In fact the more compact scale length does make the LTD feel slightly more conventional when compared with the others, which in turn makes it simpler to keep track of where your fingers are at any one time.
Offering a nicely tight tone overall, the floppy F# string does make defined riffs slightly trickier to control, although with extreme gain settings Zakk Wylde-style bent pinched harmonics do resemble whale song: a good thing.
The neck pickup gives a cool solo tone, the techniques for which are aided by the looser string tension, while the toggle’s central position is great for cleaner passages.
Pros: Shorter and more comfortable scale; floppy string tension feels great…
Cons: …but can cause tuning issues if you hit the strings too hard.
Verdict: A perfectly good 8-string that's an option for those who don't like to struggle to play.