I purchased an LTD AX 50 pretty quickly after they premiered. It had 24 frets and a Floyd Rose tremolo system. There were three knobs, a volume and tone, and a pickup selector switch. It had a really awkward shape that I thought I would get used to, but didn't. It was also huge and had an unbelievably large hard-shell case that was pretty annoying to carry around. The floyd rose also proved to be unnecessarily difficult to maintain, even though I was taught how to do it multiple times. I later realized that they probably hadn't worked out all the kinks with this model yet.
The neck is good for playing metal riffs. Soloing wasn't a chore, but it could have been better with a Les Paul or even an ESP. The last notes were easy to reach as long as you kept your hand close to the fretboard... otherwise, you risk clipping your hand on a jagged edge (don't sit down playing this if you don't want to dig into your body.) It's heavy, and it's awkwardly shaped. The sound is decent if you're into strictly metal, otherwise, avoid at all costs.
I grew tired of this sound pretty fast. Once I grew out of my pre-pubescent death metal phase, I had little use for this. I ended up selling it to some kid who paid way more money to have it fixed up because it was such a pain to maintain. I used to use a Marshall stack and a Crate Blue-Voodoo stack, which both were ideal for the kind of music I was playing. The clean sound is pretty much awful. It's only worth playing if you need to do machine-gun riffs or some two hand tapping stuff with the gain cranked. Then it sounds pretty good, I guess. Not being into those sounds anymore, I cringed when I picked one up again, just because I realized that I had actually paid for this at one point.
I used the guitar for about 3 years before I sold it. I didn't like it's lack of versatility, and I hated the clean sound. I liked that it wasn't too expensive, but I probably should have gone with something else. It's probably not even the best ax out there, so I wouldn't recommend it over the Warlock or Mockingbird models, especially the higher end ones. Again, thoughLTD Rich guitars are for metal players only, so if looking like a bad metal god is more important to you than getting a decent-sounding guitar, then go ahead. Otherwise, avoid at all costs.
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MazMax's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
A very nice machine.
I repeated last night for three hours. A nice weight, great handle.
Ease of adjustment (supplied unresolved), with certainly necessary adjustments? ... Good performance tuning. I'm working on LP, TC or Ibanez, usually, and I have nothing else took charge last night.
The sound was very easy to get (Marshall 8080, and GNX1), good attack, good fats. I never played much on a mic round of my life ...
Rock .... From metallic crystalline fat. Attention sometimes too much Acute preset sounds a pedal, but that's all. A little simple equalization, and everything is going.
Long experience, dozens of guitars owned or tried. A great value for money (it's a gift ... LOL), and I thought already, in advance, put EMG ... But the original ESP are nice enough and do the job effectively. So wait and see.
I love its shape, ease of handle (width, distance strings), ease of adjustment (two knobs, and its tone - not necessarily to fully ... - and switch), and the sound that obtained very quickly, even if I still have a little work to really find his top I want (remember I'm on LP or CT in general).
Very happy. A downside to the driver: the guitar was definitely not set ...
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Mazstein's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
The handle is very nice fingers walk there very easily, access to acute is very simple because of its shape, weight is not surprising but it is true that we just expect some something heavier. We get easily a good sound, a volume knob, the good do not worry, a 3 position selector, and a tone knob, the tone is very significant, turn the bottom and the harmonics will not be a problem, but contrast to the agreements it is best to lower it because it tends to cut off the low.
The sound of the beast is rather focused Metal (all kinds), the "palm mute" are quite impressive (with some adjustments and an amp that hold the road) I had the opportunity to play on a Marshall 30W and already . . . I believe the thing requires! (Although prices are)
For clean sounds ... the sound is a little crunchy but rest assured you are lowering a little knob you get what you want easily, and disto piouf! c'estune showman!
Personally I love the distortion on this guitar, and even with a small foot, she knows how to do things!
I use it for three months, I love its shape, convenient to place it on the leg during the solos! Alexi if you hear me?!?
I tried two or three models before, but this one is the best!
The value for money is impressive, and, over time I think again my choice in this range.