NAMM 2019 - ESP Guitars
ESP have announced their latest guitar range for NAMM 2019!
There's an exciting mix of all-new signature models made for the likes of Reba Meyers from Code Orange and Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter, as well as updates to fan favourite Eclipse and Arrow models across ESP and ESP LTD line-ups.
ESP 2019: Additions & Updates
ESP continue adding to their ever-growing signature guitar line-up, this time adapting the Viper shape for the exciting Reba Meyers from metal band Code Orange. The legendary Stephen Carpenter also has a striking new axe to show off with its lone humbucker pickup relied upon to deliver all the power.
We’ve also been treated to the likes of a new affordable Anthrax Frank Bello bass, Mastodon riffer Bill Kelliher signature and Exodus/Slayer guitarist Gary Holt’s stunning take on the Eclipse.
They’ve given the E-II and LTD ranges just as much love and attention. E-II guitars are premium instruments built in the ESP Japan factory. These serve up premium specs and brilliant build quality, bridging the gap in price between Deluxe and USA models.
Each year, LTD models take one more step forward in being the unbeatable metal guitars under or around the £1000 mark. ESP have added coil-splitting, set-thru necks and a host of killer finishes into the mix.
ESP at NAMM 2019 on Andertons T.V.
ESP’s E-II series isn’t just in here as a stop-gap. These are brilliant, fully-equipped, pro quality guitars made at the main ESP Japanese factory. You'll get the best of modern specs, from hardware to woods and premium pickups.
One of the most exciting highlights of the new range is the M-II, and ESP have listened to your feedback. They’re fitted with crisp and aggressive-sounding Bare Knuckle Aftermath pickups and the industry-standard Floyd Rose Original trem system for a super modern setup. You'll want one of these if you're going to be at the forefront of modern metal.
Viper models are getting wholesale upgrades. Designed with a set-thru neck construction, Mahogany body, neck and Ebony fingerboard. If that’s not enough, its high-end components include Schaller straplocks, a bone nut, Gotoh locking tuners and TOM bridge and crushing EMG 66/57 with the coil-tap mod.
The ever-popular Eclipse is also getting a pair of EMG 57/66 active pickups with coil splitting for each humbucker. There are some incredible top wood choices too, from sleek solid colours to flamed or quilted Maple.
Several new exciting Arrows have been added to the E-II line-up. ESP are debuting a new non-tremolo version, instead with a Gotoh bridge. As always, they remain extremely light thanks to the Alder body.
Reba Meyers RM-600
The RM-600 looks awesome. It has the playability to match, too, with a Maple neck-thru Mahogany body construction, Ebony fretboard and one EMG 81 pickup ideal for metal distortion. There’s even a kill switch for endless experimentation. This is ESP's first signature guitar for a female player.
Stephen Carpenter SC-607B1H
Along the same lines as the RM-600 is the SC-607b1H with its signature Fishman Fluence pickup. Except this beast is rocking seven strings and a 27” scale length, ideal for down-tuning. Finished in an eye-catching satin purple.
George Lynch GL-200MT
An ESP release wouldn’t look the same without a new George Lynch signature. This ferocious feline utilises a pretty Maple fretboard and Floyd Rose for those divebombs and flutters we know you love. This is a much more affordable version of the original ESP M-1 Tiger. Featuring a bolt-on neck, Basswood body and single ESP-designed pickup.
Frank Bello FBJ-400
The FBJ-400 is a sleek-looking bass, kitted out with ESP pickups suited to thrash metal. Under the LTD name, this is much more affordable than the original Bello signature. Its glow in the dark side markers make this bass look extremely classy and are great for live use on dark stages.
ESP 2019 LTD Series Guitars
ESP LTD are all about delivering top of the line playing experience and design with a genuinely affordable price tag. In particular, the LTD 1000 series, which has long been at the forefront of ESP guitars. These house the majority of the specs of E-II guitars, but are production models made in Korea in order to put them within the reach of most guitarists.
This year, it's all about the return of the Arrow. The Arrow has been added to the LTD Deluxe series for the first time, as well as the niche Black Metal range. The EMG 81/85 pairing sound as aggressive as these guitars look.
You’ll find the likes of neck-thru-body construction, three-piece necks and ebony fingerboards throughout this 2019 update. ESP have even equipped the Arrows with Grover tuners, Floyd Rose bridges and EMG pickups.
The Black Metal range goes in hard with a single pickup, either EMG 81 or Seymour Duncan Black Winter and an all-black aesthetic.
Like on the E-IIs, the LTD Eclipse gets coil-splitting for a huge variety of tones. They’ve also had the chambering treatment in order to reduce weight and improve sustain. Yet another modern update to an incredibly well-priced range.
Across the board, 1000 Deluxe guitars of all body shapes have stunning new Maple tops and Mahogany bodies. The MH-1000HS is more versatile than ever before, thanks to the installation of a single-coil Seymour Duncan Hot Rails in the neck position.
ESP's bass range may not be as popular as its guitar range, but for 2019 they've made a serious push to capture the heart's of bassists everywhere. With a larger LTD lineup that boasts updated AP and B Series basses, for 2019 they have also instroduced the new Stream shape to the LTD catalogue.
The LTD 1000 Series basses are aimed at professionals looking for instruments that provide simply the best playability and tones imaginable. With the Stream 1004 and 1005 basses boasting dual active EMG humbuckers for ultra-thick tones, these basses really make a statement too with their classy tonewoods. Featuring Swamp Ash bodies and 5-piece Maple/Purpleheart necks for meaty tones and bullet-proof reliability respectively, their Solid Burled Maple tops really pop!
ESP's LTD B Series models have also received a makeover. Sporting high-end Nordstrand 'Big Splits' pickups and exotic tops, the most noteworthy additions are the B-1004 and B-1005 multi-scale models. Ensuring a tighter and more playable tension for the lower strings, these ergonomic instruments are suited for the most modern and demanding of bass guitarists.