Hell no, at least my CS ESP is a lot better than the AL-120 I had. The KRV and RV models were pretty good, I'd say they are comparable with a MIJ Jackson RR24. The AL-120 was like an Alexi-600. I think I've read somewhere that the older Edwards guitars can be either really good or just mediocre. I haven't had the chance to play any of the newer Edwards Alexi-models.