Brought this guitar used off Ebay for £500 and from the looks of the hardwear and such, as well as the cae it came in, it's had a well loved and played life. So, let's see how it arrived and how well it's held up to it's privious owner.
The guitar arrived in it's case (not an offical ESP) fairly well packed and seemed promising. Upon taking it out of it's first box however i was slightly startled to find two of the four locks were missing their hinges and so were doing nothing. However, upon undoing the two remaining locks and opening the case i was glad to comfirm the case had done it's job and the damage to the locks had saved the guitar.
The guitar itself had taken very little damage over time, a suprise considering it's a V and the points almost always chip. The hardwear is a bit rusty but still works flawlessly/
After set up:Wow, this thing blows me away, after slapping on a set of Erine Ball Hybrids (9-46) the guitar is playing like a dream, the only issue I had was that the low E saddle had been cut extreamly high, so high in fact that the string had a tendancy to pop out of the saddle during fast sections, a quick call to my local music store though and it was sorted for free as it was such a minor job.
Sound:The MP-600 comes stock with two EMG pickups; an 81 in the bridge and an 85 in the neck, classic heavy metal PU configeration and it dosn't disapoint! This thing sounds like a tank coming at you very fast all guns blazing on the high gain channel but despite EMG's getting the rag for having sub-standered cleans, these do give a nice set of them if you back of the volume on your guitar slightly.
Wow, is all I could say to this. Having switched to ESP from Ibanez because the marketing department of the latter compony appears to be full of spanners i was kinda worried that I'd never feel a neck as nice to play as the famed Wizard. boy was I wrong! the Thin U conture of the MP-600 is just amazing, not quite up their with the origial wizard but pound for pound it equals the Wizard II with flying colours! The ONLY complaint I have is the glossed back being sticky when your hands sweet but it's better then most glossed necks I've encountered and for those like me who know a little about building and modifing gutiars, a little bit 1000 grit wet/dry will sort the gloss out no problem.
A Stunning instrument I'm really sad to see discontinued, however it has hooked me on ESP guitars and I expect to see many more of them finding their way into my collection of guitars.