I own ST-1 QM Rosewood/EMG . Trust me...this guitar is pure devil. Very fast neck . The sound is so great. My rig is Laney IronHeart 60 combo with moded Boss DS-1 , MXR equalizer , Eventide time factor and TC Corona chorus. Killer sound . And is made in Japan. I do not belive that new ESP made in USA will have better quality than Japan made. For shure they will be three or four times more expensive but I'm positive...Japan made ESP are top quality guitars and there is now way USA made should be better....but for shure few times more expensive.