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DV8-R, V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitar from LTD in the Signature series.

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LTD DV8-R tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: LTD
  • Model: DV8-R
  • Series: Signature
  • Category: V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 10/30/2006

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LTD DV8-R user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 3 reviews )
 2 reviews67 %
 1 user review33 %
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heads on fire12/30/2011

heads on fire's review"Good for Megadeth fans."

Made in Korea
Contruction/Scale: Neck-thru-body / 25.5 in.
Body: Mahogany
Neck/Fretboard: Mahogany/Rosewood
Dave Mustaine custom fretboard profile
Inlays: 8-ball on first fret + dots
Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB (bridge) + Jazz (neck)
Electronics: 2 Volume, tone, 3-way toggle
Hardware: Black with Sperzel locking tuners
Bridge: TonePros tune-o-matic with string-thru
Binding: White (neck, headstock)
Frets: 24 Jumbo


This guitar screams! The neck is fantastic - playing action can be set extremely close to the frets for maximum comfort. The balance of the guitar is a bit body heavy, which is ok on a V, but it still feels odd to me. Sitting down, the guitar is a bit of a chore to play, as one must rest the points of the guitar between one leg in order to have it rest on the lap. This results in a more upward-pointing neck than most are accustomed to, but it is actually comfortable on the fretting hand. Build quality is great at this price point - it could have used a touch more fretwork, but overall everything was good.


This is a fantastic set of pickups. Once again, the Duncan JB and Jazz saves the day! This combo is one of the most popular pickup combinations in the guitar manufacturing world for a reason - they sound incredible, are very tonally versatile, and they balance well with each other. The bridge pickup cuts nicely yet isn't oppressive, and the neck gets a nice, soothing vocal tone to it.


Overall, this is a nice instrument for metalheads. This guitar is not going to cut it for most gigs in the looks department, but it would certainly suffice in the tone department - it can play anything! The ergonomics might be weird for many, but for anyone looking to riff away, this is a nice axe to check out.

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

- In which country was it made? (United States, Japan, Mexico, France ...)

Korean guitar (and that's the difference with the model seulles ESP, the country of design and the wood (wood is American so-called best ... I remain skeptical))

- How many frets, what kind of micro as well as their configuration?

24 frets, Seymour Duncan Dave Mustaine signature live wire, microwave active and very end, provide plenty of power, style EMG, but with a lower gain, in the least heard "nag", while being very typical metal

-What type of bridge (Floyd, Wilkinson ...)?

here no floyd, easel "standard" strings fall directly into the body, a treat when to change strings, and also a feast for the eyes ^ ^

- What are the settings (volume, tone, micro switch ...)?

3 black metal knob, a volume acute, severe volume and tone, micro selector 3 positions, all this is very efifcace, the knob is an excellent grip, it does not slide over

- What type of race?

um I know myself too much on this point, say it is fine, not as an ibanez, and not round like a log gibson, very nice, a compromise between rhythm and solo.


- The handle is it fun?

not a little, one of the best race I've seen, neither too thin nor too thick, varnished it right so you can play for hours and hours without fatigue

- Access to acute (recent freight) is it easy?

V shape helps, yes, it's hard to beat, we can lay the finger on the 24 wouthit worry, there is no body to interfere

- Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?

it is very slight, against the form, for it is great, I thought it would not fly in the box, it is also very balanced, most tend to fall on V at the head, here it is not the case

- Gets it easy to sound good? ...

it's impossible not to have a good sound, is under no funding ^ ^

it yields the simple sound of mustaine, very fine, precise, and bold. we do what we want

the clean is very nice, to my surprise I admit it is a good definition, clear sound, almost crystalline

are the distos énormissimes the grave may be a bit too serious, but it is in any way we play megadeth rather than the acute all the time ^ ^

seymour duncan livewire, ssur ca ^ ^


- They are suitable to your style of music?

hard to beat for the metal and thrash

- With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?

with a 100 watt Hughes and Kettner Matrix 100

- What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?

already mentioned, a very good sound

- What are the sounds you prefer, you hate?

I love them all except the micro serious distortion, it saturates a little but it has to come from my amp (transistor requires)


- How long have you use it?
1 month is my Christmas present in advance ^ ^
- What is so special that you like most and least?

I love everything about this guitar, I sometimes feel that it is tailor-made lol
- Have you tried many other models before buying it?

Obviously, it is 1200 euros careful what you buy ^ ^

- How would you rate the quality / price?

1200 is an amount I admit, but we do not regret it

- With experience, you do again this choice? ...

time will tell ^ ^
Äce de SpinÖut04/29/2008

Äce de SpinÖut's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Guitar invoice Korean, excellent craftsmanship. This is done in an ESP subcontractors.
24 XJ frets, rosewood fingerboard, mahogany body, Seymour Duncan Dave Mustaine Live Wire signature (supplied with battery, it is clear!). Tune-o-matic, with rope traversing.
a volume knob for micro, a general tone. 3 position selector.

the handle is lacquer, but I do not know if it is glued / driver, set neck, neck thru, in short who cares, she has a hell of sustain.
Nothing to say is very well finished, fully assembled, no frizz at the first box, nada.

Oh yes, the strap lok are original, and Dunlop.


I read everywhere that it's necessarily a metal guitar, which is not false, but which is quite simplistic and limited. I play just about anything you can find in my influences: from pop rock to black metal, to shred the instrumental, and of course the thrash. and the neoclassical too. And everything works fine. Playing with the knobs, jazzy sounds are not disgusting!

good then, the handle is divine, very comfortable, while being rounded end. That is, it's the right compromise between a handle Jackson ultrathin but not necessarily very comfortable and comfort of a handle a little "thick" like a modern Start.
Access to acute is perfect since there is no horn "stratoidesque" to block the hand. on the other hand, it will take time to adapt to play with the thumb catching the body ... pretty hard to explain actually, but you have to say that the handle is not even the first to the 24th box.

The guitar is extremely light, air, powerful, its just the Concorde! Especially with these powerful pickups just right.
In this connection, I sometimes read everywhere that these pickups are made for metal and point bar, but I remember the blind, that there are knobs for volume and tone, and with a little touch, we get a very wide range of his, just right. and this guitar "is made to be granted in LA 440" / Dave Mustaine.
it comes with a pull string very light (9-42 I think), then the sound seems a bit dull, but a good October 52 Dean Markley Blue Steel and tweaks later, and it is actually a plane Hunting one has hands.

Well, this guitar enchants me. in addition, performed standing, it does not pique the nose or the body, it is perfectly balanced, and sitting is a treat (well, must master the classical guitar position) it is perfectly landing on the leg, and will stall without problems.
Oh yes, Deniere thing this guitar is more impressive than a king V in Jackson. So be careful of your local area if you want to avoid the blows of this great body.


Well, I deny that his favorite is the metal, and it's good, that's what I want.

But remember that with a little work, you can get excellent sound of this gear in lots of different styles.

I use a peavey bandit 112 home (ha what a good amp) no effect at first, then with a vox wah V847. Good, clean sounds are slammin, but with a little game volume / tone, we could find sounds pretty sweet. especially in the neck pickup.

Distortion in (that of the amp, or my Boss OS2), is the feast of slip, it sends the puree, harmonics fart in every sense, the grain is perfectly pleasant, MI and granted, and bah it sounds fabulous. Eb it goes a lot too, underneath, the pickups get a little, hmmm, let's say drafts.

according to the attack of the game and your distortion, we obtain in turn a dry or greasy. Metal in the area, there is not to say, it is extremely versatile. Seymour Duncan thank you, thank you Dave Mustaine!

good, and it has nothing to do but to empty it sounds exceptionally well, until the end of its beautiful wings. (Yeah, we'll say it ... an angel of deth. Kikoo lol mdr dsl, tkt lol)

PS: excuse me


It's been seven months now I use it, and I am tired. She is still as beautiful as the first day (it was love at first sight in the store. I'm a fan of ultimate Megadeth, but I had not really thought of me get it. It happened like that).

The only negative I could find him, these benchmarks is key ... we did see better than those horrible all white points.

in the same style, I tried a '67 Gibson V, a Jackson KV3, KVx10, RR3, RR5, KE3 a BC Rich Kerry King, a warlock, and plenty of others as I can remember more, and it is clear that this is a DV8R excellent value for money, a real joy to play and talk a rare, since Mr. Mustaine grew at Dean.

I paid € 900 for new, and it is now 7 months that I live with a dozen of € on my bank account.
So the choice I would do again in a heartbeat.
ha yes, last point: If you plan to travel around with, you can choose to order an expensive flight in ESP, but I suggest you go have a look at Gator;)
Oh yes, the last item on the notation: perfection does not exist, and that's why I put 9 / 10 in all sections. But my heart fan of pointy guitars and megadeth told me to put around 10.

for once I was able to be objective.

In conclusion, Ruez you on the latest models you will find, it's worth it, seriously.

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