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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 Passive
Electronics Layout Volume/Tone/5-way Switch
Strings D'Addario XL110 (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included Y
Clay S.

This is a fantastic guitar - from tone, to feel, to design, to beauty (although admittedly, if I could find an original green SC-20, I would buy it in a second). The pickup selector switch is perfectly placed with just enough resistance and same for the knobs.   Cant recommend it enough, its the one I pick up every time I want to just play. I love it, my friends love it.  And its a fantastic build for the money, Ive got way more expensive guitars that I go to less than this beauty.

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!

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.


An affordable version of this model would be sick, love the color


they got the MH-200 available. Just swap in a JB in the bridge and you're set.


The beautiful guitar in the world!!!

Carl N.

glad you approve!