ESP / LTD Guitars
Looking for unmatched quality and affordability with good locks and even better sound? Look no further than ESP/LTD guitars and basses! ESP (Electric Sound Products) makes some of the industry’s finest guitars and basses for all skill sets and levels. Starting back in the mid-1970’s making custom guitars, “Lawsuit” models and replacement parts, ESP has long since established a great name for themselves making guitars for players such as George Lynch, Vernon Reid, Kirk Hammet and James Hetfield of Metallica, Kerry King, Ronnie Wood, Alexi Laiho, Bill Kelliher of Mastodon, Alex Skolnick, Gary Holt, and many others. Initially making a name for themselves making replacement parts for electric guitars in the 80’s, ESP also has been known to make exact replicas of famous guitar makes and models that have landed them a few lawsuits, including James Hetfield’s many different EXP/MX model guitars. Most importantly, ESP/LTD guitars are known for their incredible craftsmanship and quality, as found in the EC-256, EC-256FM, and Phoenix-1000 guitars. Using some of the world’s finest components and resources, they are able to craft guitars that suit players of all styles and needs. Primarily known for heavier music like Hard Rock and Metal, ESP/LTD guitars are also great instruments that suit blues players, jazz players, and country players alike. ESP’s Japanese made instruments are some of the most desired among players for their precision, and overall beauty that they possess. The E-II series of ESP guitars are USA made with the same vision in mind: to make guitars of the finest quality.
Original series and Custom Shop ESPs are handcrafted in Japan while the Standard Series ESPs are factory-made in Japan. In 1996, ESP started its "LTD" series. These guitars are similar to lower-end ESP guitars, but are more affordable and cater mainly for markets outside Japan. The 1000 series LTD guitars are made on an assembly line in Korea whereas the 401 series and below are made in Indonesia. LTD bass guitars are instruments mainly aimed at beginners. The quality from these has led to continued demand for the LTD series. The Eclipse in ESP or EC series in LTD are based on traditional single-cut guitars with two humbuckers and separate volume and tone controls. The Eclipse and EC models have a thinner body and slim neck profile for all out comfortability and lightweight performance. The MH, H, and M models are very much in the vein of “hot-rodded” Super-Strat style guitars with many varying options such as neck thru construction, humbucking pickups, single coil pickups, a blend of both, and many different bridge options like Locking tremolos, fixed bridges and Ever Tune bridges. The TE series take traditional T-Style shapes and hot rodding that platform with many similar options like the M, MH and H series guitars. The Viper series takes the famed double cut design of the early 60’s, tilts it to an offset design and updates some of the performance with a more sculpted neck joint, and better overall design principles. The Electric Sound Products company is one of the industry’s leaders in fine quality instruments!