$1,427.00 $999.00

Based on the ESP Custom Shop guitar created by Neil Westfall of A Day to Remember, the LTD NW-44 uses the classic single-cutaway design of the Eclipse body style. It offers set-thru construction at 25.5” scale, yielding smooth and fast access to the highest frets. The NW-44 has a mahogany body with maple cap, a mahogany neck with an ebony fingerboard, block inlays, and 24 extra-jumbo frets, and comes in a great-looking Olympic White finish. Designed to rock, the NW-44 provides a single Bare Knuckle Aftermath pickup with one volume control.

(U.S. Only)
Mahogany w/ Maple Cap
3Pc Mahogany
Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius
Nut Width
Nut Type
Neck Contour
Thin U
24 XJ
Hardware Color
Strap Button
LTD Locking
Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
Bridge PU
Bare Knuckle Aftermath
Electronics Layout
D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included
Prices and specifications subject to change.
ian d.

tested a new song with this guitar that I wrote for a band i'm part of and it shreds

Todd B. ESP

Hi Ian, That's great to hear! Thanks for your comments.

William N.

what tuning does it come in standard or drop C 

Todd B. ESP

Hi William, This model comes in standard tuning. In fact all our models come in standard tuning.

ian d.

trying to convene my mom to get this for a birthday 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Ian,

That's a great suggestion. Hope you are successful!

Dean J.

Just got this guitar in the mail. I love it! A few things:

The bare knuckle pickup RIPS. Best pickup I've ever played. 

Love the scale length, string tension is quite comfortable. 

Setup was nice with low action right from the box. 

A few downsides (really not with the concept of the guitar, but just some quality care type stuff)

I did not realize this guitar was made in Indonesia and not Korea. I guess I just assumed Korea given the price. My Korean made ec-1000 feels like a higher quality piece of wood, personally.

The volume knob scrapes the body of the guitar. Easy fix, I just pulled it up slightly on the peg. 

I like the shape of the frets, but it showed up with quite a bit of excess glue on them/on the fretboard. Again, not a huge deal. 

The only thing that really got me was a pretty good gash on the 24th fret. It doesn't affect playability I suppose, I guess I just expected more with it being a brand new guitar. Is this type of stuff due to it being made in Indonesia? 


I have an Indonesian Ibanez and it was almost flawless. Indonesia and South Korea are almost on par nowadays, but quality control issues and lemons can always happen, even with a quality brand like LTD. I wouldn't tolerate what you describe, you can certainly get a replacement.

I'm also looking at this guitar, I like the minimalistic approach.

Todd B. ESP

Hi KS,

Sorry for my late reply and thanks for your comments. Yes we strive to provide the best quality no matter where we manufacture our products. That is key and we stand behind our products. I hope that you get a chance to check one of these out for yourself.

Todd B. ESP

Hi Dean, Thanks for letting us know your feedback both positive and negative about the NW-44 you purchased. We strive to provide the best quality possible with all of our instruments. There should not be a noticeable difference between a model made in Korea and one that is made in Indonesia. If any of these issues you pointed out are concerning to you then please contact your dealer to see if they can help. If you purchased direct from ESP you can return the guitar if you are not satisfied. The other thing to remember if you do enjoy this guitar, is that we stand behind our products and provide a limited lifetime warranty.

Robert H.

So I got my NW-44 in the mail today and there's a few noticeable things right out of the box. There's noticeable pen marks on the nut, and a a blackish blemish on the side of the nut. Also the tailpiece has a very faded golded corner to the point where it goes completely chrome. The last really noticeable issue is the volume knob has about 3 points where it changes sound. At 0 theres no sound, at 1 it's quiet, but at around 2-3 it just goes straight to max volume. Not sure if this is on ESP's end or if it's a pickup issue as I have no experience with bare knuckle pickups. Overall I am pleased with the guitar, it's just a few things keeping it from perfect. Hopefully nobody else has these issues! PICS included below!


Todd B. ESP

HI Robert, Thanks for detailing your issues. Please contact our customer service department. They will be able to help you if you need any warranty service. You may also want to contact the dealer (if you purchased through a dealer). Either way, we fully support our Limited Lifetime Warranty and are happy to help. It's nice to hear that you do like the guitar aside from these issues you pointed out.

Maxwell Liam

I noticed the exact same thing with my pickup. Its a nice pickup, but there doesn't seem to be much dynamic. Is that just how hot the pickup is?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Maxwell, thanks for your comments. Please contact our customer service department and they can help you trouble shoot this. The volume control works independently of whatever type of pickup you install. this means that a volume control should always give you a variable level from "0" to "10" or full power.