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The MH-203QM offers the arched top of the ESP Horizon with the aggressive styling elements of the M Series, all wrapped in an affordable high-quality instrument, and adds a quilted maple top in See Thru Blue finish. It offers the versatile H/S/S (humbucker/single coil/single coil) pickup configuration, making it great for many genres of music. The MH-203QM features bolt-on construction of a mahogany body with a maple neck and maple fingerboard with 24 extra-jumbo frets, and includes an LTD by Floyd Rose tremolo.

Construction Bolt-On
Scale 25.5"
Body Mahogany
Top Quilted Maple
Neck Maple
Fingerboard Maple
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Black
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD
Bridge LTD by Floyd Rose
Neck PU ESP LS-120N
Middle PU ESP Designed LS-120M
Bridge PU ESP LH-150B
Electronics Passive
Electronics Layout Volume/Tone(P/P)/5-Way Switch
Strings D'Addario XL120 (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included N

The order page says Pre-Order...does that mean it's not currently available? If I order it now, will it ship out on the indicated date?

Todd B. ESP

Hi, any time our stock is not available and we are waiting for a new shipment you may see this. You may go ahead and fill out a preorder and the sales rep will contact you regarding actual estimated delivery date.

Ruwan P.

I am about to buy this guitar after reading the superb reviews. My main questions are the clean sounds of the 2nd, 4th and neck positions of the pickup selector. Does it quack like a strat in 2nd and 4th positions and does the neck sound like a single coil strat neck pickup ?
Also, does the bridge humbucker split at the 2nd position of the pickup selector? And which coil outer or inner coil of the humbucker combines with the middle pickup at 2nd position?
Further, is there a reverse headstock version of the same model?
In addition, are the single coils noiseless?

Carl N.

if you have any questions you may reach out to our customer service team at or         

Brandon S.

I have an MH-103QM, the fret edges are like razors, I'll have to have them filed down, other than that, it's my favorite playing and sounding guitar, even including my high end Japanese and American instruments, truly strange how that ended up being the case.

Carl N.

Fingerboards can sometimes expand or contract during transit to areas with different climates.  From the sound of it I would assume something like this is affecting your instrument.  Should be easily rectified but if you need any other help you can reach our service department at

Phillip B.

I have found a nice, used MH-103QM but I cannot find anything online that tells me the difference between it and the MH-203QM online. GC has an MH-103QM and Sweetwater has an MH-203QM, and the specs and pricing look the same, except maybe the 203 doesn't have dot inlays?

I am presuming that the model numbers are indicate that maybe the 103 is a GC exclusive?

Carl N.

It's the same, only the model number has changed.

Phillip B.

Carl N. you are mistaken. Actually, through careful comparison of the specs on Sweetwater and GC's listings, I see that the 103 has a basswood body and the 203 has a mahogany body. The 103 also has dot inlays and the 203 seems to have no inlays; I don't know about the edge of the neck because I can't find any pictures of the top edge of the neck.

They both have the same electronics and the same quilted maple veneer. They also have the same scale length, hardware, and frets; so though they are very similar, there are some mild differences.

Carl N.

Cool, then there you go, you have your differences!  

Nathan M.

203 has block inlays on the top of the fretboard (and double on the 12). Here is a picture of mine. You can zoom in and see the blocks. 

Phillip B.

Thanks Nathan! That helps. I see that you have also changed out your pickups. Is there a reason you didn't like the ESP passives?

TO everyone else, I am trying to "like" your comments, but for some reason I can't. I also cannot reply to individual message, only to the main one, mine. Weird.

Nathan M.

It was my first guitar with single coils, so I was trying a bunch of different ones. The LTD single coils are great and actually back in my guitar. The bridge pickup certainly isn't bad, but it wasn't as hot as I typically like. I swapped it with a Seymour Duncan JB. The EMGs are passive and went in a different brand guitar that came with significantly worse pickups than the LTD did. On my profile, you can see I used white LTD pickup covers too . This is one of my favorite guitars all around. It needed a small amount of fret work, but it sounds amazing with that JB pickup and is crazy light. It went up a little in price since I got mine, but still worth it imo. 

kasra k.


i got one of these great guitars

but got a serious damage issue in tremolo arm.

i dont have access to esp shop.

is there any floyd rose or other brand tremolo bridge which i can install on this guitar easily? 

Thanks for attention 

Carl N.

Hey Kasra, sorry to hear about the issues you're having with this.  These bridges are licensed by Floyd Rose so a Floyd Rose bridge would work perfectly in this instrument if you needed a replacement.  If you need any assistance with this feel free to reach out to our customer service team at

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