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M-III, STC-Shaped Guitar from ESP in the M series.

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ESP M-III tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: ESP
  • Model: M-III
  • Series: M
  • Category: STC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 10/07/2006

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ESP M-III user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 4 reviews )
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Hatsubai's review"ESP's take on the superstrat"

ESP has been one of the prominent companies to come out of Japan that delivers quality guitars. The M-II is their flagship model that became famous thanks to guitarists like Kirk Hammett. The M-II is a bolt-on alder bodied, maple neck'd guitar. There are many versions of these out there, but mine has a maple fretboard with a 3 way switch and a single volume knob. The small abalone dots with the ESP logo at the 12th fret keep everything nice and clean.


Everything on this guitar was built for performance. The neck is a very round, slim C shaped neck with a 12'' radius. Upper fret access is quite nice with the recessed neck joint that's similar to Fender's American neck joint. In fact, I think the ESP version one came first, but I'm not entirely sure. The original floyd rose is nicely sunken in the body to allow for a real sleek feel. The body on this is actually slightly smaller than a regular superstrat, so if you're coming from a Jackson Dinky, this should feel right at home.


This guitar just flat out rips. It has an awesome grind that really cuts through without sounding overly harsh. It came with a JB in the bridge, and it sounded good, but I replaced it with a Distortion to tighten things up even more. I'm still going back and forth between the Custom and Distortion; both pickups sound awesome in this thing. However, the lead tones on this are somewhat thin sounding for some reason. I tried both the 59 and the Jazz, and both of them aren't delivering exactly what I'm looking for. It's definitely workable, though.


ESP makes very high quality guitars, and this is no exception. The M-II is a great guitar that goes for a nice price on the used market. Anybody looking for a Jackson Dinky alternative should definitely be checking out this guitar.

tibo67's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

US-made (at least at the time)
Channel 24 cases
2 humbuckers and 1 single double (ESP).
Floyd Rose Original
1 volume 1 tone and a micro switch


The neck is perfect, slightly less flat than KH (too flat for my taste)
Can be accessed very very well to the 24th box despite the fact that the handle is screwed.
The finish is good rosewood.Seul fretboard in the top of the head is painted, no binding, it is very pure.
Ergonomics is one of its points forts.Elle is not too heavy (unlike a K7) but more than KH (well it feels, not necessarily a real)
Even with an amp means you leave without good sound problem


Having a register rather muscular it is very bien.Je AIS customs several times and is currently the best guitar I board essay (apart from a PRS Tremonti and even on some points ...) I ' ais precisely PRS Tremonti pickups and given the simple ESP humbucker and it is the foot.
Sound huge (chouillat a less accurate than with EMG, but so little) and polyvalent.J AIS clear sound whereas with ... by EMG ESP against micro was not bad, although I prefer something else. (compared with Seymour I found them more generous but it is a question of feeling).
I play on Mesa and thanks to all get clean sounds approaching a JC and I board 120 mega distortion THE recess.
The level it gives me everything I want with the latest customizations.


I ais QLQ since years now.
ESP is my only bought new (and first) but this is my favorite guitar even compare some of the top of KH gamme.Y has not photo.Entre the beautiful sound it produces and the unparalleled comfort , I board not fault.
I board jou lot of other ESP Gibsons and Jackson but it is part of the 1st beautiful guitars that I board jou.
She had quite costly because the time was not very conducive (in the dolar very high). Repenssant But the expenditure I think it's worth its price as much as some PRS between range. (the high end prices ... unimaginable in PRS)
I board was fortunate to come across a model that stands out after several of connoisseurs but I must say that I do it again exactly the same choices with eyes closed.

surnova's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Buy Euro 1000 France-hand store.

-Alder body.
Whitish-varnish (like Michael Romeo) super pais.
24-Bolt Saddle lacquer box with a beautiful rosewood fingerboard (very dense the Rosewood). Pearl inlay with the logo of the brand in 12 th box.
-The bridge is a Floyd Rose original.
-Two double humbucker pickups and a simple format.
-The neck is much thinner than a standard Start, but coarser than the ibanez neck.
However I find this much more enjoyable round than my RG prestige, which is "too" late. APRS is a matter of taste.

So this is a "Super Start."
Guitar hard rock, mtal, while keeping the spirit "strata". (Shape of the guitar, violin).


-The handle is a real highway, and was well in hand, because it is not too flat, compared with a handle like Ibanez, who are really sometimes too flat.
Accs-to dernires frets without problem.
-For weight, there is a violin-like "strata", well balance.
-On a fast enough good sound, microphones origins representatives rather correct.
However, the simple microphones (minihumbucker) lack a lot of original sin I think, but to make clean, it is more than enough.
However, for shredder, we prfrera pickups DiMarzio or EMG type (which I made because I think the DiMarzio adhere well to the sound of the guitar, and really huge sound, the EMG are good too, but must be able to provide with what is at the end of jack: pedals, amps ...)

In the disassemble is s'apperois that electronics is very well made, no welding or other problem. All cavities are peintent with black paint to avoid the buzz mtalique and other sounds indsirables.

The origins of microphones being relatively good and the guitar damn well Designed, I have nothing further to report.


-I play mostly hard rock and mtal above. These are his areas of prdilection, she excels ^ ^
The solos go alone, and rhythm together perfectly, thanks to the low string action trs.
-I play on a 30 w tube amp (classic 30), which I add one of distortion pedals,
(Metal muff), and have the sound I wanted.
-The clear sound is not great, but correct. The distortion is monstrous. Hot, but we keep a good trs DEFINITIONS (DiMarzio's help) and a remarkable dynamic (using alder).


I use it for 3 days now non stop. For me, it's guitar and shred mtal perfect, simple, practical, no default ^ ^
At the base of the East j'tais MODELS Vigier, but I did not AIM (the question of taste, for they are great guitars), I tried an ibanez-end sup than level one I possde dj, but I prfre by far the ESP.
I do not know how this guitar coutait new, but for the price I paid, used the report qualitprix is ​​unbeatable. It virtually silent new (just a lgre wear frets).
I think I would do this choice, and it is quite possible that if I see another hand pass a reasonable price I throw myself on it ^ ^

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kdstrato's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

24 frets, Bolt is not much to say except that it is pretty well finished and trs!


The handle is relatively flat is wider than a Start '. It is easy to play and Most recent internship accssibles boxes are very easy. For my part, I have small fingers so the ACCS in Box 24 on the low E is avoided, but it's not REALLY important.
The weight is not binding and is well balance.


I play mostly metal, without it being an obsession: I also play the Floyd, Funk, Hard Rock. It runs on a single mesa boogie and before grinding, a Marshall Valvestate VS65R.
The pickups are original trs property, even if multi-center position is a bit feeble (it's a micro "Rail"). I kept one and I told him then put that same microphones Michael Romeo (Symphony X). A ToneZone the handle (this is also the micro Paul Guibert), in a X2N Chevallet (micro Ceramic - more than EHJV EMG81) all from DiMarzio. As the microphone was central, I put a YJM (Yngwie Malmsteen signature - as in DiMarzio). It's a magical sound. The center position is a bit feeble compared to the other but it is acceptable. Otherwise, it's an overkill, prcis, enjoyable. In addition, the deuxime position (neck + central) is plain and snapping trssduisante. To play in crunch, blues, Floyd, etc.. trs is clean.


I have five years and I do not dferai. I also have an ESP-SV (with EMG81), it is much less versatile and the sound is less personal. It is a very easy guitar, playable with sound charming regardless of amp or multi-purpose. Combines with a direct line all-tube amp, it's a bewitching that I have not yet returned. I tried a Jackson Soloist rcemment and I t the immensment. This ESP is related qualitprix trs attractive, it quickly falls in love ... trs too!

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