ESP Horizon FR-II - See Thru Black Cherry
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ESP Horizon FR-II - See Thru Black Cherry

Horizon FR-II - See Thru Black Cherry, ST モデル from ESP belonging to the Horizon FR-II model.

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nickname009 09/05/2011

ESP Horizon FR-II - See Thru Black Cherry : nickname009 のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

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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???