$1,799.00 with case

Created at the ESP facility in Tokyo, Japan, the ESP E-II Series is our highest-quality factory-produced instrument collection. The ESP E-II Horizon-III is a bold variation on the classic ESP Horizon shape, with an extended and beveled upper horn and a shortened lower horn. Like other models in the ESP E-II Series, the Horizon-III is a guitar designed for high-level performing, for serious players who can't accept compromises in their instrument's ability to showcase their talent. It's available in two versions: the Horizon-III FR (with Floyd Rose Original bridge in See Thru Black finish) or the standard Horizon-III (in Reindeer Blue finish, with a Gotoh TOM bridge and string-thru-body design). Both models use neck-thru-body construction, providing terrific tone and sustain, and fast access to the highest frets. The E-II Horizon-III offers some of the best-sounding and responsive passive pickups available, with a Seymour Duncan Jazz (neck) and a Seymour Duncan Custom 5 (bridge) pickup. Includes a hard case.

(U.S. Only)
Flamed Maple
3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Radius
Nut Width
Nut Type
Neck Contour
Thin U
24 XJ
Hardware Color
Strap Button
Schaller Straplock
Gotoh Locking
Gotoh TOM
Neck PU
Seymour Duncan Jazz
Bridge PU
Seymour Duncan Custom 5
Electronics Layout
Vol/Tone/Toggle Switch
Elixir Nanoweb Light (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included
Prices and specifications subject to change.
Rob S.

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So, I own one of these Esp Horizon lll reindeer blue guitars and I have 2 quick questions...1. Why is my headstock logo different. I have an LTD headstock on it when every one I have seen other than mine does not. 2. Because I tune to A sharp would I have to have the intonation set up for this guitar considering I am assuming it’s standard setup. Reason being is that it’s just not staying in tune after a few plays. Just curious. I know the hefty price tag on this guitar so I was just wondering why the issues? Any help would be very greatly appreciated as I normally play Guitars with string locks so I left wondering. Thanks for reading! 

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Hi Rob, Thanks for reaching out to us. For the first question I'm afraid it's difficult to understand your question. We make 2 different brands. The E-II brand has an E-II logo and  is made in Japan. The LTD model has an LTD logo and is made in either Korea or Indonesia. If you have an LTD logo, then you own the LTD H-3-1000 model.

For question #2, we setup all our guitars in standard tuning, so you will need to adjust your intonation and your neck / truss rod if you will be changing tuning and string gauge. If you need further help please contact our customer service team at .

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Just a follow up to my question from a fe months ago. I asked about why my headstock on the Esp elite horizon iii LTD markings on it instead of the Eiii logo and I got an answer. It was because the guitar was made in either in Korea or Indonesia which if you look at the pics I have included is clearly marked Japan. My wife mentioned to me that she paid the 1600 a few years back for this guitar and after researching it looks like the Ltd was only about 950-1000. Did she get burned by the place she bought it or is the marking wrong on the guitar? Just curious is all. Check out the pics should you be so inclined and thank you so much for all the help. 


Rob S.

Had an issue with the pics uploading. 

Carl N.

Hey Rob, the logo is different on this instrument as it was produced during a time when we were making LTD Elite instruments, this has since been changed to E-II.  Still a different instrument than LTDs with a build quality higher than that of LTD 1000 series instruments, $1,600 was retail for these while they were on the market.

Daniel H.

Does this guitar have a full flame maple cap or is it a plain maple cap with a flame veneer?

Carl N.

Hey Daniel, this will have a plain maple top with a flamed maple veneer over top that.  Hope this helps!


I would really like to see this guitar available with a floyd rose in the reindeer blue finish. I hope this is something you might consider for the future!

Carl N.

Hey Moje, thanks for your recommendation!!


It would be cool if there was a picture that showed all the different pick up configurations you could make with the 3 way selector switch and the coil tap feature. I'd also like to know if my guitar doesn't use stainless steel frets then what kind of frets are they?

Carl N.

Hey James, there are some images similar to what you are looking for within our Owner's Manual.  Also, the frets of this instrument will be made of a nickel/silver alloy.


I think this 27 fret Horizon III with a reverse 6 inline or this teardrop headstock with a hardtail or non locking trem would be a really cool new E-II model as the current E-II Horizon III lineup is a bit long in the tooth. We have had the same purple hardtail for a very very long time (like 7 years or something) and yes there's a new fade finish for the floyd model, but the underpinings are still quite old. Plus, I just think 27 frets really really compliments the beautiful Horizon III shape. A 27 fret Horizon III would also be a cool Original Series model in liquid metal blue or pink. 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Sunny, Thank you for all your suggestions. That is a fine looking guitar! We do appreciate your feedback and constructive criticism on our designs.

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