Some of the world's most renowned luthiers can be traced back to simple beginnings in a small repair shop, where passion and hard work laid the foundation for scratch-built guitars that would eventually catch the world's attention. That's exactly what happened with ESP, which started out making replacement parts and went on to build instruments that musicians everywhere are dying to get their hands on. Thankfully, the ESP LTD series makes it easier than ever to do just that. First created in 1996, this line of ESP guitars and basses is designed to make legendary ESP quality a little bit more affordable, so even if you budget is tight, you have the opportunity to own the axe of your dreams.
If you're looking for your first guitar, you can start simple with an instrument like the ESP LTD M-10 Electric Guitar. Or, to take your first steps into extended-range, check out its 7-string alternative, the ESP LTD M-17. From there, the lineup only gets sweeter: take the ESP LTD B-5E 5-String Bass Guitar for instance. This richly-appointed bass turns the dial up a notch with its 5th string, and its smooth playability matches its handsome looks.
Do you want to follow in the footsteps of one of the world's legendary musicians? In that case, be sure not to miss signature models in the ESP LTD collection. For instance, there's the James Hetfield Signature Iron Cross, and the Kirk Hammett Signature White Zombie Electric Guitar. Or, if you want something that really stands out on the stage, consider the ESP LTD ALEXI 600 Greeny, built to Alexi Laiho's specifications with the paint job to match.
Whether you choose to forge your own path with an original ESP LTD model, or go for the look and sound of the greats with a signature axe, there's one thing you can always count on, and that's ESP's reputation for fantastic build quality and playability. It's what happens when a luthier is built on the back of humble craftsmanship and high standards: you get guitars and basses designed to feel and sound every bit as good as they look, which is exactly what the ESP LTD line delivers.