ESP HORIZON FR CTM

FADED SKY BLUE

ESP HORIZON FR CTM
$6,299.00
with case
(U.S. Only)

The ESP Original Horizon was designed for the ultimate in high performance. Since it is created in ESP’s world-famous custom shop by our experienced master luthiers, you get the same level of detail and quality that you’d expect in a masterfully-built hand-crafted guitar. The ESP Horizon leaves no stone unturned, from its super high-quality tonewoods to beautiful translucent finishes to the luxurious masked binding on its body and headstock. Made for serious players, the ESP Horizon has a set-thru neck design, allowing for buttery smooth access to the highest frets. Its components include Seymour Duncan passive pickups that can go from a whisper to a roar with the turn of a knob, with wonderful dynamic response. Add in its beveled and contoured body, and you get the ultimate super guitar for players who demand nothing but the best.

Construction Set-Thru
Scale 25.5"
Body Mahogany
Neck 3Pc Maple
Fingerboard Ebony
Fingerboard Radius 305mm
Finish FADED SKY BLUE
Nut Width 42mm
Nut Type Locking
Neck Contour Thin U
Frets/Type 24 XJ
Hardware Color Chrome
Strap Button Schaller Straplock
Tuners Gotoh Locking
Bridge Floyd Rose Original
Neck PU Seymour Duncan Jazz
Bridge PU Seymour Duncan Custom 5
Electronics Passive
Electronics Layout Vol/Tone/Toggle Switch
Strings Elixir Nanoweb Super Light (.009/.011/.016/.024/.032/.042)
Case MH GUITAR FORM FIT CASE
Case Included Y
Comments
Jean-Bernard P.

Please what is the price of that guitar?

Carl N.

Hey Jean, pricing will be shown on our site for customers viewing within the U.S.  If you are outside of the U.S. you would need to reach out to your local ESP distributor for pricing and availability.

https://www.espguitars.com/locations?categories=intl-distributors

SunnyD

Just wanted to give my two cents, for $6k, it's a little unfortunate that this Horizon and many other ESP Original Series and E-II neck through guitars all have solid gloss black backs instead of a natural or transparent color that matches the front color. It just seems really lazy and cheap in my opinion as gloss black shows fingerprints and scratches very easily. With a natural or transparent color that matches the front color, it helps to show off the beautiful wood and neck through joint while solid gloss black hides all of it. I'd expect this with say like a $300 guitar with aesthetically flawed wood, but for the price of an E-II or ESP Original Series, it's quite unfortunate. Even if the wood on the ESP Original is aesthetically flawed, I'd rather see the flawed wood rather than solid black. It's just frustrating because in years past with ESP Standard Series and older Custom Shop/Original Series stuff, the back was a matching transparent color. Still, I do love that ESP USA made guitars are now very much embracing natural backs or matching color backs and stainless steel frets. Hopes this spreads throughout the ESP range. If you do end up reading this, I really appreciate your time. Don't get me wrong though, I still love ESP! 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Sunny, Thank you for your feedback, suggestions and mostly for being honest. We do appreciate any and all kinds of feedback from you. Our ESP Originals more recently have used discrete metallic colors on the backs of the instruments. This was a new approach to offer something maybe more modern however we understand what you are saying about wanting to see the wood grains on the backs and sides of the instruments. Your comments will be shared with our development team. Keep in mind that all ESP Originals are built in our custom shop so should you want to make an alteration to the finish, it is totally possible, although the instruments we stock will be the ones with the current finish configuration. Once again, thanks for taking the time to share your comments with us, and glad that you love ESP (thank you)!

Tomsisson4170

Could this guitar be modified with different pickups? Say a set of EMG 57/66?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Tom, This model comes standard with the pickups you see on our website, so that is what we stock and sell. If you wanted to change it, it would be possible but it would have to be special ordered as a custom order.

Jason P.

Thanks Todd.  Who in SoCal would ESP recommend for re-fretting when the time comes?  The Custom Shop fretwork is so precise with extreme tolerances in regards to neck installation...even a good luthier would not be able to re-fret and have the guitar look the same. 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Jason, You shouldn't need a refret for quite a few years or more depending on how much you play. I will check with our people here and let you know if we have someone to recommend for this type of work. I know what you mean about finding a good luthier or repair person who does quality work. That is important on a high end instrument like this.

Jason P.

Hi ESP,

I bought this guitar and have a few quick questions. 

What radius fingerboard does this guitar have?

Also...

I was adjusting intonation and a shim under a saddle slipped out.  Is it the B and e string that have the shims from the factory?

 

Thanks,

Jason

 

 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Jason, The fingerboard radius is 305mm (12"). For the saddles, there are 3 different heights of saddles. The 2 center saddles (D/G) are the highest, then the next saddles (A/B) are the middle height, and finally the E/E outside saddles are the lowest height. This creates a radius to match the fingerboard, however you can add shims as necessary to further adjust the radius on the bridge. It should not be necessary to use shims. IF you need any more help please contact our customer service team at customerservice@espguitars.com . Hope you like the guitar!

Jason P.

Love the guitar (favorite out of my Gibsons/Fenders/etc.), I get hypnotized by the 3D waves when you look at it from the side.  Have to hold it and play it to really truly appreciate the awesome workmanship that goes into these CTM models.   I originally bought the EII version, but decided on the CTM...the extra cost is well justified.  

Thanks for the reply 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Jason, It's great to hear this. Thank you for explaining the noticeable difference in the materials and craftsmanship. That is sometimes hard to explain but when you see this model in person it truly is awesome!

Jason P.

So I took out all the shims and what a night and day difference.  The floyds ship with shims for a 10” radius by default.  Thanks again. 

Todd B. ESP

Hi Jason, Thanks for pointing this out. Yes typically the FR ships from the supplier with shims for a smaller radius, but it's not necessary for our fingerboard radius. Sorry that you had to take them out and they weren't already  dialed in for you. Do you mind telling me if you purchased this in the USA or another country?

Jason P.

Todd, purchased from Guitar Center.  Thanks again for your quick replies and thorough explanations.  Great customer support.  Looks to be stainless steel frets on these CTM models correct?

Todd B. ESP

Hi Jason, Glad to help you out. No, we don't use stainless frets on these. They are very high quality frets made by Jescar in Germany, but not stainless. Currently we only use stainless on our USA made guitars and stainless can be requested on custom orders.

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