LTD Xtone PC-1V

Hell-raising hollowbody electric

An all-solidwood semi, with only a bass-side f-hole, the LTD Xtone PC-1V is a fully hollow guitar with a centre-block that runs from the neck joint to the base of the body.

Its stretched, off-set single-cut outline isn't for the faint-hearted - it's one of those guitars that looks way better in playing position than upright - and it's the heavy for a semi-acoustic, which gives it an almost 'solidbody' feel.

"A nice touch is the roller saddles on the tune-o-matic, which makes the licensed Bigsby smooth-actioned"

It's exceptionally well done, though. The inside of the maple top isn't carved, although wood is removed under the top around the f-hole, so the unbound visible edges don't appear over-thick.

It's bound, very cleanly, around the body edges, the fingerboard and the three-a-side headstock; the subtly metallic off-white finish is applied perfectly and a beautiful base for the gold-plated hardware and gold-sprayed pickguard. The black knobs and switch tip tie in with the purfling around the top edge and the dark rosewood 'board, with its large block abalone-centred inlays.

A nice touch is the roller saddles on the tune-o-matic, which makes the licensed Bigsby smooth-actioned, and although we have just standard - and a little sloppy - Grover tuners, it stays in tune very well.

There is a rear control cavity, although the controls, in playing position, are obscured a little by the Bigsby's arm, not least the three-way toggle, which might have been better placed on the expansive upper shoulder.

Sounds

Weighty on the strap, the Xtone feels great - it looks extremely classy, too. There's a thick, more solidbody humbucker voice that sounds less open than your usual hollowbody, but with a righteous snap, it's more blues than jazz.

"This is a dirty rock 'n' roll guitar with immense attitude, especially if you're partial to sonic manipulation"

It likes a little crunch and would benefit from Wilkinson's Vari-coil (the pickups are four-conductor, so that's an easy DIY mod) found on the recently-reviewed Fret-King Black Label Elise 'JE'.

It's a little thicker in the lower mids, leaning towards rockier/indie styles. It's a tough cookie and loves on-the-edge-of-feedback sounds, where as the feedback emerges you can wave the vibrato arm. We knew we shouldn't have kicked in the delay pedal...

This is a dirty rock 'n' roll guitar with immense attitude, especially if you're partial to sonic manipulation.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Exceptional build. Smooth Bigsby action. Great rock 'n' roll tones.

Cons

The offset body will no doubt enrage traditionalists.

Verdict

A fine build and design, which leans on the rockier side of the tone tracks.

Scale Length (mm)

628

Scale Length (Inches)

24.75

No. of Frets

22

Hardware

Tune-o-matic with roller saddles, Bigsby-licensed vibrato, Grover tuners – all gold-plated

Country of Origin

Indonesia

Fingerboard Material

Bound Rosewood

Neck Material

Maple

Pickup Type

2x Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro humbuckers with gold-plated covers

Guitar Body Material

Mahogany Maple

Circuitry Type

3-way toggle selector switch, individual pickup volume and tones

Nut

Black, friction-reducing

Available Finish

Pacific White (reviewed), Amber Cherry Sunburst, Brown Sunburst

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