The History of ESP Eclipse Guitars

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The History of ESP Eclipse Guitars

The first ESP Eclipse guitars were produced in the late 80’s but not in the way we know it today. It was originally a tele shaped body with an arched top, which was later discontinued. The name was carried over in 1993 to the model we know now.

The Eclipse features a solid body with a single cutaway. It’s comparisons to the Gibson Les Paul are obvious with its Mahogany body, set-neck construction & 24.75” scale length, although the Eclipse is significantly more ergonomic with its thinner and lighter body with additional cuts and contours for maximum playability and comfort.

Its modern components like EMG or Seymour Duncan pickups, TonePros locking bridges and locking tuners give the Eclipse an upper hand to its competitors and offers more to the player.

See below to check out some models ESP & LTD have to offer in the Eclipse range.


Here is an overview of some of their more affordable models for beginning players all the way up to the highest-end models for working professionals.

EC-256: One of the highest-performing guitars in its price class. The EC-256 is available in a wide variety of finishes, including translucent colors over figured wood tops – almost unheard of at its price.

EC-401: As part of the LTD “400 Series”, the EC-401 is the best guitar available for serious performing and recording guitar players who still need an axe that’s within their budget. It offers high-end components by makers like EMG, Floyd Rose, Grover, and more.

EC-1000: Along with other guitars and basses in the LTD Deluxe “1000 Series”, the EC-1000 represents that top of the LTD offerings, with professional components and build quality. You’ll find EC-1000s on stages and in studios around the world, and it’s the most popular guitar ESP offers.

ESP E-II Eclipse: Formerly called the “ESP Standard” series, all guitars in the ESP E-II Series are built in the ESP factory in Japan, and are used by serious professionals who need complete reliability and no compromise in feel or tone.

ESP USA Eclipse: Handcrafted at the ESP USA facility in Southern California, the USA Eclipse is considered among the world’s finest electric guitars, with a level of design detail seldom seen in any instrument. You can also create your own personalized ESP USA Eclipse with the Configurator on www.espguitars.com

ESP Custom Shop Eclipse: World-renowned for quality, sound, and playability, the ESP Custom Shop is where it all started. ESP luthiers can hand-build the one-of-a-kind Eclipse of your dreams, using exotic materials and extreme customization options

Signature Series Eclipse: James Hetfield of Metallica, Bill Kelliher of Mastodon & Will Adler of Lamb of God to name a few have all worked closely with ESP on creating Eclipse models best suited to achieving the signature sounds that have earnt them worldwide success. With the addition of unique specs and finishes, these Signature Series Eclipses are truly special.


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