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ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar  

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The ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar is one of the best values in a serious, hard-rocking electric guitar. The EC-50 sports a pair of ESP LH-150 pickups tha...Read More

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Huge humbucking tone, easy-play scale length, and sharp looks with a tiny price tag.

The ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar is one of the best values in a serious, hard-rocking electric guitar. The EC-50 sports a pair of ESP LH-150 pickups that generate super sustained distortion. Maple neck with rosewood fretboard on a basswood body provides great resonance while the shorter 24-3/4" scale makes note bending a breeze.

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FEATURES
  • Bolt-on neck
  • 24-3/4" scale
  • Basswood body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 42mm standard nut
  • Thin U neck contour
  • 24 extra-jumbo frets
  • ESP LH-150 humbucking pickups
  • Chrome hardware
  • ESP tuners
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ESPEC-50 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 145 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

inexpensive, not cheap!

let me start by saying that i've had a kh-602 for the past ten years. esp always makes a solid instrument, and this is no exception. i was expecting something sub-par when...Read complete review

let me start by saying that i've had a kh-602 for the past ten years. esp always makes a solid instrument, and this is no exception. i was expecting something sub-par when i pulled it out of the box, but was shocked when i realized this will probably be the best guitar i've ever bought in this price range. even with the bolt on neck, this guitar is as solid as my ZW les paul, and as fast as my KH. i've considered swapping out the stock pickups for some emgs, but they're so close in sound it almost makes no difference. it can handle a beating on stage, and is light enough to not be killing you after an hour and a half. the only challenge i've faced with it is that they turned around the volume knobs so that the bridge is closer for quick shut offs. a good idea, but a learning curve none the less.

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A Beginner's Guitar

This is definitely a Beginner's guitar. I own the one with the satin black finish, and i don't think musicians friends pictures do it justice because it looks much better in person. The...Read complete review

This is definitely a Beginner's guitar. I own the one with the satin black finish, and i don't think musicians friends pictures do it justice because it looks much better in person. The neck is nice and thin, allowing easy access to higher frets. It handles gain very well, so if you are a beginning metal guitar player this may not be a bad choice, however i think there are better, and still cheap, options. The down sides to this guitar are small but plentiful. The pickups are not very good at all, being stock pickups from ESP. The neck is very delicate, and i have heard horror stories from a two different acquaintances that told me their neck snapped off when they hit it on something(which is inevitable to do at some point if you are playing shows). I have played many shows with this guitar, and hit the neck and it has stayed completely intact for me, so i do not know how credible those stories are. The bridge produces some slight buzz due to loose saddles, which could be fixed but is an annoyance. I have to say that the two worst parts about the guitar would have to be the fact that the tuners are very poor quality, and the fret work on the upper portion of the neck is poor therefore intonation can be thrown off. On the twenty first fret off mine, if i try to hit the note it sounds as the 22nd fret because of the poor craftsmanship. In addition to that there is some irreversible fret buzz, which can't be fixed with a good setup. Now, these things being said, I really do love the neck because of its 24 frets and ease of use, and for being such a cheap guitar it does handle metal and distorted tones well. I am not a metal musician and bought this guitar when i was young and not a knowledgeable musician, and would have been better off with a guitar from another company. I know it sounds as though i am slamming the guitar but i am just giving the true facts about it from a practical perspective. In conclusion, if you are a metal guitarist the EC-50 is not a bad guitar to go with, but there are better options from ltd and better options from different companies such as Jackson. If you are not a metal guitarist do not waste your time with this thing because it will do you no good.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

inexpensive, not cheap!

By cjm

from belleville MI

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

    let me start by saying that i've had a kh-602 for the past ten years. esp always makes a solid instrument, and this is no exception. i was expecting something sub-par when i pulled it out of the box, but was shocked when i realized this will probably be the best guitar i've ever bought in this price range. even with the bolt on neck, this guitar is as solid as my ZW les paul, and as fast as my KH. i've considered swapping out the stock pickups for some emgs, but they're so close in sound it almost makes no difference. it can handle a beating on stage, and is light enough to not be killing you after an hour and a half. the only challenge i've faced with it is that they turned around the volume knobs so that the bridge is closer for quick shut offs. a good idea, but a learning curve none the less.

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good pick

    By Kyleton

    from Maryland

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Not much

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

    I've had this guitar for the past 2 years now. mines all white but I'm diggin the black fade. This guitar is great for multiple types of music. I play alot of Tool all the way to lamb of god, usually use my Jackson for LoG, but anyway, you get the point... great guitar. Great vibe. I cant remember but one of my knobs came un-done(i think I turned it too far without realizing) where I had it soughterd back together, not a big deal at all, that can happen to any guitar!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    EC-50 Worth the money

    By Ben

    from southern Ill.

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • 22 Tone Ceramic

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

    Great guitar for the price. Definitely ready to play

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    PRETTY GOOD

    By 16 prodigy

    from Protem MO

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is well worth your money I paid a small amount for at a pawn shop and I use it at all my gigs. I was very surprised what I paid for it in the quality that I receivedI recommend it as a first guitar or experienced players.well done ESP.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      awsome guitar

      By guitarman91

      from Hannibal mo

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        This is a great guitar has a great sound great fill the price is awsome

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        A Beginner's Guitar

        By Sillymcwet

        from missouri

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Comfortable Playability
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Nice neck

        Cons

        • Bad Pickups
        • Bad Tuners
        • Fret Buzz
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        This is definitely a Beginner's guitar. I own the one with the satin black finish, and i don't think musicians friends pictures do it justice because it looks much better in person. The neck is nice and thin, allowing easy access to higher frets. It handles gain very well, so if you are a beginning metal guitar player this may not be a bad choice, however i think there are better, and still cheap, options. The down sides to this guitar are small but plentiful. The pickups are not very good at all, being stock pickups from ESP. The neck is very delicate, and i have heard horror stories from a two different acquaintances that told me their neck snapped off when they hit it on something(which is inevitable to do at some point if you are playing shows). I have played many shows with this guitar, and hit the neck and it has stayed completely intact for me, so i do not know how credible those stories are. The bridge produces some slight buzz due to loose saddles, which could be fixed but is an annoyance. I have to say that the two worst parts about the guitar would have to be the fact that the tuners are very poor quality, and the fret work on the upper portion of the neck is poor therefore intonation can be thrown off. On the twenty first fret off mine, if i try to hit the note it sounds as the 22nd fret because of the poor craftsmanship. In addition to that there is some irreversible fret buzz, which can't be fixed with a good setup. Now, these things being said, I really do love the neck because of its 24 frets and ease of use, and for being such a cheap guitar it does handle metal and distorted tones well. I am not a metal musician and bought this guitar when i was young and not a knowledgeable musician, and would have been better off with a guitar from another company. I know it sounds as though i am slamming the guitar but i am just giving the true facts about it from a practical perspective. In conclusion, if you are a metal guitarist the EC-50 is not a bad guitar to go with, but there are better options from ltd and better options from different companies such as Jackson. If you are not a metal guitarist do not waste your time with this thing because it will do you no good.

        Comment on this review

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Good but not great

        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is a decent place to start for a beginner. Seasoned (or slightly experienced players) look elsewhere.
        It has a polyester painted back of the neck, so the speed of the neck is limited, especially under sweaty hands. This is not clearly disclosed in any advertising for this guitar. Also, frets 20-24 are difficult to reach or play due to its 24.75 scale. This scale should really only be 22 frets. The tummy cut is nice.
        The nut clearly needs to be lowered and the slots filed, but it is serviceable as received.
        For the money, you get a slightly above-average value. -- nothing more; nothing less.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Am I Still To Create the Perfect System

        By Christopher Rico

        from Kansas City

        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        overall i'm really happy with this guitar. i would temper your expectations as far at the tobacco burst finnish though
        All the features you could ask for at this price range. I especially love the countouring on the cutaway and and the body it really sets this guitar apart. i don't care for the LTD logo instead of ESP on the headstock.
        this feels and plays great. I ordered the tobacco burst finish but the guitar i got really doesn't look like the picture, it's more of a cherry burst, it goes from dark cherry on the back and edges to orange in the center and the wood grain is not as transparent as shown in the picture. it's still a beautiful finish it just not tobacco burst in my opinion.
        I love les paul style guitars and previously owned a 99 gibson les paul studio. this guitar is much more affordable but holds its own incomparison to the studio with the exception of having a bolt-on neck

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar!

        By Samuel Overman

        from North Carolina

        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        I love this guitar! I bought not too long ago and haven't had a complaint! It had some pretty good strings when I got it but then I put some Elixers on and the sound improved tenfold! It's light, and very easily played. I would recommend this to anyone experienced or beginner!
        Great ESP pickups, Not too heavy, Easy playability
        The price on this was amazing! It is obviously worth more!

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Father Time Says

        By AL Hamilton

        from Colorado

        Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

        Overall, I can't say anything bad about this instrument, especially for the price! I'll get my money out of this one a dozen times over and I would buy another one tomorrow! I can't wait to save a few more bones and try a step up ESP's Ladder to one of their deluxe LTD models! I can't seem to get My mind around the idea that They make a bunch of 'em higher in quality! I CAN"T FIND NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS ONE! ESP has won My business! 20 THUMBS UP!!! Other brands are now just a faded memory, Who Cares!
        For People who are just starting out on an Electric Guitar, I would say that You are kind of LUCKY to have something like this available! Where were these 30 years ago? I wish I'd had this one back then! A lot of name brand guitars I've owned over the years now seem a little like junk by comparison! How Ironic! GO ESP!!!
        24 Frets, Neck is Fast and Comfortable, Perfect Cutaway Shape, Stays in Tune nicely (Even Under Abuse)! Pickups are O.K. too!
        I am thoroughly delighted! The best bang for the buck I've seen in ages! This is TOO COOL!!!
        The only thing it doesn't do is shoot sparks!
        Sometimes I just catch Myself staring at this insturment across the room sitting on it's stand! It's like looking at a fine car, Your eyes just can't seem to leave it alone! THEN, You pick it up and You realize why it looks so good, It flat out FEELS GOOD TOO! The neck is So Comfortable and these guitars are well balanced! The fretboard, pickups, finish, hardware,... everything is Well Made! Thank You ESP for putting a real quality instrument within reach, especially to someone on a budget! I couldn't be happier!
        Who would have thought that just a Couple Hundred Bones could buy such a quality instrument?!!! These guitars are well made and just plain do it all. This is a more economy model in ESP's LTD Line-up, but I am still shocked by the quality for the price. I can only imagine how good the more deluxe ESP models are, especially in the LTD series. WOW! I feel a little guilty because My other guitars just sit around collecting dust now! All My friends who own an ESP/LTD as well ALL say the same thing! If You haven't tried out an ESP yet, Well, YOU REALLY JUST DON'T KNOW what You're missing! These instruments are NO JOKE, Seriously, They ROCK!!!

        I want to Offer a Special Thanks to ***Musician's Friend*** for carrying the Entire ESP/LTD Line Up, I'll be back for more!!!

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