It's always a treat to get a beautiful USA-made ESP into the shop. Built in ESP's USA factory right here in California, these instruments are top-of-the-line instruments on par with their renowned, artisan-made Japanese Custom Shop guitars. The beauty and complexity of the Violet Shadow Fade Marble finish on this Horizon-II is simply breathtaking, and you can get lost in this guitar just staring into the finish alone.
This is a classic Superstrat at its core, with a 25.5" scale length that provides great acoustic brightness and clarity, pairing well with the mahogany body. The neck profile is very comfortable and just thick enough in all the right places, blending the best of vintage specification with ESP's contemporary design mentality. If you're a big bender, you're going to love the way this guitar plays. All kinds of legato can be pulled off with minimal effort and expressive vibrato is always at your fingertips.
This one's loaded with the venerable EMG 57 & 66 set of pickups. These are unique because they're active pickups, but feature Alnico V magnets and impart a vintage-style level of output to the tone. These combine the best of both worlds, providing PAF-like classic tone and dynamic response with the clarity and headroom of active pickups. If you're into old-school humbucker guitar tone - the tone that made rock history - these are the EMGs for you!
Crafted at our ESP USA facility in Southern California, the USA Horizon-II gives you a premium-quality version of the ESP Horizon with a wide variety of personalization options. It pairs a carved-topped mahogany body with a set-thru three-piece maple neck at 25.5” scale, thin U-shaped for comfort and speed, and includes an ebony fingerboard with 24 extra-jumbo Jescar stainless steel frets and abalone offset block inlays. Its neck, and headstock are all fully bound. Like other ESP USA models, the USA Horizon-II is available with optional flamed maple and quilted maple tops and your choice of dozens of gloss and satin translucent finishes to allow the figured wood grain to be highlighted (and plain maple caps for solid color finishes). We only use the finest components with ESP USA guitar models, and the USA Horizon-II features Sperzel Trim-Lok tuners, a TonePros locking TOM bridge with string-thru-body design for excellent sustain and resonance, Dunlop strap locks, and a graphite nut. The USA Horizon-II includes a high-quality ESP USA form-fitting hard shell case.
- Model: USA Horizon-II
- Color: Violet Shadow Fade Marble
- Top Wood: Maple
- Back Wood: Mahogany
- Body Finish: Gloss
- Construction: Set Neck
- Fretboard: Ebony
- Binding: 1P White
- Radius: 12" (305mm)
- Scale: 25.5"
- Frets: 24 JESCAR FW57110 XJ Stainless Steel
- Inlays: Offset Abalone Blocks
- Neck Wood: 3-Piece Maple
- Profile: Thin U
- Nut: 1.65" (42mm) Graphite
- Thickness @ 1st Fret: 20mm
- Thickness @ 12th Fret: 22mm
- Headstock: Matching
- Pickup Rings: Black
- Pickups: EMG 57 & 66 (F-Spaced Bridge)
- Controls: 1x Volume, 1x Tone
- Pickup Selector: 3-Way Toggle Switch
- Bridge: TonePros T3BT Locking TOM
- Tuners: Sperzel Trim-Lok
- Strap Buttons: Dunlop Locking
- Hardware Finish: Black
- Case: ESP USA Horizon-II Form Fit Hardshell
- Strings: D’Addario NYXL SUP LITE (.009 - .042)
- Made In North Hollywood, CA
- Instrument Weight: 7.8 lbs.