with case
(U.S. Only)
NOTE: Due to ongoing challenges in the global supply chain, instruments purchased from ShopESP that are not currently in stock may take an extended time frame to be delivered.

Updated for 2021 with a killer 3-Tone Burst finish, the LTD SC-20 celebrates the 20th anniversary of influential and innovative guitarist Stephen Carpenter (Deftones) getting his first ESP Signature Series guitar. The SC-20 is a six-string model, harkening back to Stef’s early days with ESP. A neck-thru-body design, the SC-20 offers a three-piece maple neck with alder sides, as well as a Macassar ebony fingerboard with glow in the dark side markers. It includes components such as a high-output Seymour Duncan JB pickup paired with an ESP Designed LH-150N humbucker and LS-120N single-coil pickup, a TonePros locking TOM bridge with string-thru-body, and LTD locking tuners.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Macassar Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Finish 3 Tone Burst
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Chrome
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD Locking
Bridge Tonepros Locking TOM w/ String Thru
Neck PU ESP Designed LS-120
Middle PU ESP Designed LH-150N
Bridge PU Seymour Duncan JB
Electronics Layout Volume/Tone/5-way Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included Y


was it an aesthetic choice to use nickel colored screws for the pickup rings? What sizes do you recommend if I want to replace them with black ones? For pickup covers what sizes would I need? Thanks 

Todd B. ESP

The color of the hardware matches the color of the guitar hardware so the pickup mounting screws will match the hardware of this guitar which is chrome. For pickup covers you cannot easily cover a pickup, but you can purchase a pickup built with a cover. Although we do not sell guitar parts separately you can find them from any guitar parts supplier online such as or For further detailed questions please contact our customer service email:


Gotcha. Yeah I’m thinking black screws with chrome pickup covers for the 3 pickups. Thanks, Todd

Kruis S.

Anybody knows if this beauty is gonna get back on production soon??                 I want this so bad!!! 

Todd B. ESP

Hi, this is a  new model we released this year and we'll start shipping and filling orders over the next few months.

Alex P.

Don't take this as an official answer, but I don't think retailers have it yet. I saw on some website that they will receive it in June or July. I am talking here about the European market.

Aaron B.

Just going to add this because it's needed but Carl N is an absolute badass, dude is always there to answer questions and to help peeps make a great choice when it comes to adding a guitar to your life. Just bought my first ESP yesterday. Stoked since I've wanted one for over a decade and yesterday, I went for it. Stoked!

Todd B. ESP

That's great to hear, thanks for sharing this with us. Yes Carl is a great guy and knows a lot about ESP guitars! Very cool to hear you bought your first ESP!

Alex P.

I've been waiting for this guitar since you discontinued the SC-600. Thank you! I was wondering what type of nut is that? Just a standard plastic one or is it a tusq?

Todd B. ESP

Hi, glad to hear that. Yes we use our standard molded nut. It is a plastic mix and is very similar to what you would expect from a high performance nut (very strong and good resonance).

Alex P.

I see, thank you for your reply. Would have been nice at least a tusq nut, for this price range, I guess that is the only thing that is missing from this amazing guitar. Well, maybe also stainless steel frets, but perhaps I'm overstepping . Cheers!

John S.

Another wasted opportunity. The sonic blue Stef color was miles off from the original and now the burst is miles off from the original. Add that to the lack of a body carve and it makes me wonder who makes the decisions around there. At least try to reproduce Stef’s guitars with the proper color and carve if you want to sell guitars. P.s. Carl N is still a dickhead even though you deleted the sc-20 sonic blue thread. Fuck You Carl! 

Carl N.

Wow, such harsh words.  Not sure what I had done for you to feel personally wronged by me.  I was tasked with directing questions on our site towards our customer service department, that's it and that's all.  Understandable if this model doesn't live up to your expectations, you're free to comment that to your heart's content, but no need to slander my name.  Maybe you're having a bad day or a collection of bad days.  If you need someone to talk to about guitars or anything else feel free to hit me up.  Though if you're just going to keep calling me an asshole and a dickhead for no reason please save your energy for something more constructive.

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