I took a chance on an ESP LTD 4 string last summer, and absolutely love it. So much so that that I got another one in a 5 after getting the itch to try a 5 again. I love the neck profile (thin U) a lot, they are well made with quality components, feel and sound great. This one is 9 and a half pounds, not too bad for a 5 although I have read about some that approached 8. I have not been able to find anything wrong with either LTD I have now. The ESP stock pickups sound great, and I believe there must be very high quality control on LTD's. What can I say, I am an ESP LTD fan! $ to value ratio is off the charts - try one if you get a chance.