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ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

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Comfortable design with a choice of exciting tone woods.

The ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar is luxurious looking and sweet sounding. It offers plugged in performance for the stage and is available in an assortment of exotic tone woods that are among the most beautiful you can find.

Your choice of woods
Usually you'll have a choice of finishes, but with the ESP Xtone you have something deeper—an actual choice of tone woods. Apart from their dramatic difference in appearence, each exotic wood has its own sonic character.

Ovangkol has a deeper "more rosewood" type tone
Spalted maple is a bit warmer and not as bright as regular maple
Zebrawood creates a very nice full sound with dark overtones
Paduak is similar in tone to the best rosewood

Playability
The ESP Xtone has a comfortable body design and features a smooth cutaway for upper fretboard access. The thin U neck has a 25.5" scale and is easy to finger notes quickly with its extra jumbo frets.

Electronics
The onboard B-Band pickup/preamp system has the controls necessary to find your sound on stage and to help fight feedback. It features an active 3-band EQ, a chromatic tuner, and a handy feedback-busting phase switch.


FEATURES
  • Set-neck construction
  • 25.5" Scale
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 42mm standard nut
  • Thin U neck contour
  • 20 XJ frets
  • Gold hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • Rosewood bridge
  • B-Band electret film transducer p.u.
  • T-35 3-band preamp & onboard tuner

Which wood strikes your fancy? Order your favorite today.

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    ESPXtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
     
    4.7

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Stays in tune (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    No Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Plays great and it's beautiful - Paduak

    I picked up the Paduak model of this guitar as a restock. I got a great price and a great guitar. Prior to purchasing I went to the ESP website to compare and this...Read complete review

    I picked up the Paduak model of this guitar as a restock. I got a great price and a great guitar. Prior to purchasing I went to the ESP website to compare and this model and the description/pickup matches up with the AC-20E model. There are some youtube videos online from ESP that you can watch to get an idea of how the guitar will play.

    Some pictures of the paduak model show it as a bright redish finish. Those are poor quality images. I really love the finish of this guitar and it plays/sounds great. Every time I walk by and see it, I want to pick it up and play it.

    I gave it five stars for the restock price because I got and awesome guitar.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not So Fast

    The item arrived and it was a very attractive piece. I ordered the stupid deal of the day refurb. What I received had the face and headstock of a zebra and the sides and...Read complete review

    The item arrived and it was a very attractive piece. I ordered the stupid deal of the day refurb. What I received had the face and headstock of a zebra and the sides and back of something else. The label inside said the model was an AC-20, not an XW-Z as it should have.

    That was all ok with be, but unfortunately the active electronics did not work. I called the next day and received a shipping label to return the guitar. That was almost two weeks ago, the replacement should arrive in two days.

    More to come...

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    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice Guitar!

    By drlarryross

    from Missouri

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    Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    Godd guitar, overall.
    I bought this guitar to play around the house, and it is great for building up your chops. The onboard tuner is one of the best, and the guitar is in tune with itself (unlike many models). The 10th fret has a defect that causes it to buzz and that fret is not playable (manufacturing defect). However, if you get one without the defect, this guitar is good enough to play jazz fusion (it's fast, and the sound is solid and bold). I have not played it through an amp.
    The overall quality is rather high.
    Very good, because it usually costs a lot more to get a guitar that is in tune with itself.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not Disappointed

    By Grant_X

    from Honolulu, HI

    Pros

    • Durable well made
    • Nice Finish
    • Nice warm tone
    • Pickups Sound Good
    • Stays in tune

    Cons

    • Fret Ends Are Rough Cut

    Best Uses

      Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I am not disappointed. The guitar sounds good and looks good too. I got the paduak model. It was a restock so I got it for much less. In fact, that is why it is getting 4 stars. If I paid full price, this would have gotten three.

      The problem I have with it is that the frets are not cut cleanly and you can really feel them as you move your hand up and down the fingerboard. I am going to take a file to them soon, but that is a tedious task I would have rather have been done by the manufacturer. When I am done, however, this will be a steal of a guitar that sounds good, stays in tune with itself, and plays great.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful Spalted Maple

      By J Bohn

      from Hawaii

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      Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Sounds as good as it looks and plays even better! But seriously....I am very happy with this guitar. Only complaint is the color of the back of the neck next to the beautiful spalted maple body clashes a little for me. Aside from thaT - the neck feels and plays great, nice action, and nice bright sound.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      very pleased

      By prattimus maximus

      from birmingham, al

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Acoustic Electric
      • Bright Tone
      • Pick Up
      • Transducer
      • Tuner

      Cons

      • Low Resonance

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Live gigs

      Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar as a restock and I am very pleased. This little acoustic shreds like a heavy metal axe. The extra jumbo frets are tall and could use a filing but otherwise the guitar feels good. The ash woodgrain looks superb! The tuner is accurate enough and the preamp is strong. I usually don't go for really pretty instruments like this one, but in this case my gamble paid off. I would pay full price for this guitar and feel good about the purchase. Thanks, MF!!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      quilted ash restock

      By Rock n Rob

      from West BG Virginia

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      Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      highly impressed! for the money,this thing is T-Totally loaded with high end features. I think it sounds great through an amp,,,, unplugged is pretty loud too and sounds awesome. i got a restock and could only find a couple of "very un-noticeable" blemishes in the clear coat. this thing is beautiful and worth every penny that i paid. Thanks MF!

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good beginner or 2nd Guitar

      By Joe Cool

      from Atlanta, GA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cool look
      • Inexpensive
      • Sound

      Cons

      • Frets Could Be Better

      Best Uses

        Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Good 2nd guitar. I bought this one as my Tacoma Cheif was too expensive for the kids to be playing and so I wouldn't worry about it breaking. Good quality and sound for the price.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A lot of quality for a modest price.

        By MysteryMaven51

        from South Mississippi

        Pros

        • Beautiful finish
        • Rich Full Tone
        • Simple To Tune
        • Stays in tune
        • Terrific Bargain

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Bought this from "Stupid Deal of Day - Restock", and was greatly pleased with it. Online photos didn't do the finish justice. Beautiful mother-of-pearl trim and gold-toned tuning pegs. Rich full sound. I'm a beginning player, so onboard tuner makes tuning simple even for me. Stays in tune. Only minus is no pick guard. A lot of quality for a modest price! My son and his friends are experienced guitar players and they loved the sound quality.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great deal and value

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Great Plugged In Sound
            • Very cool looking

            Cons

            • Unplugged Sound

            Best Uses

            • Anything

            Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

            Got this on the stupid deal of the day and definitely not dissappointed. Unplugged the sound is not as full as most jumbos, lacking bottom but plugged in this guitar is awesome. The tone controls/tuner are top notch. Playability was pretty good right out of the box and like someone mentioned the frets could use some filing but is very playable just the way it is. Finish on this guitar is cool and for a couple hunderd bucks the workmanship is awesome.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Plays great and it's beautiful - Paduak

            By S

            from Houston, TX

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            Pros

            • Feels Great
            • Looks great
            • Sounds Great

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                I picked up the Paduak model of this guitar as a restock. I got a great price and a great guitar. Prior to purchasing I went to the ESP website to compare and this model and the description/pickup matches up with the AC-20E model. There are some youtube videos online from ESP that you can watch to get an idea of how the guitar will play.

                Some pictures of the paduak model show it as a bright redish finish. Those are poor quality images. I really love the finish of this guitar and it plays/sounds great. Every time I walk by and see it, I want to pick it up and play it.

                I gave it five stars for the restock price because I got and awesome guitar.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wonderful sound and amazing value

                By Bassman

                from Victoria, TX

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                Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                Classy and playable acoustic with fine electronics.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Deal In Years!

                By Brett

                from Lewisville, NC

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Beautiful finish
                • Deep Tone
                • Nice electronics
                • Very Nice Setup

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Back-Up
                  • Live performance

                  Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  I bought this little guitar as a back-up but is so amazing that it will be played on stage regularly. Beautiful guitar too!

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Not So Fast

                  By Anthony

                  from undisclosed

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                  The item arrived and it was a very attractive piece. I ordered the stupid deal of the day refurb. What I received had the face and headstock of a zebra and the sides and back of something else. The label inside said the model was an AC-20, not an XW-Z as it should have.

                  That was all ok with be, but unfortunately the active electronics did not work. I called the next day and received a shipping label to return the guitar. That was almost two weeks ago, the replacement should arrive in two days.

                  More to come...

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Looks, Plays, and Sounds GREAT!

                  By Dan in NC

                  from Fayetteville, NC

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                  Pros

                  • Extremely Playable
                  • Looks great
                  • Perfect Intonation
                  • Solid Electronics
                  • Stays in tune

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Acoustic Fingerstyle
                    • Unplugged Sets
                    • Writing Or Performing

                    Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    The ESP XTone Exotic Wood Cutaway is above average when it comes playability, and below average when it comes to price.

                    My expectations were no higher than the few reviews I read, so when I ordered the Zebrawood model on a "Stupid Deal of the Day" I was exercising a great deal of faith. I was NOT disappointed.

                    Out of the box - literally - it tuned easily and played well. I typically perform a setup right away, but not with this guitar. It didn't need it!

                    Nowhere in the descriptions at ESP or Musician's Friend does it mention the dramatic look created with an abundance of Mother-of-Pearl. The sound hole ring and purfling are both MOP, and the jumbo fret markers are MOP centered on abalone. All excellent touches making this affordable guitar look like a custom many times its price.

                    Who would have thought that ESP - the thrasher guitar specialists - would crank out such a beautiful and playable acoustic instrument? They have totally changed my image of the company.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Very Decent Guitar

                    By The Robert Band

                    from Detroit Michigan

                    Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    I bought this guitar on a restock deal, other wise I may not have even considered it, BUT, this is a very decent guitar, looks good and stays in tune. A few minor flaws in the finish, but hardly noticable. Being a smaller body guitar, it lacks natural deep tones, but can be made up for with the built in EQ when plugged in. The digital tuner is a plus, but should be relocated for a better visual when reaching for the keys. Over all, I'm very happy with this guitar, i'll use it to practice and to play out.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Guitar, beautiful and playable

                    By bern

                    from atlanta ga

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                    Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    Guitar is well crafted and looks great. Plays well with great intonation. Great value.

                     
                    5.0

                    This Paduak Guitar is Hidden Treasure

                    By Paw-Paw Red Dog

                    from Lake Charles, La

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                    Pros

                    • Playability
                    • Sound
                    • value

                    Cons

                    • none

                    Best Uses

                    • Everything

                    Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                    I've been playing guitar for over 40 years, and performing onstage for almost 40 years.
                    I needed a full-bodied acoustic-electric for multiple-type performances; I had sold my Ovation (!) to acquire a Flamenco guitar (re: review on Yamaha Flemenco).
                    Musician's friend only had the Paduak model for sale from the search of price-range (there are other nice models, esp. the spalted maple...very unique, on the ESP web site). It was the perfect price for my needs.
                    I received it today (01/22/14) and when I took it out of the box it was everything I had wanted. I did a lot of research into this model (my day job is typically research) and the only significant negative comments involved the finish.
                    It was beautiful (I am NOT an appearance snob) and flawless...the rosette and fret-markers were gorgeous..however: I tuned it up, and the unplugged sound was phenomenal...I've played friends' Martins that did not sound this splendid. Those in front of me as I played said it had a full-bodied sound, more like a "regular" acoustic.
                    The BEST part: I'm typically a jazz player, and bought this for "Gypsy" Jazz...its action is very, very much like the jazz guitars I've owned. Excellent (!) action.
                    To test the electronics, I plugged in through a Fender Champ combo (which has a tendency to buzz with acoustic-electric) and it had a superior chimey tone (ESP internet site stipulates that the different models of their exotic wood guitars will have different tones, which is part of their desirability ....the Paduak model is similar to rosewood).
                    To those who are not "brand-snobs," this is a perfect guitar: playability, sound, function and VALUE.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Great Sound

                    By novaman25

                    from Crawfordville, FL

                    Pros

                    • fun
                    • Great quaity
                    • Great sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        plays great sound even better the one of the bast I have played

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Guitar Great Price

                        By DHSciortino

                        from Elgin, SC

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        Price

                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A beatiful & great playing guitar.

                        By poppy

                        from canton, Ohio

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                        Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                        Sae this on stupid deal of the day and it sure
                        was!!!!

                         
                        5.0

                        Somebody actually kicked this back!

                        By Dan in NC

                        from Fayetteville, NC

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                        Pros

                        • Absolutely beautiful
                        • Built-in tuner
                        • GREAT INTONATION
                        • Nice Sound Plugged In
                        • Plays Well

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Fingerstyle Guitar
                          • Grinning
                          • Picking
                          • Rhythm Guitar

                          Comments about ESP Xtone Exotic Wood Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

                          I was surprised to receive such a beautiful guitar listed and sold as a "restock". That means it didn't meet someone else's standards and was returned.that someone else paved the way for me to pick this up as a Stupid Deal of the Day for a fraction of the original price. To that fool I simply say, "Thank you."

                          Seriously - been playing for over 40 years, and his guitar will hang will my favorites, and holds its own on a sonic level.

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