Originally Posted by snowfall
I haven't played any ESP MII's (or any others for that matter), but the comparison doesn't seem fair. The RG15xx/25xx's are going for US$ 650-850, while the basic black MII is selling for around $1200. Price-wise the only ESP
competition seems to be in the LTD series, which everyone seems to dislike.
ESP has it over Ibanez on design ideas, but for value, I'll stick with the Prestige RGs.
I have to say that I 100% agree with that point.
ESP are shooting themselves in the foot by pricing LTD models as high as Prestige Ibanez and Jackson USA guitars.
It's very dificult to understand why they are doing it when I distinctly remember only 2-3 years ago MII Standard could be had for £600 and you got a real FR and SD pickups for that (Rockers on Denmark Street had them) which was a great price considering the RG1550/1570 was £500 at the same time and had the V7/S1/V8 pickups.
I'm the type of guy that brings an ESP to Jemjams and even to Jemfest
but I have to admit that Ibanez offer better value for money without a doubt.
What puzzles me is that Jackson offer even better value for money (£330 buys you a Japanese made DK2 with SD pickups) but they are still strugling to match even ESP's LTD brand when it comes to popularity.
There are a lot of mentaly challenged people out there who would rather spend £600 on a Korean made LTD that will lose 50% of it's price the second you walk out the store then get a more tangible instrument like an Ibanez or a Jackson.
Fender, on the other hand puts all these companys to shame with the Highway 1 range.
I can walk into my local store and grab a USA made strat for £485 - I know it doesn't look pointy and all that but the value you get is phenomenal.
Bottom line for me is if I could afford anythig I wanted ESP will get all my money but in the real world - Ibanez and Jackson offer a lot more for your £££.