Chris V.

I received mine last week and it’s a stunning instrument. 

The description says it’s a 3 piece maple neck, but the spec says 3 piece mahogany (I take it it’s the latter?)

Also, I’ve read and heard a lot about how heavy this guitar is and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s not that heavy. My 2014 Les Paul Classic is heavier and that has ‘modern weight relief’. Does the AS-1 have weight relief cut-outs in the mahogany body?


Thanks in advance 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Chris, I checked into this and confirmed that the AS-1FM model has a 3pc mahogany neck, and the AS1-FR has a 3pc maple neck. Thanks for pointing this out and allowing us to correct our description. There are no weight relief cuts for these models. Glad you like your instrument and thanks for choosing ESP!

Chris M.

How does the "U" neck profile differ from the "Thin U"? I assume its just bigger? More "gibson" like? I love the Thin U, but I also have a PRS with the Wide Fat neck, that is comparable to the thin U, but just feels bigger, which I also like.



Todd B. ESP

Hi Chris, the U shape is a thicker version. About 1-2mm thicker than our Thin U shape. in this case for Alex's guitar, he has a slightly wider neck (43mm) and thickness is 21mm at 1F and 23mm at 12th fret. After paint it could be slightly thicker.

Daniel J.

Dear ESP:

Received my AS-1 yesterday.

Shipping condition?  Beautiful!  The box was in great shape, the staples cut me up a little but you know what?  That's the sign it was protected well in shipping.

I ordered the guitar and a CECFF case to go with it.  I like that someone took the guitar and put it in the case for safer shipping.  One would think that's instinctive and basic, but you'd be surprised.  Thank you.

The 'shroud of Turin' thing around the case inside the shipping box was a nice touch.  Thank you for keeping the case nice.  And, filling in the voids around the case in the shipping box with extra paper, wadded up tightly in the gaps?  You guys in shipping are awesome.

When I opened the case, I swear I could have heard an angel choir.  My AS-1 is beautiful.  Absolutely beautiful.  The flaming on the top in a lemon burst gave me goose bumps.  I asked that the guys who picked this guitar out take their time and be 'picky' and they were.  Thank you.

The case is terrific too.  Fits the guitar like a glove.  I absolutely love how roomy it is around the neck.  There's room for picks, a tuner, a wiping cloth, all the goofy little extras that come in handy.

One other came out of the box just about in-tune, set up perfectly.  I could have opened it up at a gig and played it on the spot.  I've never EVER seen that in a new guitar before.  Its ready to go.  Strings, intonation, neck adjustment were spot-on.

For these things, I cannot compliment ESP enough.  I'm beyond excited to play this guitar live.

I cannot let this commentary go without a few things, however.

First, I own a previous version of an AS-1, in a honey burst.  As beautiful, and playable, and tonally terrific as my new one is, my 3-year old AS-1 is 'beautiful-er'.  Putting one next to the other is a very striking comparison.

Second, I was expecting my new AS-1 to have an 'Alex Skolnick' signature on the front of the headstock.  There is none.  I have been combing the ESP site, and other dealer sites, looking for AS-1's without the signature on the headstock.  I have not been able to come up with any.  That is disappointing.  There is a tiny signature on the back of the headstock.  That's it.  I was hoping that these two guitars would be more identical that way.

Third, the strap button on the lower bout was stripped and loose.  I prefer the double-design straplocks much more so I took the original ones off.  The mounting screw on the upper bout came out perfectly, and went back in perfectly.  Nice and snug.  The lower bout mounting screw about fell out when I started turning it.  I don't want to send the guitar back, so I got out some glue and glued the new mounting screw in place.  Its not going anywhere.

Finally, the pickups are adjusted quite low.  So low that if you jostle the guitar even a little, the neck pickup bounces around in the pocket and it sounded like there were loose parts in the guitar.  After playing it for awhile I finally adjusted the pickups up a turn or two, which put some pressure on the pickup mounting springs and all was solved, but initially its disquieting to shake your guitar and hear stuff banging around in it.  Incidentally, adjusting the pickups up a little makes the guitar sound fantastic.


So in summary, thank you for a beautiful guitar.  I love it.  Its part of my guitar posse, and I'm going to go be loud and proud with it.  I wish it could have been as perfect as the one I bought that was a little older, but they can't all be that incredible.  As great as ESP QC is, there are some things I think they should have caught before it was shipped, but I've discovered them and corrected them to my liking.  I'd rather do that than send the guitar back and wait for a new one.  Yes, I will definitely consider another LTD guitar.  The Ron Wood stuff definitely is on my radar.  Thanks again!


Daniel E. Jansen