with case
(U.S. Only)

Made in ESP’s Tokyo factory by our expert luthiers, the ESP E-II M-II is a neck-thru-body speed demon that can handle the most intricate solos and punishing riffs you can create, and come back for more. This guitar is designed for serious players and professional recording/touring musicians who need excellent quality and reliability for studio and stage. Available in See Thru Black finish over its flamed maple top, the E-II M-II combines a pair of aggressive EMG 81 active pickups with a Floyd Rose original tremolo for your best metal, hard rock, prog, and any other style where expressive virtuosity is a requirement. Includes form-fitting hardshell case.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Schaller Straplock
Tuners Gotoh Locking
Bridge Floyd Rose Original
Neck PU EMG 81
Bridge PU EMG 81
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Vol/Toggle Switch
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Super Light (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included Y
E-II M-II Demo by Daniel Gailey (Phinehas)

E-II M-II Demo by Daniel Gailey (Phinehas)

ESP artist Daniel Gailey of Los Angeles-based metalcore band Phinehas takes us through some of the features of his ESP E-II M-II, and explains why it's the right guitar for him and his music. Keep up with Phinehas on their...
Richard H.

What kind of finish does the neck have? it does not say in the spec's

Carl N.

this will be gloss like the rest of the instrument


I bought this guitar in cherry sunburst when they came out as LTD Elite, everything about it is amazing. Just one question, the bridge has always been an original Floyd Rose or does mine have a 1000 series and you just started putting original floyd since they became E-II? Just curious, either way the bridge on my guitar is incredibly easy to restring and even change tunings, amazing instrument overall 

Carl N.

This would have used a Floyd Rose Original bridge

Kurian Thampy

How is this different from the "E-II M-II NECK THRU"?

Carl N.

Color, top, and fingerboard will be different.  Hope this helps!

Bruce B.

Greetings! I just ordered this guitar (my 3rd E-ii) and was wondering if that is black binding around the body or just paint? 

Thank you!

Carl N.

That would be binding.  Hope this helps!

Bruce B.

After receiving the first MII from Sweetwater, I sent it back... why? Since the “maple top” is only a VENEER, that should mean a highly figured veneer since they’re not gluing a quarter inch top. This one barely had a figure. Also, the black binding around the neck had all kinds of file marks. Not what I’m used to when purchasing a high end Japanese guitar. Playability?  Played like butter.. WOW!!! So Sweetwater took care of me and sent another...  a whole different story...  nice veneer, perfect craftsmanship, and plays like BUTTER!!! . Definitely a keeper!!! 

Francisco S.

I bought this guitar Jan 1st 2020. What else can be said? The harmonics are insane, the moment I started playing it I felt as if I had been playing this guitar all my life. It can play smoothly, it shreds, it can be wavy, it can be the heaviest sounding guitar... basically it can do any noise a guitar could possibly make. The details are on a whole different level, the pearl fret indicators go from deep black to bright green with a slight hue of red, the body is not painted, it truly is a see through dark layers of perfect layers of lacker and you can even see how the 3 piece neck goes all the way down to the body. The tuners didn't even bother moving the slightest when I traveled on a plane with it. 


If you see this guitar and wondering whether it's a good buy or not, just get it. I doubt you will get the chance to find a similar instrument that has so much passion and obsession.

The burnt maple top is so good it creates an illusion of being at least 3 inches deep, when played unplugged it is loud, bright and the floyd rose responds better than any other floyd rose I have used (leagues beyond the ltd m2 elite and jackson pro series floyd rose guitars). I can write an entire essay on why this instrument is perfect, but it's something you should try out for yourself.

Carl N.

Hey Francisco, glad you're enjoying it and thanks for sharing!

Francisco S.

Quick update: this thing adjusts almost by it's own. I have used several floyd rose guitars and every time I adjust them I feel like I adjusted them but this instrument feels like it knows how to be adjusted. Weird thing to write I know but bare with me... This guitar is so easy to restring and maintain (I live in a very dry area and my fret board was showing some dryness so I just used dunlop 65 kit and I destroyed the strings from playing it about 4-8 hours a day) setting the action and floyd rose on this guitar is weird, it's like the instrument knows were it wants to be, and the result of this is that you will be less likely to scratch the finish and all the annoying things from owning a floyd rose are gone. The locking tuners don't break the strings even if you abuse them, they will just unlock rather than breaking the strings. I have decided I want a crazy custom esp and in a few years I hope to have come to a conclusion on its design. 

This guitar can play any genre unlike the high end and limited edition ltd's, that single knob has too much tone variations, this thing has more to it and I still keep finding out new sounds that this instrument can produce. The floyd rose is not a regular floyd rose, it has 3 holes so you have even more string action options this Floyd rose is the top end that the company has to offer and it shows. 

Carl N.

Thanks for sharing Francisco!


I have had my M II for about 11 months now. Only change I have made is to install a emg 85 at the bridge. the 85 adds a bit more depth and midrange and is perfect in the bridge position. the guitar is awesome.  Build, finish and playability are top notch.

Carl N.

Thanks for sharing!

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