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One of the most intensely distinctive guitars offered in the ESP Signature Series is the ESP RZK-II Burnt, and "intensely distinctive" is also an apt description of its designer: Richard ZK of the world-renowned Neue Deutsche Härte (New German Hardness) band Rammstein. The RZK-II Burnt is created one-at-a-time by the legendary master luthiers at the ESP Custom Shop in Japan. "Distressed" doesn't quite cover the kind of artistic treatment given this instrument by our ESP artisans. The guitar's body is thoroughly gouged and burned, giving the appearance that it’s come through some kind of apocalyptic event and is still ready to rock. No detail goes unattended here, from the matched finish treatment on the headstock to the mysterious red in the routing of the tremolo cavity. But this guitar is more than an art piece: the ESP RZK-II Burnt is a neck-thru-body machine of sonic destruction. Based on the single-cutaway ESP Eclipse shape, it features an alder body, a three-piece thin U-shaped maple neck, and premier components like ESP strap locks, Gotoh tuners, and a Floyd Rose Original bridge. It also offers the innovative and flexible Fishman Fluence Richard Z Signature Series pickup set, with Modern alnico in the neck and Modern ceramic in the bridge, both with brushed stainless covers. These unique and toneful pickups use a hybrid magnet configuration. The ESP RZK-II Burnt includes a high-quality hard shell case and a Certificate of Authenticity from ESP.

Construction Neck-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Alder
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Finish Distressed & Burnt
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Chrome
Strap Button ESP Strap Lock
Tuners Gotoh
Bridge Floyd Rose Original
Neck PU Fishman Fluence Richard Z Signature Modern Alnico Brushed Stainless
Bridge PU Fishman Fluence Richard Z Signature Modern Ceramic Brushed Stainless
Electronics Active
Electronics Layout Volume(Push/Pull)/Toggle Switch
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Super Light (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case Included Y

Can you tell me the difference between the $6400 one and the $2700 one? that's quite a difference in price. Thank you

Todd B. ESP

The higher price version ESP is built in our custom shop. Because of that the pricing is much higher (custom shop pricing takes into account that each instrument is built by hand by one of our top luthiers). E-II production model however has the same look and build but at a lower price due to it being manufactured in our production facility where we build E-II models. For more questions please contact our customer service team at


My ESP RZK arrived in the mail today and it have chips on the sides and the top. It feels like the top layer of stuff isn't secured to the top of the guitar. Is this normal for these guitars?

Carl N.

If you'd like to send some images of your instrument over to our customer service team at they should be able to assist you with this.


If I custom ordered the ESP RZK-1 Burnt, would it cost around the same as this guitar? Or is there always an additional charge for a custom shop order? I assume that all these guitars are made to order anyway, right?

Also, would such an order be possible to further customize? Like substituting Gotoh locking tuners? Or something more involved like substituting the Floyd Rose bridge for an Evertune instead? 

Carl N.

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

michael s.

Mental, mental guitar I have it in drop d at all times, love it.


Carl N.

glad you're enjoying it

Charles P.

Is it just me or does the frontal shot show white neck binding and the angle shot does not?

Carl N.

Hey Charles, you are correct.  These models are made to order so they are not stocked regularly and when the time came to update our site with more shots of our models we only had the one shown with black binding to shoot.  The current specification of this instrument will include white binding on the neck.  Hope this helps!