While ESP may be mainly known for creating incredible high gain focused guitars that please lead and rhythm players all over the world they do have a softer side. Originally only available in Japan the SN or Snapper series takes a traditional 50's double cut guitar and updates it with modern playability and a versatile range of tones. This model in particular tries to stay close to the original while still offering the great build quality and playability that has only come about in recent generations of guitars.
Built on a classic design this guitar features an alder body and an all maple neck this guitar feels a lot like its inspiration. Where it separates itself slightly though is in the fit and finish of things like the neck because ESP couldn't completely let go of their more modern designs. So this guitar has a slightly thinner neck with an unfinished maple fretboard that will never get in your way so if speed is your goal this is really worth a look.
Now no LTD of this level could ever be complete without a set of solid hardware that could stand up to anything you would throw at it. While other models have opted for Floyd Rose tremolo systems this one has a bit more of a vintage vibe with the very cool Wilkinson VSVG tremolo system. This gives you even more of that classic 50's feel but with tuning stability that you can only get with the best of modern tremolo systems
The Future Of Pickups
For years pickups have followed one of a few different designs. Either they are passive or active with wound copper running around the pole pieces. The pickups in this guitar are active but they are not made like any other pickup. See these guys can be set up in one of two different sound modes that can be changed from a flick of a switch on the front panel taking you from sweet crisp and clear tones to a bit hotter and rounder tones. It is like having the option of 50's or 60's single coils in your guitar without actually needed to change any wiring.