ESP LTD MH-100QMNT Electric Guitar Review

A beginner guitar that has a great range of functionality and looks great aesthetically can take a while to find. After extensive research, I found the ESP LTD MH-100QMNT electric guitar, which is a great example of an instrument that achieves both of these goals so that a performer can be at his or her best.

Things to Consider Before Buying an Electric Guitar

If you are a person that wants to incorporate a stylish guitar into your act, then instruments that are iconic, but plain, like a standard Strat, may not work for your gigs. A good hollow body electric from a good brand will really help your act by capturing a unique look that really matches your music. Brands like ESP, Epiphone, and Dean have several unique guitars that can really set you apart from the band, but don't forget to check the fret count and the tonewoods before making a decision.

The ESP LTD MH-100QMNT Electric Guitar

Design is an important aspect of any performance-grade instrument's design. When I'm performing, I like to have a good looking instrument and the ESP LTD MD-100QMNT has a design that's very attractive. 

Pros

  • It has 24 frets, which is perfect for high notes.
  • Its quilted maple top, which is colored cherry red is beautiful.
  • It has extra jumbo frets for a rounder more pronounced sound.
  • It uses a through the body design for more sustain.
  • The has an angular head stock.

Cons

  • The tuning heads feel a bit cheap.
  • The selector switch is mediocre.
  • The quilted maple body of this guitar might be too reflective for some performers.

Features and Benefits

ESP Pickups

ESP LTD MH-100QMNT Electric Guitar, See Thru Black Cherry

One of the reasons that I really like the sound of this guitar is because of its LH150 passive pickups. These pickups are humbucker-style so that you get a very clean sound when playing through an amp. While these pickups really deliver a great sound for when you want to play metal, you can also play genres like jazz, rock, or pop on this guitar with relative ease. I know that as a professional musician, I have a tendency to replace things on the body of my guitar like the pickups and the selector switches, but for this guitar, the pickups are good enough to play a gig with.

The Look and Feel

The aesthetic design of this guitar is great for anyone looking to add a bit of funk to their act. Quilted maple is one of the guitar designs that simply looks classy. There is no pick guard on this guitar, but I think a pick guard would take away from the looks of this instrument. The body is ultra slick-looking and has a tendency to reflect a lot of light.

Additionally, the headstock of this ESP guitar is very stylish. It has what I would call a shark fin shaping, and it has an angled, almost bladed look to it. The form factor is 6-in-line, so tuning up the guitar will be fairly easy as you won't have to remember to tune the opposite way like you would a 3+3 headstock.

Feel-wise, the guitar fits well. It even has a cut out section along the rear that's good for people with bellies. The neck is very smooth, which is good for performances where you'll be sliding a lot. Additionally, the frets are also jumbo sized, so the tone will be a bit rounder, and you'll have a fairly easy time hitting notes correctly.

Fret Design

This guitar has 24 frets, which is good for those that play metal and need to hit the higher notes during solos. The inlays are pearloid dots with the exception of the 12th fret, which has the model number of the guitar in a rectangular mother of pearl box.

Rating

Design

4

Performance

4

Construction

3.5

Value for the Money

4

User Satisfaction

4.5

Alternatives

ESP LTD F-50 Electric Guitar 

ESP LTD F-50 Electric Guitar

When I first saw this guitar, its aesthetic design really impressed me. For pure style, this instrument has a lot of panache because of its angular-yet-curvaceous body. It also has a candy apple red coloration that would look great at a gig. For an instrument that's a great competitor to the MH-100QMNT, it's relatively inexpensive; in fact, it costs about $100 less than the 100QMNT.

Comparison

ESP LTD F-50

Price:$249.00

Headstock: 3+3

Color: Black Cherry

ESP LTD MH-100QMNT

Price:$349.00

Headstock: 6-in-line

Color: See-thru Black Cherry

Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar

Epiphone SG-Special Electric Guitar

Epiphone is an iconic brand in guitars and the SG Special is a great guitar that doesn't cost a lot. It has a cherry red color that has a lot of style, but it also has a nice jet-black pick guard, which looks attractive as well. It's not as high note-friendly as the ESP guitar since it only has 22 frets, but the fret board on this guitar is smooth and easy to slide with.

Comparison

Epiphone SG-Special

Price: $155.32

Headstock: 3+3

Color: Cherry Red

ESP LTD MH-100QMNT

Price:$349.00

Headstock: 6-in-line

Color: See-thru Black Cherry

L'MS  Vintage Style Electric Guitar With LED Light

L'MS  Vintage Style Electric Guitar With LED Light

For the guitarist that's looking to be noticed, accept no imitations. This L'MS guitar has a Fender-esque design, but it is made of clear acrylic material and is kitted out with LED lights. In fact, the fret inlays are actually LED lights as well. While you might expect the tone to suffer since the body isn't made of a tonewood, it actually has a great level of tonality and is also lighter than many guitars at only 12 pounds.

Comparison

L'MS Electric Guitar

Price: $318.00

Headstock: 6-in-line

Color: Clear Acrylic

ESP LTD MH-100QMNT

Price:$349.00

Headstock: 6-in-line

Color: See-thru Black Cherry

Final Thoughts

Aesthetics are important for any musician that's looking to have an on-stage identity and the ESP LTD MH-100QMNT is a great model of guitar for physical design. Couple this with its excellent tone and its 24-fret design, and you can see why I recommend this guitar to most pro musicians; It's simply elegant and a great gig instrument. 

Stephanie Su
 

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