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ESP Company, Limited is a Japanese guitar manufacturer, primarily focused on the production of electric guitars and basses. They are based in both Japan and Los Angeles, California, USA, with two distinct product lines for each respective market. ESP Company manufactures instruments under several names, including "ESP Standard", "ESP Custom Shop", "LTD Guitars and Basses", "Navigator", "Edwards Guitar and Basses" and "Grassroots". Their products range from Japanese-built custom shop instruments to lower end mass-production Korean, Indonesian and Chinese made instruments.

In 1975, Hisatake Shibuya opened a shop called Electric Sound Products (ESP) in Tokyo, which provided custom replacement parts for guitars and quickly gained a reputation for the high-quality of these replacement parts. At this time, ESP also began crafting guitars under the ESP and Navigator brand in the Japanese market. Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones and Akira Takasaki were users of these guitars.

ESP replacement parts were first introduced into the US in 1983 and began crafting custom instruments for local New York artists between 1984 and '85. Among these artists were Page Hamilton (Helmet), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Vinnie Vincent and Bruce Kulick (KISS), and Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones). At this time, ESP also introduced the 400 Series as the first production line to be distributed in the US.

During this same period, ESP began making the bodies and necks for Kramer Guitars and other manufacturers were using ESP as an OEM such as Robin Guitars, Schecter Guitar Research and DiMarzio. Many traits of the Kramer line are still visible including neck construction and body bevels. ESP tooled up for Tom Anderson's shaved bolt on neck heel on the Schecter bodies and this has since become a feature of their house brand.

In 1985, George Lynch discovered ESP while on tour in Tokyo. Lynch walked into an ESP shop looking for a replacement neck and learned that ESP also built custom guitars. As a result, his famous ESP Kamikaze was made and ESP released George Lynch's Kamikaze as its first signature model. ESP soon introduced the M1 Standard, MI Custom, Horizon Custom, and the Surveyor bass into the market.

At this time, ESP based its headquarters in a loft in downtown New York City on 19th Street. In 1989, the headquarters were moved to 48th Street near other famous music stores.

Between 1990 and 1992, ESP expanded its Signature Series as well as its standard product line. The US replacement parts business was discontinued in order to focus solely on their guitar and bass line, as well as the Custom Shop series. There are about 41 signature series guitars.

In 1993, ESP moved its headquarters again but this time to Los Angeles, on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. In 1995, the LTD series was created to produce ESP's high-quality products at a more affordable price. Soon after the introduction of the Korean and Indonesian-made LTD lines, ESP stopped selling the majority of its Japanese made flagship guitars in the United States, due to the high prices involved in exporting to the Americas. The lone exception was ESP's artist signature series, which remained ESP (rather than LTD) models. In the early 2000s, ESP resumed shipping the standard Japanese made lines to the United States (where they are very popular among heavy metal and hard rock players), though at greatly increased prices compared to the early 90s.

Similarly to Ibanez, ESP's chief competitor in Japan, ESP was initially known for making high quality and customized replicas of famous American guitars, including hot rodded Strats and Teles, as well as Gibson Explorers. The Explorer model, (known as the EXP/MX), shot to fame when avid ESP user James Hetfield's band Metallica rose to popularity in the late 80s/early 90s. Models similar to Hetfield's black ESP even today sell for hundreds of dollars beyond the original retail price. However, just like with Ibanez, when the Gibson company realized the extent to which ESP was denting into sales of its own guitars, it filed a suit to prevent sales of these guitars in the Americas. ESP redesigned its lines to be less similar to the American models.

In 2002, ESP was ranked among the music industry's fastest growing companies. This is largely due to the Fender buyout of Jackson Guitars, who ESP had struggled to compete with throughout the 1980s and 1990s. After the buyout, many Jackson endorsers switched over to ESP (this has ignited a feud between players, with Jackson players pointing out that ESP became known for copying popular instruments, including Jackson's Soloist and Gibson's Explorer models famously used by Jeff Hanneman, James Hetfield respectively, while ESP players cite the Fender buyout as casting a shadow on Jackson's metal image and hail ESP as the new king).[citation needed] Some of these artists who left Jackson for ESP included Dave Mustaine (Megadeth, now using Dean Guitars, who at one point had expressed interest in buying out Jackson himself), as well as Adam Darski (Behemoth), Alexi Laiho and Roope Latvala (Children of Bodom), Jeff Hanneman (Slayer), Galder and Silenoz (Dimmu Borgir).

ESP introduced its Xtone line, beginning with the semi-hollow Paramount Series. In 2005, ESP celebrated its 30th Anniversary and released James Hetfield's "Truckster" into its Signature Series. In 2006, ESP showcased 22 of its newest Signature Series and Standard Series models at Winter NAMM 2006. The Standard Series included such famous models as the ESP LTD EC-500 and the ESP LTD B-500. Among the signature artists showcasing their newest ESP models and signing autographs at the ESP booth were Dave Mustaine, George Lynch, Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), Michael Wilton and Page Hamilton.

As of March 2015, ESP began distributing Takamine Guitars in the United States.

ESP found fame by making and endorsing guitars for guitarists who went on to become leading exponents of thrash metal in the 1980s, along with other guitar manufacturers Jackson and Dean, with bands Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth. As a result of these endorsements, ESP has become one of the most popular suppliers of guitars for heavy metal. ESP instruments are endorsed by musicians numbering in the hundreds. A complete list of them can be found on the Artists section of ESP Guitars' website.

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  • Electric Guitar ESP Viper7

    The ESP Guitars VIPER 7-String Electric Guitar, Black. Rocking SG style electric with a set neck, powerful active EMG pickups and pro hardware.

    Body type: SG/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 7/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric Guitar ESP M II/M SD

    Scale: 648 mm. Body: alder. Neck: maple. Fingerboard: maple. Inlay: points, the label ESP on the 12th fret. Frets: 24 XJ. Tuning Pegs: Gotoh. Bridge: Floyd Rose Original. Control knobs: volume/3-way switch. Color: Black.

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Bolt-on/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Floyd Rose
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  • Electric Guitar ESP Viper

    Construction: Set-Neck. Scale: 24.75". Body: Mahogany. Body type: SG. Neck: Mahogany. Fingerboard: Ebony. Frets/Type: 24 XJ. Bridge: Gotoh Tune-O-Matic.

    Body type: SG/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric Guitar ESP F STD S

    Body: mahogany. Scale: 25.5". Neck: Maple. Fingerboard: ebony. Inlay: Sanskrit logo at the 12th fret. Bridge: Gotoh Tune-O-Matic / tailpiece type Stop Bar. Pickups: EMG 60 near the fingerboard, EMG 81 near the bridge. Frets: 24 XJ. Tuning pegs: Sperzel locking. Controls: 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch. Color: Black (BKS)

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric Guitar ESP HEX6

    Body: mahogany. Scale: 25,5". Neck: mahogany. Type of construction: set neck. Fingerboard: ebony. Bridge: Tune-o-Matic Gotoh/ strings through body Pickups: EMG 81 (b) EMG 81 (n). Frets: 24 XJ. Tuning Pegs: Sperzel. Controls: Volume / 3-way switch. Color: Natural.

    Body type: Flying V/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric guitar ESP SV STD BK

    Solid Body Electric Guitar, Standard series, Gloss Black finish, ESP hardshell case included.

    Body type: Flying V/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Floyd Rose
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    54 390
  • Electric guitar ESP SV STD SV

    Electric guitar, Copus of alder, maple neck-through with the loser of ebony, scale length of 25.5 ", 24 XJ frets, tremolo Floyd Rose Original, pickups EMG 81/81, 1 volume, 3-way switch, chrome mechanics, Gotoh tuners color: SW (SnowWhite w / black stripes)

    Body type: RR (Randy Roads)/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Floyd Rose
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    54 390
  • Electric guitar ESP EC-II DB/M SW
    Electric guitar ESP EC-II DB

    Electric guitar, mahogany body with an overlay of maple set neck mahogany with an overlay of maple, scale length 24.75 ", 22 XJ frets Bridge Gotoh Tune-O-Matic / tailpiece type Stop Bar, EMG pickups 81 (b), EMG 60 (n), tuners Gotoh Magnum Lock, 2 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, black.

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Linden, Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric guitar 7 strings baritone ESP STEF B7, the subscription model of Stephen Carpenter (Deftones)

    Electric guitar 7 strings baritone ESP STEF B7, the subscription model of Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), alder body, through the neck of maple with an overlay of ebony, curly border fretboard, scale length 27 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge TonePros Tuneomatic / strings through the body, pickups 2 x EMG 81-7, 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, color: Black (BK

    Strings: 7/ Bridge: TonePros/ Pickups Set: 2 x Hambucker/
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  • Electric Guitar ESP Eclipse I

    Body: mahogany with maple top. Scale: 24,75". Neck: mahogany. Fingerboard: Rosewood. Bridge: Gotoh Tune-O-Matic / tailpiece type Stop Bar. Pickups: Seymour Duncan APH-1 Alnico II Pro set. Frets: 22 XJ. Tuning pegs: Gotoh Magnum Lock locking. Controls: 2 volume / 2 tone (with switch type push-pull) / 3-way switch. Color: Dark Brown Sunburst (DBSB).

    Body type: LP (LPS, Les Paul)/ Body: Linden, Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric guitar 7 strings ESP HORIZON FR-7

    Electric guitar 7 strings ESP HORIZON FR-7, alder body, through maple neck with an overlay of black wood, scale length of 25.5 ", 24 XJ frets, tremolo Floyd Rose Original 7, EMG pickups 707 Kit, pegs Gotoh, volume / tone / 3 -way switch color: Black (BK)

    Strings: 7/ Bridge: Floyd Rose/ Pickups Set: 2 x Hambucker/
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  • Electric guitar ESP KH-2 Bolt-on Custom Shop, signature model Kirk Hammett (Metallica)

    Construction: Neck bolts. Scale: 25.5". Body: alder. Neck: maple. Fingerboard: rosewood. Inlay: Skull and bones. Configuration of neck: Extra Thin U. Frets: 24 XJ frets. Bridge: Floyd Rose Original. Pickups: EMG 81/60. Tuning Pegs: Gotoh. Controls: 2 volume / 1 tone / 3-way switch. Color: BK (Black).

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Bolt-on/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Floyd Rose
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  • Electric Guitar ESP KH2 NeckThru Custom Shop

    Construction: neck-through. Scale: 25.5". Body: alder. Neck: maple. Fingerboard: rosewood. Configuration of neck: Extra Thin U. Frets: 24 XJ. Tuning Pegs: Gotoh. Bridge: Floyd Rose Original. Pickups: EMG 81 / 60. Controls: 2 volume / 1 tone / 3-way switch. Color: BK (Black).

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Floyd Rose
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  • Electric Guitar ESP M-II M SD SW

    ESP E-II M-II/M SD SW Electric guitar in Snow White, from the ESP E-II M Series. Made in Japan by ESP's highly skilled craftsmen, of high grade woods and parts, in a precise manufacturing quality and with an excellent tone and playability ESP instruments are famous for.

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Bolt-on/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Floyd Rose
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    47 922
  • Electric Guitar ESP TB7 BKS

    Electric guitar, 7-string baritone. Type of construction: neck-thru. Body: Alder. Scale: 27". Neck: Maple, 3 piece. Fingerboard: ebony. Bridge: TonePros 7 Tune-O-Matic / strings through body. Pickups: EMG 81-7 / 707. Frets: 24 XJ. Tuning pegs: Sperzel locking. Controls: Volume / tone / 3-way switch. Color: Black Satin (BKS).

    Body type: Telecaster/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 7/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric Guitar ESP Horizon NTII STBK
    Electric Guitar ESP Horizon NTII

    ESP E-II Horizon NT-II STBC, from the ESP E-II Horizon Series. Made in Japan by highly qualified and experienced specialists of ESP, when using high-quality tone woods and hardware, in a precise and quality with excellent sound and playability, instruments are known for the ESP.

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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    49 098
  • Electric Guitar ESP HRF NT BKS

    For when down-tuning just won't go low enough, there's the ESP E-II HRF NT-8B - eight strings of spine-melting possibilities. It sports an alder body with a neck-thru maple neck, 27" scale and 24 extra-jumbo frets on an ebony fingerboard on a thin U neck. 

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric Guitar ESP HRF NT7B BKS

    Electric guitar 7-string baritone, alder body, through the neck of maple with an overlay of black wood, edging neck and body, blocks markers frets, scale length 27 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge TonePros 7 Tune-O-Matic / String through body , pickups Seymour Duncan AHB-1-7 Phase 2 Blackouts (HH), tuners Gotoh Magnum Lock, 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, black mechanic, color: BKS (black Satin)

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 7/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric Guitar ESP HRF NT8B BK

    Electric, 8-string baritone, alder body, maple neck-through with an overlay of black wood, edging neck and body, blocks markers frets, scale length 27 ", 24 XJ frets, Hipshot bridge 8, pickups Seymour Duncan AHB-1-8 Phase 2 Blackouts (HH), tuners Gotoh Magnum Lock, 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, black mechanic, color: BKS (black Satin)

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 8/ Bridge: TonePros, Other
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  • Electric Guitar ESP HRF NTII RDB
    Electric Guitar ESP HRF NTII

    Electric guitar, mahogany body with topom of quilted maple through-neck maple with an overlay of black wood, edging neck and body, scale length 25 ", 24 XJ frets Bridge Gotoh Tune-O-Matic / string through the body Pickups Seymour Duncan the AHB-1 Blackouts (HH), tuners Gotoh Magnum Lock, 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, black mechanic.

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Floyd Rose, Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric guitar ESP Horizon FR SW

    Electric guitar, ash body, maple neck-through with an overlay of black wood, scale length of 25.5 ", 24 XJ frets, tremolo Original Floyd Rose, pickups Seymour Duncan TB-4 / SH-1n, Gotoh tuners, volume 1 (with switch-type push- push), 1 tone, 3-way switch, color: Snow White (SW)

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Ash/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Floyd Rose
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  • Electric guitar ESP Horizon NT EMG BK

    Electric guitar, alder body, maple neck-through with an overlay of black wood, scale length of 25.5 ", 24 XJ frets Bridge Gotoh Tuneomatic, string through body, pickups EMG 81/60, tuners Gotoh Magnum Lock, 1 volume, 1 tone, 3- position switch, color: Black (BK)

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric guitar ESP EC-I CTM FT GBK

    Electric guitar, mahogany body with maple topom (thickness 55mm body), set neck mahogany with an overlay of black wood, Bore 24.75 ", 22 XJ frets Bridge Gotoh Tune-O-Matic / tailpiece type Stop Bar, EMG pickups 81 (b), EMG 60 (n), tuners Gotoh Magnum Lock, 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch, gold plated mechanics, head neck and body contouring border, color: Gloss Black (GBK)

    Body type: LP (LPS, Les Paul)/ Body: Linden, Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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    51 744
  • Electric guitar ESP EC-II QM RDB
    Electric guitar ESP EC-II QM

    Electric guitar, mahogany body with a lining of quilted maple set neck mahogany with Rosewood, Bore 24.75 ", 22 XJ frets Bridge Gotoh Tuneomatic, EMG pickups 81 (br) / 60 (n), tuners Gotoh Magnum Lock 2 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch.

    Body type: LP (LPS, Les Paul)/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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    52 450
  • Bass Guitar ESP BTL STD5

    A very beautiful and ergonomic 5-string bass from the Export Series by ESP, with absolutely professional features and an outstanding price-quality relation.

    Body: Alder/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 5/ Bridge: Vintage/ Neck: Maple
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    51 173
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