Founder of legendary New Orleans-based extreme metal band Goatwhore, Sammy Duet is renowned for creating speedy, tight rhythms and insanely brutal riffs. His signature guitar, the LTD SD-2, is based on Sammy’s own ESP Custom Shop model, made famous by its identifiable Random Star shape. The SD-2 offers sturdy neck-thru-body construction at 24.75” scale for fast, easy access to the highest frets. This mahogany body, 3-piece mahogany neck guitar has a bound Macassar ebony fingerboard with 24 extra-jumbo stainless steel frets, diamond-shaped mother-of-pearl inlays, and glow-in-the-dark side markers. Components on the LTD SD-2 include a Floyd Rose 1000 SE double-locking tremolo with stainless steel screws. Its sound is driven by a single Seymour Duncan Blackouts Metal AHB-2 active pickup, designed to provide the articulate response necessary for modern metal, but specially configured for a more moderate output level that delivers the rich, full-bodied tone you've come to expect from Sammy. Includes ESP hardshell case.
I was half joking that based off the specs that if I had a chance to buy this guitar I would. This might have been before the release of the SD-1 actually. Then this guitar gets announced and two weeks later I’m special ordering it from my local Sam Ash. It wasn’t in my hands until late April 2022 but well worth the wait. Despite my bravado I was apprehensive of having to deal with a Floyd Rose equipped guitar again but this one hasn’t caused me any hassle just yet. I’ve also been trying to soak up all the tips and tricks of FR maintenance. Over all this guitar is one of the best playing guitars I’ve ever owned. Right up there with my Ninja 600. Also met Sammy Duet and Ben Falgoust after their show this year in Vegas. Incredibly nice guys.
something I noticed with mine today... to me, the inlaid LTD logo has a stark visual depth as if it's real mother of pearl. not sure if it actually is that, or if it's pearloid, but whatever it is it's a really nice touch and sure catches the eye. gotta commend sammy for keeping the feature set on this guitar uncompromising and extremely detail oriented, from the logo to the inlays to the stainless steel frets and screws, everything is just really well thought out. and the strap buttons! never before have I played a star or explorer that balanced this well.
Based off your comment when I had opened up the case at the Sam Ash I had ordered mine from I immediately checked out the Ltd inlay. I don’t think it’s mother of pearl but honestly I haven’t a clue. I’ve shown both my wife and stepson to glow in the dark dots and neither of them were very impressed.
My wife just called me a dork… admittedly she has plenty of reasons to say as much.