ESP Snapper-CTM
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ESP Snapper-CTM

Snapper-CTM, Chitarra Corpo tipo Stratocaster from ESP in the Snapper series.

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Hatsubai 16/08/2011

ESP Snapper-CTM : Recensione di Hatsubai (content in English)

"Maple top version"
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The Snapper CTM is another version of the Snapper. However, this one has a quilted maple top instead of the regular pure alder body. It helps shift the high end and give the guitar some more detail in all frequencies. The guitar features an alder body with a maple top, a maple neck with a maple fretboard, 24 jumbo frets, dot inlays with a name on the 12th fret, a vintage style tremolo, HSS configuration, one volume, one tone, a coil split switch and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

The first thing you notice is that this guitar absolutely pops. The quilted maple top on this just looks amazing, and it's finished perfectly. The frets on this were completely level. I didn't experience any issues with fretting out, even with super low action. The nut was also properly cut, so no issues there. The bridge on this is a vintage style tremolo, but they also have floyd versions for those of you who prefer the floyd rose models. It was really almost perfect in every way, although I actually prefer the floyd model.

SOUNDS

The guitar came with ESP Custom Lab pickups. These pickups are very high quality pickups, and they sound great. The bridge itself is like an organic JB clone. It had the clarity and sparkle the JB has, but it wasn't nearly as harsh as the JB tends to get. The middle and neck pickups were similar to the old school hot Seymour Duncan singles that I have in some of my other guitars. They get an awesome quack in the in-between positions, and the neck just screams when it's alone. The coil tap switch on this also adds some extra versatility to help make this one crazy guitar.

OVERALL OPINION

I prefer the CTM model to the normal Snapper, but they're both great. I'm just a sucker for those fancy tops, and I also like the top end that maple tends to bring to the table. It adds a bit more character than a normal body. The guitar is put together great, and if you happen to find one, I recommend buying it.