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About ESP Guitars
ESP guitars have been one of the top choices for hard rock and metal electric guitars for decades now. With several high profile performers choosing to play ESP, their visibility as a brand is very strong. Thankfully, this is backed up by a famously high level of quality, sound and playability. ESP was founded in Tokyo, Japan. The company has headquarters in Tokyo and Los Angeles and supplies guitars for both Eastern and Western markets. These vary quite wildly in shape and design. Lots of ESP guitar designs are altered and updated take on classics designs. These are re-designed for new generations of guitarists looking for their own new breed of instrument.
The ESP umbrella has a few brands underneath it: ESP Itself, ESP USA, E-II and LTD. ESP guitars are the highest quality production instruments made in Japan. ESP USA is a semi-custom shop located in Hollywood, California. It offers limited options outside of going to a fully-blown custom order. E-II is a newer range of Japanese instruments that bridges the gap between LTD and ESP. LTD is the most affordable and often-seen range of guitars and basses. Their instruments are made in South Korea and Indonesia, depending on the model.
In terms of models, each sub brand uses the same signature shapes like the Horizon, the Viper, the Eclipse and so on. Specifications are tailored more to the harder rock/metal side of things with high output pickups and locking tremolos. The most famous players of ESP guitars include Metallica, Rammstein, Mastodon, Korn, Slayer and the Deftones. This level of endorsement has been instrumental in solidifying the brand's reputation.
At guitarguitar, we cater to a large audience of technical, metal and cutting edge guitarists. This means we keep a large range of ESP and LTD guitars in stock throughout all of our stores. We are one of the UK's largest authorised ESP dealers and we therefore have a fantastic understanding of this wonderful brand. Have a good look at our selection online or visit us in person to test drive your next ESP guitar.