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ESP Guitars Buying Guide


The Guitars That Defined a Genre

The ESP legend began in the late 1970s, when a Japanese manufacturer of replacement guitar bodies and necks started building instruments for the rock-guitar world. It was in 1985 that guitar-phenom George Lynch teamed up with ESP to design their first signature model — the ESP Kamikaze. Since then, many artists, including Metallica, Gus G., Alexi Laiho, Max Cavalera, and numerous others, have chosen ESP guitars to drive their special brand of music.

Three Distinctive Guitar Lines

ESP guitars are the pinnacle of custom craftsmanship and quality. Made in ESP’s Japanese factory, these guitars are among the world’s best. ESP E-II guitars are made in the same factory as high-end ESPs. They feature premium woods and construction without the big price tag. ESP LTD guitars bring the designs and playability of ESP to a more affordable price point.

ESP’s Most Popular Body Styles


Classic singlecut designs with an ESP twist. A thin “U” neck shape, jumbo frets, and hot-rod pickups mean you’re ready to rock.

Shop Eclipse-II Guitars “


The sleek and contoured design of the Horizon was built for speed. Hot electronics, great looks, and a fast neck give you amazing playability and vibe.

Shop Horizon Guitars “


The classic doublecut design of the Mirage gives you unlimited access to the upper fretboard. Dual humbuckers provide blistering metal tones.

Shop M-II Guitars “

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Signature Series

Many of the biggest rock and metal guitar heroes have played ESP for decades
Now you can own a guitar just like the one they play!

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All Three ESP Lines Are At Sweetwater!


ESP has made custom guitars for some of the biggest names in rock. An exacting eye toward playability and craftsmanship has made ESP Guitars one of the most visible and prevalent guitar brands in rock and metal. Each ESP guitar is still made in Japan. Their commitment to quality is second to none, and their impressive roster of endorsers proves it. From George Lynch to Ron Wood to Gus G., Kirk Hammett, and Alexi Laiho, ESP makes the guitars that today’s guitar heroes use.


Bridging the gap between custom shop and mass production guitars, ESP E-II guitars are premier-quality instruments that offer classic and modern body designs, premium woods, and upgraded electronics. ESP’s commitment to quality and detail ensures that your E-II guitar will give you a great-playing, long-lasting instrument that can stand up to the most ambitious shredding and the most aggressive basslines. For a completely satisfying playing experience, check out ESP E-II guitars.


ESP LTD Guitars was created to bring a more affordable version of the classic designs and quality of ESP Guitars to a new market. The entire LTD line of instruments features premium tonewoods, quality pickups, and solid hardware for a lifetime of use. An exacting eye to detail and quality means that every instrument is ready to rock when it leaves the factory. An impressive list of signature guitars, by some of today’s biggest guitar heroes, shows the popularity and respect held by LTD. If you’re looking for the perfect rock or metal guitar, you need to check out ESP LTD Guitars.


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