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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 LTD M-1000 EverTune (STBLK)

    LTD MH-1000 EverTune, LTD Deluxe series for professional musicians

    Body: Mahogany, Linden/ Strings: 6/ Fingerboard: Ebony/ Color: Black/ Additionally: Right-handed
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  • Electric guitar LTD Viper 300FM STBLK
    Electric guitar LTD Viper 300FM

    Electric guitar LTD VIPER 300FM, mahogany body with a figured maple topom out, set neck mahogany with rosewood grip, Bore 24.75 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge Tune-O-Matic / tailpiece Stopbar, pickups EMG 81/85, volume / tone / 3-way switch, color: See Thru Black (STBLK), See Thru Black Cherry (STBC)

    Body type: SG/ Body: Linden, Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric guitar LTD PB401 (BLK)

    Electric guitar LTD PB 401, mahogany body, set neck mahogany with rosewood grip, Bore 24.75 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge Tune-O-Matic / tailpiece type Stop Bar, pickups Seymour Duncan SHPR-1 P-Rails (Kit ), volume / tone / 3-way switch / mini switch, color: Black (BLK)

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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    25 200
  • Electric guitar LTD ST213R OW
    Electric guitar LTD ST213R

    Electric guitar, alder body, bolt-on maple neck with rosewood overlay, scale length of 25.5 ", 22 XJ frets, tremolo type Vintage, pickups 3 x ESP LS-120, chrome hardware, color: Seaform Green (SG), Olympic White (OW ) 3 Tone Burst (3TB)

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Bolt-on/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tremolo
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  • Electric Guitar LTD MH327 (BLK)

    This ESP LTD MH-327 electric guitar is a unique specimen with its neck-thru body design 27 frets that let you explore the upper limits of shreddom while the Floyd Rose Special double-locking trem makes it possible to drop your strings to the darkest depths of Mordor. Seymour Duncan Hot Rail and Custom 5 pickups with push-pull coil-splitting provide a host of tonal options.

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Bolt-on/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Floyd Rose
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    25 869
  • Electric Guitar LTD MH300FR-FM (STBCSB)

    The ESP LTD M-300FM Electric Guitar has a mahogany body with a flamed maple top, 25.5" scale maple neck with rosewood fretboard, and 24 extra-jumbo frets.

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Bolt-on/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Floyd Rose
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    18 130
  • Electric Guitar LTD MH417 (BLKS)

    The MH-417 is a monster 7-string metal machine that has all the high-performance features you want, including a neck-thru-body design, Grover tuners, a mahogany body finished in Black Satin, and a fast 3 pc. maple neck with 24-fret rosewood fingerboard. Taking advantage of the extended 7-string range, the MH-417 employs EMG 81-7/707 active pickups.

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Bolt-on/ Strings: 7/ Bridge: Floyd Rose
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    27 598
  • M330R BLK - Black
    Electric Guitar LTD M330R

    The ESP LTD M-330R Electric Guitar adds fun to the mix with a special bridge from Floyd Rose mounted to its well-balanced mahogany body. It has a bolt-on maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, 24 extra-jumbo frets and an extra thin U contour that plays like a dream.

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Bolt-on/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Floyd Rose
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  • Electric guitar LTD H 308 BLKS

    Electric Guitar 8 strings, mahogany body, deep-pasted (set thru) neck maple with rosewood overlay, scale length of 25.5 ", 24 XJ frets, fixed bridge, pickups EMG 808/808, volume / tone / 3-way switch, color : BlackSatin (BLKS)

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 8/ Bridge: Other
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    28 140
  • BCH - Black Cherry
    Electric Guitar LTD H51

    LTD’s H-51 represents a great way for beginning guitarists and players on a budget to get into the power of ESP. Using the body shape made famous by the ESP Horizon model, the H-51 offers more than you expect in an affordable guitar, including passive ESP Designed LH-150 pickups, a comfortable basswood body, a smooth and fast maple neck, and a rosewood fingerboard.

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Poplar/ Mount type: Bolt-on/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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    10 500
  • Electric guitar LTD EC401FM STBLKSB
    Electric guitar LTD EC401FM

    Electric guitar mahogany body with maple top, set neck mahogany with rosewood grip, Bore 24.75 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge Tune-O-Matic / tailpiece type Stop Bar, pickups EMG 81/60, 2 volume / tone / 3 -way switch, Grover tuners, color: SeeThruBlackSunburst (STBLKSB), Black Aqua Sunburst (BLKAQSB)

    Body type: LP (LPS, Les Paul)/ Body: Linden, Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • OW
    Guitar LTD EC401

    Electric LTD EC 401, mahogany body, set neck mahogany with rosewood grip, Bore 24.75 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge Tune-O-Matic / tailpiece type Stop Bar

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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    26 600
  • Dracula
    Electric guitar LTD Bela Lugosi

    Electric guitar LTD Bela Lugosi. Body: Mahogany, Neck: Maple.

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Bolt-on/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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    38 084
  • Electric guitar Slayer 2013

    Electric Slayer 2013 model limited edition graphics Seasons in the Abyss, alder body, maple neck with an overlay of black wood, scale length of 25.5 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge Tuneomatic, string through body, pickups EMG 81/85, 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, color: Black (w / Seasons in the Abyss Graphic)

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Bolt-on/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tyler-designed stoptail bridge
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    34 864
  • Electric guitar LTD AX360 BLK

    Electric guitar, mahogany body, neck through Mahogany with Rosewood, blocks markers frets, scale length of 25.5 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge Tune-o-matic string through the body Pickups 2 x EMG 81, 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, mechanical black nickel color: black (BLK)

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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    28 928
  • Electric guitar LTD Snakebyte SW
    Electric guitar LTD Snakebyte

    Electric guitar, subscription model James Hetfield (Metallica), mahogany body, set neck mahogany with an overlay of black wood, inlaid on the fretboard, scale length of 24.75 ", 22 XJ frets, bridge TonePros Tune-O-Matic, EMG pickups JH SET (HH), 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, black mechanic, locking tuners, color: SW (Snow White), BLK (black)

    Body type: Explorer/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Other
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  • Electric guitar LTD VIPER1000 BLK

    Electric guitar, mahogany body, set neck mahogany with an overlay of black wood, white edging on the neck, inlaid fingerboard flags Bore 24.75 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge, Tone Pros 3TBT, pickups EMG 81/85, locking tuners, 2 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, mechanical black nickel color: black (BLK)

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: TonePros
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    34 410
  • Electric guitar LTD ZH7 STBLKS

    Electric guitar, 7 strings, subscription model Zach Householder (Whitechapel), mahogany body c topom maple, through maple neck with an overlay of black wood, black border Corus and fingerboard, scale length of 25.5 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge TonePros Tune-O -Matic / strings through the body

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 7/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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    42 273
  • Electric guitar LTD MKH 7

    Electric guitar, 7 strings, subscription model Mark Heylmun (Suicide Silence), mahogany body, set neck maple with an overlay of black wood, scale length of 25.5 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge Tune-O-Matic / tailpiece type Stop Bar, pickups EMG 81-7 (B) / 707 (N), 2 volume / tone / 3-way switch, color: BlackSatin (BLKS)

    Body type: LP (LPS, Les Paul)/ Body: Mahogany/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 7/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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    39 568
  • Electric guitar LTD SC607B BLK

    Electric guitar, 7 strings baritone subscription model Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), alder body, through the neck of maple with rosewood overlay, inlay on the fretboard, scale length 27 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge Tune-O-Matic / string through the body Pickups EMG 81-7, 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, chrome mechanics, locking tuners, color: BLK (Black)

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 7/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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    42 273
  • Electric guitar LTD SC608B BLK

    Electric guitar, 8 string baritone subscription model Stephen Carpenter (Deftones), alder body, through the neck of maple with rosewood overlay, inlay on the fretboard, scale length 27 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge Hipshot (fixed), pickups 2 x EMG 808 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, black mechanic locking tuners, color: BLK (black)

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Alder/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 8/ Bridge: Other
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    47 576
  • STBC - See Thru Black Cherry
    Electric Guitar LTD H1001

    This ESP LTD Deluxe H-1001FM electric guitar has a mahogany body with a flamed maple top. It features a set-thru, Thin-U maple neck, with 24 extra-jumbo frets on a rosewood fingerboard.

    Body type: Superstrat/ Body: Linden, Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric guitar LTD H1007 STBLK

    Electric guitar, 7 strings, mahogany body with topom maple, deep pasted (set thru) maple neck with rosewood overlay, white border Corus and fingerboard, scale length of 25.5 ", 24 XJ frets, bridge TonePros Tune-O-Matic / string through body, pickups EMG 81-7 / 707, 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, mechanical black nickel, locking tuners, color: SeeThruBlack (STBLK)

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Linden, Mahogany/ Mount type: Neck through/ Strings: 7/ Bridge: Tune-o-matic
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  • Electric guitar LTD H1007 FR STBLK

    Electric guitar, 7 strings, mahogany body with topom maple, deep pasted (set thru) maple neck with rosewood overlay, white border Corus and fingerboard, scale length of 25.5 ", 24 XJ frets, Floyd Rose tremolo 1000 Series, EMG pickups 81 - 7/707, 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way switch, mechanical black nickel color: SeeThruBlack (STBLK)

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Linden, Mahogany/ Mount type: Set neck/ Strings: 7/ Bridge: Floyd Rose
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    40 194
  • Electric guitar LTD KH 202 BLK

    Electric guitar, subscription model Kirk Hammett (Metallica), the body of lime, screwed neck maple with palisandrvoy plate, scale length of 25.5 ", 24 frets the XJ, tremolo Floyd Rose Special, pickups ESP LH-301 x 2, 2 volume, 1 tone, 3 -x position switch, mechanical black nickel color: black (BLK)

    Body type: Stratocaster/ Body: Poplar/ Mount type: Bolt-on/ Strings: 6/ Bridge: Floyd Rose
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