$1,899.00 with case

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.

27" Baritone
3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Radius
Nut Width
Nut Type
Neck Contour
Thin U
24 XJ
Hardware Color
Strap Button
Schaller Straplock
Gotoh Locking
Hipshot w/ String Thru
Neck PU
EMG 85-7H
Bridge PU
EMG 81-7H
Electronics Layout
Vol/Tone/Toggle Switch
Elixir Nanoweb Super Light (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042/.056)
Case Included
Prices and specifications subject to change.
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.

Theodore G.

Purchased a 2017 NT-7B Hipshot (brand new). What is the difference between the pickups on the 2017 versus the newer model?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Theodore, The new version has a standard humbucker shape with metal covers. I believe the version you have has soapbar pickups. That is the old difference but the pickup models are the same (same inside winding).

Jonathan M.

I’m sorry but I have to ask, why do you guys always do this? In order to get this guitar with Fishmans, I have to buy a sparkly purple one. You guys did this with the new EC-1000s as well. If you want one with the SD Custom/Jazz pups, you have to buy Purple or Green. Why aren’t the Fishmans in this model but they’re in the EXACT SAME model but with a different color? I absolutely love your guitars and have played ESP for 16 years now but it’s incredibly frustrating when pickup/hardware changes exist on identical models but with a different color. It should be the same options across multiple finishes.

Todd B. ESP

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.


Couldn’t agree more Jonathan

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