Standards are awesome! I currently own 2 standards and 3 LTDs (various ranges) and I have owned quite a few LTDs and even a couple of signature ESP guitars. When it says ESP on the headstock, you notice the difference in feel, playablility and sound. Don't get me wrong, LTD guitars are amazing for the money and I've played counltess shows with LTDs, but I always go back to my standards. Go for it, you won't regret it.