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ESP Ltd. H-307 review

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ESP Ltd. H-307 is a pretty much sought after 7-string that was made in 2000-2002. Mahogany body with maple top, neck-through construction, T-O-M bridge with tailpiece.

Tuning stability 9/10

Decent tuners, well cut nut, tight bridge. It's okay when it comes to tuning and it stays in tune for quite long.

Acoustic sound 8/10

Dark, warm, round and pleasant. I would say that it sounds powerful, given its body which is only 38mm thick.

Electric sound 9/10

I've never had a chance to check out its stock pickups as I bought this one with EMG 707s. They deliver harmonics like nothing else I have played. The tone is saturated, round, thick and ballsy. Versatile and useful sounds.

This guitar was used in recording of a grindcore album Bullet(in) by FAM:

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Check out FAM on MySpace and listen to Bullet(in)

Finish 9/10

High quality finish, no complaints.

Neck 10/10

25.5" scale and thin U neck-through neck with upper fret access that good that it beats every Ibanez I have ever played. The best, most playable neck I have layed my fingers on.

Table 1 ESP Ltd. H-307 neck dimensions

Dimension Value
Width at nut 48mm
Width at 24th fret 68.5mm
Thickness at 1st fret 20.5mm
Thickness at 12th fret 21mm
Fingerboard radius probably 12"

Features 8/10

Standard features, nothing fancy. No TonePros bridge, standard plastic nut, no straplocks.

Balance 10/10

This guitar is perfectly balanced and shaped. Thin, slick body makes it exceptionally comfortable.

Weight 10/10

H-307 isn't heavy but on the other hand it certainly doesn't give an impression of a cheap instrument.

Price 8.5/10

Price - around 750 dollars new, it's not a bad price.

Specification:

  • 24 XJ frets
  • 25.5" scale
  • Neck-through construction
  • Mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Mahogany body with figured maple top
  • Fixed tune-o-matic bridge with tailpiece
  • ESP tuners
  • 2 EMG 707 humbuckers (HH)(stock - EMG HZ-707)
  • 3-way switch
  • 1 volume pot
  • 1 tone pot
  • Finish - See-thru Black
  • Binding: neck - white, body - natural
  • Hardware - black
  • Year of production - 2002
  • Country of production - Korea

Advantages

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Drawbacks

pic Its tone is a bit dark
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