Built for deft tones
Is this a Stephen Carpenter model?
No, it’s not but it does take LTD’S much-loved Horizon body profile and scale it up for eight-string action. Deftones fans will still love it because there’s plenty of shared DNA with the Carpenter model and the sort of build quality that we’ve grown well accustomed to from LTD.
What type of pickups have we got?
The H-208 comes equipped with two direct-mounted ESP LH-308 humbuckers in the neck and bridge positions. These are high- output passive pickups and are fine but, on balance, if we were to mod this guitar (we know you are thinking this), these would be the first to go – fitting the H-208 with a set of active EMG808 humbuckers would be an obvious choice because it would sound incredible. These are impressive nonetheless.
Wait, this is 2018 – impressive sounds indifferent.
Not at all. It’s already a minor miracle that you can pick up an eight-string from LTD at this price, and impressive is impressive; these pickups are fit for purpose; they can handle plenty of gain and will facilitate all your pinch harmonic needs.
At a Glance
Keyfeatures: Basswoodbody, mapleneck,24jumbofrets,647mm (25.5") scale, rosewood fretboard, 2x Espdesignedlh-308humbuckers,
Contact: Soundservice Espguitars.com