This guitar is really comfortable and as well the stock pickups sound good it can really get along with other pickups I got seymour duncans on her , as well the first thing you'll notice if you open is that this guitars are always crafted with lots of detail and the stock electronics I might say are really good ,
For the money, this is hard to beat. This was one of the first guitars I ever had, and the first I ever bought with my own money. I contend that ESP maintains some pretty strong build quality on their lowest-end models, and this thing has held up to over a decade of abuse both on and offstage. I still keep it around and play it on the couch once in a while...it had so many songs in it then and still occasionally gets me inspired.
It may or may not be the best choice in its price range, but it has proven to be an excellent choice for me. Bought it second hand in black finish back when I'd never turn the distortion off; my only issue with this guitar is the rather spiky high-mids and treble it has when playing clean through both stock pickups at once, but with a bit of EQ it's awesome.