iGuitar issue 6 John Petrucci (Dream Theater) and masterclass with Andy James. Learn Licks in the style of John Petrucci in the issue of Guitar Interactive Issue 5.
Exclusive interview with Judas Priest, Glenn Tipton & Richie Faulkner.
Exclusive interview and performance with Steve Hackett.
Reviews of the John Petrucci Music Man JP XI Mesa Boogie amp, Collings l-35LC, BC Rich, ESP LTD, Engl, Hi Watt Neo Vetilator Rothwell and Wampler FX pedals.
We also take a look at Patrick Eggle Acoustic, the Blueridge acoustic, also lessons on fingerstyle guitar.
Our new BASS guitar section also includes reviews on the Markbass amp, EBS and Overwater plus win free rotsound bass strings!!
ESP is one of the hottest guitar brands right now, with some great 'big
name' users. But what if a Japanese-made ESP is out of your price
range? Well ESP has that covered too, with its lower-cost LTD range. We
gave Michael Casswell an LTD M-300FM and asked him to find out just
how well it shreds.
hat happened to the
days when guitars
had names rather
than being known
by a series of letters
and numbers? This
guitar is called an LTD
M-300FM. It's a low to mid priced guitar
that comprises a neck through design,
mahogany body with a flame maple
top (always a good combo), 25.5" scale
neck with 24 jumbo frets, two EMG 81
humbuckers, three way switch, a Floyd
Rose special trem, and the obligatory
pointy headstock - in reverse no less!
I don't think this guitar is aimed at
Blues players (I am being ironic), and
I suspect the parent company, ESP,
is fishing for the young teenage male
who likes his metal loud, proud and
fast! This guitar is a definite statement
and you are telling the world that you
are going to shred till you drop. The
fantastic EMG 81 pick ups will certainly
help you do this, being probably the
most powerful pick up out there. I love
EMGs, but tend to use the more toneful
and civilised 85 humbucker. The 81 is a
great pickup, but subtle it isn't.
We also have what looks like a Floyd
Rose locking tremolo, but don't be
fooled. This is a Floyd Rose Special,
which means it is the budget Floyd,
made in the Far East. To me, it delivers
less response and resonance than the
proper German-manufactured Floyd.
I guess using the real thing would
substantially increase the price of the
guitar, but it is a shame that the Floyd
Rose special fitted here looks to me like
it will wear out the knife edges quickly,
leaving a trem arm that keeps coming
loose because of the stupid plastic
insert under the screw on sleeve, will