Nothing you guys haven't seen before an LTD M-17. Money is tight and will be for a while so I figured my best bet was to sell some gear I don't use and get a seven I can upgrade later on. I read many threads here and this may be helpful for some people in my position. I hit guitar center and tried the RG7321, a Jackson dinky, and of course the M-17. I also considered a douglas but ended up too apprehensive about buying a guitar I didn't try first even though they look cool, and are dirt cheap, also a 7 Bari was appealing but decided not to roll the dice. Honestly I have neve been into ESP or LTD, I have played ibanez for ten years you could call me an ibanez afficianado. I played the RG7321 and just wasn't feeling it. The feel of it was good, nice neck, of course for the price the pick ups are not going to wow you. I had a hard time dialing a decent tone. The Jackson for me didn't feel right and sound right. The LTD surprised me I love the neck if I am going to have a plain black I like it matte no gloss. It's a chunkier neck the body feels nice and the pick ups....I can get a decent tone but I am not playing live. I can get a decent clean sound on my Roland microcube and with the metal zone I dial way back on high and mids. The pick ups are nasally and high so I dial back the tone a little and mid and highs and the sounds decent. I am confident I can spruce it up on my interface too. Here's my opinion not that it matters on these guitars. Just because I chose the LTD it doesn't mean it's better then the Jackson or ibanez. I advise anyone tight on money or looking for a guitar to hot rod to try all of these out they are the same league but have differences. As I said I am an ibanez guy but I just got better tones and for some reason just liked the thicker neck of the LTD maybe after ten years I am feeling change. Many people claim they can get better tones out of the Jackson or ibanez which leads me to believe it depends on the players preference. When it comes to these guitars don't expect a Cadillac to cruise in. Think of these guitars more like honda civics if you leave then as is they will get you were you need and not break your wallet. Or you can hot rod into a street racer and throw some nice rims on there and even out run a Cadillac. I plan eventually to swap pick ups in the future but have to wait. I will budget my future pick ups to be 80 so $280 will get me an ideal guitar that will sound like 600-800. It feels good to finally have a seven, I feel like now I am officially a member of this fine community.