Even if you're just getting started on guitar, there's no reason that you can't get into the ESP family right away with the EC-10. A great instrument for beginning electric guitar players, the EC-10 has a smooth, comfortable, thin U-shaped maple neck that will make it easier to get around to chords and scales all over the fingerboard with 24 extra-jumbo frets. It has a well-balanced and contoured basswood body that's good for playing while seated or standing. When you're ready to rock, the EC-10's ESP Designed LH-100 pickups are great for any genre of music you like to play. It also includes a gig bag case, making it easier to get to lessons and friend's houses. For learning, jamming, songwriting and more, the EC-10 is a terrific choice that you can afford today. Available in Black, Blue, and Red.

Construction Bolt-On
Scale 24.75"
Body Basswood
Neck Maple
Fingerboard Engineered Hardwood
Fingerboard Radius 350mm
Finish BLACK
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Molded
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Chrome
Strap Button Standard
Tuners LTD
Bridge TOM & Tailpiece
Neck PU ESP Designed LH-100N
Bridge PU ESP Designed LH-100B
Electronics Passive
Electronics Layout Volume/Volume/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings (.010/.013/.017/.026/.036/.046)
Case Included N
Ankit B.

Hi , 

I had purchased the EC-10 on 2016 and it was functioning pretty smooth till last month. Then while improvising, the output suddenly stopped. I literally checked everything from the input jack wires to the Amp and everything seemed fine. The amp is working file as I have checked output from other sources. 

Is there any other troubleshooting I can follow ? 

Carl N.

if you need assistance with one of our instruments you may reach out to our customer service team at or 

Owen C.

So I know that this guitar is just labeled as "black", but in some reviews, it has a glossy finish, and in some, it has a matte or satin finish. does this depend on the dealer, what is going on here?


Lionel G.

Hi Owen, while you wait for the official response.. what I have gathered is that the older versions of EC-10 used to be in matte finish while the current ones are glossy..

Owen C.

Awesome thanks, and just to clarify is this in the U.S.?

Carl N.

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

James S.

When I bought my matte  ec10 years ago it had a sticker on it saying it was an exclusive finish for guitar center. I don’t know if that’s still the case, but that’s what it was a few years ago. 

Lionel G.

Hi I just bought this guitar and was wondering if it comes with any manuals or accessories.. opening up the box I only got the gigbag and the guitar itself

Carl N.

Hope you enjoy it when you get it, our owner's manual is online now, you can access this from the link below or via our support tab

Lionel G.

Thanks Carl - should it come with anything besides just the guitar and the gigbag? 



I own a Vietnam made black EC-10 and I find it enjoyable to play as much as my Gibson Les Paul Standard, Fender Strats, and Ibanez Prestige guitars. When I play it, I reminisce back to my first guitar (cheap acoustic) back in 1990 and just wish that I could have had a guitar like the EC-10 (or the M-10, which I also own). This is a great deal, well built designed guitar especially if you are starting out. The 24 fret neck (M-10 should have had one, 22?), the tune o matic and tail piece, contoured body & neck joint. Bolt-on is a plus! Great neck feel and radius. My “10” models have the rosewood fingerboard (another plus!).
When I am in a music shop and another customer asks what would I recommend to start out with, this is the one especially if they are into hard rock/metal. You get a lot of guitar at a decent price. An excellent “first” guitar to have. A lot of other brands/starter models are garbage compared to this. I will never sell my EC-10 (or M-10), they are definitely keepers among my other high end guitars.  

Carl N.

thanks for sharing your sentiments!

Charles P.

I just picked up an older b stock M-10 kit (kit is a gig bag) and was super impressed. It's a 2015 24 fret version made in Vietnam. I've been playing since 1998 and I've owned or played every level of ESP from Korean LTD to ESP Technical House. I bought this M-10 just to fool around with because of the ToM I could quickly change tunings without hassling with the Floyd on my Japanese M-II. What struck me was the faithful recreation of the Japanese proportions. The body shape was correct. The blade headstock with its quirks was correct. Even the neck profile and finish on the back of the neck felt the same. It was dirt cheap and came with some form of case which is more than I can say for some of the LTDs pushing into Japanese price levels these days. I swapped the hardware out for Gotoh and put my preferred pickups in it. I'm in less than 500 altogether with upgrades and I would now easily put it up against my more expensive guitars. I can see why they discontinued them because that is way too cheap for such a nice playing guitar. "Beginner" guitars are so much better than when I started playing. And still cheap.


Also, I've tried the low end guitars from Jackson and Ibanez as well and they just don't compare. The LTD is much better where it counts which is fit and finish. The nut is properly cut. The frets are nicely dressed. The fretboard sharp edges are knocked off. The neck back is really silky smooth. It really does feel like a better guitar but cheaper hardware and pickups to keep the price down. The hardware and electronics are still good and perfectly useable but easily upgradeable.

Carl N.

Thanks for sharing!

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