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ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

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Modern semi-hollow tone with distinctive style.

This axe combines all the class and charm of its forefathers with modern engineering and radical design changes for unique character. The precision-crafted mahogany semi-hollowbody and set neck resonate with sweet sounds and deliver serious sonic output thanks to hot ESP LH-150 humbuckers. Independent volume and tone controls for each pickup plus a 3-way pickup selector give you lots of options. The solid maple neck has a warm rosewood fretboard with gorgeous pearl block inlays and 22 extra-jumbo frets.

FEATURES
Set maple neck
24-3/4" scale
Mahogany body
42mm standard nut
Thin U neck contour
Rosewood fretboard
22 extra-jumbo frets
Pearl block inlays
ESP LH-150 bridge and neck humbuckers
Tune-o-matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
2 volume, 2 tone knobs
3-way toggle pickup selector
ESP tuners
Chrome hardware
White body, neck, and headstock binding
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ESPPS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 22 reviews)

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    (5)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Solid electronics (5)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (4)
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    • Experienced (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice for the price!

After reading everyone else's reviews, I realize my guitar is completely different than the norm. I bought it as a prototype and it came without factory installed pickups. I installed a matched pair...Read complete review

After reading everyone else's reviews, I realize my guitar is completely different than the norm. I bought it as a prototype and it came without factory installed pickups. I installed a matched pair of Seymour Duncan 57' Classics and all new electronics as well. The original electronics seemed cheap because one of the volume knobs kept falling off. I installed brand new Gibson pots and a pair of Bumblebee tone capacitors. I also switched out the ESP tuners with locking Grover tuners. I see the biggest and BEST difference is my guitar has a SET neck! Because of the neck, new electronics and those sweet sounding new Seymour Duncans, this is one of the nicest guitars I've ever played. I find myself picking it up more often than my LP or my Strat. Mine also has more binding and cosmetic features it's also a very beautiful guitar as well. Lucky me!

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Garbagw

I have played this at a friends house, and its a horrible guitar. Everything you expect to work doesnt. The fret buzz is really annoying, and its very heavy for a semi-holow. ...Read complete review

I have played this at a friends house, and its a horrible guitar. Everything you expect to work doesnt. The fret buzz is really annoying, and its very heavy for a semi-holow. Yea this is a great price, but for 50 more you can get a decent ibanez instead.

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A lot of surprises, bad and good.

By GC

from Norman, OK

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up
  • Sub-par Tuners
  • Threaded jack

Best Uses

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

Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

When I had mine delivered there was a crack on the back of the body close to the neck, although it hasn't proven harmful. The reason a threaded jack is a con is because it tends to come loose and wobble, but fixing is as easy as screwing it back in. The pickups are typical ESP: dark and hot. They're ok but not everyone's cup of tea. With Seymour Duncans or DiMarzios, however, it sounds great. Be warned when replacing the PUs that the stock PUs have soldered/glued-on covers.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Tim Arnold

from Estacada Oregon

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Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

Overall this is a lot of guitar for 350.00 bucks. I have been modding out guitars for a number of years and have gotten a pretty good ear for pickups.So I am a little picky when it comes to that. GFS pickups are cheap but a great value for the money. The workmanship on the neck and body is near perfect. The set up was just slightly high for me so I made small adjustments to the action. I love this guitar now. It's like a mix between a Les Paul and a 335 Gibson.
I bought this guitar online and was a little surprised when I opened it. I got the "Gold Top" thinking it would similar to a gold top LP. Well, it is actually Gold Metal Flake WOW!! what a surprise. But after feeling the workmanship that ESP put into this thing, I've gotten used to the bright paint and actually really like it now. The only thing I didn't care for was the pickups, which were muddy, especially the neck. So I put on a set of GFS Retrotrons and I tell you, this guitar flat rocks. I am very pleased with it now. They said that the pickups were ESP 150's which get great reviews. But when I took them out they said they were G&B pickups, which I have never heard of so they went away. I wish I could have gotten the black or red finish one but the gold with black hardware is really nice actually.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressive and Fun to Play

By TickyTicky

from WI

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • All Of 'em

    Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    Have had this for a few months now and am still very happy with it. Can't be beat for the price. Great look, great sound, great neck. Does the world really need one more person playing a Les Paul? Nah, get something different! I let another friend play this who owns a dozen plus guitars (including LP and tele), many of them vintage. After a day with the PS-1 he was off looking at ESP's website to learn more and see what else they have that he did not know about. These guitars are the best secret out there!

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    To the guy who called it garbage...

    By TheSlackRepublic

    from Atlanta, GA

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    Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    This guitar, from factory doesn't usually have bad fret buzz...that comes over time as the frets grind down or someone adjusts the bridge improperly. This guitar isn't a bad guitar...in fact, id say its pretty nice for the cost. My singer plays one (so its at my house 24) and I only have 2 issues: The input jack on the 3 month old guitar is going in and out...simply bending it back in place works but temporarily. Also, the pickups sound like a 300$ solid body. It should have a warmer tone but ESP decided to go with a 'hotter' pickup...takes away alot of the hollowbody-ness....if that makes any sense. Also, this guitar ISN'T heavy at all. Pick up a dot and tell me what you think of the weight. And, in response to the ibanez statement, they are similar in tone and quality. If you buy either, you should probably replace the pickups...I play through a mid 80's carvin valvemaster head and a sovtec 4x12...my setup is usually really REALLY deep in tone...almost qotsa like...but the esp sounded too predisposed to brighter tones...

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    bought used

    By israel cohen

    from Cali

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    Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    i got this guitar used lightly and i have to say it sounds great, i love the shape its truly a good looking guitar. the pick ups are nice and crunchy
    pick ups are crunchy and good for punk or basic blues and rock an roll
    great quality electronics but the body is coated in A LOT of clear laquer
    holds its value nicley still have people stare at it

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Worth every cent!

    By guitarHog

    from Charlotte, NC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    Best guitar for the money out there. A+ body, neck, hardware, craftsmanship, and playability. Way better than anything in this price range out there. Haven't touched my Epi Dot since I got this. Neck and set-up were spot-on from factory, stays in tune. Love the block inlay and white binding. Feels expensive, solid and weighty. After 3 yrs of high use I have had no issues at all. The stock pick-ups are a bit thin sounding. I recently installed some Gibson 57's and its barely secondary to my LP Custom. In closing, I currently buy and sell a lot of guitars. I haven't found anything on par with my PS2 for less than a G-note. Good buy for the beginner, easy to mod. Great for someone who already has pups. Get it! You know you want one!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Deal

    By n/a

    from New York

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      I like unique things and I like guitars so I had to have it - great sustain - good tuners - decent setup out of the box and very nice tone - what more could I ask for.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice for the price!

      By Falconeddy69

      from Conroe, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Great Neck Body Shape

      Cons

      • Cheap Electronics

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Songwriting

      Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      After reading everyone else's reviews, I realize my guitar is completely different than the norm. I bought it as a prototype and it came without factory installed pickups. I installed a matched pair of Seymour Duncan 57' Classics and all new electronics as well. The original electronics seemed cheap because one of the volume knobs kept falling off. I installed brand new Gibson pots and a pair of Bumblebee tone capacitors. I also switched out the ESP tuners with locking Grover tuners. I see the biggest and BEST difference is my guitar has a SET neck! Because of the neck, new electronics and those sweet sounding new Seymour Duncans, this is one of the nicest guitars I've ever played. I find myself picking it up more often than my LP or my Strat. Mine also has more binding and cosmetic features it's also a very beautiful guitar as well. Lucky me!

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome guitar for price

      By Plygtar

      from southeast PA

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      Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      Just pulled the trigger on this guitar and so far I've been very impressed with it. While the guitar arrived with a two loose knobs that simply needed to be pressed down, the overall fit and finish is excellent. This guitar looks and feels solid. Comfortable is hand. The tone from this guitar is very versatile; bell like tones or those well suited to classic rock. Not quite the classic jazz tones that I was hoping for from a semi-hollow guitar. The neck is comfortable. The action was a bit too low when it arrived which resulted in some buzz on the low E string, but a quick adjustment took care of that. I would recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a nice inexpensive guitar suitable for most genres of music at a price that can't be beat.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice Guitar

      By Morgan-l.XcI

      from Winston-Salem, NC

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      Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      My local guitar store is the only place that carries ESP's so whenever they get a new one I try it out. I have this weird thing for semi-hollow bodies so I had to try this one. The pickups are pretty good actually and the body is comftorable. Heavier than a regular semi-hollow which is good for me. The neck is fast enough and I love the block inlays. Really good deal. Get sunburst if you're going to get it though. Try it before you buy it if you're unsure about it.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      bought one..psiv with bigsby

      By telegook

      from N.J.

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      Pros

      • Akways In Tuneeven With
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Just Dragged It Out
      • Really Good Neck
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        Bought one off of c/l..paid 200..left it alone for a while..picked it up ..tuned it up and it is now my go to..i own around 50 guitars..name it i either own or played them..this is a winner..solid all around..a good bigsby..stayed in tune..decent pickups..i dont play out, but i recored and write for others..really can't rant but really "can't complain"...

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sweet!

        By Awesomeguy82

        from Boston, MA

        Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        To start off, I am a beginner player but am advanced enogh to know a good guitar from a bad one. All the guitarse I own are ESP's and I would never buy anything else. The pickups on this have a great tone, but are more rocky than I would have liked, and I would suggest changing the strings to Ernie Balls, but overall, this is an excellent guitar and a great steal!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Flawless Guitar!

        By Fretsonfire

        from Corydon, IN

        Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        This is not just another Les Paul copy!!!I've owned this masterpiece for 2 years now and I've never been happier or more comfortable playing any other guitar from any other shop than I have been with this guitar. It has great tone and an even punch and it feels great! I love the neck. I hate semi-hollows, but for some reason on this guitar... it sounds amazing. The only thing I don't like is I cannot find a hardshell case for it, and the tuners aren't the best. Soon, I plan to install some Seymour Duncan 50th Anniversary pickups and some mini-grover tuners, and possibly... given I have money left over, a bigsby just like it's more expensive versions. If you were possible thinking of buying something like an Epiphone Les Paul, this guitar is much, much better. In fact, there is no comparison.This guitar sounds so powerful with distortion and sounds heavenly clean, or perhaps with a chorus or reverb.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Not a set neck/5-bolt

        By MADDOGSKULLCAP

        from Flint, MI

        Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        I wish this would have been a set neck, but it plays so easy I had to keep it. Put a set of Dimarzio Joe&MoJoe pickups in and this is the best inexpensive guitar I own. Original pickups okay just a little dark for my liking. Build is typical ESP;not a flaw to be found. Set-up was perfect. Handles my 100watt/4x12 tube amp face on with very little feed back. Nice guitar.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Black Tie

        By Fretty Fast Fret

        from pittsfield, MA

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        Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        This ax reminds me of the old les paul custom, sort of formal like a tuxedo. I have never seen a guitar with such low action without buzz, so well in tune and those great chunky frets. Sounds nice too.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This guitar has it all.

        By T-Roy-DNxC0

        from Fort Myers, FL

        Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        This guitar has it all. tone, looks and playablity. pick this up and you won't be disapointed!

        (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I LOVE MY GUITAR

        By Innocentta

        from Syracuse, New York

        Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        This guitar looks good, sounds good, and feels really comfortable. The jumbo frets will never make your fingers hurt ever again. Ever since I got it I haven't ever put it down.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Esp X-tone ps-1

        By TheYouth

        from Ocala, FL

        Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

        Really nice instrument, perfect action. Most of my friends and bandmates have more expensive guitars but prefer to play mine when we jam. A few of my friends have purchased other hollowbody guitars and have not gotten what they expected after playing mine.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A very comfortable guitar

        By Rob

        from New York

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          I have been a small touring musician for a few years, playing mostly 8 string guitars, and I felt the need to get a 6 string guitar. Having always loved Dillinger I found this guitar (before Ben Weiman had a signature made he played the ps1 stock). First of all the guitar just looks pretty, especially at the price point. Usually I dislike the look of "slightly altered" body shapes that play on classic styles (this one of course being an LP shape). But there's something about the shape of the guitar that is appealing to me. Plus the ergonomics make it feel great. Although there's almost no cases to fit this guitar it feels and plays great. The stock pickups work well with the guitar (as far as stock pickups go) but I'll likely replace them with a set of duncans (maybe a jb and a jazz), something slightly less hot. At this price point this is a great guitar. With a few modifications (like new pickups, knobs, and locking tuners) this could be a great workhorse guitar.

           
          5.0

          Solid guitar

          By Storm in a teacup

          from Canada

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about ESP PS-1 Xtone Paramount Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            Also wanna throw out there I've had this guitar for 8 or 9 years and it still works amazingly and sounds great. And I'm not easy on guitars plus have moved all over Canada. It always come outta a moving truck in great shape. Also the neck isn't a bolt on at the top of the body so it's beautiful up high. Get itttt in the dark maple-y finish, looks great.

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