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ESP Standard Series Eclipse II Black Cherry

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This high-quality rocker has an uptown vibe with solid credentials as a hard hitter. Mahogany body with a carved top of quilted maple, set mahogany n...Click To Read More About This Product

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Dressed up and ready to kill.

This high-quality rocker has an uptown vibe with solid credentials as a hard hitter. Mahogany body with a carved top of quilted maple, set mahogany neck, 24-3/4" scale, 22 jumbo frets on a rosewood fingerboard with flag inlays, and a pair of hot EMG-81/EMG-60 active humbuckers. Gotoh Tune-o-matic-style bridge with stop tailpiece anchors the strings, while Gotoh locking tuners keep them cinched down and in-tune through heavy crunches and string-stretching leads.

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FEATURES
Mahogany body with carved quilted maple top
Set mahogany neck
24-3/4" scale
Rosewood fretboard
42mm bone nut
Thin U neck contour
EMG-81 (bridge) and EMG-60 (neck) active humbuckers
22 extra-jumbo frets
Chrome hardware
Gotoh Magnum locking tuners
Gotoh Tune-o-matic-style bridge with stopbar tailpiece
2 volume and 2 tone controls with 3-way switching
White binding on body, neck, and headstock
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ESPStandard Series Eclipse II
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Eclipse II - Overshadows all others \../ \../

I bought the snow white version recently. After 30 days I loved it so much that I bought the black cherry version too. They sound very different and that is why I am reviewing...Read complete review

I bought the snow white version recently. After 30 days I loved it so much that I bought the black cherry version too. They sound very different and that is why I am reviewing both for those out there who arent sure what to get. The snow white has an ebony fret board and this along with the sealed mahogany body makes it sound very bright and clear, but almost too bright for standard tuning (IMHO). That being said it is great for clarity with low and Drop tunings like Drop D, C, B, etc. I also added the 18 volt mod which I add to all my active EMG pickups and also suggest you try it too. The snow white is so white that it almost looks like a plastic mold and not wood since there is no flamed maple top to see, but I grew to like this look in a few weeks. I put on black knobs and got rid of the vintage knobs it came with for a modern look. Overall it is the best guitar Ive bought and is the reason I bought another. I am not rich and bought 2 because THEY ARE THAT GOOD and I will not need to spend and waste money buying up to it in the future! The black cherry has a rosewood fret board and flamed maple top that is absolutely beautiful! The stock online photos dont do justice and an LTD Eclipse version does not have the same grain pattern or finish as other reviewers have claimed. It has a more traditional tone being much warmer and darker in tone overall and sounds great in standard or Drop D tuning. I would choose the snow white for better tone to suit metal, but would chose black cherry for better looks overall if you dont plan to play really low Drop tunings. Dont misunderstand me about tones. The rhythm guitarist for Devil Driver plays the black cherry version in Drop C and sounds great. I just wanted to say that these guitars are better then a Gibson LP for rock or metal (IMHO) with the 81/60 PUs and is better than anything Ive played in the LTD versions which I have owned many other styles of LTD Eclipses too. These guitars are chambered and ridiculously light too in comparison to a Gibson LP. Dont hesitate buying! Hope to have helped out? Keep on Rockin people! \m/ \m/
These have Gotoh Magnum locking tuners and I would suggest looking at a youtube video on how they work. They are great and make string changes easy! The back body is sculpted and this is not seen in the photos. This makes it comfortable for sure. The biggest thing about this guitar is the short scale of 24 & 3/4" length which makes it less of a stretch to the first fret in comparison to 25 & 1/2" scales like the LTDs have. This makes certain chords much easier to play!
Best quality in any guitar I've owned. Blows away Ibanez and Fender or Shecter since I've owned them all. Prestige, US strat & tele, Shecter C-6, etc. Simply the best quality!
Value is great overall since the Gibson LP version it is modeled after is over twice the price and doesn't come with EMGs either which is standard in ESP. Anything over $1,500 should be great and this is certainly the case and I have no complaints at all. If working pros play these then there is something good to be said about them in that alone. Will these improve playing skills? Probrably since you will never want to put it down!

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Doesn't quite cut it!

Possibly the best sounding guitar ever! Despite have a low action, the strings are unresponsive and difficult to bend, even when using 0.9 strings. Great if you're just playing chords and rhythm...Read complete review

Possibly the best sounding guitar ever! Despite have a low action, the strings are unresponsive and difficult to bend, even when using 0.9 strings. Great if you're just playing chords and rhythm guitar, but anyone who wants to shredd should stay away from it.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Eclipse II - Overshadows all others \../ \../

By AllAmericanDJ

from Cleveland, OH

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Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

I bought the snow white version recently. After 30 days I loved it so much that I bought the black cherry version too. They sound very different and that is why I am reviewing both for those out there who arent sure what to get. The snow white has an ebony fret board and this along with the sealed mahogany body makes it sound very bright and clear, but almost too bright for standard tuning (IMHO). That being said it is great for clarity with low and Drop tunings like Drop D, C, B, etc. I also added the 18 volt mod which I add to all my active EMG pickups and also suggest you try it too. The snow white is so white that it almost looks like a plastic mold and not wood since there is no flamed maple top to see, but I grew to like this look in a few weeks. I put on black knobs and got rid of the vintage knobs it came with for a modern look. Overall it is the best guitar Ive bought and is the reason I bought another. I am not rich and bought 2 because THEY ARE THAT GOOD and I will not need to spend and waste money buying up to it in the future! The black cherry has a rosewood fret board and flamed maple top that is absolutely beautiful! The stock online photos dont do justice and an LTD Eclipse version does not have the same grain pattern or finish as other reviewers have claimed. It has a more traditional tone being much warmer and darker in tone overall and sounds great in standard or Drop D tuning. I would choose the snow white for better tone to suit metal, but would chose black cherry for better looks overall if you dont plan to play really low Drop tunings. Dont misunderstand me about tones. The rhythm guitarist for Devil Driver plays the black cherry version in Drop C and sounds great. I just wanted to say that these guitars are better then a Gibson LP for rock or metal (IMHO) with the 81/60 PUs and is better than anything Ive played in the LTD versions which I have owned many other styles of LTD Eclipses too. These guitars are chambered and ridiculously light too in comparison to a Gibson LP. Dont hesitate buying! Hope to have helped out? Keep on Rockin people! \m/ \m/
These have Gotoh Magnum locking tuners and I would suggest looking at a youtube video on how they work. They are great and make string changes easy! The back body is sculpted and this is not seen in the photos. This makes it comfortable for sure. The biggest thing about this guitar is the short scale of 24 & 3/4" length which makes it less of a stretch to the first fret in comparison to 25 & 1/2" scales like the LTDs have. This makes certain chords much easier to play!
Best quality in any guitar I've owned. Blows away Ibanez and Fender or Shecter since I've owned them all. Prestige, US strat & tele, Shecter C-6, etc. Simply the best quality!
Value is great overall since the Gibson LP version it is modeled after is over twice the price and doesn't come with EMGs either which is standard in ESP. Anything over $1,500 should be great and this is certainly the case and I have no complaints at all. If working pros play these then there is something good to be said about them in that alone. Will these improve playing skills? Probrably since you will never want to put it down!

(7 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Amazing. But esp has better deals.

By LTD king

from Colorado

Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

I Played one of these for about 2 hours and it the most amazing guitar ive ever played. The hang up i have is for 800 less the ltd ec-1000 is almost the identical guitar, prettier actually due to the abalone binding. the hardware and pickups are identical. both are same woods and cut. Why pay the extra for the ESP at the headstock instead of LTD. I walked out of the shop with the ec-1000 and it plays identical. and has since (1 year) played flawless. save your bucks get the same for less.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome!

By = )

from NJ

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Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

Several years ago, when I was in my early 20's and just getting into the band scene, I went looking for a new guitar. I assumed I would walk out of my local music store with a Les Paul. After trying out various guitars and a ton of Gibson models, none of them made me say "Wow that's a good deal for a sweet guitar". One of the guys in the shop heard the style of music I was playing and suggested an LTD EC-1000. I fell in love with it within seconds. Since then I've bought nothing but LTD and ESP products. I own 2 EC-100'0's, an ESP Eclipse II, and an ESP Eclipse Custom model. Each time I spring for a more expensive ESP model I am never disappointed that I did so. Ever.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW

By pazuzu-.VRIb

from victoria bc

Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

I've played for 30 plus years and my #1 guitar (a custom carvetop neck through body beauty) was in need of a fret job so for a change I bought the esp eclipse in the vintage black. I tried it out in the store for maybe ten minutes and knew that it was leaving with me. What an absolutly fantastic guitar, tight and responsive, ringing out clear even when unplugged. Stays in perfect tune even through major shredding and bends. The feel is so right it's inspiring new music out of this old dog. I play fast technical to kick in the guts metal to groovy stuff and this guitar takes anything I can throw at it. I baby the hell out of it as I don't know how tough the finish is but I'm not touring anymore so it should be fine. My old #1 hangs on the wall these days and is now a jealous #2. If you can find one of these buy it, you'll never regret it.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

New favorite guitar

By Michael Magee

from Boston

Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

10's all around the board here... I love this guitar, and it seems I'm not alone. everyone who touches it is wowed by the fit and finish, feel, playability. I had a pro luthier with 30 years experience working for some pretty big names set it up. He's done all of my guitars including a $3k Gretsch and this is the only guitar that he said he *really* liked. Said it more than once actually. Granted it's not really a guitar for all styles, but it's surprisingly versatile. The clean tones out of the neck pickup are fantastic. All of the hardware is top notch. Only thing it could have used is straplocks, but that's an easy $15 fix. Get some Schallers and (here's a tip) reuse the stock ESP strab button screws. The heads fit the Schaller buttons perfectly and since the screw's threads have already cut their grooves in the wood they go back in like butter. The Schaller screws had a slightly different thread.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ESP Rocks

By Shreder13

from Bellport, NY

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Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

The satin black with gold I own is stunning. I've had it for 7 months and it is still perfect. It came with great intonation straight from the factory. It sounds super tight through my crank Frankenstein. It has a full tone that I have only heard on a select few other guitars and the pickups are great. Also because they are EMG active you can just unclip the pickup and change it out for an 85 in the bridge 81 in the neck. Great guitar!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

This guitar is amazing guitar. The sound is amazing and the EMGs set the tone all the way. I have heavier guage strings for lower tuning (drop A, drop B) and I had to adjust my bridge, but the feel is so tight and everything from palm muting to open strumming is so tight and crisp. I originally had on standard SIT strings that came with the guitar, and the strings were really good and the guitar still had a really precise, tight feel. I even get a great clean sound out of this guitar. I play in a band, and this guitar is so lightweight that it makes playing a show that much better. I recommend this guitar for any metal guitarist, or guitarist in general. You'll drop some bucks on it, but its worth it.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bought Used...

Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

I bought the used Aged CherryBurst and I was very impressed with everything. I play mainly metal stuff, but I also love the blues; this guitar was perfect for me. I will have to have it set up, but that's what comes with the territory; besides I am picky when it comes to the way I prefer my guitar set up (strings, tuning, ect...).

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best LP I have ever owned

By ronsws6

from San Antonio, TX

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Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

I have the one with seymour duncans and it blows every LP I have owned (3) away. I wish it was american, I prefer to play american. But you have to call it how it is. Let me tell you how it's better than my les pauls.#1 STAYS IN TUNE. I am a very aggresive player and a real LP won't stay in tune for half a song with me. The ESP holds tune much much better. Not as good as a floyd rose equipped guitar, but much better than an LP. I have to retune every set during a gig instead of ever song with the LP's.#2 Faster neck: I have small hands and the ESP has a thinner faster neck than even the 60's style LP's.#3 Lighter. It's about a 1/4 inch thinner than an LP so it saves weight. Consequently the tone isn't as fat, but it's not near as Muddy as an LP either.#4 Features: Find many LP's with Sperzel locking tuners, tone pros bridge, and 2 choices of pickups (SD or EMG)? Nope!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

change the machine heads...

By Robb

from Louisiana

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Machine Heads Suck

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

I've owned this guitar for 3 years and the only complaint I have is the machine heads...I HATE them, so I'm changing them out for the ones that come on the custom model (Sperzel Locking); fret buzz has also been a problem over the years (I don't recommend this for those using drop tunings, except maybe drop d). The pickups are great IMHO; electronics are pretty solid (some issues with the pickup switch at times); hardware could be better for almost 2k. The neck is easy to play and fretboard is great (although I usually prefer Ebony (I have the cherryburst finish). The finish is stunning...still. The volume and tone knobs are excellent. The weight feels right not too heavy, not too light; the width is perfect (slim, I don't prefer Les Paul's width...too fat for me). It resonates very well; very loud unplugged; sounds great with or without an amp (quick note to novices: the way to judge a great guitar is to play it unplugged; if it sounds good without the amp, you're good). I will probably buy the white one next and switch out the machine heads; don't really see me buying any other brand ever again; best guitar I've ever owned and wanted one of these since I first started playing 21 years ago. Hope this helps you make your decision...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT SHREDDER!

By mayes213

from Poseyville, IN

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Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

This guitar is perfect for us Metal Heads! It is the best playing, sounding, and looking (Black Cherry) guitar I have ever owned. Thanks ESP!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

backpedaling

By Nocturne

from Palmer AK

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Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

I am sorry! I reviewed the product (the ESP Eclipse II) a couple days ago and I REALLY tore it down. I had just tried it for about sixty seconds after a guy had played a show with it. He had bad strings, a shorting out (self installed) EMG 85 instead on the 60, and some other bad crap. I tried this guitar at the local music store with DR 10.-52. strings and the regular pickups and... It's REALLY good. It plays like butter! I still love my ESP EC-1000 more (for the price and quality) but this in vintage black... oh man! Its beautiful. The lack of a 24 XJ fret neck kind of disheartened me. It's a little hard to hit those high notes but this guitar is still a beauty. I am sorry for my previous review...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Quality Guitar

By GuitarRikk

from Bethlehem, PA

Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

I cannot tell you how pleased I am with this decision. I wanted a Les Paul-type guitar for my arsenal, and have just not been happy with what Gibson has been churning out lately, so after some research, I opted for the ESP Eclipse II. I was blown away. Feels good, plays great. I bought mine when Seymour Duncans were an available option, so I went with those over the EMGS. The fretwork and setup on this guitar was as good as anything I've ever played...and right out of the box. A lot of care went into making/setting up this guitar. One of the best guitar decisions I've ever made. My band-mate and I have 50+ years playing guitar and we were both floored by the quality of this guitar.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Holy Grail of Heavy Metal Guitars

By v3xify

from Boston, MA

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Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

This guitar has the tone every Metal guitarist looks for. Everybody knows that the EMG 81/60 is the most overused pickup setup in the metal scene, but thats because it sounds amazing! The mahogany provides a dense, dark tone, and the pickups are amazing. Les Paul style guitars are dificult for me to play, but I didn't seem to have a problem with this for some reason. My only problem with this guitar is that you could find or create the same thing for much cheaper. Overall, Id give this guitar a 5/5.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dream Guitar

By Dave-EXsZ1

from Bradenton, FL

Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

Dude, this is the guitar I would custom order! p/u's and wood and headstock and shape. my only beef is the paint on it is like see through and maple and stuff, and id prefer satin black with black trem (but thats my dream) so instead of shellin' out 4 G's im a buy this one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Matt-nwdvR

from Leesburg

Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

I bought the Vintage black Version of this guitar about 3 months ago and let me say it was the best purchase I have ever made. The Finish is beautiful and the tone is amazing. The EMG active humbuckers are fantastic and perfect for Metal to Rock to blues. I love this guitar and wouldn't trade it for the world. A couple problems that I have found are that the lower frets are kind of hard to reach so you definitely would want to try it out first. The only other problem I can think of is the fact that it only has one tone knob. ESP would have been sued by Gibson if there was an extra. Overall I love this guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ESP Eclipse II

By OleSprky

from Ypsilanti, Mi

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Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

I originally had a DV8-R on order and the store also had one of these in stock. I played the DV8 first and loved it (it had the livewires also) but when I picked this thing up, it was all over. Mine is the Amber Cherry Sunburst on the quilted maple top. The feel, tone and quality of the Eclipse was simply amazing. I've played $3000 Gibsons and high end Ernie Balls and NONE of them can compare to this guitar. The EMG pickups are killer. Only thing I plan on changing on mine is getting rid of the yellowish switch knob and getting a chrome one to match the rest of the hardware. If you can afford the price tag on it, you won't be disappointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ESP ECLIPSE II

By Guitarhero1

from Philadelphia, PA

Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

This is an awsome guitar. I've had the oporitunity to play this guitar at guitar center as well as my bandmates house. The other guitarist in my band has this guitar and i just love it. The pickups are amazing. It is perfect for whatever music you want to play too.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

This guitar is awesome. The tone and the feel is just right. My only complaint is the edge of the body kinda sticks out at the top and if you riff a lot your fore arm will catch it. After a day of playing I got used to it though. I do a lot of running and jumping around when playing shows and my neck was able to take it with this one. The weight of the guitar is some what heavy but still pretty light. A little heavier then say a EC-300 or EC-400 but not nearly as heavy as a Gibson Les Paul Standard.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome guitar for any style!

By Rebel11983

from Denver, Co

Comments about ESP Standard Series Eclipse II:

I absolutly love this guitar. First ESP I've ever owned and now I'm regretting not giving them a shot earlier! Great craftsmanship, guitar sounds great clean or distorted, absolutly no blemishes on the finish or hardware. I have two Gibson LPs and this one is half the weight. I would definetly buy another and I highly doubt you will find another pro quality LP at such a low price. If your thinking of buying one do it! The only thing you will regret is not trying one out sooner.

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