NGD: ESP LTD BS-7 (Ben Savage Whitechapel Sig)

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NGD: ESP LTD BS-7 (Ben Savage Whitechapel Sig)

Post by jackfiltraition » Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:45 am

Hey Guys.

So, this is a slightly belated NGD, but worth it none the less.

I popped in on Wednesday and took one of the new ESP LTD BS-7's off of Shane's hands. It's one of three brand new ESP LTD signature seven string models for the guitarists in Deathcore band Whitechapel, the other two being the AW-7 and the ZH-7. It really has been an awesome year for ESP LTD seven strings hasn't it? A few definitely made my bucket list.

This guitar was immediately attractive to me, not so much for the whole "Whitechapel Signature" thing or even the breath taking finish, but the amazing specs. With the exception of the body wood combo, this guitar is everything I've been looking for in a main seven string workhorse and it was only a couple of days after seeing that it had arrived at B Music, that I knew I needed it. Those couple of days mostly consisted of my usual pre-new-axe-process, you know, the one where you plan your future as a poor man with a really nice guitar. :lol: In all seriousness, considering the amazing build quality and it's impressive list of specifications, the price tag is very fair and much more affordable then other guitars that boast not even half of what the savage has going for it.

SPECS: Neck-Thru Construction
25.5” Scale
Alder Body with a Flamed Maple Top
Unfinished Maple Neck
Maple Fingerboard
48mm Locking Nut
Thin U Shaped Neck
24 X Jumbo Frets
ESP Locking Machine Heads
Floyd Rose 1000 Series Bridge
Dimarzio Crunch Lab 7 Bridge & Liquifire 7 Neck pickups
1 volume knob, 3 way switch
See-thru Black finish
I have not been able to find info on the fret board radius, but it feels quite flat and modern, I'd say around 10-12".

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I headed to band practice pretty much immediately after picking this beauty up so I was able to give it solid test run. Although I use slightly thicker strings then they typically put on a guitar straight out factory and the bridge is siting a little high, it felt great and I could have played a gig straight out of the box.

The low profile of a Floyd Rose is a pretty familiar to me and always feels just right, coming from a cheaper floating trem system has made me really appreciative of the floyds sturdy design and having fine tuners that don't jam up after two winds. The thin U shape neck feels very comfy, it's modern without being painfully flat and plays super smooth plus unfinished necks look really cool, I hear chicks dig unfinished necks... but don't quote me on that. :P I don't have a lot of experience with the alder/ flame maple combo, but have heard good things from friends and was impressed when I played it in the store a few days prior to buying it. So far, I dig it! The alder is very balanced and has an aggressive low end and prominent mid range which makes the palm mutes really roar, while the maple seems to add some presence to the high end and complexity to the overall tone. I am really digging the Dimarzio Crunch Lab 7 in the bridge, but am undecided on the Liquifire in the neck, but I'll see how much I can get out of it once I set the guitar up, get my brand and gauge of strings on her and tweek some of my tones.

It only took 1 band practice to make me realize I was correct in assuming that this guitar would play like butter and fit like a glove and I could not be happier with my decision to adopt it into my family. Cheers to Shane for the solid gear nerd out convo. :) I shall be back.
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Re: NGD: ESP LTD BS-7 (Ben Savage Whitechapel Sig)

Post by guitarsatbmusic » Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:43 am

Superb review mate, I see a long future for you both together :D
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Post by jackfiltraition » Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:28 am

Cheers Shane :D
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Re: NGD: ESP LTD BS-7 (Ben Savage Whitechapel Sig)

Post by VVolverin3 » Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:02 pm

Beautiful man. No other word for it.

Normally I'm a one track minded metal head kinda guy that loves ebony fretboards, but the clean maple board paired with the stained flamed maple looks so fantastic. Congrats! :D
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Re: NGD: ESP LTD BS-7 (Ben Savage Whitechapel Sig)

Post by jackfiltraition » Fri Sep 07, 2012 1:36 pm

Thank ya kindly sir :D
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Post by ShockMe.au » Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:10 pm

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Post by indra13 » Sun Sep 09, 2012 7:56 pm

Dayum! Great guitar mate, congrats!

Not a big fan of Whitechapel, but the man's got good taste.
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Re: NGD: ESP LTD BS-7 (Ben Savage Whitechapel Sig)

Post by jackfiltraition » Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:03 am

Haha. Thanks man. Yeah, my mate and I said the exact same thing about it when we first checked it out :D
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Re: NGD: ESP LTD BS-7 (Ben Savage Whitechapel Sig)

Post by Chris_casket » Mon Sep 10, 2012 6:05 pm

In depth review! Sweet guitar look forward to jamming on it again!

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Re: NGD: ESP LTD BS-7 (Ben Savage Whitechapel Sig)

Post by jackfiltraition » Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:46 pm

<3 <3 Will see you boys at practice if you're jamming. Come have a more solid play of 'er so I can froth over your laboga... that does not sound right at all when taken out of context haha. Am putting off setting her up until I can get a my mate to chisel the nut for 10-60's, but still playing awesomely.
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Re: NGD: ESP LTD BS-7 (Ben Savage Whitechapel Sig)

Post by esp_eraser » Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:10 pm

Very nice looking guitar :) hope it serves you many years of good playing

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