ESP Ltd. EC-50 review
ESP Ltd. EC-50 is low budget metal Les Paul type axe. It's equipped with 24 frets two humbuckers and a tune-o-matic bridge.
Tuning stability 7/10
Tuners aren't bad, really. It was just the nut and poor quality bridge that made EC-50 go out of tune. These are inexpensive to replace.
Acoustic sound 8/10
It's a basswood alright, but it's a big and loud piece of basswood. Loud, full and bright tone. Sweet and really long sustain especially for such an inexpensive instrument.
Electric sound 10/10
LH-150 humbuckers aren't EMGs but I like how they sound. It's a saturated metal tone with fair attack and natural passive character.
The guitar is nice, but I have some serious complaints. Poorly cut nut and not so tight bridge with loose saddless can give you a headache. Uneven frets, uneven first fret to be more precise. So after replacing the nut, the bridge and leveling the frets it's a totally cool guitar.
Shorter scale and 42mm wide nut make it friendly. It's a bit thick, but pleasant. Upper fret access is a bit limited because of the guitar's shape but it's far better than it seems.
Table 1 ESP Ltd. EC-50 neck dimensions
|Width at nut||42mm|
|Width at 24th fret||57mm|
|Thickness at 1st fret||20.5mm|
|Thickness at 12th fret||22.4mm|
|Fingerboard radius||300mm or so|
EC-50 is well balanced and comfy on a strap, however tends to fall of your lap, the cutaway in body seems to be too small.
Hefty but within reason.
Price - around 200-300 euros new, not that bad.
- 24 extra jumbo frets
- 24.75" scale
- Thin U maple bolt-on neck
- Rosewood fingerboard
- Basswood body
- 42mm standard nut
- Fixed tune-o-matic bridge with tailpiece
- ESP tuners
- ESP LH-150 humbucking pickups (HH)
- 3-way switch
- 2 volume pots
- 1 tone pot
- Finish - Black
- Year of production - 2006
- Country of production - Indonesia