ESP LTD EX Black Metal review

A solid high-gain monster with none of the frills but all of the thrills

LTD Black Metal EX
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

The EX Black Metal is ideal for those who want to plug in and rock out with no messing around with tonal variation.


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    No-nonsense format offering high-powered metal tones.

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    The neck is a speedy ride.

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    Locking tuners.

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    Lightweight build.


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    Some neck dive when played on a strap.

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    Tuners are a bit cramped.

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