ESP M-II Rosewood EMG

ESP M-II Rosewood EMG

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M-II Rosewood EMG, STC-Shaped Guitar from ESP in the M-II series.

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ESP M-II Rosewood EMG tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: ESP
  • Model: M-II Rosewood EMG
  • Series: M-II
  • Category: STC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 09/07/2011

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ESP M-II Rosewood EMG user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 2 reviews )
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tjon901's review"High end all around shredder"

ESP M-II Rosewood EMG
For many years the ESP M-II design was something you could only get in Japan. Many people in America wanted one because on the base level this is what the Kirk Hammett signature guitar is. For many years the only way to get an M-II in America without importing one was to buy a Kirk Hammett Signature and overpay and get the ugly inlays. Now ESP has listened to everyone and started selling the standard M-II in America. This is a real ESP model it is not an LTD. This means that this guitar is made in Japan to ESP's highest specs. The neck through models feature dual EMG pickups. It features EMG 81's in the neck and bridge positions. It has an alder body with a neck through maple neck with reverse headstock. The back of the neck is raw which is something you dont find on many neck through guitars. This gives the feel of a bolt on guitar. The fretboard is rosewood and it has 24 extra jumbo frets. It features an Original Floyd Rose locking tremolo system. The controls are a volume knob and a 3 way switch, the basic control setup for most shred guitars.


This guitar is a stripped down players guitar. There are no fancy tops or pretty dieseased wood on this guitar. This guitar is made for playing. The neck through construction means there is no heel to be found and get in your way when playing on the high frets. The neck is super thin and smooth so you can really speed up and down. The fretboard is nice and flat and the jumbo frets let you get a low action and really dig in. I would have preferred an ebony fretboard on a guitar this expensive but rosewood is ok with jumbo frets. The Original Floyd Rose is the original and still the best. Once setup this thing is locked down and will never go out of tune. The routing is good and there is plenty of room to move on the tremolo.


With the alder body and the maple neck this guitar cuts like crazy. EMG pickups already have crazy top and bite. These things combine to make this guitar scream like crazy. Two 81s is not the best pickup combination. The bridge tones on this guitar are super clear. The 81 is a pretty bright pickup from stock so in a neck through guitar with an alder body this guitar is cutting through anything. The 81 in the neck is not a good choice in my opinion. With a guitar this bright you would want to darken up the neck position tones. I would have preferred an 85 in the neck. The 85 would have been good in the bridge also to thicken up the naturally bright tones of the guitar. With the EMG quick connect system this makes it easy for you to swap pickups so you can try other EMG models and see what you like best.


This is right up there with the USA made Jacksons and the Prestige Ibanez guitars. These guitars are top shelf shred guitars. If you are looking at getting an ESP KH you should check one of these out and see if you can save some money when you get pretty much the same guitar.

Joe-Rhys's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a very good guitar!"

ESP M-II Rosewood EMG
This guitar is alder with 2 EMG 81 double coils.
the handle is a 24 frets rosewood fingerboard with jumbo frets abalone markers.
the bridge is a floyd rose super efficient.
electronics is super simple and a toggle-switch 3 positions and one volume knob, which is simple enough and well here!


the handle is remarkably well built and well finished, satin varnish is super nice.
the thickness of the handle remains almost the same until the body-neck joint, where it becomes slightly thicker, so you do not have the feeling of a log in the left hand, the game is extremely nice on this guitar, happiness!
the interface is simple and natural, with a body of stratocaster handle well and end well studied.
Access to acute is facilitated by the bevelled heel, when you put your thumb at the joint of the neck and body, you can easily reach the 24th fret with the pinky.
the sound is really good with this guitar, laney lionheart in my, this is really good!


this guitar is well suited to my style is rock, hard rock and shred-metal that breaks down walls when grandma is a party!!
snapping sound is powerful when you press notes, for cons, I noticed a slight "shhhhh" when you turn up the sound with the microphone grave, as if he drooled a little ....
for the rest, nothing to say, I used EMG pickups ... they are really good and surgical precision, heat, sound hard rock are waiting for you!
course, with an alder body that provides heat and power and EMG 81 that ensure the accuracy and silence in the sound, it was the best of two worlds!
the sound of the EMG 81 is the sound of metallica!
even in my amp lionheart was the sound of Metallica, they are very fat and typical is unequivocal about his identity!


this is my guitar students and I, thanks to him, had a great time!
models that I have tested, see my other test benches ...
what I like the most, the sound of EMG 81, neck, benchmarks abalone, finishing simple but actually copy a guitar.
what I like least: the sound of the neck pickup a little runny in the clear, an instrument that could be better appreciated by professionals ...
the price / quality ratio is exemplary, my student has had to € 1,200 while it is displayed easily € 500 more on other sites.
In summary, this guitar will fill the fans sleeves easy, hard rock, rock and all those who wish to acquire a guitar efficient, versatile styles in rock, and love the black dress of this beautiful and simple.

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