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ESP Ltd. EC-50 review

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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.

Finish 8/10

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.

Neck 8/10

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

Dimension Value
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

Features 8/10

Standard features.

Balance 8/10

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.

Weight 9/10

Hefty but within reason.

Price 9/10

Price - around 200-300 euros new, not that bad.

Specification:

  • 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

Advantages

pic Acoustic sound
pic Electric sound
pic Easy neck

Drawbacks

pic Finish quality
pic Falls from your lap a bit

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