Stunning New Left Handed ESP Guitars and Basses 2020

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Last Updated on October 15, 2020 by Chris

After reviewing my lefty ESP LTD EC-1000 Deluxe, I thought I’d take a look at the company that made it – ESP, and what left handed ESP guitars and basses are available for you, my lefty friends, to buy.

ESP has recently announced its latest range of left handed guitars for 2020 and I’m gonna take a look at them in this article, but first of all, for the uninitiated…

Who Are ESP Guitars?

ESP are currently one of the top manufacturers of guitars and basses and are favored primarily by players of heavy rock and metal.

ESP was founded in 1975, when a shop called Electric Sound Products was opened in Tokyo, Japan, by a man named Hisatake Shibuya. In his shop, he sold custom replacement guitar parts, and soon later started making and selling guitars under the ESP brand in Japan.

It was in the ’80s that they made a name for themselves when many American metal guitarists started playing ESP guitars. These included guitarists from bands including the “Big 4” of thrash metal; Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax.

These and many other hard rock/heavy metal guitarists cemented ESP’s name as one of the leading Metal guitar manufacturers.

Today, ESP endorses a huge number of professional guitarists, and has grown that user-base to almost 800 endorsed artists!

The Different Types of ESP Guitars

ESP says on their website:

12% of the world is left-handed. So, with a current population of 7.7 billion people, something like 924 million of you are southpaws, and ESP wants you to know that we care about you.

And take care of us they do! They are one of the most lefty friendly guitar companies around and cater for all levels of guitarist. They have five tiers of production lines, each of which represents a different level of quality:

  • LTD – This range was introduced in 1996 by ESP so that they could offer guitars of the quality and prestige that ESP had come to produce at various affordable price points so that all guitars players could get in on the action. These guitars include models ranging from those suitable for beginners to guitars that are designed with the serious professional in mind.
  • ESP E-II – The premium E-II Series guitars, previously known as ESP Standard, are mass-produced at the ESP Custom Shop in Tokyo, Japan, by ESP’s expert luthiers. They are designed for professional players who want high-performance guitars that are both reliable and second-to-none when it comes to tone and feel.
  • ESP USA – A step up from the E-II Series, which are handcrafted in North Hollywood, California, bringing ESP’s tradition of guitar building excellence to the USA. It’s the only place outside of Japan allowed to use the ESP logo on the headstock. Customers can configure their guitar online, choosing from various top woods, colors, finishes, pickups, and hardware color, ready to be made for them later. At the time of writing, left handed ESP USA options include the Eclipse, Horizon-II, M-I NTB FR, M-II NTB FR, M-I NTB NT, and M-II NTB NT models.
  • ESP Original Series – ESP’s highest-quality production guitars and basses. These guitars are hand-made one at a time by the master luthiers at ESP’s Custom Shop in Tokyo, Japan. They are of the highest level of detail and craftsmanship, using the finest woods and components; some featuring beautifully textured, iridescent, or metallic finishes.
  • ESP Custom Shop – The ultimate ESP guitars! Handmade to the most sublime level of quality, which ESP describes as:

    anything from a personalized version of an existing ESP model, or a completely new and totally unique instrument that represents the guitar or bass of your dreams.

Also available are the ESP/LTD Signature Series guitars, which are co-designed by ESP and their “elite family of artists“. These are built to the exact specifications of each artist and are of the same highest quality that has come to be expected of ESP. You can take a look at the current range here.

Why Do I Like the ESP Guitar Company?

Simple answer really; the obvious reason is that they make some fantastic guitars! The guitars they make look great and have some really cool specs. Their ESP LTD range offers an amazing quality to cost ratio, the LTD 1000 series are pro-level guitars that don’t cost the earth to buy (although some can still be fairly pricey).

They have a huge range of guitars available, from the fantastic value of the LTD range to the hand-crafted top-of-the-line custom shop models, and the great news for us lefties is that there is a pretty sizeable range of left handed ESP guitars for us too! At the time of writing, ESP currently offers 29 different lefty guitars and six basses.

Add to this the forthcoming “New for 2020” left handed ESP Guitars, us lefties will be spoilt for choice!

New For 2020 Left Handed ESP Guitars

When ESP revealed their “New for 2020” guitars in November, December, and January, lefty ESP fans started to ask what new left handed guitars there were going to be. So in early March, ESP revealed which new guitars were going to be added to the current roster of left handed ESP guitars. Fifteen new guitars and three new basses were announced.

Left Handed ESP Guitars:

LTD EC-1000 (Burled Poplar/Blue Natural Fade)

ESP LTD EC-1000 (Blue Natural Fade)
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • TOP: Burled Poplar
  • NECK: Set-Thru 3-Piece Mahogany
  • FINGERBOARD: Macassar Ebony
  • FINISH: Blue Natural Fade
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
  • NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Sentient
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Pegasus
  • ELECTRONICS: Passive

LTD EC-1000S Fluence

ESP LTD EC-1000S Fluence (Black)
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK: Set-Thru 3-Piece Mahogany
  • FINGERBOARD: Macassar Ebony
  • FINISH: Black
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
  • NECK PICKUP: Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Alnico
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Ceramic
  • ELECTRONICS: Active

LTD EC-1000T (Flamed Maple/ Black Natural Burst)

ESP LTD EC-1000T (Black Natural Burst)
  • BODY: Mahogany w/ Maple Cap
  • TOP: Flamed Maple
  • NECK: Set-Thru 3-Piece Mahogany
  • FINGERBOARD: Macassar Ebony
  • FINISH: Black Natural Burst
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
  • NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Sentient
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Pegasus
  • ELECTRONICS: Passive

LTD EC-1000 (Violet Andromeda)

ESP LTD EC-1000 (Violet Andromeda)
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK: Set-Thru 3-Piece Mahogany
  • FINGERBOARD: Macassar Ebony
  • FINISH: Violet Andromeda
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
  • NECK PICKUP: Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Alnico
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Ceramic
  • ELECTRONICS: Active

LTD EC-256 (Vintage Natural)

ESP LTD EC-256 (Vintage Natural)
  • BODY: Mahogany w/ Maple Cap
  • TOP: Flamed Maple
  • NECK: Set-Neck 3-Piece Mahogany
  • FINGERBOARD: Roasted Jatoba
  • FINISH: Vintage Natural
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 22 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: TOM & Tailpiece
  • NECK PICKUP: ESP Designed LH-150N
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: ESP Designed LH-150B
  • ELECTRONICS: Passive

LTD Eclipse ’87 (Black)

ESP LTD Eclipse '87 (Black)
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK: Neck-Thru 3-Piece Maple
  • FINGERBOARD: Macassar Ebony
  • FINISH: Black
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Floyd Rose 1000
  • NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan ’59
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan JB
  • ELECTRONICS: Passive

LTD Eclipse ’87 NT (Pearl White)

ESP LTD Eclipse '87 NT (Pearl White)
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK: Neck-Thru 3-Piece Maple
  • FINGERBOARD: Macassar Ebony
  • FINISH: Pearl White
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
  • NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan ’59
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan JB
  • ELECTRONICS: Passive

LTD F-200 (Black Satin)

ESP LTD F-200 (Black Satin)
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • TOP: Flamed Maple
  • NECK: Bolt-On 3-Piece Maple
  • FINGERBOARD: Roasted Jatoba
  • FINISH: Black Satin
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: FR by Floyd Rose Tremolo
  • NECK PICKUP: ESP Designed LH-301N
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: ESP Designed LH-301B
  • ELECTRONICS: Passive

LTD H-200FM (Flamed Maple/See Thru Purple)

ESP LTD H-200FM (See Thru Purple)
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • TOP: Flamed Maple
  • NECK: Set-Neck 3-Piece Maple
  • FINGERBOARD: Roasted Jatoba
  • FINISH: See Thru Purple
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: LTD Fixed Bridge w/ string thru
  • NECK PICKUP: ESP Designed LH-150N
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: ESP Designed LH-150B
  • ELECTRONICS: Passive

LTD M-1000HT (Black Fade)

ESP LTD M-1000HT (Black Fade)
  • BODY: Alder
  • TOP: Burled Poplar
  • NECK: Neck-Thru 3-Piece Maple
  • FINGERBOARD: Macassar Ebony
  • FINISH: Black Fade
  • NECK CONTOUR: Extra Thin U
  • FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Hipshot w/ String Thru
  • NECK PICKUP: Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Alnico
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Fishman Fluence Modern Humbucker Ceramic
  • ELECTRONICS: Active

LTD M-1 Custom ’87 (Candy Apple Red)

ESP LTD M-1 Custom '87 (Candy Apple Red)
  • BODY: Alser
  • NECK: Neck-Thru 3-Piece Maple
  • FINGERBOARD: Macassar Ebony
  • FINISH: Candy Apple Red
  • NECK CONTOUR: Extra Thin U
  • FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Floyd Rose 1000
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Distortion
  • ELECTRONICS: Passive w/ Active Boost

LTD Mirage Deluxe ’87 (Pearl Pink)

EPS LTD Mirage Deluxe '87 (Pearl Pink)
  • BODY: Alder
  • NECK: Bolt-On 3-Piece Maple
  • FINGERBOARD: Macassar Ebony
  • FINISH: Pearl Pink
  • NECK CONTOUR: Extra Thin U
  • FRETS: 22 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Floyd Rose 1000
  • NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Hot Rail
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Distortion
  • ELECTRONICS: Passive

LTD Phoenix-1000 (Vintage White)

ESP LTD Phoenix-1000 (Vintage White)
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • NECK: Neck-Thru 3-Piece Mahogany
  • FINGERBOARD: Macassar Ebony
  • FINISH: Vintage White
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 22 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
  • NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Phat Cat Neck
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Custom
  • ELECTRONICS: Passive

LTD SN-1000HT (Purple Blast)

ESP LTD SN-1000HT (Purple Blast)
  • BODY: Swamp Ash
  • NECK: Bolt-On Roasted Maple
  • FINGERBOARD: Roasted Maple
  • FINISH: Purple Blast
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: Stainless 22 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Hipshot Fixed
  • NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Sentient
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Pegasus
  • ELECTRONICS: Passive

LTD Viper-1000 (Quilted Maple/See Thru Purple Sunburst)

ESP LTD Viper-1000 (See Thru Purple Sunburst)
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • TOP: Quilted Maple
  • NECK: Set-Thru 3-Piece Mahogany
  • FINGERBOARD: Macassar Ebony
  • FINISH: See Thru Purple Sunburst
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Tonepros Locking TOM & Tailpiece
  • NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Sentient
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Pegasus
  • ELECTRONICS: Passive

Left Handed ESP Bass Guitars

LTD D-4 (Burled Poplar/Black Natural Burst Satin)

ESP LTD D-4 (Black Natural Burst Satin)
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • TOP: Burled Poplar
  • NECK: Neck-Thru 7-Piece Maple/Jatoba
  • FINGERBOARD: Roasted Jatoba
  • FINISH: Black Natural Burst Satin
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: LTD BB-604 w/ String Thru
  • NECK PICKUP: ESP Designed SB-4N
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: ESP Designed SB-4B
  • ELECTRONICS: Active

LTD D-5 (Burled Poplar/Black Natural Burst Satin)

ESP LTD D-5 (Black Natural Burst Satin)
  • BODY: Mahogany
  • TOP: Burled Poplar
  • NECK: Neck-Thru 7-Piece Maple/Jatoba
  • FINGERBOARD: Roasted Jatoba
  • FINISH: Black Natural Burst Satin
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 24 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: LTD BB-605 w/ String Thru
  • NECK PICKUP: ESP Designed SB-5N
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: ESP Designed SB-5B
  • ELECTRONICS: Active

LTD Surveyor ’87 (Black)

ESP LTD Surveyor '87 (Black)
  • BODY: Alder
  • NECK: Bolt-On Maple
  • FINGERBOARD: Macassar Ebony
  • FINISH: Black
  • NECK CONTOUR: Thin U
  • FRETS: 21 Extra Jumbo
  • BRIDGE: Gotoh 201B-4
  • NECK PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Vintage P
  • BRIDGE PICKUP: Seymour Duncan Vintage Jazz
  • ELECTRONICS: Passive

Final Thoughts

So there you have it! The new range of left handed ESP guitars and basses; not a bad selection with some really nice looking finishes.

However, I do think it’s a little unfortunate that there aren’t any of the higher tiered guitar lines; just the LTD range. I guess we’ll just have to save our pennies and get an ESP USA lefty model, or even go Custom Shop!

At the time of writing, ESP has not revealed when these new guitars will be available in stores, but they have indicated that it could be some time… Hopefully not too long eh?

What do you think of the new range of ESP guitars? Are there any models you would like that aren’t listed? Comment below with your thoughts!

Stunning New Left Handed ESP Guitars and Basses 2020

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