason I say that, is because the majority of today's young players don't know how to do a setup and would IMO, benefit from learning how to do one. A proper setup will make a lower priced guitar not only sound great, but will also make it last a lifetime. Anyway, once I did a full setup on this guitar, the final results were worth it. The stock ESP pickups have some great sustain and are IMO, very LOUD!!! With the 3 way switch, I can get some great tones ranging from Metal to Blues, and using my Zoom G1N processor, it sounds even that much better. The stock tuners maintain tuning stability with no problems at all and the weight of this guitar is perfect for a 51 year old rocker. I plan on using this with my new band and in the future, look foward to adding another ESP LTD series to my collection. For the price, this is not a bad guitar at all, just make sure you find one that doesn't have fret edges sticking out and make sure you do a setup on it! trust me, you won't regret it!
The M-15 is a good guitar for beginners or the advanced. I play gigs with this guitar very frequently and it still sounds great. You may have a few problems with the high E string though. A problem i had after putting some GHS guitar boomers on it was the high E kept popping off. I solved this by using a different string. Another problem is the knobs are too close to the bridge which is bad if you palm mute. And the Single coil andhumbucker sound GREAT together and seperate. Overall: A few problems, great value, great tone, good guitar!
I have been looking for a guitar like this forever, and now they have one for 200$ I don't onw it yet but based on what I played at guitar center this thing is bound to be mine. I like the neck on it, its quite thick, I like it this way, the wizard neck is too skinny and it gets on my nerves. The pickups were nice, the bridge p/u was a little blah but that's an easy fix. as for the single coil, it was all I could hope for, nice round tone. the only minor problem I could find was the knobs were extremely close to the bridge. while not being a problem for me, I was only looking at this guitar for a friend who happens to have gigantic hands and couldn't deal with this guitar. but other than that little flaw, solid axe, I look forward to one under the tree in a few weeks!
the m-15 has its little problems outta the box, 1st the action needs adjusted strings basically lay on the fret board 2nd the pickups have to be moved up, with these problems fixed it plays fast and the sound is great for 200$
For starters, the neck is not a "thin U" profile"its pretty thick. Thi pickups are bland although the h/s configuration is pretty cool and it does have a pretty descent rail neck pickup. buy an ibanez. for the same price you can get a descent guitar with a thinner neck and a tremolo.