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Distinctive design, uptown appointments, and tone to die for.
With its semi-hollow single-cutaway mahogany body and flamed maple top, this modern spin on a vintage-classic looks fantastic and sounds incredible. The ESP Xtone guitar features a 3-piece maple neck with rosewood fretboard, decked out with pearl and abalone block inlays. A 3-layer creme binding trims the body, neck, headstock, and f-hole, while gold hardware completes its uptown appearance. The Seymour Duncan Jazz (neck) and JB (bridge) gold-covered humbuckers gives it class and tonal versatility. Equipped with a tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece and XJ frets. Controls include tone and volume for each pickup and 3-way switching.
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For my review is my ESP LYD XTONE PC-1 guitar. This is an amazing guitar. It is just beautiful. A little on the heavy side, but not bad. I play a Ken Smith bass thats 3 times as heavy, so its lite to me. I looked very close to find any flaws in construction. I found two, veeeeery small ones. A $4000 Gibson will have flaws, so lets keep that for prespectives. Gorgeous flame maple top, blonde/natural finish. There are two sound chambers on this guitar. It is not what I would call a semi-hollow, because from stem to sterm in the middle of the body, it is solid. However, it does, to a small degree, give that hollow body sound. It is an electric guitar, period. Remember that if you are looking for a hollow or semi hollow. Probably not the jazz box your looking for. Not that it can't pull of the jazz tone. It is there. It is a very versitale guitar, tone wise. You can rock it, you can slean it up. Blues, country, jazz, rock. Action is low, no buzzing, and easy to string bend thanks to the 24.75" scale. One note to add. When I got mine, the pickups were very close to the stings. Everything was overdriven, and the tone was lacking. There was not a very good note definition, especially with the E84's overdriven. YEAH, GO FIRGURE!! Thats when I looked at the pickups. I dropped the P/U's down a little, and that made all the difference. Tone was defined, even at max gain. Not bad for Jazz P/U's!Overall, it is a very worthy guitar. If you need a guitar that can mix it up, this is worth a look at. Mine was virtualy flawless in construction, and sounds smooth and creamy like a fudge bar on a hot summer afternoon. Remember those when you where a kid. PRICELESS!! Anyways, I would recommend this guitar for a do all. It defineatly will get you that "oooooooh" sound from players and audience.
Ok, I waited to write this review. I had to play it a while, (ESP LTD XTONE PC-1 Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar) before I could justify my rating(s). It is sweet to play and not too heavy. The pick-ups are great for what I need and I will not upgrade them for a while, if I ever do. :) Price-Excellent for this quality of guitar-Impressive. I own a circa 1982 Ovation Bread Winner (Some say Deacon) and I find it hard to pick it up when I have the ESP in hand :). The best part is the sound. No feedback and true hollow sound. It is very interesting played through the Fender G-DEC 30. Anyway, buy it, ya can't miss. Last thing, I got the Blonde with Gold Hardware and it is BEAUTIFUL!!! Got to wait to hear it through my '69' Fender Twin Reverb. It needs a bit of repair. 70's burn-out. lol
I actually play the very similar PC2 but I assume these guitars are quite similar in tone and performance. I'm playing hard bop with it mostly. I don't know what more you could ask for from an instrument in this price range. If someone can't make this guitar sound good it ain't the guitars fault. The neck pickup has a warm, jazzy, round tone and the bridge has a raw, edgy tone to it that is good for more rockin' solos. Nice and light too.I play it through a Cube 60. The PC2 combined with that is a great budget jazz combo (<$1000) that if you can't make it sound good...On the downside, maybe not a downside at all, this is an advanced student level instrument. It doesn't have the fit and feel of a hand made pro level instrument like an ES-335 (at 5x the price) or my '62 reissue USA strat. It's a minor complaint - it isn't really fair to compare instruments with such a cost difference.If mine were lost or stolen I'd buy another one without a second thought. It is the best moderately priced semi-hollow I could find. If ESP were to release an ESP branded version I would seriously consider it when I'm ready to move up to a pro-level semi-hollow.
I got this guitar for my birthday after debating between some different guitars. I couldnot believe how beautiful it was when I took it out of its case, It plays jazz and rock very well, as well as some hard rock and metal. I play it out of a Vox Valvetronic 30 watt amp and it sounds pretty darn good. For the gigging rock musician who plays a lot of rock ballads, this is the guitar to buy.
An unbelieveable value. I have played PRS, Gibson, Fender, and more. Nicest guitar I have ever played for the money. Tone, sustain, quality, playability on par with anything out there.
I've only had a couple days with the xtone but I've been all over it. I ordered a natural PC1V (with tremelo) and they shipped the PC1 by mistake. Mine is back on the truck for an exchange.Overall, It's a pretty nice guitar. I read a few reviews before ordering and some of the other sites called this a BookMatched flame top. It's NOT book-matched but it is a rather pretty flame on a relatively inexpensive guitar. The back is a solid block of Mahogany. The grain on the sides has some imperfections but the back was very nice.. like PRS nice. As far as I can tell, the whole body was chambered above and below strings and a reasonably thick piece of maple is placed on top. The binding has some flaws and it doesn't cover the maple/mahogany seam in some places. In particular, the binding doesn't appear to be real mulit-pli since the black lines bleed into the laquer in a couple spots (not visible from a couple feet).The body is larger than a Les Paul (or my PRS single cut). I didn't expect this but it makes sense.. it's a semi-hollow body.The maple neck is big for maple but smaller than the PRS and a lot smaller than a gibson. The body cuts in on the lower-neck side so there's very nice upper fret access for a single cut syle guitar. You can hit 17 without hitting the body with your fret hand and it's out of the way all the way to 22.The electronics are great for a guitiar of this price range. The bridge PU isn't overly hot but it's not tough to pull harmonics off. The neck is very clean and clear for a neck position but it's still full. I guess Seymore nailed it when they named it a Jazz model.Intonation was almost spot on, lower E was off a hair. Action needed to get lowered a turn in a half and I'd have filed a couple frets with the lower action if I was keeping it. Frets were a tad rough, but a couple sets of strings would smooth them out if you like bending. Fret edges were smooth.. perfect.Oh, one more quibble.. the inlays are gorgeous but one did have a flaw in the mother of pearl. This block would have got tossed at the Gibson or PRS factory.Overall, I was pretty impressed with the guitar. I ordered it because it looked like a nice guitar with a Bigsby (remember I got the wrong one). This model showed up and I played it to decide if I should ask for credit or the right guitar. I really wanted the trem and the minor flaws were the nail in the coffin.I don't think anything I saw was a deal killer. It's not perfect but it's not a $2-3K PRS or Gibson. It plays very nice after you set it up a bit but acceptably out of the box. I can't wait to get the model I actually ordered. I'd order again if it were stolen. Given the size and quality, I think I'll probably give my Epi Studio Dot to my Uncle which was never my intention when I ordered this though I do love the 335 style.If I paid retail I'd be upset by the small cosmetic issues but on sale this guitar is a steal.
Nice Guitar!-Great looking finish with the flamed top. The range of sound with the jb/jazz is great-clean with the front-hotter in the back. If your thinking of buying one just keep in mind you'll probobly have to set it up after-To be expected with the one piece neck and shipping all over the place-Well worth the money.
I just ordered one (Flame Top Sunburst) two weeks ago after giving it a "test drive" at a local dealership. I presently own five guitars, and I was looking for an axe that would give me different tone possibilities than my Strat and Les Paul Special. This is it. The finish, craftsmanship, superb humbuckers, great sustain and overall quality are tops. Tested through a 65W Crate and a 30W Vox, I was pleasantly surprised by the tonal qualities: bluesy sustain and jazz-like warmth from the neck pickup; crisp, hi-end attack from the bridge pickup. These Seymour Duncan pickups deliver in multiple settings, which was the best surprise of all! I have been looking for a semi-hollow guitar for months now, and was quite fortunate to find the Holy Grail.