Personally, I go for LTD. I know ESP is better, but they don't have much. LTD has some sweet designs from the EX, FX, V, F, & the AX. I wish they made ESPs out of those. I really like the AX-400. Feels, sounds great & has damn good hardware. Don't own it but I do plan on getting the AX-401 whenever they release it (looks better without the tribal inlays).