with case
(U.S. Only)

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 NT-II is a sustain-lover's dream, with neck-thru-body construction as well as a Gotoh TOM bridge with string-thru-body design. This guitar offers a mahogany body with quilted maple top, and a three-piece maple neck with ebony fingerboard and 24 extra-jumbo frets. You'll appreciate the feel of fine, detailed workmanship each time you pick up the E-II Horizon NT-II, which includes high-end components like a bone nut, Dunlop Straploks, Gotoh locking tuners, and more. This guitar offers a set of outstanding active pickups, with EMG 66 (neck) and EMG 57 (bridge) in brushed chrome. The E-II Horizon NT-II is available in a translucent See Thru Black Sunburst  finish, and includes a hard case.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Mahogany
Top Quilted Maple
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Bone
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Dunlop Locking
Tuners Gotoh Locking
Bridge Gotoh TOM
Neck PU EMG 66TW *(Pull Vol to split)
Bridge PU EMG 57TW *(Pull Tone to split)
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Vol/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Light (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included Y
Andrew W.

Carl I just got my delivery today. (Also bought and ESP USA from sweetwater a couple months ago - I'm in love with your brand!) Wow. This E-II...What a rock and metal machine. It plays amazing. Really, vicious tones and great, great feel. But...here's the thing.

If you notice, string 1 and 2 and 3 are literally touching the TOM bridge, literally like riding it, behind the saddle. I think this is a no-no, right?I worry about the down-angle. I mean...the whole point of a string-thru-body design is to increase sustain...which is clearly being infringed upon. Isn't this angle too steep and my strings - especially 1, 2 and 3 are bottoming out at the back of the bridge. This adds MORE friction points to the strings (bad for tuning stability & sustain) – and I'll be breaking more strings, right? It's creating like a little string "plateau". I can actually hear the strings rubbing the bridge back there (when I touch them back there, I can hear a rubbing sound where they will soon wear the bridge finish!) When I tune I hear PING! and it's coming from the bridge, not the nut.

I would also add that a really steep break angle, beside deforming the bridge, also tends to make the guitar's action a bit stiff...as a general rule a less steep break angle gives you a slinkier, easier to play feel. And, strings touching the back of the bridge, beside creating sonic and intonation problems also increase the likelihood of breakage. (PING!)

Now...the thing is set up beautifully and intonated really well...so...is this normal? And Yes, I have lowered the bridge already to adjust string height to taste...I can't lower it anymore without riding on the frets...I have never had a string-thru the body before and I wonder...did the luthiers mess up and put the string thru holes too close to the bridge....or, the bridge too far back? It's really weird and I've heard, at least in the world of les pauls, this is NOT something you want, so I'm concerned. It wasn't a cheap guitar to say the least, and it's my dream metal machine! - Andrew (help!)

Carl N.

This is a fairly common occurrence with string thru tune-o-matic bridges but nothing to cause concern.  If you'd like to discuss this further or need assistance with your instrument you may reach out to our customer service team at customerservice@espguitars.com or https://www.espguitars.com/pages/support

Andrew W.

Thank you, Carl. 

Andrew W.

Hi Wes, 

Not really a resolution. Of course, the company I ordered from has hassle-free returns for 45 days. I love this guitar so much but already the metal plating is wearing off the bridge and there's PING! every time I tune. I am thinking about what to do. I had sweetwater take a look at all their E-II NT-II models and they are all the same in this regard, some better, some worse. I heard back from ESP and they said this is typical of string-thru bodies and if it's bothersome to me, they suggest a stop-tail. Which I would do buuuuuuut it's actually not the pickups I would like. - Andrew

Wes G.

Thanks for replying back! Yeah, there doesn't seem to be a great resolution besides attaching a tail piece. I absolutely love the way it plays though... so I'll give it a shot and see how it develops over the next month.  Thanks!

Joshua T.

When I add this to my cart, the estimated ship date is two months out. Why is that?

Carl N.

if you have any questions you may reach out to our customer service team at customerservice@espguitars.com or https://www.espguitars.com/pages/support

mike c.

Beside the pickups, and fixed bridge, is it the same as horizon fr - black natural burst? Same sound?

Carl N.

These will be roughly the same instrument but naturally different pickups will evoke different sounds.  While they may sound similar while played when they are not plugged in, the pickups of these two guitars will produce different tones ultimately.

Axel M.

Can this guitar be drop-tuned in BEADF#B with strings .011/.016/.024/.032/.042/.056?

Carl N.

Yes it can, be sure to have it professionally setup if you're unfamiliar with working on your own instruments.

Axel M.

Great, thank you!

Bruce M.

I would buy this in a heartbeat if you brought back the standard headstock and  she through black cherry finish.  

Carl N.

Hey Bruce, you could always go through our custom shop for an instrument that deviates from our standard offerings.

Andrei A.

Like this one? I'll let you know if i decide to sell it.

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