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NAMM 2014: ESP USA, E-II and LTD New Model Preview

NAMM 2014: ESP USA, E-II and LTD New Model Preview

Jan 11, 2014

ESP have just released images of their new models for 2014. No specs yet, but fun gear pics are better’n nothing! I’ll definitely be stopping by their booth at NAMM.

ESP USA

Remember how ESP is now debuting a USA factory?

ESP USA1 ESP USA2 ESP USA3

They all look very matte finished, which I dig. The new split-flag inlay for the Eclipse is a nice subtle differentiator from the usual Japanese models as well. I’m also digging the HSS layout with old-school ESP hooked headstock on the M-III!

ESP E-II

If you’ve forgotten, E-II is the new ESP Standard line. I did a video with a couple of new E-II guitars towards the end of last year:

And here are some new ones for you!

ESP EII 1

8-string Horizon behemoth!

ESP EII 2

Horizon III now available as an E-II… hmmm. Personally I’ve never liked the Horizon III shape.

ESP EII 3 ESP EII 4

Just like the LTD Elite version that I reviewed for the Game of Thrones clip above… that was kick ass so I can only imagine this will be more so!ESP EII 5

Something more in the PRS wheelhouse here?

ESP EII 6

This looks a little Schecter Japan to me. Not that that’s a bad thing.
ESP EII 7A bit more of a rounded, retro vibe superstrat?

ESP/LTD

Some new signature models, some of which feature both ESP and LTD counterparts, but some guys only get LTDs.

ESP LTD1

Alex Skolnick signature Eclipse – I wonder how the specs will be customised compared to the normal Eclipse.

ESP LTD2

Ben Weinman from the Dillinger Escape Plan gets a nod, based on the LTD Xtone.

ESP LTD3

James Hetfield Iron Cross signature – it’s been awhile since we’ve seen one for Hetfield. Gone are the days when he would get a cool new ESP every year.
ESP LTD4

Jesse Liu signature. Chthonic? In all honesty I have no idea who that is. But it’s a 7 string SV style guitar.ESP LTD5

Something fun for the Kirk Hammett/horror graphic fans.
ESP LTD6

Ken Susi from Unearth gets an interesting looking signature model – what’s going on with that bridge?

ESP LTD7Willie Adler from Lamb of God gets a new signature “Warbird”. The black/gold one looks cool, very distressed pirates gold vibe, but good god the blue/pink one is HIDEOUS!


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