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ESP F-50 Electric Guitar

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Incredible value on a serious shred machine with scorching humbuckers.

The ESP F-50 Electric Guitar shows once again that ESP has nailed the art of building affordable guitars that look great and sound amazing! A genuine string-through basswood body with a bolt-on maple neck and rosewood fretboard provide sustaining resonance that's blasted into the electric realm by ESP LH-150 humbuckers. 24 extra-jumbo frets provide huge range and make it easier to play accurately. Chrome hardware.

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FEATURES
  • Basswood body
  • Bolt-on maple neck
  • Thin U neck contour
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 24 extra-jumbo frets
  • ESP LH-150 humbuckers
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • 42mm standard nut
  • Model name inlay at the 12th fret
  • Tune-o-matic-style bridge and string-through body
  • ESP tuners
  • Chrome hardware

If you have a lot of fire in your blood but not a lot of cash in your wallet, this is the one you need. Order now!

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ESPF-50 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 148 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)
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Amazing Instrument

One of my old guitar teachers had a PRS Custom 22. I fell in love with that thing all over again every time I played it. The only problem was that 3,000 was way...Read complete review

One of my old guitar teachers had a PRS Custom 22. I fell in love with that thing all over again every time I played it. The only problem was that 3,000 was way out of my price range. I spent long hours online searching for guitars that might be comparable to that amazing guitar. I came across this particular esp while looking at my options for any guitar in my price range. The first thing that captivated me was the looks. Anyone looking at this has got to admit that this guitar is absolutely unique in its appearance. so i looked into this guitar extensively on many different websites and forums. I had trouble finding very much negative in regards to this guitar. Well it just so happened that on vacation a few months later, I entered a music shop with this guitar hanging on the wall. As you can assume, this was the first thing I picked up, and I kid you not, I spent 3 hours playing this guitar in that music shop. I could hardly tell a difference between this guitar and my teacher's PRS!! I was so excited when I left the store!! Being 14 years old at the time, I had to talk to my dad about it, who told me he wasn't going to buy it. So I waited. for 4 years I waited for this guitar. Finally, I got it!! I have been playing it for over a year now and am extremely happy with it!! I am an active musician playing between 3 and 6 shows a week, and this guitar is has never let me down!! No major problems with it, but the few problems I have had are things like the jack coming loose, which is something that almost every guitar will encounter. Overall, This is an amazing guitar for people of all skill levels!! The fret board is super fast, the thin neck is great for shredding lead solos and the pick ups are deep enough to get some great chucks out of even an overdrive pedal!! No need for distortion with this ax, I promise that!! The clean tones are super warm and smooth through my fender superchamp tube amp. This guitar is so good that even my old teacher with the PRS was amazed at how smooth it was when he compared it to his guitar!! I say if you're looking for a new guitar for metal, for church, or anything in between, look no further, you've met your destination!!

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Nice upgrade from starter guitar

This was my upgrade from a beginner/starter pack back in 2005, purchased from MF. Out of the box, the first problem I had was a poor setup; the high E string wouldn't...Read complete review

This was my upgrade from a beginner/starter pack back in 2005, purchased from MF. Out of the box, the first problem I had was a poor setup; the high E string wouldn't sit properly in the nut. Secondly, the headstock paint did not match the body. There was a large scratch in the electronics panel in the back. On the other hand, once everything was in working order, it played pretty smooth with low action. Adjustments from the bridge are quick and easy to make as well. The body paint does chip easily, as another review has stated. In any case, it is meant to be played and it plays pretty well for the novice with experience.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Instrument

By Don't do it

from Lake Charles, La

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Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

One of my old guitar teachers had a PRS Custom 22. I fell in love with that thing all over again every time I played it. The only problem was that 3,000 was way out of my price range. I spent long hours online searching for guitars that might be comparable to that amazing guitar. I came across this particular esp while looking at my options for any guitar in my price range. The first thing that captivated me was the looks. Anyone looking at this has got to admit that this guitar is absolutely unique in its appearance. so i looked into this guitar extensively on many different websites and forums. I had trouble finding very much negative in regards to this guitar. Well it just so happened that on vacation a few months later, I entered a music shop with this guitar hanging on the wall. As you can assume, this was the first thing I picked up, and I kid you not, I spent 3 hours playing this guitar in that music shop. I could hardly tell a difference between this guitar and my teacher's PRS!! I was so excited when I left the store!! Being 14 years old at the time, I had to talk to my dad about it, who told me he wasn't going to buy it. So I waited. for 4 years I waited for this guitar. Finally, I got it!! I have been playing it for over a year now and am extremely happy with it!! I am an active musician playing between 3 and 6 shows a week, and this guitar is has never let me down!! No major problems with it, but the few problems I have had are things like the jack coming loose, which is something that almost every guitar will encounter. Overall, This is an amazing guitar for people of all skill levels!! The fret board is super fast, the thin neck is great for shredding lead solos and the pick ups are deep enough to get some great chucks out of even an overdrive pedal!! No need for distortion with this ax, I promise that!! The clean tones are super warm and smooth through my fender superchamp tube amp. This guitar is so good that even my old teacher with the PRS was amazed at how smooth it was when he compared it to his guitar!! I say if you're looking for a new guitar for metal, for church, or anything in between, look no further, you've met your destination!!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

metal master

By metal master-QgzDl

from bellevue NE

Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

okay ive had this guitar for a few years now and just now finaly wrote a review about it. this guitar is a decent instrument. my only problem with it is the pickups aren't the best but for the money a very good buy.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great For Beginners

By John Tomes

from inland northwest

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Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

I have a high opinion since I've had mine for a long time. I got it while they still game with black hardware, but there is little difference. If you are into shred and don't want a floyd rose, this is pretty good. If you just want to play rhythm its good too. Sounds mean distorted and gorgeous clean. It handles down-tunings and hevy gauge strings well, and you can play almost anyway. ESP delivers even on the small brand and cheap front.
Its basic. Tone, Volume, Pick-Up selector. I've custom modded mine with a killswitch and I wish I had another volume switch, but it gets the job done. Pickups are find, but are worth replacing too. Adjusting the truss rod can be a pain same with intonation.
This was second guitar and has served me well for 4 years now. No serious problems. It has flown, been dropped, scratched a little, and survived bad climate. Still plays the same as when I first got it.
Still kind of steep for a beginner. Though, you can justify putting some money into it to make it a awesome guitar.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I feel like i robbed the ESP guitar company with this for 300..

By Tyler R.

from Pa

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Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

Im not gunna be an idiot like some others and say'this is better than gibson,or higher end guitars'because you get what you pay for,and no this cant stand up to a higher quality guitar,but for 300,icant get better than this.
I give this a 8,only because the stock pickups aren't the best(muddy at times),i plan on changing.I wish I had a coil split,but for only 300, I wouldn't expect it to.
Iv had this for 3.5 years now,and its just as good-looking as the day ibought(Iv dropped few times,only one scrath on the back.)Its built better than my ibanez rg4ex1.
This thing is a breeze to play.Its got a wide fretboard with ex frets,making it superbly easy to play.Its got a great low end punch,thus great for heavier styles.I keep it in drop C because of its great low end.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By jt-uAA1_

from SD

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Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

Ive had this guitar for over 4 years. For the price is a very good guitar as it is. I really like the playability of the guitar. The worst part of this guitar is the pick ups. They are decent pickups but if you change them it will really bring the guitar to life. I keep the guitar stock for a while but after changing the pickups it sounds as good as my ESP LTD EC-1000 Deluxe. I have a Seymour Duncan SH-1 '59 on the neck, and a EMG-HZ ,which is basically the passive version of the EMG 81, on the bridge.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Best Guitar I've Ever Bought

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

I just Bought this from my local guitar store. I paid a hundred dollars for mine. I got it in black. I also traded in my Squire By Fender Stratocaster and my Epiphone Junior Les Paul. This is by far the best guitar I've ever owned. When I brought it home I had a hell of a time trying to put it down. I even nick named it the demon. I highly reccommed this guitar to anybody.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice upgrade from starter guitar

By MR_MOJOMAN

from SUFU SD

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
  • Poor setup

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

This was my upgrade from a beginner/starter pack back in 2005, purchased from MF. Out of the box, the first problem I had was a poor setup; the high E string wouldn't sit properly in the nut. Secondly, the headstock paint did not match the body. There was a large scratch in the electronics panel in the back. On the other hand, once everything was in working order, it played pretty smooth with low action. Adjustments from the bridge are quick and easy to make as well. The body paint does chip easily, as another review has stated. In any case, it is meant to be played and it plays pretty well for the novice with experience.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A beautifully crafted mater-piece.

By Stephanos

from HOGTOWN VA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great Action
  • Great stock pickups
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Body Chips Easily

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Live
  • Metal
  • Recording

Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

So, I've been a bass player for the last 6 1/2 years. Now, that is not to say I don't know my way around a guitar too. I'm not going to describe when I found it, and fell in love with it, or how it's the best guitar ever. I will say, for this price, this instrument is a beast. The neck is thin and fast (as expected with ESP Guitars), the beautiful body and it's contours are accompanied by hot pickups (stock, by the way), and the hardware is very nice given the cost. The electronic layout is very simple: Volume, 3 way pickup select (neck, neck/bridge, bridge), and tone in that order. In regards to the volume and tone, I suggest that you tighten the nuts in the knobs as one of mine fell off two days after I purchased the instrument. The pot and wiring didn't fall out with it. Just the knob.

All in all, I love this guitar, and I suggest that if you are in the market for a cost-friendly axe, consider this guitar, or at least consider ESP and support metal guitar companies!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ESP F50

By Mark McDonald

from Indiana

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Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

Awesome guitar for the price and the look of it is really cool... Everybody who has seen it says it is awesome looking and I agree
I lowered the bridge and it plays as well as my Les Paul... I Love It
What a GREAT DEAL !!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By heavy1

from NY

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Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

Pros: -Looks cool. I like the body design and the high-gloss black finish. It is also very comfortable to wear.-The neck width and its extra-jumbo frets make it extremely comfortable to play.-Deep tone with lots of lows. I like to play it in drop c tuning to capitalize on this feature.Cons:-The pickups aren't very powerful. This is easily remedied by installing some new pickups. I put a Seymour Duncan Dimebucker into the bridge position and it took this guitar to a whole new level.-The jack is in an awkward place. If you play sitting down, the jack keeps knocking into the chair and your leg. Over time, the jack plate gets knocked loose, the sound dies out, and I have to fix it by re-tightening the jack plate and the jack ring.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

yes

By troybob

from new iberia,la

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

    beautiful guitar

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing guitar. Excellent guitar for beginners

    By RidetheLightning

    from Crescent City, CA

    Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

    I've had this guitar for a year and 3 months and and I must say it's fantastic. Esp doesn't fail to give a great guitar for a great price. The body is unique and awesome. The neck is slim and pretty fast. Rosewood fretboards are always nice and good feeling. The tuners on mine have kept pretty good tuning since the day I got it. And it sounds as great as the day I got it. The only minor problems I've had is that the guitar can't take much abuse when playing rough but that's my fault haha. I'm also thinking of getting some Emg pickups on mine. All in all if you are just starting guitar, You're spoiling yourself with this one but, in a good way ha. This guitar will last you up a good time until for some reason you buy a new one. If you're a more advanced player looking for a new guitar, if you really want an f series guitar look up the other ones cause this one may not be good enough for you.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A TRUE MONSTER

    By M_Lizarraga

    from Hermosillo Son Mexico

    Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

    Well, this is a amazing guitar, the neck is fast, pickups sound very good, it sounds very wood, with a few adjustments youcan set the action very low, you can easily play sweep pickning with it, this thing is almost perfect for me, the only thing that this thing doesnt has, is a floyd rose tremolo, it would be perfect if had onebut overal this thing is great, it worths every penny I paid for it, It looks fantastic, looks like a true demon, and screams like one too, go and buy now!!!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar for Advanced Players

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar brand new two months ago. First of all, this is not at all a beginner's guitar. A beginner's guitar is not equipped with 25 frets, fast action, and double humbuckers. This guitar is so versatile it makes playing easy for all levels of guitartists. I play through a handwired tube amp with dimarzio air zone pickups, and this guitar does everything I need it to. Smooth, clean, sounds, even Sabbath like solos. I'd reccomend this guitar to anyone who wants a great looking axe that plays well for an unbeatable price.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    (very) Awesome for a beginner

    By ericbm2

    from Nampa, ID

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    Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

    This was my first guitar. I bought this used at a local music shop. I had no idea how great of a value I was getting. I think I got it without stock pickups, but I put some new ones in anyway. Mine's loaded with a liquifire and a crunch lab (DiMarzios). It sounds awesome through my Peavey Vypyr Tube 60. I have Ernie Ball STHBs on it. This thing can crunch; that's for sure. The sound isn't as thick as my Schecter Hellraiser C-7 FR, but that's expected.This thing is really comfortable to play. My arms rests against it very naturally. Decent access to the 24th fret, miles better than my Hellraiser, but not as good as a KH-602 I've played. I love the positions of the knobs and switch; totally out of the way.No trem, but that's a good thing. I wouldn't want a trem on a beginner guitar.Sick body shape. Not the most spectacular finish, but it's really cool for such an inexpensive guitar.Cons: The tone knob just makes the tone more muddy, not warmer. Input jack is loose, but that happens. Notes don't sustain super well on the higher frets.Great value. Get it.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The older version is much better.

    By ZachiePwnsX

    from South Florida

    Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

    I bought my ESP F-50 about a year and a half ago while they were still making it out of Agathis. Agathis has an amazing tone. Now they're making it out of Basswood, which really sucks on a guitar. I'm glad I got my guitar while the quality was still good. I played a new one, through the same exact amp, and it doesnt sound like my guitar. If you want this guitar, I'd recommend it to you, but I'd only recommend the Agathis made bodies. Ebay is a good source.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great budget guitar

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

    I bought this used, in brand new condition with no mods. It's a darn good guitar, with some great features. 24 Xtra Jumbo frets, which I love, fairly light body, a nice thin neck and awesome looks. The only things I don't like about this guitar are that the stock neck pickup can be muddy on the lower frets when distorted, especially with chords. Also, I wish it had separate volume controls for each pickup. All in all, it's a well-built instrument with VERY good looks and playability. It's a little pricey for a budget guitar, but then again it's not a $3000 fender. Good value for the money, and definitely not my last ESP guitar.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Very good guitar for the price.

    By Scott Parker

    from Corvallis, OR

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Poor intonation
    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

    Very good guitar in general, for its price, and if you are interested in giving it a new pickup, then this guitar will go a long way. I've been playing for 7 and a half years, and I've had this guitar for 5.

    Price:
    When it comes to guitars, price is a very huge deciding factor for most enthusiasts.
    For it's price, I think this guitar is very good for how cheap it is. The only thing you lose on this guitar over say a $500+ guitar, is the stock pickup quality. They're not terrible, but they don't have any good tone at all.

    Playability:
    Intonation. This is probably the biggest drawback I can imagine, which is small in the scope of the pro's for this guitar. On certain strings, the higher you play the more out of pitch the notes go compared to where they should be. Most people wouldn't mind this so much, but this is one of the biggest failings on this guitar. If you're looking to practice or jam with some friends, then it's a perfect guitar. But because of the poor intonation, and if you need to play in-tune with other instruments or singers, then it isn't as reliable.
    To go around this, if you have a very nice set of balanced-tension strings, such as the D'addario NYXL strings, then this problem is diminished greatly, but still noticeable.

    Pickups:
    The stock pickups are somewhere between mediocre and sub-mediocre, but are by no means bad. Especially if you're starting to learn to play and don't really mind too much for tone, then this isn't a problem at all. If you know how to solder, or are willing to pay someone to solder for you, you can replace the pickups very easily. I took out the stock bridge pickup and put in an EMG-HZ H4A, a very strong passive pickup. If you're willing to put in a little extra money, this guitar will take you a long way.

    This guitar is very nice and I would recommend this to anyone ranging from novice to intermediate experience with guitars. It's very simple and cheap, and if you can overlook its flaws, it' a very versatile guitar.

     
    5.0

    Great stuff

    By Justin-Q91gC

    from Parry Sound , Ont

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    Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar as my second guitar. I wanted a great looking guitar with some original look to it but nothing to out there. That is exactly what i got with this one. It sounds great and if you hook up a good distortion pedal (MT-2 metalzone is my preference) you can play anything and get amazing sound for this price.....GREAT DEAL........

     
    5.0

    SICK QUITAR

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about ESP F-50 Electric Guitar:

    This is a sick guitar for the price. I brought about 2 months ago and its still perfect. The sound is awsome and it come pretty good tuned out of the box. It is also sick looking. Looks lot better in real life. It also has great sound. This guitar is awsome.

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