Buyer Beware!!!

It has come to our attention that as a result of the increased demand for our product, there are an increasing number of counterfeit ESP/LTD guitars available for sale through non authorized online stores. After 35 years of making high quality instruments, it is also our intention, and responsibility to let our friends know when something like this comes to light. Please make sure you are buying from a trusted source.

Finally, we would like to say that while some counterfeit models may look like real ESP guitars, they do not sound or play like real ESPs. With these counterfeits, substandard materials are being used. The end result is that you would be very disappointed in the sound and feel of the guitar. All authorized ESP dealers and distributors are listed on the ESP Guitars web site. So before you buy please make sure you are getting your guitar from a trusted source.

Thank you for choosing ESP Guitars.

Matt Masciandaro

President and CEO

Comments
  • Ricky Cage

    there's a website called Rare Guitar Heaven selling some ESP/LTD guitars like the Snakebyte, Kirk Hammett Guitars and the old MX-250's

  • Kjetil (GRIM) Remen

    Can you send like the serial to ESP and find out if its a fake?

  • Travis L.

    Ive seen some horrible fakes! And then ive seen some good looking fakes. Fact of the matter is is to try to stop it. With all these fakes being produced and being cycled into the system it will stress out guitarists that want ESP's. Especially when your trying to find older models on ebay. A GEM like an MX-250 is being faked alot. Now i have to contact multiple people to make sure the esp's im getting are legit. Damn these crap companies faking stuff. 

  • Sammy W.

     Why not help us help you help us?  Give us a damn serial number database. Let us register guitars so duplicated serials can be uncovered. I have long loved ESP/LTD both, but why make this generalized announcement about you and us both getting scammed if you have no desire to help stop it? Mid 2013 you became aware there were fake ESP's out there? A little late to the game brother, aren't we? I am not sure if you can see how this statement is seen by the consumers or not, but it could be as damaging to your reputation as the fake guitars are. A decade into fakes hitting the market, the company announces they are aware of fakes, consumers need to be more vigilant, and good luck. The ESP/LTD name doesn't only exist on the windows of storefronts, it is more at home in the hearts, mouths, and ears of the fans and consumers. 1 crappy fake will most likely be sold or traded off in the used market multiple times. It isn't just one fake was sold, so one genuine article sale was lost. 1 fake sold could cause a dozen people, espesscially those new to guitars, to be put off by the brand, and never consider buying them again. No one will want it, so it will be resold many more times than a genuine ESP would be. 

      Even if your records of past serial numbers isn't immaculant, start now, and use what you have. Building the database is simple, but of course all the data entry of the models, years, serials is time consuming. Sounds like a job for interns. 

    • Reuben G.

      I agree. Do something like send out a mass message on Facebook and Twitter to tell ESP owners to register their serial numbers. That will reach a large audience and after that anyone who didn't see it will know by word of mouth. It's never too late to start a database, and it's especially necessary for a brand as huge as ESP. I'm currently looking at a custom shop EX (local seller), but I can't find any info on the serial to decide weather it's real or fake.

  • Fierce_Swe F.

    Hi!

     

    I'm about to buy a used ESP Horizon hrf nt. In the catauloge it says the guitar has Gotoh locking tuners but this one doesn't. The tuners are gotoh but no locking tuners, is it a fake or are som released without lokking tuners?