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I love strat-type designs and I have several and owned more than I can count. I have many American Standards and several cheaper versions. This ranks up with the better MIM products I've owned.
These LTDs are great for the price and better than pretty much all of Fender's cheaper versions. I like the Modern revisions (neck profile, freboard radius, neck joint accesiblity). All of those revisions might not be for everyone however:
The frets are tall. This is commons for LTDs because most of their models cater to Metal & Hardrock players who prefer bigger frets. Personally I can take them or leave them though I might get these leveled to knock a little off the top to improve the action.
The neck profile is not super thin but it is a bit wider and flatter than traditional Strat or Tele players would be used to. It's great for shredding, bending and chording. The profile should feel pretty good for most folks, not too big, not too thin.
Fretboard radius is very flat. I can't find the actual specs, but I think it is a straight 16" radius based on my rough gauges (haven't taken the strings off yet). This was a problem for me at first but I've gotten used to it very quickly.
Nut needs replaced pretty much immediately, mine has the string slots cut too deep in most places. It's a cheap plastic nut though, so an upgrade to Bone or a good Graphtech will improve playability, tone and action regardless.
Bridge is a typical cheap import and should be replaced. I have a nice import-sized replacement with a full-size block ready.
Pickups are actually pretty good and better than stock pickups in competing products.
The basics are all here! I chose the ST-213 Rosewood 3TB which has an alder body, excellent 3-tone sunburst finish, way nicer looking in person than the pictures on the web - the tones are very deep, rich, and classic looking, with a maple neck and 12-inch radius rosewood fretboard with fun-to-play jumble frets. The LS-120 pickups sound REALLY good on my Egnator Tweaker 88 amp. I was going to swap them out with Fender Custom Fat 50s, but after comparing the two pickups, I put the LS-120's back in this guitar - the LS-120s just sound better and are way more versatile for basic rock and blues tones. The Fat 50s were way too bassy sounding for a warm sounding alder body. I did, HOWEVER, have to do a few things to get the guitar up to speed. Think of this guitar an excellent alder body with maple rosewood neck starting point, and you'll be very satisfied. First, I added Grover tuners and had the nut adjusted to spec (it was way off - too high), then had the 5-toggle switch shortened (was way too high off the pick guard), and finally, here is the best mod for the tone on this guitar: took the treble tone control off the neck pickup and added it to the bridge pickup to cut its high-end treble back. Fender got it all wrong when they set the industry standard to have treble controls for only the neck and middle pickups and nothing for the bridge pickup of a strat! With the tone control on the bridge, I can now cut the treble back for a much warmer tone which matches the other two pickups. Now, this guitar not only plays awesome, but just as importantly sounds awesome for rock and blues. ESP got the basics right on this easy to afford guitar, but with the above mods, this guitar beats the heck out of a Fender Mexican strat by a long shot!
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