ESP Guitar Company, Inc

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The ESP Guitar Company (Electric Sound Products), located in North Hollywood, California, is a prominent manufacturer of electric guitars and basses.

The company was created by Hisatake Shibuya in 1975 as a chain of music retail stores in Japan. In 1983, ESP started making replacement parts and started making hand-made custom guitars in 1985. In 1986, ESP opened an office in New York City to make custom guitars for American players. In 1996, ESP started a new brand, the LTD. The LTD guitars are similar to ESP guitars and more affordable. According to ESP, LTDs are made on an assembly line in Korea from cheaper materials than ESPs, which are handcrafted in Japan. They still provide the optional custom service which made them in the first place.

ESP found fame by providing guitars for guitarists who went on to become leading exponents of thrash metal music in the 1980s, most famously to Metallica. As a result of these endorsements, ESP has gone on to become one of the largest suppliers of guitars for use in heavy music.

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Re: (Sell)ESP JH-2 new product

: : : : Dude I need this guitar. I've been dreaming about it since the first time I saw it, please E-mail me the price of the legendary JH-2 guitar so I can see if I can buy it.

Re: (Sell)ESP JH-2 new product

: how much do you want for it (JH-2)

I WANT THIS GUITAR . PLEASE GET BACK TO ME

read for ken lawrence info

this is the first time i have come across this forum and noticed that some of you have questions about james' ken lawrence explorer. it was built for james by a man named ken lawrence, hence the name "ken lawrence explorer." ken lawrence is a bass guitar player and a very experienced and excelent wood-worker. he makes about 15 basses a year for some of the most respected bass players in the world. the price of his standard basses go up to and over $5000. i doubt that many of you (and me) can afford a custom guitar made by him, since his schedule is quite full with making basses. 15+ hand made guitars a yr is a pretty rigorous schedule. of course if u had the money (james and ken have never mentioned the price of the guitar, although i have seen prices on his other works, a guess-timate would be around 8k+, but i doubt that he would charge james that amount after reading an interview with ken about it) and patience (to wait for a custom guitar when many of his costumers are well known pros) u could get one. the guitar resembles many of ken's basses, not in body shape, but the beautiful woods and headstock shape, although james' guitar has a slight modification on the headstocks of most of ken's basses (it was changed slightly to look like the "M" in Metallica). there is a website about ken's basses, but unfortunatly it is down for construction, when its back up i'll post the URL here, because his basses r truly works of art. any questions feel free to ask..

Re: read for ken lawrence info

um yeah i have a question how can we contact ken lawrence if we want him to make us a guitar? my email is orb_john@hotmail.com please try to answer

Re: read for ken lawrence info

So when is the website gonna be up???

I'm dying to find out about that very nice axe!

Re: read for ken lawrence info

Do you know where I can find some good, up close pictures of this guitar?

eclipse usa custom series

i just want to know if the usa eclipse custom series guitar is an arch top or not.

Re: eclipse usa custom series

I am pretty sure that esp now makes both and arch-top and a regular eclipse. I also think that there is now a semi-acoustic version.

WANTED : ESP K-1

hello, yesi want to get a ESP KH-1 . can a one help me find one ? kjjam42@juno.com

Re: WANTED : ESP K-1

: hello, yesi want to get a ESP KH-1 . can a one help me find one ? kjjam42@juno.com

I have one 4 you if you want to buy it. email me about it if you want.

KENNY LAWRENCE EXPLORER

does anyone know where I can get a kenny lawrece explorer like the one james hetfield uses?

Re: KENNY LAWRENCE EXPLORER

: does anyone know where I can get a kenny lawrece explorer like the one james hetfield uses?

Soryy buddy ............No matter how much you try you'll never find one, Its a one of a kind made by Kenny lawrence himself. I met a guy in toronto once that new kenny personaly and he told me that Kenny could make me one if I could drope about 6000$ on it............I may love alot it but I don't i don't wanna make love to it......
sorry to burst your bubble!

where can i find!a KENNY LAWRENCE EXPLORER pic?donde puedo encontrar una fotogrande de esa guitarra

u now where i can get a bigger picture of the Kenny Lawrence Explorer inlays cause i realy want to see that!

if u have it plis send it to me!

quiero saver quien tiene una foto (de la guitarra Kenny Lawrence Explorer )que se le vean los inlays grandes! el brazo completo en la parte de alfrente!
si tienes una foto mandamela al email se lo agradesco

Re: KENNY LAWRENCE EXPLORER

I wouldn't know where to find it
I just know it's a one of the greatest guitars I've ever seen...

Kenny lawrence EXPLORER

where can I find the guitar that James Hetfield plays that looks wooden or has a natural finnish. What company makes them?

Re: Kenny lawrence EXPLORER

Dude, you can't find one. It was custom made for him by a bass player named Ken Lawrence (Ken Lawrence Explorer). Nobody really knows how much it cost him but it is rumored to be about $8,000. Ken Lawrence makes about 15 bass guitars a year. Those are usually made for pro's. The lowest priced one is around $5,000. His basses are made out of custom woods and are hand made.

Re: Kenny lawrence EXPLORER

I never knew about Ken Lawrence. I never knew he plyed bass or made them, alls i know about him is that he build a fucking mean and beautiful guitar for Hetfield. I want that guitar so bad. i just wish i had that kind of bank uknow. i want to learn more about this fello he sounds like an awsome builder. and James has damn good taste in guitars

EMG 81(S) NEED/WANTED!!

I amy dying for a new/used (good condition) EMG 81. I would prefer a price under 70 bucks. Sam ash is out of them and won't get any in for 6 months. I NEED AN '81!!!!!!! email me if u have anything on where i can get a good one.

Re: EMG 81(S) NEED/WANTED!!

Go to Guitar Center

Re: EMG 81(S) NEED/WANTED!!

I got a Kirk Hammett EMG pickguard set with EMG 81's (One humbucker and 2 pickups, the pickguard is pearloid white)

Right now I have it on my Jackson Dinky, but I'd sell it for 110 bucks if your interested. (100 w/o pickguard)

looking for a kh-2 or a standard M-III

looking for a kh-2 or a standard M-III. If you could help me out let me know. I am in the military and it is fairly boring. Email me and let me know.

Re: looking for a kh-2 or a standard M-III

: looking for a kh-2 or a standard M-III. If you could help me out let me know. I am in the military and it is fairly boring. Email me and let me know.
I have a KH-2 near mint. Just bought brand new in November 2001. E-mail me.

ESP LTD M300

I am looking for a ESP LTD M300 neck-thru-body in see-thru black in new to good condition. If not available, I will settle for a LTD M200.

ESP M-200FM

I am looking for and ESP LTD M-200FM. I have checked Parker Music, but it's never in (it hasn't been in stock for over a year) I just need to know where else I can get an M-200FM.

Re: ESP LTD M300

: I am looking for a ESP LTD M300 neck-thru-body in see-thru black in new to good condition. If not available, I will settle for a LTD M200.

Re: ESP LTD M300

A friend of mine just put the very guitar your looking for on layaway... I think the store had one more... but it was the floor model... it's a great looking AND sounding guitar!

: : I am looking for a ESP LTD M300 neck-thru-body in see-thru black in new to good condition. If not available, I will settle for a LTD M200.

Re: ESP LTD M300

Ciao.
I'm an Italian people.
My English is not very well.
I ask you some information.
I'm interested to buy an LTD, could you give me some technics information about this tipe of guitar (pickup, ecc..) ?
My E-mail is: kirk_ha@libero.it
Thank you

ESP Explorer

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I have an ESP Custom Explorer for sale. Yes, its the same model Jaymz Hetfield of MetallicA uses. If interested, send me an e-mail and we can talk further. Thanks.

Re: ESP Explorer

I am very interested, but first i would like to know some specs about the guitar, tell me a bit about it please...and what is the best best price you have ever heard one of these being offered for off the shelf? Thanks.

Re: ESP Explorer

: I have an ESP Custom Explorer for sale. Yes, its the same model Jaymz Hetfield of MetallicA uses. If interested, send me an e-mail and we can talk further. Thanks.

i will buy your guitar, let me know how much u want

Re: ESP Explorer

: I have an ESP Custom Explorer for sale. Yes, its the same model Jaymz Hetfield of MetallicA uses. If interested, send me an e-mail and we can talk further. Thanks.

Re: ESP Explorer

is the explorer still for sale????
if so how much???
do u have a picture??
thanx
mark

Re: ESP Explorer

hi i'm peruvian i need this guitar , please give me more information , te cost and etc ..

Re: ESP Explorer

: hi i'm peruvian i need this guitar , please give me more information to esp guitar , serie ltd , ex-350, the cost and etc ..

Re: ESP Explorer

: I HAVE WANTED THAT GUITAR FOR SOOOO LONG PLEASE LET ME BUY IT...I WOULD REALL BE HONORED

Re: ESP Explorer

Please tell me more about your guitar, if its still available. Thanx

Re: ESP Explorer

I would like to hear about your explorer..please I am looking for a james hetfield ex. I would like to buy it from you.. I always check my emails everyday. please get back to me asap! thank u!!

Re: ESP Explorer

I have an ESP Explorer Custom... MINT!! I bought it new in Atlanta 2 years ago. I have the hardshell case also.. I don't play guitar, I just bought it because I wanted a collectors item.. I tried to get it signed by James when Metallica came to Detroit 2 years ago, nut it didnt happen. Serious buyers only please.. This is the real thing.. but not a "signature model".. Rick Morrow - Detroit, MI

Re: ESP Explorer

Hey i have been looking for an axe like that. Is it Black and how much

Re: ESP Explorer

: I have an ESP Explorer Custom... MINT!! I bought it new in Atlanta 2 years ago. I have the hardshell case also.. I don't play guitar, I just bought it because I wanted a collectors item.. I tried to get it signed by James when Metallica came to Detroit 2 years ago, nut it didnt happen. Serious buyers only please.. This is the real thing.. but not a "signature model".. Rick Morrow - Detroit, MI

Re: ESP Explorer

Hello, I have been looking all over for a new explorer and would be very interested in looking at and possibly purchasing your guitar! So please respond back.

For Sarah

I own an ESP Explorer (Black with grey ghost flames). It has a striking resemblance to an ESP JH guitar, just w/o the diamondplate. It does got EMG Special 80's in it tho. I'd sell it for around 1,300.

ESP EXPLORER WANTED!!!!

IF THERE IS ANYONE WITH ONE OF THESE FOR SALE PLEASE E-MAIL ME !!!!

JH2..

I like everyone else is looking for the JH2. I have a nice stash of cash I am willing to give up for it.. If u got any details on where I can get one please message me or email me back..thank u

esp guitars-sliver eclipse

hey i am gene.. i wanna get a esp guitar
its call brilannt mixed-media...or u can call it silver eclipse.
i dunno how much will it cost
can anyone tell me and where to get from internet coz from where i come from .. esp is like dead...

HERE U GO EXP-LOVERS

Hey just call the ESP company and u can order an EXP-200 model like JAMES HETFIELD even though they don't sell it anymore. And they are the old EXP models noy these new piece of sharp pointed sh*ts.

Re: HERE U GO EXP-LOVERS

MAN I CALLED AND TRRIED THEY SAID THEY CANT DO THAT.... E MAIL ME AND TELL ME HOW

I'm looking for the ESP KH-2 OUIJA to buy

If anyone has any info, please email me!!!
thanx
mike

Re: I'm looking for the ESP KH-2 OUIJA to buy

I found this on eBay. Here is the link.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=898983246#DESC

Looking to buy a diamondplate....

I have an ESP Explorer and it gots this nasty anime cartoon crap on it. And I figure a diamondplate would be cheaper then to repain the whole thing. So if anyone is selling any or they know where I can get one, it'd be greatly appriciated.

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