So I tried out an E-II FRX today
One of these guitarist chicks I know over here uses an E-II FRX so I went over to big boss to find out why she uses it.
Just for those who don't know, E-II is the Japanese name for the ESP USA line.
The thing rocks two EMG89s with an ESP floyd rose licensed bridge. It's just the USA version of the Forest model.
Now the things I liked:
1. Pickups. I was pleasantly surprised by the sound of the EMG89s. They were REALLY clear and each note really sounded great. Using the coil taps was great as well. They had a real insane stratty quack to em.
2. Fingerboard. I liked the ebony fingerboard a lot. It was REALLY smooth and my fingers slid so easily across it.
Now for things I didn't like:
1. painted neck. I don't know, having a painted neck just feels really slow. I kept feeling like my hand was being held back by the paint. It wasn't like I couldn't move my hand or anything, but it just didn't feel right.
2. Price. Again, my mortal enemy when I look into considering an ESP of any kind... At the price point of 200,000 yen, if I save a little longer, I can afford another Carvin JB200, spec'd to my desire. This I'm limited to the mass produced model. Sure, it's J custom territory but if I'm going to spend that much money on a guitar, I want it to at least have a few things I like about a guitar, i.e. natural finish on the neck. That's where something like a J custom would be more in line with what I want.
This guitar isn't terrible by any means at all. I really liked it actually, but the price and the painted neck really turned me off to it.
On a separate topic (although still ESP related):
I was talking to the guy about the price of recoloring or doing some special things to a main ESP line M-II DX. When I got the rough price, it was about 310,000 yen, and that was only with recoloring (using a solid color, no metallics or anything wild). Not bad, but still a little too expensive and the time to receive is WAY too long (4-5 months for a mass produced model with only a color variation). Yeah pass on that. Not as horrible as a price quote that I got before though so not all the news was bad.