Made in ASIA (more precisely in China I believe). Well manufactured, beautiful, well built, no bad surprise, it's such a beautiful item that I struggle to convince myself to put it back in its case.
Flamed maple top
3-piece mahogany set neck
"EC 401" inlaid at 12th fret
24 Extre Jumbo frets
1 x Seymour Duncan JB and 1 x Seymour Duncan 59 pickups
2 volume knobs
1 tone knob
Tune-o-matic bridge with Stop-tailpiece
The neck is pleasant, with a very Les Paul-y feeling, it's not an Ibanez Satriani or Steve Vai-like ultra-thin neck but not too thick either, it doesn't disturb.
Regarding ergonomics, playing seated is always a bit difficult with a guitar of that kind, the lower part of the body is quite heavy, forcing you to fins a comfortable positions with no possibility to move too much.
As for playing standing, the guitar's not too heacy, no particular tiredness to mention.
3 pickup configurations:
It's easy to choose the position that suits you better depending on the sound you're after.
I'm looking for a Fat Rock sound able to go till metal (but without an active pickup), and my expectations are more than met, it sounds really good, no introduction needed as to the SD 59 and JB pickups, really great sound.
First, it sounds good even before you plug it in - which always is a really good sign While it's heavy, it also has the corresponding upside as it has a great, beautifully sounding natural sustain and a hot, full sound.
Surely an Orange, Mesa Boogie or Marshall stack (tube + 4x12) would get it to get to the next level soundwise, but even here with a small Blackstar HT5 amp one can already have a great time!
There's no sound I don't like on this guitar, all 3 pickup positions sound interesting and I use all of them.
I've had it for one month.
I tried a PRS SE 245, whish also is a good, lighter guitar.
If I'd opted for the PRS I would have changed the pickups for BareKnuckle or SDs so it implied a higher budget. I also was advised ESP/LTD for their finish quality - which indeed is great.
I still have to take it to my favorite repair shop to have it set up properly and probably to have the nut changed, buth that's the way it goes with all factory-made guitars, even at a much higher price. Always go to the repair shop