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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 ESP strap locks, Gotoh locking tuners, and a bone nut.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 27" Baritone
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Finish Black Satin
Nut Width 48mm
Nut Type Bone
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button ESP Strap Lock
Tuners Gotoh Locking
Bridge Hipshot w/ String Thru
Neck PU EMG 85-7H
Bridge PU EMG 81-7H
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Light (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046/.056)
Case Included Y

I recently adopted a used NT-7B and note that tit is loaded with Standard Sperzel Locking Tuners Tonepros Locking Bridge/string though body.

Does that mean this is Horizon one version?

I was curious about the comment below as its seems there is a contradiction to your first statement:

Created at the ESP facility in Tokyo, Japan, the ESP E-II Series is our highest-quality factory-produced instrument collection

Hi Jonathan, Thanks for your comments. I understand your frustration. We try to offer a variety of colors and pickup choices, however since these guitars are fully manufactured overseas before we receive them, we build them up according to each model's specifications. In other words its not possible currently to have the same guitar but with different pickups. We can only take this feedback from customers like you that point this out to us and  try our best to improve our offerings in the future.


Does this mean these a manufactured first at a LTD facility?

Other than that....I am loving my first 7 string guitar!!!

Cheerz from Canada


Todd B. ESP

Hi, We are located in the USA for ESP USA distribution. So my comment referred to the E-II models being built overseas by our factory in Japan. They are built in Japan and shipped to USA for distribution in USA and Canada. If you have any further questions please contact our customer service team at [email protected]

Robert B

Hi, very interested in buying this.  Does it or will it come in Snow White? 

Carl N.

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

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 [email protected] or https://www.espguitars.com/pages/support 

Charles P.

The EMGs should have the solderless system. I would just disconnect the tone knob from the circuit completely. Swap positions of volume and tone pots. Volume is now out of the way of the picking hand. The knob next to the pickup is just a dummy filling a hole that does nothing so it doesn't matter anymore if you graze it.

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.

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