EC-100QM, LP-Shaped Guitar from LTD in the Standard EC series.

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MGR/Keegan van der Laag 03/02/2004

LTD EC-100QM : MGR/Keegan van der Laag's user review

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I bought this guitar at AXE Music in Calgary, AB (Canada) for $450 CAD, about, around Christmas last year. I needed an electric guitar, as my Walden Acoustic just wasn't cutting it.

The tone is absolutely excellent when you play it through the right amp, and the two humbuckers in it may be welfare, but they're no joke. The neck action on it is wonderful, making it a joy to play, and you don't have to press hard on the strings at all to keep it from buzzing. The action isn't so low on it that it buzzes and rattles all the time, either. It's nice and sturdy (it could probably take out my Jazz Bass if it tried) and the Quilt Maple finish on it is INCREDIBLE. The machineheads are lovely in their responsiveness, it tunes like a dream, and I haven't broken any strings on it yet. Three knobs, enough to get some tonal variety out of it, and the side-mount jack is nice and comfortable. The headstock looks wicked, but who really cares about that, right? Well apparently all the people who I've showed it to care. You can get everything from a low rhythm growl out of it to a high, crooning twang.

It has a couple tuning issues, in terms of STAYING in tune, but that's probably because I never had it properly set up. On the wrong amp, the tone sounds a bit dead on the low end. Up top around the fifteenth fret, you start to lose a bit of quality on ANY amp, but it's not intolerable. It's an import, so the little plasticy bit on the pickup switch is crooked and doesn't sit right, but I've noticed that on American Gibsons, too, so I'm not overly concerned. It might be a tad on the heavy side, although that is how I like my guitars, most people whine and complain about it. I have no major complaints about this guitar at all.

Solid and tight, no glaring flaws at all. A wonderfully crafted piece of guitar.

Most people buy ESPs for metal and drop tuning and distortion, but the ESP humbuckers have a much nicer tone than the crunchy-no-matter-what EMGs on the high end ESPs. This is an EXCELLENT guitar for $450 Canadian, perhaps a little on the heavy side, but it's beautiful both in sound and appearance.

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