Hey guys I'm new to the board. I just picked up an LTD Elite MII(the transblack version) Its my first venture into the LTD/ESP world. Had it about a week and all I can say is what a great guitar! It was between the LTD elite and the ESP MII standard and the Elite won out, mostly because I already have a bolt on maple neck Charvel custom shop with a Floyd and passive pups, though I liked the feel of the neck better on the LTD Elite and wanted a transparent black finish instead of plain old black on the standard. LTD Elite sounds great through my current rig. Peace!