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ESP Adds 12 New Models to Standard Series

The new models include updates to Eclipse, EX and V lines, two 7-string guitars and the Phoenix-II, a new body style

Hollywood, CA (June 11, 2009) -- ESP Guitars has announced 12 new models to be released this fall. The new Standard Series models include updates to the Eclipse, EX, and V lines, plus two new 7-string guitars and a whole new body style for ESP: the Phoenix-II.

Eclipse-II Vibrato & Eclipse-II FR
ESP joins the vibrato resurgence with Floyd-Rose and a Bigsby-equipped Eclipse models. They describe the Eclipse-II Vibrato as, "everything you want in a classic rock guitar," while the Eclipse-II FR is loaded with EMGs and a Floyd Rose for modern rock.

Specs:
Eclipse-II Vibrato
  • Set Neck
  • 24.75” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Maple Top
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 22 XJ Frets
  • Gold Hardware
  • Gotoh Magnum Lock Tuners
  • Gotoh TOM Bridge
    w/Bigsby B7 Vibrato
  • Seymour Duncan JB (B) / 59 (N) p.u.
  • Finish: VB
  • Eclipse-II FR
  • Set Neck
  • 24.75” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Maple Top
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • 42mm Locking nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 22 XJ Frets
  • Black Nickel Hardware
  • Gotoh Deluxe Tuners
  • Floyd Rose Original Bridge
  • EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
  • Finish: BLK


  • Horizon NT-7 and Viper-7
    The company's newest additions to their seven-string line come in the form of the Horizon NT-7, which features neck-thru-body construction and EMG 707 pickups, and the Viper-7, which features a mahogany body and neck, also with EMG pickups.

    Specs:
    Horizon NT-7
  • Neck-Thru-Body
  • 25.5” Scale
  • Alder Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • 45mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 24 XJ Frets
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Gotoh TOM Bridge
  • EMG 707 (B) / 707 (N) p.u.
  • Finish: BLK
  • Viper-7
  • Set-Thru
  • 25.5” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 24 XJ Frets
  • Black Nickel Hardware
  • Gotoh Magnum Lock Tuners
  • Gotoh TOM Bridge & Tail
  • EMG 81 (B) / 85 (N) Active
  • Finish: BLK Satin


  • Phoenix-II and Phoenix-II Bass
    ESP also announced a new body shape for guitar and bass. Both feature a neck-thru-body construction.

    Specs:
    Phoenix-II
  • Neck-Thru-Body
  • 25.5” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 22 XJ Frets
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Gotoh Magnum Lock Tuners
  • Gotoh TOM Bridge & Tail
  • Seymour Duncan JB (B) / ’59 (N) p.u.
  • Finish: SW, BLK
  • Phoenix-II Bass
  • Neck-thru Body
  • 34” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 40mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 21 XJ Frets
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • ESP Bridge
  • EMG 35DC (B) / 35DC (N) p.u.
  • Finish: 2TB, BLK


  • EX, EX Diamond Plate and FX
    ESP is bringing the EX model back to their standard series with three iterations. The standard EX features mahogany body and EMG 81 and 60 pickups, and the EX Diamond Plate adds an anodized aluminum diamond-plate body shield. The third version, the FX, features a natural finish and three-per-side tuners.

    Specs:
    EX
  • Set-Neck
  • 24.75” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 22 XJ Frets
  • Black Nickel Hardware
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • Gotoh TOM Bridge & Tail
  • EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
  • Finish: SW, BLK
  • EX Diamond Plate
  • Set-Neck
  • 24.75” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 22 XJ Frets
  • Black Nickel Hardware
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • Gotoh TOM Bridge & Tail
  • EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
  • Finish: BLK w/Diamond Plate
  • FX
  • Set-Neck
  • 24.75” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 22 XJ Frets
  • Black Nickel Hardware
  • Sperzel Locking Tuners
  • Gotoh TOM Bridge & Tail
  • EMG 81 (B) / 60 (N) Active p.u.
  • Finish: PBS (Padauk Brown Satin)


  • SV-II, NV, and V-II
    ESP is bringing their SV-II to the USA with lightweight alder body, EMG 81s, a Floyd Rose and camo finish. Also new in their V family is the NV-II, which is a sharp, symmetrical V with neck-thru-body construction and iron cross inlays; and finally the V-II is a hard-tail V featuring neck-thru-body construction, string-thru-body setup and a mahogany body with maple neck.

    Specs:
    SV-II
  • Neck-Thru-Body
  • 25.5” Scale
  • Alder Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • 42mm Locking Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 24 XJ Frets
  • Black Nickel Hardware
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • Floyd Rose Original Bridge
  • EMG 81 (B) / 81 (N) p.u.
  • Finish: UC
  • NV-II
  • Neck-Thru-Body
  • 25.5” Scale
  • Alder Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • 42mm Locking Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 24 XJ Frets
  • Black Nickel Hardware
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • Kahler 2315 Bridge
  • EMG 81 (B) / 81 (N) p.u.
  • Finish: BLKS, SW
  • V-II
  • Neck-Thru-Body
  • 25.5” Scale
  • Mahogany Body
  • Maple Neck
  • Ebony Fingerboard
  • 42mm Bone Nut
  • Thin U Neck Contour
  • 24 XJ Frets
  • Black Nickel Hardware
  • Gotoh Magnum Lock Tuners
  • Gotoh TOM Bridge
  • EMG 81 (B) / 81 (N) p.u.
  • Finish: BLK

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