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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (122)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good but not great

By SJB-WhYGv

from NJ

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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.

(5 of 8 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.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

10 YEAR OWNERSHIP.

By xshorizon

from Nashville, TN

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Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

for $210 USD, i can't ask for anything more to have stood by me over the past 10 years through any style of music i wanted to play.i spent a lot of time learning the most advanced picking styles i could along with speed articulation as well as intervallic theory, modes, scales and the like for a better half of 3 years, when it was played the most at roughly 6-7hrs a day straight.this guitar is solid and if i ever lost it somehow, i'd quickly replace it.
i bought this guitar USED when i was 15 but everything on it was still stock and pretty new at $210. i'm about to be 25 in september.i have no prior knowledge from previous owner(s).everything about this guitar is well rounded to me and i've played everything from hardcore punk, death metal, alternative, nu-metal, jazz, blues, classic rock, post-rock, screamo, post-hardcore, grind, math rock, pop-punk, neo-classical metal.. all through many SS and TUBE amps over time.if you can't get a decent tone out of this, please stop playing music or just approach your instrument with some humility next time and learn to EQ. the only problems i have ever had out of this guitar has been the volume pot and a sagging pickup.after about 7 years, i replaced the stock tuners with grovers fine tuners as they always performed better than any locking ones i'd experienced and i was just ready to upgrade.
this guitar has seen extreme temperatures, both hot and cold, harsh environments where water, alcohol and even electrical tape and white out among other such things have come into contact with its surface. it has been gigged countless times and has been slammed into many things creating quite a few dents and chips all over the neck, headstock, back and front.

i once was shoved right over my halfstack live and continued playing right through without any problems.

with all of this, the guitar has never ceased to function for me and has only had very minor hangups like loose screws, fret wear, etc but i've never had to have any heavy maintenance done besides your regular setup and adjustments over time.

i have to say i did NOT baby this guitar and even practically abused it.the 8 rating seems very honest and acceptable given these circumstances.
i can't recall just how much this guitar has been through but it's still being used heavily as a backup and in another project flawlessly.

i have to say that this is a great guitar in the hands of any good guitar player but if you prefer expensive equipment to create your desired tone, then you won't like this guitar.

i've since bought an EC-401 that i've made my main guitar for my main project since it's the same style with better hardware, pickups, setup, etc and have a review on that as well.

(4 of 4 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!!!

(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!

(2 of 5 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!

(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.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    awsome guitar

    By Rwmcneal

    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

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Novice Guitar!

      By Alex Hulsey

      from Longview, TX

      Comments about ESP EC-50 Electric Guitar:

      It was a great guitar for me to use as a novice. it has such a great tone with just a simple Boss MT-2 metal zone pedal. i play metal music, so ESP is the first choice for me and this guitar really introduced me into the superb quality of ESP LTD guitars. GREAT buy i reccommend to any new to moderately skilled guitarists, especially those who want to play metal or rock music and are on a budget.
      The features on this guitar are simple at best, but the stock pickups are easily the best stock pickups ive ever heard. The tone knobs breoke off the 2nd day i had it though, an easy fix i was just too lazy to attempt as the knob still worked, it just didnt have the fancy chrome cover. the small neck size was great for me because i was 14 when i got it and it was a good sized neck that was easy to play on.
      Even though it is a rather low-numbered model in the EC series, this guitar really is BEAUTIFUL. i got the white finish and its very pretty. its sturdy and well made for the most part, exept that i was rough on it and didnt yet have strap locks so the strap holders came unscrewed. after many times of sliding out, it wore the grooves down and i had to drill a new hole, but it was again an easy fix, just get strap locks.
      This is an overwhelmingly exeptional guitar that plays great for any style of metal or rock. its beautiful and WAY worth the price.

      (1 of 2 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.

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