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ESP LTD PB-500 Electric Guitar
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The PB-500 ASB features a mahogany body with a beautiful flamed maple top. A 3-piece mahogany set neck, Tune-O-Matic bridge, and stop tailpiece give ...Click To Read More About This Product
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The PB-500 ASB features a mahogany body with a beautiful flamed maple top. A 3-piece mahogany set neck, Tune-O-Matic bridge, and stop tailpiece give this guitar great sustain and strength. The neck is a thin U shape with 22 extra-jumbo frets, providing comfort for all playing styles. Abalone and mother-of-pearl dot inlays in the rosewood fretboard and chrome hardware complement the rest of the guitar's look perfectly. Seymour Duncan Alnico Pro 2 humbucker pickups provide plenty of power, and a push-pull coil split provides a wide selection of tones. Grover tuners and an Earvana compensated nut ensure you'll sound spot-on in tune in every key.
- Construction/Scale: Set neck/ 24-3/4"
- Body: Mahogany with flamed maple top
- Neck/Fingerboard: 3-piece Mahogany/ Rosewood
- Nut Type/Width: Earvana compensated/ 42mm
- Neck Shape: Thin U
- Inlays: Abalone and mother-of-pearl dots
- Frets: 22 Extra-jumbo
- Binding: Creme (N/H), Natural (B)
- Hardware: Chrome
- Tuners: Grover
- Bridge/Tailpiece: Tune-O-Matic w/Stop tailpiece
- Pickups: Seymour Duncan Alnico 2 Pro Set
Reviewed by 4 customers
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I have been playing 18 years and have played them all. This guitar plays as well as any I have played. The pickups are just fantastic. Roll off the volume a bit and the tone changes beautifully. The split coil is great. Versetile instrument. Neck feels great. Only thing is that if you play while sitting alot (I don't) it does sit a little funny on your thigh. No biggie.
I used this guitar in my local music shop because it looked kinda classy, and it was an ESP. I mean, c'mon, ESP makes some amzing instruments. When I plugged it in however,(through both a peavy valve king, and a Fender metal head) I was severly dissapointed. First off, the guitar's tone was sort of hollow, no real substance to it. A kind of tiny sound really. Though it looks like it would have a nice thick, solid, deep tone, it does not. The pickups emit a hum, and make you want to play harder because not all your sound is being pulled though, kinda like playing a beginer guitar. Now for playability, the guitar, is smooth, but kind of too smooth, uncomfortably smooth. It feels plastic like. The frets are kind of small, and it lacks sustain. And the heel of the headstock is ridiculously large. It extends easily to the 2nd fret, and is very annoying, it's almost as large as the heel connecting the body to the neck. Which, i suppose provides better tuning stability, but it sacrifices playability. The bottom horn of the guitar is so far up and so small that it makes it extremely hard to play sitting down, and the extra smooth satin finish doesn't really help there, it slides all over the place. The knobs look as if they're strategically placed, but because they're placed more awkwardly than most guitars, they're really hard to get used to. All in all, I do not reccomend this guitar to anyone, unless they want to work too hard to get something to sound nice.
Really a quality guitar for the money only one volume and tone control but super well made and finished, nice shape and excellent action. Pickups sound like US version humbuckers with plenty of definition, not muddy like some import humbuckers. Highly recommend for blues and boogie players, not for metal IMO.
I played this today in a little shop. The guy just took it out of the box and hung it up on the wall. At first I was a little concerned because "out of the box" guitars need a little set up. Not this one. Its was only slightly out of tune. The through neck design and the Alinco pickups are amazing. I've only heard tone like this in higher end models. It had a great "all around" tone that is conducive to just about any style aside maybe ultra heavy metal. Overall great sound, unique body style, and great walnut finish.