Nathan M.

Quick question: what kind of finish is used on the back of the neck? I bought one of these a few months ago and love the neck finish so much. Would love to see a "Hexed" edition Alexi guitar in the future (or bring back the pink!)

Todd B. ESP

Hi Nathan, Glad you like this finish. We tape off the back of the neck and keep it natural and put a satin finish over the wood. You can get a very similar feel from any painted "glossy" guitar neck by sanding the finish down smooth with some #400 & #600 sandpaper carefully. Its much smoother and slicker feeling than a traditional gloss paint. Thanks for your suggestions. The pink Alexi SE was really cool. Too bad we made them as a limited production run so we won't be reissuing them again.

michael g.

Hi Charles C. it should sound closer to ESP model ,Iwant gain boost option,I may just purchase Alexi pickup set might be easier install.ESP custom shop has a few more high end components the ones Alexi uses.

Todd B. ESP

Hi michael, that sounds about right, and yes, installing the Alexi pickup set from EMG would be a cool idea and not too hard to have done. The components that differ between ESP and LTD are tuning machines and bridge (Gotoh tuning machines & Original German FR bridge for ESP). But those should not make sound different between the 2 models. And the components on the Alexi-600 are very high quality but more affordable.

michael g.

Thanks Nathan M. and Thanks also to you Todd B. at ESP. for very helpful Info.

 

Todd B. ESP

Hi michael, thank you also for answering Charles' question for me.

Charles C.

Hey there, will this guitar sound different from the ESP version; as it has same pickup, geometry and equipment? Thanks

Todd B. ESP

Hi Charles, Good question. I don't think that you would hear any difference. Most of the components and materials are the same or similar. The only big difference is that the ESP version has an active boost switch, but you could always add a boost switch to the LTD.

michael g.

I was thinking of installing gain boost switch,  replacing existing volume with pull on and off ,I think EMG has this switch ,will I be able to do this ?will I need battery cavity ?   .Thanks guys take care.

Nathan M.

This model doesn't come with the battery cavity since the EMG is passive. The ESP version of this guitar has the battery cavity since it's loaded with the boost switch. You should be able to fit the battery in the compartmental in the back though. EMG sells the push/pull pot with the mid boost, but it typically comes with the Alexi pickup setup. 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Michael, Yes EMG sells those parts. You could install, just need to add a battery inside the electronics cavity and change the jack to stereo. User Nathan has answered your question for me correctly (thanks Nathan)!