ESP's humble beginnings date back to 1975 in Tokyo, when Hisatake Shibuya
opened a shop called Electric Sound Products (ESP). ESP quickly gained a
reputation as a manufacturer of high-quality replacement parts for guitars, and
soon after, they began crafting their own instruments, gaining high praise for
their replicas of popular guitars that rivaled their American originators.
In the mid-'80s, after gaining a solid reputation as a provider of quality
parts for high profile companies such as Kramer and Schecter, ESP stepped to
center stage with the release of their George Lynch Kamikaze Signature model.
The George Lynch Kamikaze was their first of what would become over 40
different signature series guitars as their roster of endorsers grew.
ESP guitars continued to gain momentum through the 1990s with the rise of
Metallica, as James Hetfield's black Explorer-styled guitar was embedded in the
consciousness of metal fans across the globe. Their product line expanded with
their own unique designs, and hard rock and metal players everywhere embraced
ESP guitars for their style, playability, power and design. ESP's unique body
shapes, thin neck profiles, flat fingerboard radiuses, high output electronic
schematics, and locking tremolo systems became a perfect match for the
fleet-fingered stylings of the rising shred guitar movement. Models such as the
Horizon, the Viper, the Eclipse, and the M Series have all become staples
of the hard rock scene. By the early 2000s, ESP was ranked among the music
industry's fastest growing companies.
Over the last two decades leading up to the present day, ESP Guitar's list
of endorsers has grown exponentially and now number in the hundreds, including
such metal legends as James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Alexi Laiho, and Ben
Savage. ESP Guitars have become synonymous with all things Hard Rock and