ESP Kamikaze-1
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ESP Kamikaze-1

Kamikaze-1, ST モデル from ESP in the George Lynch series.

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Hatsubai 09/06/2011

ESP Kamikaze-1 : Hatsubai のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

"The most popular Lynch guitar"
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George Lynch has been a long time user of ESP guitars. In fact, he's been the one "western" guitarist who has helped promote them into the company that they are now. His guitars are always on the "80s" side of things, and this is probably his most famous model. At least in my eyes. The guitar features a maple body, a maple neck with an ebony fretboard, 22 extra jumbo frets, dot inlays, an Original Floyd Rose, one humbucker, one single coil, a volume knob that doubles as a pickup selector via push/pull function.

UTILIZATION

The build quality on this is top notch. The first thing that you notice is how nice the graphic is on this. It's painted perfectly, and there are no issues with odd blemishes or runs at all. The kanji and photograph are also a very nice touch. The fretwork on this is great, and I was able to get some super low action without any issues. The guitar itself was a bit heavy, but that's to be expected since the body is made out of maple instead of a normal wood such as alder or mahogany. It even has an original floyd rose, which I believe is one of the best floyds on the market.

SOUNDS

The pickups in this are a bit odd. The bridge pickup is a Seymour Duncan Screamin' Demon. However, the pickup is exactly the opposite of what the name sounds like. You'd expect it to be some super high output pickup, but it's actually a fairly low output pickup. It's kinda like a 59 lite. The pickup sounds like an underwound 59, and I find that it doesn't quite suit the guitar that well. The neck pickup is a standard ESP single coil, and it doesn't really bring anything amazing to the table.

OVERALL OPINION

The guitar is awesome, but I really wish it came with different pickups. Given that the guitar itself is all maple with an ebony fretboard, it's going to be fairly bright. You'll need to choose the appropriate pickups for something of this nature, and I would probably go with something from the DiMarzio line, or maybe even a Bareknuckle Warpig or something. Build quality and everything else is top notch, though.