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Review: LTD AJ-1 Andy James + EC-1000ET Evertune

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This time we take two new LTD-models for a spin:

LTD AJ-1 – body angle 1

The LTD AJ-1 is the brand-new signature model for British guitarist Andy James. Mr James is best known for his stellar work with the Prog Metal outfit Sacred Mother Tongue.

LTD EC-1000ET – body angle 1

The LTD EC-1000ET Evertune isn’t some rocking rapper’s axe of choice, instead it is one of currently two LTD-guitars factory-equipped with an Evertune-bridge. The Evertune-system promises to do away with the chore of having to tune your guitar for virtually the whole lifespan of a set of strings.

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LTD AJ-1 – full front

The Andy James LTD AJ-1 (current price in Finland: 986 €) is clearly based on the Horizon/MH-series of instruments, but fine-tuned in many details to Andy’s requirements.

LTD AJ-1 – full back

The most obvious difference to your regular Horizon is the AJ-1’s satin black finish, which feels very smooth to the touch and doesn’t get all slippery when you’re starting to…

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Review: LTD Elite ST-1

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LTD Elite ST-1 – beauty shot 2

There are a lot of changes in store for ESP/LTD-instruments in 2013, because ESP have decided to reshuffle and restructure their whole product range.

In future the name ESP will only appear on the headstocks of Japanese ESP Custom Shop instruments. ESP’s Standard series will be renamed E-II.

New for LTD in 2013 is their Made-in-Japan Elite series, which has been designed to offer the very best of what this brand has to offer.

Kitarablogi has received a brand-new LTD Elite ST-1 -guitar for review. The model is available in two permutations – either equipped with a rosewood ‘board neck and active EMG-pickups (LTD Elite ST-1/R EMG) or (like our review sample) sporting a maple fretboard and passive Seymour Duncan pickups (LTD Elite ST-1/M).

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LTD Elite ST-1 – full front

The brand-new LTD Elite ST-1/M (1.387 €) is a stunningly beautiful guitar, which manages to blend successfully an air of timelessness with…

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First View: LTD SCT-607B Stephen Carpenter Signature

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ESP LTD SCT-607B – beauty 2

Review: LTD MH-330FR + ESP Horizon FR-II SD

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ESP Guitars offer plenty of different guitar models for the modern Wunder-widdler. The most classic of these is probably the Horizon – a typical Superstr*t featuring two humbuckers and a Floyd Rose -bridge.

Kitarablogi.com selected two Horizons for this review:

The LTD MH-330FR, which comes with two active ESP-pickups…

…as well as the pukka ESP Horizon FR-II SD equipped with a pair of Seymour Duncans.

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The LTD MH-330FR (current price in Finland:489 €) is a sleek and stylish piece of work, with the Electric Blue finish adding its own bit of panache.

The same cool finish is also applied to the maple neck and the back of the mahogany body.

All of the MH-330FR’s hardware comes in black nickel, which shines in a smoky, dark-greyish way.

The capsuled Gotoh-style tuners are of decent quality. A volute strengthens the area underneath the top nut to…

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