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ESP Horizon FR-II

STC-Shaped Guitar from ESP belonging to the Horizon II series.

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"I can see the Horizon"

ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 11/22/11 at 13:57
ESP guitars are the hard rock or and metal guitars that many of today's artist go to for their guitar needs. This guitar is a very beautiful guitar on the top with its nice quilted maple laminate. This guitar has two humbucker pickups as well as a routed Floyd Rose tremolo system. These guitars are pretty solidly built guitars and they arw very comfortable to play.

UTILIZATION

Neck-Thru-Body
25.5” Scale
Mahogany Body
Quilted Maple Top
Maple Neck
Ebony Fingerboard
Locking Nut
42mm Neck Width
Thin U Neck Contour
24 XJ Frets
Black Nickel Hardware
Gotoh Tuners
Floyd Rose Bridge
EMG 81 (B) / 85 (N) p.u.
INCLUDES MATCHING ESP HARD......
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ESP guitars are the hard rock or and metal guitars that many of today's artist go to for their guitar needs. This guitar is a very beautiful guitar on the top with its nice quilted maple laminate. This guitar has two humbucker pickups as well as a routed Floyd Rose tremolo system. These guitars are pretty solidly built guitars and they arw very comfortable to play.

UTILIZATION

Neck-Thru-Body
25.5” Scale
Mahogany Body
Quilted Maple Top
Maple Neck
Ebony Fingerboard
Locking Nut
42mm Neck Width
Thin U Neck Contour
24 XJ Frets
Black Nickel Hardware
Gotoh Tuners
Floyd Rose Bridge
EMG 81 (B) / 85 (N) p.u.
INCLUDES MATCHING ESP HARD CASE


SOUNDS

This axe features two hum pups that sounds very good and a high gain amplifier setting. These guitars aren't full of tone like you would find in a Fender Stratocaster or a Gibson Les Paul guitar. However it's going to be a nice rich tone as can be very suitable for most styles of music. This guitar cleans up pretty well and overall has a nice balance and feel for any type of music. The neck is very comfortable a play on and the action on the frets is very good too. Whatever amplifier you use with this guitar it's good to sound pretty good but it really comes to life with a nice high again amplifier.


OVERALL OPINION

You can find these guitars new for right at around $1999 which is a price point that is somewhere in the middle of a standard guitar and a custom shop guitar. It is a happy medium point for some consumers. Overall this is a cool guitar but if I would to spend this kind of money I would go with a Custom Shop Charvel. You can spend a few extra hundred bucks and get a CS and it will have a better neck and tone that matches better with more styles of music.
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ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 09/04/11 at 23:31
* Neck-Thru-Body Construction
* 25.5" Scale
* Mahogany Body
* Quilted Maple Top
* Maple Neck
* Ebony Fingerboard
* 42mm Locking Nuy
* Thin U Neck Contour
* 24 XJ Frets
* Black Nickel Hardware
* Gotoh Tuners
* Floyd Rose Original Bridge
* EMG 81 (B) / 85 (N) Active p.u.
* Finish: STR (See Thru Red)
* Master Volume
* 3-Way Toggle
* Master Tone

This is probably one of most famous guitars that ESP has ever made aside from the M series. This is basically the M series guitar with an arched top. Highest quality available, made in Japan and OFR. With EMGs or sometimes with duncans as I've previously seen before.


UTILIZATION
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* Neck-Thru-Body Construction
* 25.5" Scale
* Mahogany Body
* Quilted Maple Top
* Maple Neck
* Ebony Fingerboard
* 42mm Locking Nuy
* Thin U Neck Contour
* 24 XJ Frets
* Black Nickel Hardware
* Gotoh Tuners
* Floyd Rose Original Bridge
* EMG 81 (B) / 85 (N) Active p.u.
* Finish: STR (See Thru Red)
* Master Volume
* 3-Way Toggle
* Master Tone

This is probably one of most famous guitars that ESP has ever made aside from the M series. This is basically the M series guitar with an arched top. Highest quality available, made in Japan and OFR. With EMGs or sometimes with duncans as I've previously seen before.


UTILIZATION

Great guitar overall shape-wise, very comfortable to play. It has stomach contours on the back, and the neck thru body design allows easily access to the upper frets no problem.

The neck itself is thin but not like an ibanez wizard, not like a strat either. I'd say something in between.

The pickups are very well known so of course they sound good. Dozens of artists uses EMGs or have used EMGs before on previous records, tours etc.


Of course the OFR takes getting used to for those who don't have much experience with locking tremolos. But if you do have experience, then you know you're set and good to go with this one!

SOUNDS

This can be anything you want. Though yes it sort of is geared a bit more towards those who play with high gain or more than just bluesy type distortion. It sounds great for nearly everything that requires such high gain stuff.

You can achieve any metal sound from any band pretty much depending on the amp that you've got. The EMGs only do so much, but it definitely gets you in the ball park.

Harmonics come out very easily, everything is accentuated and all the good frequencies are emphasized. Sort of like boosting an amp.

OVERALL OPINION

Overall this is one of the industry standards for a metal super strat guitar. The arched top gives an extra bit of warmth and elegance to the look as well. The See through black cherry look is also very good. The Floyd is awesome you can do anything you want with it and it'll stay in tune. From those VH dive bombs to vai's weird stuff to dimebag's crazy pull ups! It's all doable!

The EMGs are also the industry standard high gain pickup. You can't go wrong with'em!

The only thing stopping this guitar from being perfect is the stupid logo at the 12th fret. It's so big, so ugly. Such a huge advertisement piece on your guitar, as if the guitar itself is not obvious enough that it's an ESP. I mean you're paying quite a bit of money for this guitar and you still have to have that huge ad on your guitar???
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"Top notch standard series"

ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 08/15/11 at 18:29
The ESP Horizon series usually comes with alder wings. However, for the USA guitars, they released a Horizon with mahogany wings, and I really think it improves the overall tone of the guitar. The guitar features mahogany wings with a figured maple top, maple neck-thru construction with an ebony fretboard, 24 extra jumbo frets, side square inlays with a 12th fret name inlay, an original floyd rose, two humbuckers, one volume, one tone and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

The guitar is pretty much flawless in its construction. The frets themselves are perfectly level, and I was able to get some scary low action with this thing without it fretting out, even with big bends. The fret......
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The ESP Horizon series usually comes with alder wings. However, for the USA guitars, they released a Horizon with mahogany wings, and I really think it improves the overall tone of the guitar. The guitar features mahogany wings with a figured maple top, maple neck-thru construction with an ebony fretboard, 24 extra jumbo frets, side square inlays with a 12th fret name inlay, an original floyd rose, two humbuckers, one volume, one tone and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

The guitar is pretty much flawless in its construction. The frets themselves are perfectly level, and I was able to get some scary low action with this thing without it fretting out, even with big bends. The fret ends were nice and round, so they don't cut your hand while moving up and down the neck. The binding was top notch, and you can't even really see where it starts and stops. The guitar has an original floyd rose, so you have one of the best floyds out there on the market. About the only thing I could complain about is that it has a battery box, which means they carved out some of the wood for ease of battery changing.

SOUNDS

The guitar sounds absolutely huge. The EMG 81 in the bridge is perfect for this guitar. While neck-thru guitars can be really bright, the mahogany wings help mellow everything out and add some fatness to this. The EMG 81 in the bridge allows the guitar to cut, and the mahogany is there to keep everything from going haywire in the treble. The EMG 85 in the neck is super fat, and you can get some sick legato going on with this thing. The guitar isn't that great for classic rock or anything with low gain, but for high gain, this thing absolutely rips.

OVERALL OPINION

If you can find one of these at a good price, jump on it. It's one of my favorite guitars. It sounds great, feels awesome and has a perfect weight to it overall. The fretwork on the standard series is ridiculous enough to where the custom shop models almost don't even feel worth the coin...almost.
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"One of my favorite ESPs"

ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 05/30/11 at 14:38
The ESP Horizon II FR is part of the Horizon series that ESP has had since the 80s. This guitar features a mahogany body with a quilted maple top, a maple neck-thru body with an ebony fretboard and 24 extra jumbo frets, small square inlays with a name on the 12th fret, binding, an original floyd rose, two humbuckers, one volume, one tone and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

The fretwork on the ESP Standard series is usually pretty awesome. The frets are nicely leveled, have a good crown and aren't sharp at all. The neck itself is a fairly thin U shaped neck that's not quite as thin as the Ibanez Wizard neck, but it's fairly close. The binding is clean without any real flaws, the......
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The ESP Horizon II FR is part of the Horizon series that ESP has had since the 80s. This guitar features a mahogany body with a quilted maple top, a maple neck-thru body with an ebony fretboard and 24 extra jumbo frets, small square inlays with a name on the 12th fret, binding, an original floyd rose, two humbuckers, one volume, one tone and a three way switch.

UTILIZATION

The fretwork on the ESP Standard series is usually pretty awesome. The frets are nicely leveled, have a good crown and aren't sharp at all. The neck itself is a fairly thin U shaped neck that's not quite as thin as the Ibanez Wizard neck, but it's fairly close. The binding is clean without any real flaws, the body feels awesome, and the finish is very stunning to look at thanks to its transparent red finish and quilted maple top. As always, these guitars sport an original floyd rose, which I happen to think is the best out of all the floyds out there.

SOUNDS

This guitar is an absolute metal machine. The EMGs in this thing just kill. The EMG 81 in the bridge creates this harmonically rich and bitey metal tone that can cut through the densest mix, and thanks to the mahogany wings, it helps thicken up what would otherwise be an overly bright guitar. The 85 in the neck gives a super huge, fat and powerful lead tone that sings for days. You can do crazy legato runs without any issues thanks to this pickup.

OVERALL OPINION

If you're in the market for a great metal great, definitely check this out. Some people may not like the arched top body compared to the M series, but I find it feels pretty nice. It gives it that almost Les Paul kinda feel at times. The biggest issue with these guitars is that they're fairly pricey. In fact, they're some of the most expensive in the Standard lineup. Because of that, I recommend trying to buy one used.
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Tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: ESP
  • Model: Horizon FR-II
  • Series: Horizon II
  • Category: STC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 12/02/2011

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Other names: horizonfr ii, horizonfrii, horizon fr ii, horizon fr 2, horizonfr ii, horizonfr 2, horizon fr ii black, horizonfr ii black, horizonfriiblack

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