MH-50, STC-Shaped Guitar from LTD in the Standard MH series.

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Hatsubai 05/31/2011

LTD MH-50 : Hatsubai's user review

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The ESP LTD MH-50 is a guitar meant to appease those who enjoy the MH bodies but can't afford one of the higher end models. The guitar has a basswood body, a bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, a licensed floyd rose tremolo, two humbuckers, one volume, one tone and a three way switch.


The guitar was a total dog. First of all, the neck joint was sloppy. This is a huge no-no as it can easily hinder tone. The neck itself didn't feel too good, and I think that's because the finish wasn't fully cured or something when they shipped it out. The fretwork had sharp ends that made it feel uncomfortable playing, and there were some high/low frets that needed to be taken care of. The bridge in this is a cheap licensed floyd that doesn't hold tune or flutter like a normal floyd does.


This is one of the guitars that gives basswood a bad name. The guitar sounded absolutely dead, and the stock pickups didn't help it at all. The bridge sounded dull and undefined no matter what you set the amplifier to. The neck sounded flat and overly bass heavy. It did nothing to make me want to keep playing it. The guitar itself wasn't resonant, and that might have had something to do with it, as well as the sloppy neck joint.


If you're interesting in buying one of these guitars, don't bother. Look at a higher model LTD and buy used. You'll get more value for your money, and it'll be way more fun to play. The only reason for being this would either be out of ignorance or to smash it on stage. It's not worth wasting your time on with so many better guitars out there for a similar price.