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

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  • frederic50frederic50

    ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 02/10/10 at 14:55
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
  • JessBJessB

    Guitar to do everything

    ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 01/25/13 at 03:05
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    I will not go on the features that are already well covered in other reviews (ash body, neck-through 24 frets, floyd rose original ...). Mine is equipped with passive pickups (Duncan SH1 Seymours & TB4)

    UTILIZATION

    This guitar is a very "comfortable", I especially appreciate the fact that it is well balanced and upright is the best guitar I've tried.
    The performance of the agreement is perfect and flawless violin.
    Access to acute is easy but do not have too big fingers box in the 24th, there is not much room with jumbo frets.
    Only downside: The volume knob is placed too close to the play area, advantageous when playing knob (violin) but quite annoying nag rhythm mode, the v…
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    I will not go on the features that are already well covered in other reviews (ash body, neck-through 24 frets, floyd rose original ...). Mine is equipped with passive pickups (Duncan SH1 Seymours & TB4)

    UTILIZATION

    This guitar is a very "comfortable", I especially appreciate the fact that it is well balanced and upright is the best guitar I've tried.
    The performance of the agreement is perfect and flawless violin.
    Access to acute is easy but do not have too big fingers box in the 24th, there is not much room with jumbo frets.
    Only downside: The volume knob is placed too close to the play area, advantageous when playing knob (violin) but quite annoying nag rhythm mode, the volume is lowered unintentionally, it took me a few months to get used to.

    SOUNDS

    This is a versatile guitar, the sound palette ranges from light to heavy saturation and each time with a grain gives it interesting personality. To summarize, you can play the blues on the neck pickup split, and you spend the hard rock on the bridge pickup.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Accustomed to vintage guitars (Telecaster, Les Paul) I sought one superstrate with a floyd to develop my game and I was not disappointed.
    It's been 3 years since I used this guitar, the price / quality ratio is very good. I play regularly (every day) and I've never had any problems with.
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  • iamqmaniamqman

    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 M…
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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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  • Anonymous

    ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 11/03/05 at 09:36
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    I am the happy owner of an esp horizon fr. It was manufactured in Japan. There are 24 frets and the hoop is correct. The configuration is two double duncan original sounding great. Vibrato is a floyd that works very well but I preferred to place two screws in the flat INSET floyd inserts type Allen keys. Indeed, when screwed or unscrewed with flat head screws, it tends to remove the paint that is on the screws and it's not the most beautiful effect with black hardware. Chromium are emerging of the screw. Having said that mine was very well regulated so I did not have to touch it. If you ever touch it and the chrome of the screw appears you can put some nail polish chrome black mask.
    As fo…
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    I am the happy owner of an esp horizon fr. It was manufactured in Japan. There are 24 frets and the hoop is correct. The configuration is two double duncan original sounding great. Vibrato is a floyd that works very well but I preferred to place two screws in the flat INSET floyd inserts type Allen keys. Indeed, when screwed or unscrewed with flat head screws, it tends to remove the paint that is on the screws and it's not the most beautiful effect with black hardware. Chromium are emerging of the screw. Having said that mine was very well regulated so I did not have to touch it. If you ever touch it and the chrome of the screw appears you can put some nail polish chrome black mask.
    As for the tone volume settings, micro switch is happiness for those who like simplicity and I do. A 3-position selector gibson type under the two potentiometers. 1 for volume, one for tone, and it's all practice!
    The neck is perfect, flat ebony fingerboard. open strings mound, it does not frieze and the strings are rather close to the handle.

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is very nice, it is flat, the strings are very close, it does not frieze is a autauroute!
    Access to acute is very easy.
    The ergonomics are good. The guitar is very light, the body is ash. In terms of form, it is a body type stratabound and was not done much better since. Except of course the shape of the head that is clearly oriented metal.
    This gives a good sound easy but it can seem a might steep, probably because of the ash body. The wood is strong, clean-sounding. but push push splitter allows the microphones and you get to have a sound very similar to alder stratocasterien. So it is very clearly seen: at the same time you can have sounds very dry and sounds more muffled thanks to the push push. This acute for micro
    As for the micro serious is not bad at all between the fender and gibson bass sound without a sound perfectly still Gibsonian. It's still more metal oriented but it's still very versatile and very good quality.

    SOUNDS

    This guitar is perfect for rock and metal styles. Now c'esty as any. You can do anything with. But as soon as it comes in styles really blues or jazz, you will need another instrument of preference, it will be neither better nor worse, but more suitable. We do not rockabilly with a PRS and a mesa boogie, though, john 5 telecaster does it with a laney and in a style all its own. All that to say that the guitar will not change what you do on the handle but will be more or less well adapted to the style.
    I play on my esp marshall tsl 100 head in saturated and clean sounds I get out of a twin. it works well in both cases. After all depends if you play with or without effects, it can change many things.
    I get distorted sounds between the lens and fat with a carl martin plexitone that stands out the high notes, that guitar is already good by itself. You can hear everything, not just the infra serious!
    I like the saturated tones and clear and I do not hate much. They all have their reasons to exist. Be sought after such sounds as a function of his style and the style in which we play.

    OVERALL OPINION

    The characteristic I like most about this guitar is the neck joint body with set neck, which témoingne a certain rigor in the assembly and that does not like to cheat on a Bolt by putting cardboard shims to raise the handle and then press against the strings. Clearly, with a set neck, if it does not work, obviously, we feel it right away, or of a will of consteur to pay attention to the joint body run. Once it's glued, we do not take off more. Only a luthier can do it!
    I also like the varnish because fashion is currently no varnish on guitars and I think it's pity and unfounded. I really like the black varnish on the handle.
    I tried other models before buying and what pleased me most is the combination of various elements: true floyd, ash, simple settings (volume, push push, key), key Ebony, the neck playability, comfort and look. I find these elements together in a very few brands.
    I would definitely do it again this election.
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  • sanvidalasanvidala

    ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 12/24/05 at 00:45
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    This guitar is Japanese, gets a round of 24 frets and That a configuration of two double coils, neck and TB4 at sh1 chevalet.Celui it is also a floyd original.Il are three possibilities for splitages, simple double handle Two double and single double acute, 1 volume + 1 tonalit.Manche enjoyable.

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is so enjoyable, the body typ strat recess facilitates access to your dernire cases.La strength and the type of wood used for the key (BNE) describes the sensation of "cold" (staff). The interface is beautiful, rounded shapes, curve on the body, photo available at haut.Au more weight, it is not heavy nor too lgre trs, it can jou e lontemps up gently, and is also a g…
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    This guitar is Japanese, gets a round of 24 frets and That a configuration of two double coils, neck and TB4 at sh1 chevalet.Celui it is also a floyd original.Il are three possibilities for splitages, simple double handle Two double and single double acute, 1 volume + 1 tonalit.Manche enjoyable.

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is so enjoyable, the body typ strat recess facilitates access to your dernire cases.La strength and the type of wood used for the key (BNE) describes the sensation of "cold" (staff). The interface is beautiful, rounded shapes, curve on the body, photo available at haut.Au more weight, it is not heavy nor too lgre trs, it can jou e lontemps up gently, and is also a good balance at the junction round about-everything is sound corps.Pour relatif.Si compared with another guitar in the same style, we can say we get good sound easy, thanks to the push-pull notament and two seymour (even when). but accustomed assets, it was difficult to convince me on the precision of a game against disto.Par After inviting my personal taste (2 emg81) is sharp and sweet time. A micro mange, it distinguishes the incredibly diffntes existing sound ... see.

    SOUNDS

    You can play almost anything with varying degrees of effectiveness.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a year and what I like most about this guitar is the simplicity and its ffective utilisation.Sans frills, in her black dress, she swallows all she can recracher.En Regarding the report qualitprix for the guitar itself, nothing to say, but strap-locks instead of a simple tie belt t would be welcome, given the price in case of accident it hurts the heart (especially in portfolio) and also some foam under the cls allen floyd, like some guitar, when you do a great cleaning, rests directly on the floyd bois.Se are d tails but considering the price 'must not let go.
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  • koolenkoolen

    ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 02/27/07 at 00:08
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    I bought in France for 1700 euros (Book with Tui ESP).
    This is Fr Horizon II, MODEL destined France, manufactured by ESP in Japan although sr!

    http://www.laboitenoire.net/guitare/marques/popimage.php?image=GES-HORI2-STBC313.jpg

    It is equipped with a floyd rose original, and two Seymour Duncan
    (Sh1n sleeve TB4 bridge). The violin is perfect, look at the picture!
    The binding is the most beautiful effect.
    You will find all the other characters. the black box ...

    Plus: Push the button-push on acute for micro splitter
    (Push push: you only shoot .... gnial rapid)

    Only regret:
    It would really MRIT a simple micro in the middle
    (Espace. ..? And as the micro splittent ...)
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    I bought in France for 1700 euros (Book with Tui ESP).
    This is Fr Horizon II, MODEL destined France, manufactured by ESP in Japan although sr!

    http://www.laboitenoire.net/guitare/marques/popimage.php?image=GES-HORI2-STBC313.jpg

    It is equipped with a floyd rose original, and two Seymour Duncan
    (Sh1n sleeve TB4 bridge). The violin is perfect, look at the picture!
    The binding is the most beautiful effect.
    You will find all the other characters. the black box ...

    Plus: Push the button-push on acute for micro splitter
    (Push push: you only shoot .... gnial rapid)

    Only regret:
    It would really MRIT a simple micro in the middle
    (Espace. ..? And as the micro splittent ...)

    UTILIZATION

    This guitar is amazing!
    Premire surprise in the test:
    the handle. It is highly accessible, super smooth (the two cots, as the key varnished
    amazing). CHAC is the acute incroyabe (they could have added freight without any problem,
    24 c but not sufficient? ,-P). I play by placing it lower than my old guitar
    without losing speed!

    It is quite lgre and little feeding.
    The action can be set low trs. It's a little fret clear sound (playing quietly ...),
    its disto no problem. The bends are not without pb.
    The Floyd is quite low, super convenient to ask the hand
    (More guitar is hungry, comfortable trs)

    small defect in my opinion for metalheads, but that is normal:
    There is no groove for the right arm.
    Gnant to beginners, there used to it very quickly sy.

    SOUNDS

    I play for a month, pluttmtal style (with large passages clear)
    I have not yet found a sound that kill in the clear, but it must be possible.
    In Split we get good clear sound, especially in the middle position to the handle.

    By distortion, incredible. There is power, sound prcis trs.
    I were rather DiMarzio or EMG, I must admit that I've been very surprised
    both Seymour. The neck pickup is very aerial and powerful
    bridge pickup super powerful (for its clear limits), with a good prsence
    of acute and severe. A small side though enjoyable vintage (c is very subjective ...). More
    he has an open sound (playing into agreements distortion is defined clearly enough
    each of the strings, much like the DiMarzio Steve's Special).

    In short, excellent and versatile trs (j d have tried on other styles, ca
    trs work well).

    OVERALL OPINION

    J had ordered the M1000 LTD at beginners, but my seller
    Fr bought this Horizon II, he managed to persuade me ...
    He said this guitar is versatile trs, to you to judge.
    Small precision, the M1000 is sold around 1400 euros,
    having a tui addition to any brand. For 300 euros
    more ESP you marked on the top of the handle, not LTD ..... ;-P
    (And with a beautiful tui ESP trs very solid!)

    Also I could compare it with a LTD F-200 team in EMG81
    (On the same amp and effects). The horizon s fate more than well, she
    is almost as powerful as EMG81, while providing harmonic
    much richer (lutherie. .....). A brief Russianness.

    I deprecated the change of microphones (for EMG81), both given the qualitbr /> on the violin, the Seymours are two quite suitable! Anyway with my config,
    j gets good sounds good nags (Metallica, DT ...)

    Conclusion:
    if I could, I m buying another! (The black one ...)

    LITTLE SHIFT:
    J ai change of opinion on one point, I have changed my pickups for four months:
    a DiMarzio Steve's Special in the Bridge
    a DiMarzio Air Norton in the Channel ...
    INCREDIBLE!
    Clearly we could find very good sound with norton or
    with two (j uses virtually split over !)...
    In distortion it rocks her mom, HUGE! Its very metal type,
    happiness!
    Solo very "hot" in handle, its very sharp and aggressive bridge!
    And for both, great precision in going back!
    yyyeeeaahhhh METAL RULES!
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  • zuzu62zuzu62

    ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 09/14/07 at 12:34
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    Japanese guitar
    24 frets Seymour Duncan TB4 2 doubles and sh1
    original floyd rose bridge
    1 volume and 1 tone (with push-pull to split the double) a selector 3-position toggle
    flat handle neither too broad nor too thin frets quite large (feeling "scalopquot ;!!!)

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is simply gnial it feels to know without knowing the best I have honestly built for speed and with a touch prscision trs enjoyable (painted) and a profile "u". rgler possibility of action low without ropes trs frissettes incredible buzz or high end of what !!!!!!!
    ACCS Acute is perfect on both the handle al, ease of dconcertante we could have put another 2 mini box!
    optimal weight is not…
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    Japanese guitar
    24 frets Seymour Duncan TB4 2 doubles and sh1
    original floyd rose bridge
    1 volume and 1 tone (with push-pull to split the double) a selector 3-position toggle
    flat handle neither too broad nor too thin frets quite large (feeling "scalopquot ;!!!)

    UTILIZATION

    The handle is simply gnial it feels to know without knowing the best I have honestly built for speed and with a touch prscision trs enjoyable (painted) and a profile "u". rgler possibility of action low without ropes trs frissettes incredible buzz or high end of what !!!!!!!
    ACCS Acute is perfect on both the handle al, ease of dconcertante we could have put another 2 mini box!
    optimal weight is not heavy for one in the corp grata in a flat table fin.la bomb without chamfer which can drang certain person but not perfect for me shred (Patrick RONDAT was using it say!) and sweeping.
    The sounds are easily obtained and even a blank one feels dja the vibration as much as a les paul (almost). standing the game is as easy that it's sitting premeire time I feel this and more with a beauty more than enough real favorite this GREAT (and yet has 15 years I practice I tried this guitar has a unique characters

    SOUNDS

    Versatility is the key word and Seymour have an output level but not too lev nothing to do with emg (though I love) there are in the excellent violin valeut horizon. TB4 bridge is the dynamic Presca and does not bleed at all trs trs Presc pchu Splitt and it is brilliant to amphetamines such strat lol. the sh1 is no exception it has less potato but is more typical that the cutting seymour duncan perfect for funk and jazz blue company a perfect companion for the split TB4 is the sound stratum little pr s more DEFINITIONS.
    I use it with a tube 50 hk (eh in preamp and gold ground tung + sovteklps in preamp) Upgrade through a celestion v30 all with a ed1 compressor marhmal and zoom g9 2tt really well and makes even a volume low.
    by its versatility no sound mushy or slimy hyper round (type emg 81) but a perfectly even heat prescision a splitter (arserv mainly to clear) no mtal extreme here, but any style I think can be first though lateinte see an overall hard rock heavy. I love all the sounds and the versatility and sustain natural pchu alli the edge of Seymour is credible in that the violin influence the microphones of the mark than the EMG Premire seen avrifier ! lol

    OVERALL OPINION

    The ratio quality price is good the quality is to go and Vou box is class
    jouabilit the extreme and versatility make this instrument a weapon for scne the studio and practice at home what Rusita and yet one might say that the form could be a many (not Chanfrain ) that a bomb that bb nni a must really better now that I know and Grat suits me more.
    fortunately I am of my choice and do it again without hsitation can be a 2 nt emg and more history to have a more extreme and metal.
    You run to buy a guaranteed satisfaction score of 9.5 + well MRIT
    I go back to the screaming lol
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  • Sniperkitten971Sniperkitten971

    ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 06/25/08 at 15:30
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    Manufacturing: Japan, Personal 'I think it's best that the United States is not the people timber for nothing! The woods are of very high quality, very well worked, the finish is flawless.

    Body: alder with a AAA flamed maple table tree tree beautiful. As well as PRS but for half the price ...

    Channel: In Maple, crossing.
    Fingerboard: ebony.
    FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo.
    Scale: 25.5 "
    Neck Inlays: Mother of Pearl Half blocks.

    Bridge: Floyd Rose Original.

    Binding: White.

    Tuners: Gotoh.
    Fitting: Carbon color now! This is the best!
    Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB TB4 Bridge & SH1n 59 'Channel.
    Electronics: Volume 1 (with push / push for micro splitter, then passing …
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    Manufacturing: Japan, Personal 'I think it's best that the United States is not the people timber for nothing! The woods are of very high quality, very well worked, the finish is flawless.

    Body: alder with a AAA flamed maple table tree tree beautiful. As well as PRS but for half the price ...

    Channel: In Maple, crossing.
    Fingerboard: ebony.
    FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo.
    Scale: 25.5 "
    Neck Inlays: Mother of Pearl Half blocks.

    Bridge: Floyd Rose Original.

    Binding: White.

    Tuners: Gotoh.
    Fitting: Carbon color now! This is the best!
    Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB TB4 Bridge & SH1n 59 'Channel.
    Electronics: Volume 1 (with push / push for micro splitter, then passing the humbucker to single coil), 1 Tone, "toggle switch" 3 positions. The Toggle is much more reassuring and solid as a switch in the way Stratocaster, and the push / push, too, the impression of solidity is omnipresent.

    COLOURS: See Through Black Cherry (Dark Red French.

    In short, we can not blame the characteristics of the guitar, at worst this may not be what you are looking, but somehow it's very well done! Perfect quality! I put a 10 out of 10 so ...

    UTILIZATION

    Played open, the guitar is very fun to play! The neck is PERFECT! At least for me! It is not super-thin like the Ibanez, it is quite "American", I mean, it is quite round (not a Gibson, everything is relative), in the shape of "D" ... In this way, it "slows down" some of my passions and Shredder are my top speeds instinctual MDR! But do not see this as a negative thing! Instead, the handle allowed me to put my game, and combined with the precision of the devil ebony fingerboard (bliss!), We get a handle secure, which prevents us from making the "pains" with the hand left (unless it is really disgusting in his game lol).
    Result, just passing on this set, I play 1.5 times better than before, and do not flip, peak speeds are still there even faster than ever! (One has only to look at some tests on Youtube to realize that the handle is not slow at all!). It could be likened to a TGV: It darkens serious but on track! Perfection I tell you, all in comfort!

    Access to acute is perfect too, that mean? The heel of the neck is perfectly cut in order to accommodate the hand when it comes to titillating the frets 23 and 24. In addition, you will find the photos that the lower cutaway guitar starts at the end of the handle, allowing access to optimal acute!

    The guitar is a bit heavy (nothing to do with a Gibson Les Paul of course) but once attached to his belt and played sitting comfort is perfect for the design of the guitar (its shape, cutting the stomach, etc.). It do not feel the weight ... The Floyd is perfectly in tune that it is the torture I subjected him nyeuheuheu ... (Long live the Dive Bombing nuclear !!!).

    Otherwise, to the sound, it gets a good very easily (Please Seymour Duncan). The guitar is very versatile, while keeping its character, it will be there whatever happens and even more if you need the amp!

    I put 10/10 again because it would be hard to find a default ...

    SOUNDS

    I play mainly metal, more or less straight forward, with a predilection for the Hardcore. However, I like to do a Jazz from time to time. So I oscillate between these two styles of music far away ... So I had an extremely versatile guitar, now I have!

    In any case she can meet my expectations ... The JB TB4 Bridge is perfect for all sorts of rhythmic and SH1n 59 'Channel is great for solos! Add to that the intermediate position which offers a hybrid between the two microphones, there's plenty to do! In addition, the split is particularly compelling, even if not "the real thing" and that the interests of the guitar is not ... It has six different positions ready to play just what you want ...

    JB Normal: Here we are in the "big sound" of the guitar with my Marshall it sounds good rock / Hard Rock (Rock of girls to forget BB Brune immediately ...). Once I plugged Metalcore pedal, it sends dry harmonics you jump to the face and the guitar responds perfectly! While we feel that it lacks a little when it is safe to send really big and really sharp (Son to Chimaira) ... it will be necessary to consider changing the EMG if you really want to reach the summits of the hand, personal 'I refuse to keep the versatility ... perfect for rhythm in any case, at least for the solos, a bit too garish for my taste, but if you have to win a little stage presence that is still compelling!

    +59' Normal JB: You get a little Gibsonian its very nice for jazz and funk rhythms to Dooby Brothers ("Long train running"). Superb crunch.

    59 'Normal: There is "the" sound for solos whatever the level of distortion ... only downside, it lacks a bit of whistling harmonics but for the rest: what a joy! We also find some small rhythmic bluesy ... apart from the brief rhythmic nags I see no limit to the micro ...

    JB Splitter: Here we get a nice little stratabound slamming his ... You know exactly what you can do lol! Perfect for the solo this time, but also in rhythm ... on the other hand, it's not "The Real Thing" as they say, so do not expect to be "the" sound of a Start 'with even if it is really nice and it brings a lot to the guitar ...

    JB +59' Splitter: The sound of Folk, great for rhythm, but as always, everything is relative ...

    59 'split: If you find the 59' too round and warm, the splitter! The uses are the same ...

    In summary, the guitar is perfectly at ease in saturation, a real bomb! As long as the gear and guitarist follow will not be a problem, although some prefer the power range of EMG almost infinite ... The split brings about a really clean sounds! The result can be played just about everything with this guitar, depending on his amp! With at least one sound convincing and in most cases its a damn!

    I put 8 because nothing is perfect in sound, and that should have been for 9 the ultimate in versatility, namely the distortion of EMG and sounds of a clear strat '... I'm too demanding? So what! XD

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 3 weeks and I'm madly in love! I love everything about this guitar (sold in Case by the way), I tried tons and tons of models before but nothing beats the handle and versatility ... The quality / price ratio is really orgasmic, because the only guitar that rivals in this field is the PRS Custom 24, which is 2 times more!

    With the experience I would do without hesitation!
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  • gibsonclassicgibsonclassic

    ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 08/29/08 at 03:23
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    Hello all

    Model made "made in Japan"
    Well, at first ... but beark, but .... it's not for nothing that the small scrapers as J and K Hetfield Hamet's have adopted.
    After testing at the store ... the slap!

    UTILIZATION

    Then, 24 frets to the counter with bookmarks at the top (or bottom) of the handle. Quite honestly, it Drout to beginners (I play with a classic Gibson 1960)
    Floyd Rose finely crafted blend of very high quality 2 double Seymour with a first volume knob that switchent microphones (which button you press to activate one or two microphones) and a Tone knob.

    Mechanics do not move, you can make BENDS standards, the tuning is no pb. And for those who freak out ab…
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    Hello all

    Model made "made in Japan"
    Well, at first ... but beark, but .... it's not for nothing that the small scrapers as J and K Hetfield Hamet's have adopted.
    After testing at the store ... the slap!

    UTILIZATION

    Then, 24 frets to the counter with bookmarks at the top (or bottom) of the handle. Quite honestly, it Drout to beginners (I play with a classic Gibson 1960)
    Floyd Rose finely crafted blend of very high quality 2 double Seymour with a first volume knob that switchent microphones (which button you press to activate one or two microphones) and a Tone knob.

    Mechanics do not move, you can make BENDS standards, the tuning is no pb. And for those who freak out about the change of rope (which silent in my case) is an absolute happiness. The change is timed in 2 minutes, not more. (Best is when you break a string at the palm, it can rcuprer)

    The balance?
    it is good, it holds well, it is not imposing, heavy without being bulky
    A single large BMOL: you can lower the volume without realizing it as a mic volume is too close to the strings (see foto)

    SOUNDS

    And sound in all this??
    it is very simple: it's super versatile and can play metal to blues, to rock to bossa. Glands because I ... I just dlaiss my gibson ESP for this ...
    you can have the weight, clear sound, finally, whatever you want (with an effect, it's even simpler)

    OVERALL OPINION

    Finally ...?

    I have since last May and I'm delighted
    I tried the signature model KH (double the price and less versatile)
    Quality price ratio?
    1100 euros in Paris more universal guitar strings and straps ...

    I'll take another good !!!!!

    PS: Take in black and red .. not the model I had red and ... BOAF beginners, it is not that great and gets bored very quickly.
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  • Charles974Charles974

    ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 12/21/08 at 21:06
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    This little gem is made in Japan.
    24 jumbo frets, 2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers (L I'm not too much of a Sh1n in the neck position and a TB-4 in the bridge position.) Slcteur A three positions I have to say enough Aesthetics ^ ^
    Equipped with a beautiful pink floyd. I do not know the exact MODEL but it looks great! The agreement is, the tuning is not moving. In short, what rve!
    2 knobs, 1 volume and 1 Tone Systm with push / push a little bug that sometimes (once the button is up, it is sometimes difficult to go ....)
    Handle varnished profile round but not much. Even when it remains fairly flat trs to play fast.

    I put 8 in the push / push gche really all that.

    UTILIZATION

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    This little gem is made in Japan.
    24 jumbo frets, 2 Seymour Duncan humbuckers (L I'm not too much of a Sh1n in the neck position and a TB-4 in the bridge position.) Slcteur A three positions I have to say enough Aesthetics ^ ^
    Equipped with a beautiful pink floyd. I do not know the exact MODEL but it looks great! The agreement is, the tuning is not moving. In short, what rve!
    2 knobs, 1 volume and 1 Tone Systm with push / push a little bug that sometimes (once the button is up, it is sometimes difficult to go ....)
    Handle varnished profile round but not much. Even when it remains fairly flat trs to play fast.

    I put 8 in the push / push gche really all that.

    UTILIZATION

    I t very surprised, it is quite lgre from other guitar that I used. The weight is very well rpart, no problem. Once standing, what is funny is that we do not lose speed, it is also easy to play seated.
    The handle is enjoyable trs, trs we enter the high end in ESP. Access in acute trs is also good, I think we could add 2 or 3 frets without ESG has not.
    Otherwise not much to add ... I put 10/10 on this, I have not found a default ...

    SOUNDS

    Time to get srieuses: the sounds.
    This is a guitar that fits perfectly what I play: to know the Nightwish, Children of Bodom, Steve Vai ....
    _In Neck position is a rgale!! This gives her a trs round without much effort rglage. Once the microphone splitter (By pressing the push / push) We keep a good sound but much more trs attack near the stratocaster everyone connate. In his rendering is quite saturated bizare. I do not know how dcirre, I would say it looks like the micro lack of power. Well, it is a position that I love.

    _The Position intermdire I do not like it at all. The sound is trs (too) mtalique. It sounds a little too much crunch my taste. Once Splitt is even worse, the sound is hyper mtalique ....... : S with distortion, however, we get a sound pretty cool to be between the blues and rock.

    _The Bridge position, the most beautiful! The sound is extremely powerful and round, it's unbelievable. Harmonics out perfectly either in clean or saturated. Trs powerful riffs are Excellent in Palm mute the power place the microphone in obviousness. This position is PERFECT !!!!!

    I put 9 / 10 because of this position intermedire I do not like.

    OVERALL OPINION

    This is a guitar that I use for exactly 1 year. I had tried in the store and I won t! it rpondait my requirements perfectly. Still, I try many of MODELS ibanez, jackson, etc. .... but she had the best sound. I recommend this guitar I find exceptional for this price! I would do gladly did!
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  • bonjovi7805bonjovi7805

    ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 02/20/09 at 23:35
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Equipment: mahogany body, AAA shower table in maple, maple neck through body, with ebony fingerboard, 24 frets XJ, mechanical Gotoh, Original Floyd Rose bridge, Seymour Duncan 59 in a run and a Seymour DuncanJB the bridge, 1 volume control, 1 tone control, 3-position selector.

    Color: Dark Brown Sunburst flamed top

    UTILIZATION

    I am too much in love lol nice top
    color not found in Europe and to order
    I had an exchange against my gibson les paul classic 1960, which pleased me more too used to the vibrato
    easy access to acute
    the super fast race
    very slight
    nikel sound very versatile
    the floyd rose super

    SOUNDS

    The sound is a killer
    and the super fast ra…
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    Equipment: mahogany body, AAA shower table in maple, maple neck through body, with ebony fingerboard, 24 frets XJ, mechanical Gotoh, Original Floyd Rose bridge, Seymour Duncan 59 in a run and a Seymour DuncanJB the bridge, 1 volume control, 1 tone control, 3-position selector.

    Color: Dark Brown Sunburst flamed top

    UTILIZATION

    I am too much in love lol nice top
    color not found in Europe and to order
    I had an exchange against my gibson les paul classic 1960, which pleased me more too used to the vibrato
    easy access to acute
    the super fast race
    very slight
    nikel sound very versatile
    the floyd rose super

    SOUNDS

    The sound is a killer
    and the super fast race I play canon rock faster than before to tell you
    I love it I play with a tube amp engl 840/50, 2x12 v30 cab, Rocktron Voodoo Valve
    in preamp, jam vox and guitar rig 3
    a killing
    everybody says that you have to buy fender or gibson
    I was malmsteen fender or gibson les paul classic, well I have the top
    for me it is my opinion
    and in addition a floyd rose like a real agreement that no problem but I put him over the head

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had one week is a regal
    I do not blame him
    I have had at least 10 and the scraper is really over
    the price is really HOnet compared to what you have in your hands
    I hesitated again this choice without
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  • nickname009nickname009

    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.…
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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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  • HatsubaiHatsubai

    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 fre…
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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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  • Omar ShaloOmar Shalo

    ESP Horizon FR-IIPublished on 10/31/07 at 06:43
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Idem previous opinions.
    EMG81 microphones and 85 (Zack Wylde Kit)

    UTILIZATION

    Channel pleasant, I love the ebony fingerboard.
    At the store, I found the strings too high, but after a stint at a luthier, it is quite correct. There is a way to blow up the "shredder" on it.

    The guitar is rather light compared to the pachyderms like Gibson Les Paul.
    Well-balanced guitar, the neck not sting the nose when you play standing (try the LTD Viper I found unplayable up ...)

    Default: no muzzle ... Rockline Avenue with a lag, I used to play guitar with a groove!
    But compared to my lag, this guitar is much more accurate, natural and artificial harmonics are much more easy way. For …
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    Idem previous opinions.
    EMG81 microphones and 85 (Zack Wylde Kit)

    UTILIZATION

    Channel pleasant, I love the ebony fingerboard.
    At the store, I found the strings too high, but after a stint at a luthier, it is quite correct. There is a way to blow up the "shredder" on it.

    The guitar is rather light compared to the pachyderms like Gibson Les Paul.
    Well-balanced guitar, the neck not sting the nose when you play standing (try the LTD Viper I found unplayable up ...)

    Default: no muzzle ... Rockline Avenue with a lag, I used to play guitar with a groove!
    But compared to my lag, this guitar is much more accurate, natural and artificial harmonics are much more easy way. For example, the natural harmonic in the second box, I perform well 1 out of 4 times with the lag, and with the ESP it sounds all the time!

    For sound, I compared a model with micro Seymour Duncan (I forget which) with a model mounted EMG81/85. Being a fan of Slayer, Nostromo, Converge Dillinger Escape Plan or other, I fell for the EMG. The 81 kills distortion. on the other hand I find it super dry clear sound. The 85 has a less dry, less garish. More velvety. It is certainly not a Telecaster or a Stratocaster in his clear, but I think it's correct.

    8 for the lack of versatility.
    But no one buys an ESP to play jazz or blues, though!

    SOUNDS

    I play mostly metal and post rock above.
    My amp is a Carvin XV-212.
    The distos are excellent, clear sounds good but not transcendent. 7 for that.

    OVERALL OPINION

    5 months I play it. 15 years I play guitar.
    I find it very enjoyable to play, I think I'm a guitar hero with LOL

    I find very good value for money. I could pay 1000 euros more for this guitar.

    She tapp in the eye, it has a terrible personality, which is expressed mainly in the metal. And besides it is really beautiful. Absolute class, dark red, round conductor!

    I would do the same choice, against I'll have a telecaster or a stratum for clean sounds.
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  • HatsubaiHatsubai

    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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