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June 2017 Giveaway

ESP LTD EC-1000FM EverTune - See Thru Black Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • from November 24, 2016Music Background:
    Engineer, Multi Instrumentalist

    Customized by Sweetwater, Top Shelf

    First off, I must say that this is a 5 star instrument at this price point as-is. LTD's need a bit of setup direct from the factory, but it doesn't take much to get a great instrument out of them, especially if the default specs are right for you. If you're like me, and find yourself on the fence because of the stock config and/or setup, Sweetwater has unmatched capabilities on hand to make it the perfect instrument. This particular guitar nearly fit the bill for me, so I reached out to my sales engineer Andy to see if there was anything they could do at their facility to "up the game" so to speak on this particular guitar. What i did not know, is that Sweetwater has equipment and staff on hand that will literally build the perfect instrument for you, for a very modest fee.

    I've been a Sweetwater customer for a very long time, and I know that everything they put their stamp on must be almost obsessively perfect, from every department. So i took a very safe bet and was certainly not let down. In the end, for about double the initial investment, was a top shelf instrument on par with some in my collection costing nearly 6 times as much - this was just with the plek'd fret leveling and bone nut upgrade alone. Completely gutting the electronics, I swapped out the passive Duncans for active Fishman Fluence pickups, adding their USB rechargable battery so there would be no need to route or jam in a 9v battery into the control cavity. The pot configuration i changed to dual volume push/pull pots for individual pickup voicing selection, and replaced the tone pot with a north/south coil tap toggle switch. Normally i do this work myself when i get a new instrument, but Sweetwater took this hassle off my hands for a more than reasonable fee. The install quality was much better than expected as well, rivaling my own which is rare especially for a company this size. But they have a long tradition of always pleasantly surprising me.

    I would only add that the Evertune bridge is definitely no gimmick, the idea behind it and engineering are nothing short of revolutionary. It's not for everybody, but the same can be said for every bridge system. If you don't know much about this brilliant product, do yourself a favor and look it up. There's no reason not to have this over any other fixed bridge on the market, unless frequent and rapid tuning changes are one of your requirements. Perhaps for budget reasons. I don't otherwise understand people's resistance to owning an instrument that is always perfectly tuned and intonated every time you pick it up - with VERY minimal extra hassle and no electronics.

  • from June 15, 2016Music Background:

    Winner winner chicken diner

    I Already own the honey burst with the Evertune and was blown away, I bought this as a back up, but now I think it's my fav. They are different in a traditional and modern way, just read the specs. Honey burst has a fatter neck w/22 frets Vs. see thru black has a thinner faster neck 24 frets. But I really LOVE them both. It will be a challenge to chose which one I'll play on stage as number 1. Yes I am selling off my teles and PRS and a les Paul Jr. to make these my main working guitars. They are that fun to play. On stage the anxiety of losing the crowd, having to tune between songs is a distant memory. Or striking that heavy open or barred chord just to have it sound sharp/flat, no more. Practice sessions and studio time, are more efficient with the Evertune system, it saves time and money. I Love these Duncan's straight into my Orange Rockerverb mkll. ESP you fricken rock! Evertune you're a game changer! Thank you Sweetwater and Stephen Oppinhiem for the great service as always!

  • from November 12, 2015Music Background:
    Professional musician, home studio.

    Should be twice the price.

    I have been playing guitar 20 years and have multiple vintage and high end custom guitars. I reach for this guitar 95% of the time. It may not have the personality of a vintage guitar. But the EverTune system is a GAME CHANGER. Its like playing guitar for the first time. Do some research and see how many serious studios and professional musicians are putting EverTune into their guitars. The attention to detail and build quality on this instrument is flawless. Intonation and action were perfect out of the box. And it was in tune within 1 cent out of the box. Unreal.

  • from DFW April 28, 2017

    Beautiful, Fun, Easy to play

    Let me say first that I love this guitar and have no regrets about buying it. I looks beautiful and I've had many compliments on its aesthetics. It very smooth to play. The fretboard is snappy and light to the touch. The weight distribution from head to body feels perfectly balanced when I play it sitting down or standing up. It sounds beautiful for clean and aggressive for metal. It's exactly what I wanted.

    My one and only complaint about the guitar is the evertune bridge. Not because it doesn't work, in fact it works exactly as advertised. It's because it's a bit over complicated for me personally. This is not a bridge you want if you change turnings often. It takes forever to do that. Tune it how you want it and leave it alone until you really need to change it. I put it in drop D and one thing I noticed is the screw for the A string doesn't want to go any higher/tighter. It was just barely flat and I didn't want to break it, so I had to adjust the intonation screw slightly to get it in perfect tune. I'm sure that this is user/operator error and not the fault of the bridge, but I'm not finding very helpful information on how to solve the issue the "right way" from Evertune's site.

    I'm told that Sweetwater offers free tech support so I will likely check that out. I am very happy with Sweetwater as a whole. Ben, made buying the guitar a great experience. I will use them again for any online purchases in the future. Much better customer service and guarantees than guitar center at the time I purchased. I have been recommending them ever since I bought it.

  • from San Francisco September 29, 2015Music Background:

    Very Good

    The feel and workmanship of this guitar are outstanding. Nicely balanced, not too heavy, great binding, inlay and fretwork. It's beautiful and it sounds GREAT. The Duncans are very nasty (in a great way) I give it a four only because of the Evertune Bridge. I dig it but for me this wouldn't work as a "main" guitar because the bridge fights with you if you want to bend a note. They do acknowledge this and I was aware of it when I bought it, but it's a weird thing to get used to. Tuning the guitar takes a bit of getting used to as well but once tuned it does stay in tune better than the average bridge. This guitar is great for rhythm playing but less suited to solo work for me because of the note bending issue.

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