The house that the "big four" built.
Founded in Tokyo, Japan, in 1975, ESP was initially a custom part and guitar manufacturer for the Japanese market. Then thrash metal happened.
Thanks to bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax (the "big four" of metal), ESP is a favorite of heavy shredders everywhere, and its vast catalog has expanded to include USA-made and Custom Shop models, as well as other brands like Takamine acoustics.
ESP prides itself on its options. The inclusive brand takes a custom approach to guitar manufacturing, offering 7-, 8-, and traditional 6-string models, as well as baritones, basses, and acoustics with highly specific design variations catering to a variety of technical needs, because no one should have to headbang alone. Players can choose from tailored signature models, often produced in a range of designs like the Kirk Hammett, or more classic configurations like the EC series, and the brand’s sister line, LTD, designed to bring ESP’s quality construction and progressive specs to all price points.