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. With the E-II Horizon NT-7B Hipshot, you might have found your dream guitar, as long as you're able to take advantage of its many world-class features. Let's start at the beginning: it's a 7-string baritone guitar built at 27" scale. Downtuning to extreme levels will never be a problem with this professional-caliber instrument. It offers neck-thru-body construction, with all of the benefits of sustain and stability you'd expect. Adding to this is the Hipshot hardtail bridge with string-thru-body design. The guitar's active pickup set includes the EMG 85-7H (neck) and 81-7H (bridge) for a range of terrific tones from dark and moody to screamingly aggressive for your most brutal rhythms, riffs, and solos. Top-tier components on the E-II Horizon NT-7B Hipshot include a Schaller straplock, Gotoh locking tuners, and a bone nut. Available in Black Satin or Snow White finish.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 27" Baritone
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Nut Width 48mm
Nut Type Bone
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Schaller Straplock
Tuners Gotoh Locking
Bridge Hipshot w/ String Thru
Neck PU EMG 85-7H
Bridge PU EMG 81-7H
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Vol/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Super Light (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042/.056)
Case Included Y
Adam S.

Hello, I own this guitar and almost everything about it is perfect for me.  One of the items which has been a nagging annoyance though is the Volume knob.  It's position right below the bridge pickup leads me to graze it occasionally with my picking hand.   The tension on the knob is fairly loose, so it turns quite easily.    As you can imagine, this leads to moments of "Huh, where'd all the gain go?"  or even worse "Where'd all the sound go?".   

Is there any sort of recommended solution for this?   Is there a good way to increase the tension of that knob so it doesn't turn so easily from a light graze?   These touches are so light that I don't even realize I've done it until I check the knob and realize it's moved.   

Carl N.

sorry you seem to be having an issue with this, 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 

Michael D.

Hi ESP. I would like to say that I am a bit disappointed in your product.  Overall, I would say the quality is great - but I really don’t understand the design of the nut.  It doesn’t make sense whatsoever.  I spent top dollar on your “highest quality factory instrument” made for “down tuning to extreme levels.”  This is false advertising.  It comes with super light strings which cannot tune below drop A without becoming sloppy.  But here is when the real problem came to light: when I removed the strings and then tried to put heavier ones on, I could not!  I couldn’t even fit higher than a 60 gauge, which is still a light string.  Don’t even bother trying a 68, 74 or an 80.  The nut just isn’t filed down enough for heavier strings.  If I paid $1000 for this instrument, I would not be so peeved. I would expect it to need some work from a luthier.  However, when I order an instrument from overseas, pay top dollar, because it is “built for extreme tunings” yet the product is not designed to deliver?  Seems like this was overlooked.  I’m hoping this is the only design flaw I find with this guitar. 

Carl N.

Sorry you feel that way, every player has their own preferences when it comes to strings and tuning so the factory spec might not be for everybody.  The nut is filed for the strings that come standard, new strings can always be installed though you would be correct that the nut would require work in order to accommodate new strings.  This is nothing new, this is completely normal in the guitar industry.  If you want different sized strings you would need to file your nut, this isn't a design flaw, it's life.

Joshua W.

I have the same guitar slight different specs changed the nut and now its in   G# standard which is plenty low i got room to go to F if i want

Michael D.

Hi, I ordered one of these a few months ago. Looking to do heavy djent without the complications of the 8th string on an 8-string.

1.  What do you recommend for tuning levels for optimal performance?  Standard B, or dropped a few stepa?


2.  Could I use 8-string strings and just drop the high E?



Carl N.

Hey Michael, strings and tuning is a very subjective topic as no two players prefer the same strings or tuning.  This is currently equipped with 9-56 gauge strings set in standard so for lower tunings you could always go with a thicker gauge of string.  Perhaps you could pick up a couple sets and see what works best for you and the music you are trying to create.


Hi everyone


How would you recommend stringing this to tune to standard B (concert pitch)?

I tend to use 10s and 11s on standard scale, but would something like 9-54 be better on this?


On my 24.75" scale, 6-string guitars, I play a .012 set tuned to C standard. I have a 6 string 27" baritone and I use the same strings and tuning. The benefit is a bit more tension and makes open string things a bit clearer sounding.

I'd try it with the stock .009 set and see how it feels to you. But It wouldn't surprise me if you decided to go up to a .010 or .011.


Why hasn't ESP made an 8-string model like this or the M series with a reverse head stock?

All I ever see are the head stocks facing down.

The SC607B is cool. I wish they made the SC608B just like that 607B.

Carl N.

Hey Arkane, most of the instruments within our M series line do have reverse headstocks, just not much in line with eight string models.  We do produce an SC608B in LTD and ESP versions but these are with standard headstocks per Stef's specifications.


Well, that's exactly my point. I have never seen a reverse headstock on an 8-string model. That's what I would like. That would be my ideal ESP/LTD guitar. Can you suggest this to the team? I can't help but be curious why this has never been attempted.

Carl N.

Thanks again for your insight!


Thanks Carl!

I hope to see one in 2020 or at least us members get asked if it's something that interests us.

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