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The LTD MH-53 electric guitar from ESP has a maple neck, basswood body and a maple fretboard. The thin U-shaped neck with 24 extra jumbo frets provides comfort and speed. The ESP humbucker with 2 sing... Click To Read More About This Product

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The LTD MH-53 electric guitar from ESP has a maple neck, basswood body and a maple fretboard. The thin U-shaped neck with 24 extra jumbo frets provides comfort and speed. The ESP humbucker with 2 single-coil pickup configuration provides lots of tone versatility. ESP-LTD tuners and a locking nut keep you tuned and intoned, so you'll sound your best. Volume, tone and a 5-way toggle give you options with simplicity. The Floyd Rose Special tremolo bridge lets you dive bomb the night away. Chrome hardware and black dot inlays finish off a great look.

Case sold separately.


  • Basswood body
  • Maple top
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 25.5" scale
  • Locking nut
  • 42mm nut width
  • Thin U neck contour
  • 24 extra jumbo frets
  • Chrome hardware
  • ESP tuners
  • Floyd Rose Special tremolo bridge
  • Pickups: ESP LH-150 / LS-120 / LS-120 SET (H/S/S)
  • Electronics : Vol / Tone / 5-Way Switch
  • Case sold separately
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Manufacturer's Warranty
Limited lifetime warranty on all guitars.
One year warranty on parts and electronics.

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ESPLTD MH-53 Electric Guitar

(based on 7 reviews)

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(25 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


Purely amazing guitar

By Hector Cortez

from Galveston, Texas

Comments about ESP LTD MH-53 Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar about a month ago and I'm pretty impressed. The guitar not only looks awesome but it also sounds pretty decent. The pick ups provides excellent quality sound and is quiet even with high gain. The humbucking pick up makes the harmonics sound good and loud. Playing guitar solos sound excellent in this guitar as well. The action is great too and the guitar can handle heavy gauge strings without a need for a nut adjustment. (If you use heavy gauge strings I recommend you buy more springs, nevertheless this guitar comes with 3 springs.) The only thing I didn't like about the guitar is the tone the upper single coil provides.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


no joke its smokin

By gary steven

from atlanta ga.

Comments about ESP LTD MH-53 Electric Guitar:

I Purchased this mean machine an im not dissapointed at all . its the best bang for buck ive played out there. Very nice h.s.s pickup configuration gives you a hot bridge tone with lots of harmonics and the single coils sing out with a nice british/ tone...but suprisingly dont feedback or hum much.The kicker is unlike many guitars wich have some singlecoils it stays in tune with the floyd rose tremelo so you can have a nice clean or dirty sound with the single coils or a rock/metal sound with the humbuker and do all the trem bends you want. ITS DA BOMB .TRY ONE ITS A BUDGET MANS DREAM AXE.The maple fretboard looks and plays nice.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


I'll miss it =/

By Nick pinch harmonics expert

from Miami FL

Comments about ESP LTD MH-53 Electric Guitar:

This was my first actual "good" guitar, and a nice guitar it was, I loved the maple fingerboard, very smooth (even like it more than rosewood) and no grain in the wood of the fingerboard. It's easy to reach the 24th fret without a problem, the floyd rose special bridge was insanly nice and divebombing a pinch harmonic was something that sounded freaking amazing. The pickups are ment for metel, even if you play clean it sounds like the it will get heavy. I usually stayed on the bridge pickup for anything that I played with distortion, nice rich crunchy sound, action is nice and really low, it gets slightly higher as you near the 24th fret. The neck is smoother than... marble? lol well it broke in a car accident but I f&%$ing loved that thing! ESP by the way doesn't make necks unless you are willing to order a custom one but that's big money! 295 bucks for this guitar is almost insane, worth about 350-450 if you ask me. Let me warn you, it's not easy though to change strings on this thing, it explains how however in the manual that comes with the guitar, still tricky though. One more warning, if you wanna play drop C or anything out of the standard E tuning you will have to adjust the springs in the guitar to compensate for the string tension you take away from lowering to drop C. Drop D is alright, there won'e be too much difference from E, C however, and adjusting will be needed or else the Floyd Rose bridge will be lower into the body than usual. Besides that it's a very nice guitar that's smooth quick and can scream like a baby falling out of an airplane. -Nick-

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Pretty Solid

By Nate

from Columbia, TN

Comments about ESP LTD MH-53 Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar a year and a half ago now, and I'm just now getting around to reviewing it. First off ill say the finish is well done, it hasn't scratched and is still shiny. Also, i learned a couple of weeks after I got it that it DOES have a truss rod which is good. The action is very low, but there isnt any fret buzz with the humbucker. The single coils occasionally buzz but i guess thats to be expected. Also to be expected, the Floyd Rose is pretty high maintenance especially when changing strings. I play alot of metal and muted downpicking, so for me getting the tremelo wasn't the right choice. The Floyd Rose bends easily so it takes just the right amount of pressure from your palm, making it difficult, but i guess thats another topic entirely. Also, another thing i would change if i could do it again would be to get two humbuckers instead of H-S-S arrangement. If your looking for a classic bluesy or strat sound, the single coils are for you. Because I wasnt, it wasn't the right choice. Overall, I would recommend this guitar to a beginner/intermediate who wants a rock or bluesy sound. If you play more metal, I would advise you to get the same thing but with H-H instead of H-S-S. In the end, it was worth the money and provided me with hours of fun.


Great for the price

By Gunnzilla

from League City TX

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    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording

    Comments about ESP LTD MH-53 Electric Guitar:

    Use as a practice guitar. Would give 5 stars if had better pickups but for the price you cannot beat. Low action, fast board, light weight, nice feel. Looks amazing love all the 80's chrome.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    A little setup a must.

    By Jason Edwards

    from Lafayette, GA

    Comments about ESP LTD MH-53 Electric Guitar:

    I originally ordered an MH103. It was on backorder for over a month. I stumbled across this one and it is basically the same guitar in a black finish. Pickups are the same. Carved top is really nice. High neck access is cool too. I spent about 1 1/2 hours setting intonation and adjusting the Floyd. The setup wasn't bad from the factory but it wasn't super precise. The 5 way switch is not working on the bridge pickup all the time. I e-mailed ESP about this an haven't heard back yet. I guess we'll see what they will do. HAVING SAID ALL THAT... this guitar plays extremely well. The neck is more like my PRS- sort of a cross between a Les Paul and a Strat. It doesn't have a flat profile but is still pretty quick. Pickups are not bad at all; very good for a guitar in this range. I can get some really good tones out of it.


    Best Quality & Features for the Price!!!

    By James Tippens

    from Burbank, Ca

    Comments about ESP LTD MH-53 Electric Guitar:

    I Own Many Expensive Guitars. 7 String Gem's Gibson & Fender. This Guitar is the Best Price to Quality Ratio Ever.I do a Lot of Recording at WB in Burbank. & my share of Gig's. When I found myself Back in Burbank Ca In Need of a Guitar With all the Features I Demand aka Floyd Rose Double & Single Coil High Quality Pick ups. At a Cheap Price since I allredy own Very Expensive Guitar's & just needed a Quick Fix to a simple situation. I was Amazed at this ESP-LTD53. I Still Love Playing it on Recording's & Gig's.

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