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SV, V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitar from ESP in the SV series.

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  • Manufacturer: ESP
  • Model: SV
  • Series: SV
  • Category: V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 11/21/2011

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ESP SV user reviews

Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 5 reviews )
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Audiofanzine FR03/10/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

(Originally written by bryanlooser/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

Made in Japan.

24 frets

3-piece maple body-through neck with slim C profile

Ebony fretboard

Alder body

Original Floyd Rose tremolo

Gotoh machine heads

Volume control

3-way toggle switch

Two EMG81 pickups

Typical ESP high-class electronics and parts


Playability: All V-shaped guitars are difficult to play sitting down. But you'll quickly get used to it. I like playing it sitting down because it forces me to sit up straight so I don't get backaches after playing for hours! However it's more comfortable to play it standing because it's very well balanced and light. But it's heavy enough to produce a good sound with long sustain. The shape is very ergonomic and it adds to the playing comfort.

Rather easy access to the upper frets if you don't have small hands... but you'll get used to it, and the neck is amazing. It's slim enough to allow fast playing but thick enough for easy chord playing. It's the ideal compromise and your hand will find the right position very naturally. The original Floyd Rose tremolo is a great feature: everyone knows it and I won't praise it more. Its factory adjustment is good and very reliable. The lack of a tone control is not a problem and you'll immediately find a good sound. If you buy this guitar, I think you know exactly what you'll use it for!


I play rock and heavy metal so this guitar is perfect for my music style. The EMG81 pickups have their own personality and sound different from passive pickups. They sound very accurate and are great distorted. I have several tube amps: a Peavey Valveking and a small Ibanez Valbee. I also tested the guitar with a Rect-o-verb. The guitar sounds full and powerful with a long sustain in spite of the Floyd Rose. The neck pickup has more sustain and, depending on the volume control setting, you can get a natural compression. I like it very much. The clean sound can also be good and crystal-clear with adequate EQ settings on the amp, and if you turn down the guitar's volume control. In crunch mode the guitar is excellent and provides biting highs (with the bridge pickup) or a round sound (with the neck pickup). Don't try to get a jazz sound out of it because this guitar is simply not made for that I give it a 9 because sound is a matter of taste and perhaps you won't find it very versatile. But don't hesitate to change the settings of your amp, especially with active pickups!


I've been using it for over one year. I'm very satisfied it's a very good guitar and it looks beautiful. I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again especially for its neck and manufacturing quality. I previously played an Ibanez Prestige and a RR5 and I find this neck feels better than ultra slim ones... This guitar fulfills all my needs. However, I must repeat it: access to the upper frets is not easy and you'll have to practice a bit, unless you have very long hands. That's the main disadvantage of this guitar. Don't buy this guitar if you don't like the EMG sound. But in my opinion that sound is an additional asset of the guitar. As a summary, it's a very good instrument and I recommend it.
Oliver Sp@rk12/01/2005

Oliver Sp@rk's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A PURCHASE MASTER to look TERRIBLE !!!"

ESP Japan
24 frets, 2 active EMG 81 3-position switch

Original floyd rose, 1 volume knob, mcaniques gild (the latter models have chrome mchaniques ... I got less pretty)

LOOK and devastating!

Book without the hard case spcifique with ESP protects frets


This is an ESP, which means fast neck and prcis

Access to treble is good, relatively lightweight compared my jackson kelly xl

As against to play sitting down, stuck the hollow of the thigh V and handle well the vertical lol but good has not Drange me anything ...

RAS is the best!


Guitar made for METAL: rich, powerful sound, harmonic fuse, vibrato does not move a muscle ... a rgal!

I used this guitar with:
marshall 6100 lm 30th anniversary
Line 6 Vetta II
Hughes Kettner Trilogy
Rocktron prophesy ...

regardless of the amp, the result is always on top!


Bought new in January 2005 ...

I do not regret my purchase and again I would take the same eyes closed;-)
edit: we are in 2011 and the conclusion is always the same;-) I remain scotch by manufacturing quality ... I have also been a dean usa custom shop and I have to say that this species n has absolutely nothing envy !!!
anakin 7104/21/2012

anakin 71's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Scratching of boars"

So beautiful guitar made in Japan.
Pink Floyd, neck-through, 24 frets, 2 EMG 81, volume + a 3 position selector.


So has the use, forget about the game sitting. Finally we can, but it's not made for it ....
I quite agree with the opinion that talks about poor access to acute. Despite the bottom wing shorter, it takes 15 inches of fingers to get there by taking the handle ... Well once you get used to it, it does, but it's not very comfortable on this point.
If the handle is nice.


I play metal so yes it fits perfectly .... The emg do their job perfectly and this guitar is fitted exclusively to the metal. Do not expect anything else.
I play a Peavey JSX 120 and send as many say it severe.
I intend to change the neck pickup (emg81) by replacing in the least aggressive. The clean sounds with a emg 81 are rather dry and slamming. I think putting a 85 or 89 splitable.


I use it for 3 days .... I have a lot of scrapes including Jackson usa. In terms of finishing, esp rivals. In terms of sound as well.
Only flat, access to acute. I recommend trying it before.
If you're going to play, then that is a very good choice.
weeping demon09/08/2006

weeping demon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Made in Japan, 24 frets, 2 EMG 81 floyd rose original, one volume knob and a 3 position. Channel crossing. In short anything that has cause.


Channel super enjoyable. J'tais Jackson used to the sleeves, plus plates, but no worries. Good Access in all dernires top boxes is not. It's not insurmountable but can interfere little hands.

Great ergonomics, a part to play sitting down, but still nothing insurmountable.

The sound is standard, yeah, EMG 81 neck + trough + floyd rose is good! I put 8 because of acute when Access in same.


I play a lot of mtal so it fits perfectly rle. on the other hand, for its clear, can do better now, in the neck position 81 is slamming plutt see a cold saturated chouilla if persists too (I do not even speak the bridge position!) but when you see the bte we know it is not for the bagpipes so I put 10.


I've had two weeks, nothing to say I think my next guitar will also be an ESP. I bought it new in 1660, and a site franais siouplait like what ... I do it again this choice without problem, however I think it's a long THE FIRST SERIES ESP.

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