Review: The ESP LTD Page Hamilton Signature Guitar

Hisatake Shibuya opened a shop called Electric Sound Products (ESP) in Tokyo circa 1975. They provided custom replacement parts for guitars. By 1976, ESP had obtained a reputation for providing high-quality replacement parts. From that point on, ESP began crafting guitars under the ESP and Navigator brand in the Japan. ESP guitar replacement parts were first sold in the USA in 1983. Shortly afterward, ESP began crafting custom instruments for local New York artists.

Off The Rack

My first impressions of the Page Hamilton ESP where that I thought it was an old 80’s guitar put through some serious touring. With its tattered looks and worn finish, I had to find out how it played. After a closer look, I realized that it was a newer ESP signature model. For those of you who don’t know who Page Hamilton is, Page is the vocalist and guitarist for the metal band Helmet. Helmet formed in 1989 in New York. Helmet has had numerous lineup changes, and Hamilton has been the only constant member.

Specs

The Hamilton Signature has a lightweight alder body with a worn magenta or red finish. The axe comes with a 3-piece 25.5” scale maple neck with an ebony fretboard. The Hamilton Signature is set with 24 jumbo frets and a 42mm locking nut. The Floyd Rose 1000 Series tremolo matches the black nickel Grover tuners and hardware. With its single volume and single tone knob connected to a 3-way toggle switch, this gives you easy and quick tone settings. The Hamilton Signature also is factory equipped with DiMarzio pickups including the DiMarzio Air Zone in the bridge.

The Low Down

The ESP LTD Page Hamilton Signature guitar is very comfortable, just like most guitars in its class. What sets this guitar apart from others is the fierce tone. The DiMarzio Air Zone pickups have a fat tone with amazing sustain. The neck pickup is warm and crisp at any volume. The Volume pot is far superior to most guitars in that when it’s turned to a low volume it doesn’t get muddy at all. It has a true volume scale. The bridge tone is aggressive and clean with superb attack even when palm muting. While most locking tremolos are a pain to work, the Floyd rose 1000 was surprisingly smooth to fine tune and has great tension. I really like the worn look on guitars, it gives them personality.

Pros: Great feel, awesome action and monster tone. The 24 frets are always a plus and stays in tune beautifully.

Cons: $999.00 dollar price tag is out of range for many people. Only comes in two colors.

MSRP $999.00

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

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