If you could go back in time to ESP's founding in 1975, you wouldn't recognize it as the powerhouse luthier it is today. That's because, in the beginning, ESP was a humble repair shop building high-end replacement parts and upgrades. But it was only a matter of time before musicians fell so deep in love with their craftsmanship that they started pushing for ESP to build its own guitars from scratch. The rest, as they say, is history, and today the ESP Viper series is one segment from an ever-expanding family of guitars. Designed with silky-smooth curves and tone to match, these instruments are ready to take on anything from the garage and jam room to the stage and studio.
Are you searching for your very first guitar? If so, you can start with a look at the ESP LTD Viper-10 and ESP LTD Viper-100FM electric guitars. Affordable enough for any budget, these make great axes for beginners as well as ideal "daily drivers" for experienced players. Each one is decked out with twin humbucking pickups for big, meaty sound as well as a Tone-o-matic bridge and stopbar tailpiece for stability. Their basswood bodies and maple necks are key ingredients in their signature sounds, and the 100FM ups the visual ante even further with a flamed maple top and rosewood fretboard.
Maybe you're a pro guitarist looking for something that's a cut above the rest. In that case, you'll want to check out the ESP LTD Deluxe Viper 1000 Electric Guitar. It's got everything that distinguishes the Viper nameplate, but with its high-end hardware selection, it takes the instrument to a whole new level. Based on a mahogany body and three-piece mahogany neck, the Deluxe Viper 1000 pumps out tons of power through its EMG-81/85 active humbucking pickups. The finishing touches are white and abalone bindings and black nickel hardware that make this guitar look as good as it sounds.
There really is an ESP Viper guitar for everyone, whether you're a beginner in need of an accessible first axe or a seasoned pro gearing up for your biggest shows of the year. ESP even makes a case specifically to fit the Viper's characteristic body shape, so you might want to consider picking up one of those to go with your new axe - because you'll definitely want to keep your new ESP Viper in one piece!