ESP Tombstone Review – Acoustic Electric Guitars That Rock

Product: ESP Tombstone Review
Price: $641.00 (retail)
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My Rating: 4 of 5 Starz



 Tombstone J-430E NAT Acoustic Guitar, Product Overview

Set-Neck Construction
25.5” Scale
Mahogany Neck
Rosewood Body
Sitka Spruce Top
Rosewood Fingerboardmusic-art
Thin U Neck Contour
Jumbo Frets
Gold Hardware
LTD Tuners
Fishman Sonicore
Onboard Tuner
Rosewood Bridge w/Graphtech Nubone Saddle

When talking guitars you can’t leave ESP out of the equation, as they have been building the ultimate in Rock guitars for years now.

For those of us who own these guitars know the quality of these instruments. From day one they have built custom guitars right off the line.

A few years ago they released a Signature Series Tombstone GL-J2E for George Lynch with great amazonsuccess.
ESP Guitars unveils at NAMM 2015 its new line of Tombstone Acoustic Electric Guitars.

For us players that like a jumbo size acoustic guitar, the J-430E NAT is going to be a perfect fit for us.
The Tombstone J-430E NAT comes in a High Gloss Finish with Fishman lsys+ preamp.

Because of the neck design when your playing these acoustic guitars it feels as though your playing an electric guitar with an acoustic sound.

Quality Thats Playable Doesn’t Have to Cost

From the beginning ESP Guitars has been making affordable quality guitars for everyone. In every build you get the quality of a higher end guitar at a very affordable cost.

I can remember when playing an affordable guitar meant that you had to put up with a lot of acoustic-guitar-playerloss of quality.But not the Tombstone line, you can hear the quality.

Tombstone offers all their customers quality that is usually associated with more expensive acoustic guitars.

With you in mind you get a good sounding acoustic guitar.


Product: Ovation Celebrity Elite Plus, Review
Price: $749.50 (retail)
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My Rating: 2 of 5 Starz



Ovation Celebrity Elite Plus, Product Overview

Body Finish: Gloss
Bracing: Quartersawn Scalloped X
Body Back: Lyrachord
Scale: 25.25
Fingerboard: Rosewoodmusic-art-2
Fingerboard Radius: 10”
Number of Frets: 20
Special Electronics: OP-4BT with Ovation SlimLine Pickup
Tuners: Gold Die-Cast
Strings: D’Addario EXP11 Coated 80/20 Bronze Light Acoustic

Back in 1966 Charles Kaman introduced to the acoustic guitar industry his space age design for acoustic guitars.

The Ovation came with a composite-body or rounded backend. And so was released the amazonBalladeer model.
For those that don’t know Charles Kaman he was an engineer from the aeronautics industry.

Using this technology he created a great sounding acoustic guitar. Which attracted many guitarists of the day.
One of which was Glen Campbell as well as a host of others that followed him.

Today Ovation still builds its high end Adamas model acoustic here in US at its New Hartford Factory.

Some Final Thoughts

jack-blackIn 2011 to make these guitars more affordable to the players in the market Ovation introduced the Elite models.

These were built over in the Asian factories, that way they would be able to fill a void where by making these guitars more affordable to those who wanted acoustics on a budget.

For the most part Ovation has done exactly that for many players it is a good thing. But we did loose quality in that move.

I own an Adamas (higher end) and that guitar is an impressive sounding guitar, tonality is good and it plays easy.

My son wanted to play guitar and he wanted an Ovation so I got him the Ovation Celebrity Elite Plus.
After playing it,I can tell you that this acoustic guitar is not anything like my Adamas. The only commonality it has is name.

So I think they failed in trying to build a cost effective acoustic guitar especially when they compromised the quality so much.


Ovation Celebrity Elite                                                                ESP Tombstone J-430E NAT


In my humble opinion whether your a beginner or an advanced player, you could do far worse than with any of these two acoustic guitars.

Quality can mean a whole lot of things to different people but in the end its playability and tonality that count the most. The quality of tone and sound you can hear for yourself.

And to that end I have to give it to the gods of rock guitars ESP and their new Tombstone J-430E NAT Acoustic Electric Guitar.

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12 thoughts on “ESP Tombstone Review – Acoustic Electric Guitars That Rock

    1. Markus Post author

      I’m glad you could use the info.I know from my experience its always been a wise thing to go and find some reviews. I would go one step further and if you can find one of these guitars in the Music stores, is go play it first. As with anything and acoustic guitars are no different, just do your due diligence.Thanks for stopping by an will see you the next time.
      Thanks 🙂

  1. Daniel

    Hey great post, I come from a small town in Mexico called Paracho, this small town is known as one of the world capitals of guitar manufacturing, so I learned a little about guitars, and you have great info on this post!!

    1. Markus Post author

      Hey Daniel, wow its not often I have someone who knows who Paracho Guitars are! I had a friend who owned an El Paso model.He’s had it for some time now, and I know he would never part with it.
      I got to play it a few times and I could see why its his favorite acoustic.Beautiful guitar and the inlay was very nice. Quality no doubt. Glad you came by and come see us again.
      Thanks 🙂

  2. Adam

    My friend used to own the ovation celebrity elite and he was not very satisfied. This is a good post that recommends a superior alternative.

    1. Markus Post author

      Thanks for stopping in Adam, I have a Ovation Adamas model and that is still made here in the US. I’ve played the Celebrity Elite as many others have an found it lacking in all aspects.
      It seems that when they outsourced the lower end acoustics ( to be more cost effective) they also lost the quality they once had in those models.
      All across this great planet there are many great Luthiers so I don’t know why we’ve lost so much quality. For these two guitars that are close in the same price range, ESP Tombstone is the way to go hands down.
      Adam come back and see me.
      Thanks 🙂

  3. Andre

    My first time here, and I love your Website.
    I want to replace my old Vantage, and always wanted to get an Ovation.
    Because of Your review, I will consider ESP now, and will go try one this Weekend! :o)
    Long life to your Website!

    1. Markus Post author

      Well Andre there’s a first time for everything, just don’t make it your last.:) I’m glad you showed up.
      I believe if you take a look at this ESP Tombstone guitar your gonna like the way it plays better than the Ovation Elite.
      It would be nice to get your option after you’ve had it awhile. Let me know what you think as I know that for me it is a better playing guitar.
      Come back and see me soon.
      Thanks 🙂

  4. Theo

    As a guitarist who has an addiction for buying guitars I should not have come here. Now I can’t stop thinking about how much I want to play that ESP Tombstone. Great reviews though!

    1. Markus Post author

      Oh boy! Theo you and I have the same addiction.Putting that aside though lol. ESP’s Tombstone is a good quality guitar.
      It also sounds really good, just check out the review as I left a link where you could listen to it.
      I sure you’ll agree that it does, but then again we expect nothing less than the quality that the gods of rock guitars at ESP build in their other models of guitars.
      Theo you come back and see us and whats here for guys like you and I.
      Thanks 🙂

  5. Gabe

    I actually talked with a representative at ESP today and he told me that since they are now partners with Takamine, the only way to get these would be from an international vendor. Still didn’t stop me from ordering the A-430E today. Only downside is the two to five week wait for it.

    1. Markus Post author

      Hey Gabe so good of you to check in. Your going to love that acoustic guitar. I’ve talk to several people since the release of the new model, and they can’t believe how much it feels like an electric guitar.
      All good things are worth waiting for, when you get the guitar come back an give us your report. I for one look forward to it. Happy picking
      Thanks 🙂


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