LTD H-208

Built for deft tones

Total Guitar - - THE TG TEST -

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,

hard­tail bridge

Fin­ish: Black[as­re­viewed]

Con­tact: Sound­ser­vice Esp­gui­tars.com

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