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Saturday, January 25, 2014

REVIEW: LTD MH-417


Hello and welcome to this week's article!
Today we are reviewing an 7 string guitar: the Ltd Mh-417.
This is a mid-priced guitar of the Mh serie that comes with a nice black satin finish; the construction is neck-through-body and the fingerboard is 24 frets, made of rosewood with binding.



On the hardware side, the guitar features a Tune o'Matic bridge, Grover tuners and 2 Emg active pickups (81-7 and 707); this setup is amost a standard nowadays, especially for the high end, fixed bridges metal guitars.
The weight is not excessive but not even light, the body is in mahogany and the neck has a contour that is not as thin as an Ibanez, but neither as thick as a Jackson or a Gibson.
All in all I consider today Ltd guitars to be one of the best bang for the buck, since Ibanez, which also has always had a good quality to price ratio, tends to create very cheap guitars with a decent quality on one side and very high end, expensive guitars on the other, but lately lacks of very good instruments in the 700-to-1000$ range.
Schecter and Ltd guitars are aiming mostly on that price range, and if that is your budget, I would aim for one of these 2 manufacturers.




Tech Specs taken from the ESP website:

Construction             Neck-thru-body
Scale                         25.5"
Body                         Mahogany
Neck                         Maple
Fingerboard              Rosewood
Neck Contour           Thin U
Frets/Type                24 XJ
Tuners                       Grover
Bridge                        TOM Bridge
Neck PU                    EMG 707
Bridge PU                  EMG 81-7
Electronics Layout   Vol/Tone/Toggle Switch

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