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ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar

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The ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar is all about playability. The dual ESP LH-150 pickups buck 60-cycle hum, making them much quieter than single-co...Click To Read More About This Product

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The hands-down choice for a first electric guitar.

The ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar is all about playability. The dual ESP LH-150 pickups buck 60-cycle hum, making them much quieter than single-coil pickups and more powerful. The 24-3/4" scale is slightly shorter than many electric guitars, making for less string tension and easier play. The LTD Viper-50 guitar's basswood body and maple neck with rosewood fretboard promise superb stability and long life.

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FEATURES
  • Basswood body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Thin U-shaped neck
  • 24-3/4" scale length
  • 42mm nut width
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • ESP LH-150 humbucking pickups
  • Tune-o-matic-style bridge
  • Stopbar tailpiece
  • 24 extra-jumbo frets
  • ESP tuners
  • Chrome hardware
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ESPLTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

a steal

i bought this guitar expecting to just upgrade the pickups and having a professional sounding guitar... i didn't need to upgrade these pickups. they are so good for just about every genre...Read complete review

i bought this guitar expecting to just upgrade the pickups and having a professional sounding guitar... i didn't need to upgrade these pickups. they are so good for just about every genre (except for on the clean channel they are muddy, but it's an electric guitar. it's MEANT for distortion!) perfect for classic rock (boston, guns 'n' roses, 38 special etc..) paul gilbert, jo satriani, even some dragonforce. the action is fantastic, and i just love the way the neck feels. the only draw back is that the neck is so much heavier than the rest of the guitar. i read a lot of reviews saying that it dive bombed and just ignored it... but it really does. expect to relearn how to hold the guitar to play (especially if you like your instrument low) but that's nothing for the quality of the guitar.
as far as i can tell all the wood is good, and the paint job is pretty good. the frets do not buzz at all and it stays tuned pretty well. esp has amazing quality control.
BUY THIS GUITAR! you aren't going to find a better sounding guitar unless you have a lot of extra money lying around.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The First Electric...

This was my first electric because I'm in highschool and I don't work it was within my budget. This guitar looks great. The silver sunburst effect is very cool. The sound is kinda...Read complete review

This was my first electric because I'm in highschool and I don't work it was within my budget. This guitar looks great. The silver sunburst effect is very cool. The sound is kinda where it goes down in quality. The basswood body is good for metal but on clean channels its very muddy and dark. A must after getting this guitar is to have your friendly guitar tec help set up the intonation and deffenetally get new pick-ups if you want a brigter guitar sound. This is deffentaly a starter guitar. Something to learn scales, Notes, solos and such(My advice is learn acoustic first if your just starting out in the guitar world. Learn the basic chords and strum paterns and then after your got those down move on to electric guitar.)I would recommend this guitar cautionusly after a couple months though of playing this guitar you will want to upgrade. It is a good guitar if your tight on money or its your first electric but if you know the sound you want its probably not going to come from this guitar outside of a really nice amp and a bunch of FX pedals.

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(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

a steal

By peter byers

from Undisclosed

Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

i bought this guitar expecting to just upgrade the pickups and having a professional sounding guitar... i didn't need to upgrade these pickups. they are so good for just about every genre (except for on the clean channel they are muddy, but it's an electric guitar. it's MEANT for distortion!) perfect for classic rock (boston, guns 'n' roses, 38 special etc..) paul gilbert, jo satriani, even some dragonforce. the action is fantastic, and i just love the way the neck feels. the only draw back is that the neck is so much heavier than the rest of the guitar. i read a lot of reviews saying that it dive bombed and just ignored it... but it really does. expect to relearn how to hold the guitar to play (especially if you like your instrument low) but that's nothing for the quality of the guitar.
as far as i can tell all the wood is good, and the paint job is pretty good. the frets do not buzz at all and it stays tuned pretty well. esp has amazing quality control.
BUY THIS GUITAR! you aren't going to find a better sounding guitar unless you have a lot of extra money lying around.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

esp viper 50 silver sunburst

By Fredric

from Ohio

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

    The guitar plays and feels great, and has an awesome finish ... Bought this to have something to mess with different tunings and such ... about the same as the viper i already own (has emgs in it) - it has the same great quality to it ...

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME 4 YEARS AND GOING

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing a viper-50 for four years never really had a problem with it, been all around the midwest large and small venues with it it's never failed.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    OMG the metal!!!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

    this guitar is amazing. played the red version and it looks so much better in person. pick ups are nice. tuners are decent i dont know why everyone complains about them. but hey for 200 you save so much just go buy a set. neck is fast and really smooth. sounds great with boss metal tone pedal and a compression sustainer pedal. played through mesa boogie amp. also the weight of the guitar is a good thing. lets you know its for real and not cheap.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great guitar for anyone.

    By Jonboy-hjkyM

    from Whittier California

    Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

    I've had my Viper 50 for about 2 and a half years now. I won it in a contest on Ultimate-guitar. I have to say, back when I won it it was cheaper, and I think it was made out of agathis, not basswood. But that may have been a mistake in information.This guitar's tone is outstanding. Of course you can always get better than stock pickups, but for stock these rock. I play a Les Paul Special and this guitar and at times I have a hard time telling their tones apart this guitar is so good.It's 24 frets are a nice touch too.My only grievances with it are the bolt on neck and the machine heads. The bolt on you can't get around, but I would recommend getting some lock machine heads for it.Other than that, a great axe for the money!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    metal monster

    By ''blackroot777''

    from West virginia

    Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

    Irecently picked this little beauty up at my local shop and I was definitly suprised at the sound and versatility of the viper this great for metal and hardcore. The clean tones do seem a bit muddy but the l-300's get the job done. Overall this is definetly the best metal guitar out there for the money. I would seriously recommend looking into buying this work of art.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I call mine

    By Mystic

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

    A great starter axe. I've had this guy for about a year, and it's my beat-around practice guy. It looks great and plays well. The tuners are about what you'd expect for this price. The pick-ups are HOT. They're a bit muddy and off-sounding for clean, but hit the gain and this thing will scream. It's a metal machine for sure.Downsides: Heavy. I've never found anything like it. It's deff. heavier than my LP. It tends to neck dive when you first play with it, but you quickly adjust to it and it hasn't been an issue for me. A great first guitar, and perfect for the metal maniac.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    The First Electric...

    By drumsniper96

    from Tustin CA

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Looks Cool
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Bolt-on Neck
    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Pick Up
    • Sustian

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Learning
    • Practicing

    Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

    This was my first electric because I'm in highschool and I don't work it was within my budget. This guitar looks great. The silver sunburst effect is very cool. The sound is kinda where it goes down in quality. The basswood body is good for metal but on clean channels its very muddy and dark. A must after getting this guitar is to have your friendly guitar tec help set up the intonation and deffenetally get new pick-ups if you want a brigter guitar sound. This is deffentaly a starter guitar. Something to learn scales, Notes, solos and such(My advice is learn acoustic first if your just starting out in the guitar world. Learn the basic chords and strum paterns and then after your got those down move on to electric guitar.)I would recommend this guitar cautionusly after a couple months though of playing this guitar you will want to upgrade. It is a good guitar if your tight on money or its your first electric but if you know the sound you want its probably not going to come from this guitar outside of a really nice amp and a bunch of FX pedals.

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's an ESP. need i say more?

    By burns

    from Portland, OR

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • School Bands

      Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

      My Brother owns this in Red.
      I enjoyed playing this guitar a lot.
      With SG style bodies it comes as a habit to expect
      a hand full of a neck. But It's ESP. They fixed that of course. Neck is smooth, thin but not too thin.
      The pickups are not Bad but not SD's.
      It's super comfortable to play, I like the Smooth edges, Most SG's are very flat and straight, this feels almost like a strat, in that it just seems to wrap around you instead of sit in your lap. If your looking for a guitar for your kid, a friend, sister, Brother, father, cousin, niece aunt, nephew or you yourself are new to ESP and thought'd you would try them out, Do it. Even the lower end models have amazing Quality. I bought my First ESP feeling like everyone played them, whats the hype about, Bought a V-50 and i literally won't play another instrument. Each new one i buy just keeps me wanting more. Doesn't matter how skilled your self are or the person your buying it for, They will enjoy playing it entirely. Great Quality for Price.

       
      5.0

      First Electric

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

      Extremely easy to play. This is my first electric guitar and I have improved by leaps and bounds since going from accoustic to electric. This guitar is a joy to play.

       
      5.0

      BEST GUITAR...especially for its price

      By Scott-FSIXa

      from Detroit, MI

      Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar. I don't care if you have a gibson, this guitar sounds and feels amazing!!! And if your a beginner you'll love this guitar and never want to play a different guitar. Everything is great on this guitar especially the price!

       
      4.0

      great guitar for working mans budget

      By plumdumb00

      from Reedsville, West Virginia

      Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

      I think this guitar sounds great. Its stays in tune very well, and plays very well. You will get some fret buzzing till you play and set in the frets and put a good set of strings on it. bridge pickup crunches good, and the neck pickup gives a great blues sound. Honestly for the price i cant think of any thing to complain about it. Buy it you wont be disappointed.

       
      4.0

      good guitar

      By bman-Q58i9

      from france

      Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

      This was my first electric guitar and I'm very satisfied with it, I'll be able to keep it for a while. I was hesitating between this one and the epiphone sg 300. I tried them both out and the ltd was definitely better, it looked better, it had better action and way better pickups.This guitar is not ideal for playing blues or any kind of soft stuff. Its made for hard rock and metal but it still works with everything.The bad part is that it has pretty bad action, its very heavy and it's pretty hard to play standing up because of where you attach the strap, though some people could like that.overall, it's a great guitar for it's price and you can have lots of fun with it.

       
      5.0

      A Good Cheap Guitar!!!

      By Ray-GGMjQ

      from Ohio

      Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

      I've been in a band for about a year now. Im a drummer, but I also play guitar. The lead plays this guitar and it sounds awesome! I've picked it up and played it a couple of time, and I am overall satisfied with it. You wont be disappointed!

       
      5.0

      Viper 50

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

      This guitar really sounds amazing for the price! Several friends have more expensive guitars and this guitar sounds much better! I have to say that the pick ups are decent but I would recommend replacing them, the painting is nice although it doesnt have neck or head binding. And the neck is heavier than the body so if you dont hold the neck the head will go down, (not a big issue for me). People dont worry this guitar stays perfectly in tune! and sounds incredible in any amp! I always plug this guitar to a Line 6 Spider III 30 and let me tell you they make an incredible couple! Don't hesitate at all to buy this guitar!

       
      4.0

      Good guitar for its money

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is good value for the money but I reccomend putting in emgs instead because the pickups aren't good. The tuning heads are good it stays in tune for a long time and as for the input jack it gets loose in the first week but just tighten it with as screw driver seeya.

       
      5.0

      SWEETNESS

      By Deanrox1928392

      from MISSISSIPPI

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      Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

      I went to a guitar shop today and tried out several guitars, I tried out a Fender Standard Telecaster, the ESP LTD 309 (i think its FM-300) and a Paul Reed Smith, and yet this was the best one, but not to mention it was plugged up into a great amp, nice guitar for the price.

       
      5.0

      Great Little Beast

      By Studio.One.Tulsa

      from Tulsa, OK

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      Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

      I purchased one of these inexpensive guitars used, and didnt expect to be very happy; it was from an online auction, and I didnt expect to win. I love this guitar, and enjoy playing it daily. It is made from solid wood, not plywood, like so many other inexpensive guitars, and is fun to play. The pups and pots are quiet and responsive. The neck fits my hand well, and the action is great. I wish it had a gain and tone pot for each pup, and that is really my only complaint. That being said, I get a wide array of tones from this little beast

       
      4.0

      Good For Young Players

      By MetalliKill 6666

      from Los Angeles

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      Comments about ESP LTD Viper-50 Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar in May. I was satisfied, probably cause I was a begginer at the time. Now that I come back to the guitar, it isn't much. Shouldn't be used for recording, small venues, maybe, and school bands are ok. This little guy goes out of tune REALLY fast, you might as well buy one of the better Viper models. I think this guitar is good for starters, not much else.

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