Eclipse-II review by ESP

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.7 (101 votes)
ESP: Eclipse-II
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Sound — 9
I play metal mainly, yet also classical, blues, and rock, and this baby is just amazing when it comes to suiting it. I played this on my Peavey Triple XXX and the tone I got was amazing! It wasn't noisy at all! It produced one of the most amazing metal tones any guitar has given me. I prefer a warmer sound after brighter, so I found it kind of awkward that it had a maple top. Yet the mix of woods was very pleasing and gave out a beautiful warm tone with lots of sustain. The EMG-81 worked great for the fast and heavy lead and rhythm riffs while the EMG-60 worked soothingly and warm and a bit bulky for the slower melodies and melodic leads. It has lots of variety and I believe will work for most all players except die-hard Strat and tele fans. Only problem is sometimes you might miss the 2 tone knobs the Les Paul feature if you do tend to mess with the tone a lot.

Overall Impression — 10
For being a metal-head, this suits my music well. I own a few others guitars including the Ibanez RGTHRG1, Dean Dime Razorback, ESP LTD EC-1000, ESP LTD V-500 and so on. This product topped almost all of my guitars. I only wish it was more like the Eclipse Customs and featured a Neck-Thru instead of the Set-Neck. The access on the 22nd is actually decently good. I love everything about this guitar. It is great for rhythm and not too complex leads. I believe, even if my uncle didn't give this to me, I would have bought it anyway. It's truly amazing. I will never even think about getting a Gibson as long as ESP is around with the Eclipse models. If you are gonna play rhythm, get it! If you are gonna play lead that isn't too complex. Get it! Yet, if your gonna be doing all that technical fast crazy lead licks, I would say get the ESP M-II. ESP models, though expensive, can be worth every single penny.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is made by ESP so over-course this thing can stand Live playing. Even the Mid-Higher LTD Models can stand Live playing. I would personally know that because my first gig ever was with a ESP LTD EC-1000, and that thing hasn't given out on me yet. I can't wait until I have the honor of being able to go on stage with this snow white beauty and shred on it. Everything is solid on it. The strap buttons, the hardware. The finish seems amazingly durable. I tend to be a klutz so I tend to have accidents. Even with that (including a guitar hitting metal scare) it hasn't took one chip of paint off. This will most likely be one of my main guitars (I use 3 main guitars due to different tunings). This guitar is def. worthy of that.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
This guitar was set up perfect, and I do seriously mean perfect from factory. It has no problems whatsoever! No flaws, no finish problems, no action adjustments, nothing. It was a rare moment for me to pull this out of the case, Switch it to my strings and be able to play drop tunned a bit without needing adjustments. Perfect out of the case.

Features — 10
I got this from my uncle. He got a lot of the new models from the 2007 ESP line and gave me/let me try a few. I've had this for a few months now. It's 2007 and made in Japan. It comes with a mahogany set-neck with a ebony fretboard and 22 XJ frets with a 24.75" scale and a bone nut. the neck itself is slightly thin and is pretty damn fast. It has a Mahogany body with a maple top and is a arch top with the Les Paul body style, yet with a sharp horn on the single cut-away with a absolutely stunning white finish. It features a 2 part Gotoh Tune-o-matic bridge and tail, EMG active 81(B)/60(N) pickups with toggle, volume, volume, and tone control, and Gotoh Magnum locking tuners. It included a very nice ESP case and the simple tools along with a owner's guide. Everything on it, for my personal taste, was perfect. 24 frets would have been nicer yet horrid on a set neck as this one is.

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    seanandahalf
    Anarion614 wrote: guitarist41 wrote: I don't like the head stock on these guitars. The rest of the guitar looks the shit but... Sorry, I'm big on looks. ...damn, now that I noticed that I don't like it anymore. Curse you!
    You have to realize that looks aren't everything. You might find a guitar thats really nice looking but a piece of shit. Would you buy that?
    SynHR
    To anyone complaining about the pickups, they are very easy to switch out, to passive or active pickups, it doesn't have a battery case, the battery is just wrapped in foam, so you can change it without having to make any major changes.
    Fat Charmander
    is there a major difference between the EC-1000 and the Eclipse II? for metal players anyway....
    mhweaver
    I just played one of these in a store and I am thinking of buying one. I was playing on a very tall stool but it felt off balance like it was bottom heavy and wanting to rotate off my lap. Is this typical of this guitar or can I chalk it up to the tall stool I was playing from?
    Thread_of_Light
    mhweaver wrote: I just played one of these in a store and I am thinking of buying one. I was playing on a very tall stool but it felt off balance like it was bottom heavy and wanting to rotate off my lap. Is this typical of this guitar or can I chalk it up to the tall stool I was playing from?
    I just played one of these in a store and I am thinking of buying one. I was playing on a very tall stool but it felt off balance like it was bottom heavy and wanting to rotate off my lap. Is this typical of this guitar or can I chalk it up to the tall stool I was playing from?[/quote] Before yous seal the deal, check out the esp/ltd ec1000 . I've played on both, the eclipse II and ec1000. I own an ec1000. I was blown away by the tone the ec1000 could pull off. Harmonics could not be easier, sustain is amazing, the low-end and leads are just what the doctor ordered, and the cleans are gorgeous. I love metal, but am also very picky on my cleans. I could not justify paying an extra $700 to have the esp logo be put on the head over the ltd ec1000... I prefer the look of the ec1000 a lot more as well.
    livewire76
    This guitar is just so f-ing good. So good infact that i ditched my Les Paul for it and i never thought id do that. If youre looking for a single-cut you MUST try this guitar. You get more for your money (i think) than on a Gibson and the tone/sustain/playability of this killer electric sound product got me hooked from the first time i played it in my local shop. BUY THIS GUITAR! You wont regret it.
    mosherhamish
    mhweaver wrote: I just played one of these in a store and I am thinking of buying one. I was playing on a very tall stool but it felt off balance like it was bottom heavy and wanting to rotate off my lap. Is this typical of this guitar or can I chalk it up to the tall stool I was playing from?
    les pauls always do this dont be alarmed they are best when standing in my oppinion
    Mikey p
    Personally, I'd rather have earvana nut and 24 frets(EC 1000) than normal nut and 22 frets(Eclipse II). If this ones too expensive for anyone, or for people who just want better on-page spec, check out the LTD EC-1000. not handmade, but then really who cares?
    germX
    rhcpfan118 wrote: the guitar isn't ugly but come on... les paul rip offs. it does have a beautiful finish though. i might consider one if i got a chance to play it.
    All of you who are going off on any make other than Gibson which has a Les Paul shape are a bunch of wankers. Do you do the same for every make other than Fender when it's a Strat shape??? Come on... pull your head out. If you playing anything resembling a Strat body that isn't a Fender, you're a hypocrite.
    EldonsName24
    I got my fretting hand on one of these baby's, and man let me tell you the neck is so nice and small, too snug for those big ones and man awesome for clean sweeps in which case big necks can cause your hand to strain, pickups are a bit off place for pinch harmonics but not bad for open harmonics, i love this guitar anyways..my favy too haha
    JohnMerrick
    I want this one only lefty and with EMG's (61/81 or 81/89) and with the Floyd Rose ... I bet that by the time I'll find it I'll be able to pay for it with my change jar...
    galacticat
    R0B0_Ninja wrote: Weybl Himself wrote: I do love the build quality of the ESPs, great materials (ESPs, not LTDs), extremely solidly put together and built to be played, and played hard. But I never really liked the EMGs, don't get me wrong, great for metal, but if ESP offered say a JB/59 combo on their guitars they'd ofer a whole new range of versatility and probably win over some more customers You need a Eclipse II AHB http://www.discountmusic.com/eclipseiiah... I have the Eclipse II AHB with the SD's, and it is FANTABULOUS. The JB/59 combo is super versatile. Obviously not quite as metal as her EMG sister, this SD version is just ideally suited for classic rock/hard rock. Sweet cleans from the '59 and the JB has a classic organic tone...I'd go so far as to call it iconic. Had mine for 2 years now and I love it more than ever.
    krehzeekid
    Fat Charmander wrote: is there a major difference between the EC-1000 and the Eclipse II? for metal players anyway....
    not really. the esp has different parts and 2 fewer frets, but the overall instruments are pretty similar. the real difference comes out in the nuances of the sound. if its in your budget to get an esp, go for it. however, if the esp is a stretch, get the ltd. you wont be dissapointed
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    DeathByStereo23
    JFY wrote: DeathByStereo23 wrote: I've got an ESP Eclipse I CTM PL and it's totally astonishing.It's quite similar to the eclipse II,but it has got 4 pots,like original LPs Thats the Paul Landers (rammstein) Signiture ESP thats probably different to the normal ECs
    yes it's that guitar.....the only difference between mine and the eclipse II is the pots layout....4 pots instead of 3
    Dark_Iran
    esp ltd ec-1000 dlx vb is better than esp eclipse at overall?and why? i want buy this guitar i dont know which guitar is better at overall.esp eclipse is 22 frets but ec-1000 is 24 frets.andy james uses ec-1000vb i dont know what do me?
    Metallilmeister
    Some of these guitars have the neck angled too far back which makes the bridge too high. This can seriously take away from the tone so beware. Check the bridge height and neck angle before you buy
    Aadieu
    ESP has a Seymour Duncan (JB/59) option on every single existing model. Srsly, guys, just google it or read their site or something.
    Aadieu
    PS ...and there are a variety of versions, including the Eclipse II USA which has finishes *exactly* like the LTD0-1000's, as well as more sedate variants with less flash.
    guitarist41
    I don't like the head stock on these guitars. The rest of the guitar looks the shit but... Sorry, I'm big on looks.
    proguitarist11
    i hate humbucker pick-ups. im more of a fan of the open coils and if you're going to have 3 pickups, the middle one should be a P-90. and yes, Duncans and DiMarzios are my personal favorites too : )
    R0B0_Ninja
    Weybl Himself wrote: I do love the build quality of the ESPs, great materials (ESPs, not LTDs), extremely solidly put together and built to be played, and played hard. But I never really liked the EMGs, don't get me wrong, great for metal, but if ESP offered say a JB/59 combo on their guitars they'd ofer a whole new range of versatility and probably win over some more customers
    You need a Eclipse II AHB http://www.discountmusic.com/eclipseiiah...
    DeathByStereo23
    ohmerrymayhem wrote: Weybl Himself wrote: I do love the build quality of the ESPs, great materials (ESPs, not LTDs), extremely solidly put together and built to be played, and played hard. But I never really liked the EMGs, don't get me wrong, great for metal, but if ESP offered say a JB/59 combo on their guitars they'd ofer a whole new range of versatility and probably win over some more customers My LTD MH1000 has jb/59 set stock. HOnestly, after playin the custom models, I'm even more satisfied with my LTD version. The only things that were drastsically different were cosmetic, aside from the ebony fretboard option. Eh. I love my ESP, and I love ESP, but if I'm payin 2000 for a guitar, it'd better be a helluva lot better than a stock model. THis wasn't that to me.
    Are you sure?
    Weybl Himself
    I do love the build quality of the ESPs, great materials (ESPs, not LTDs), extremely solidly put together and built to be played, and played hard. But I never really liked the EMGs, don't get me wrong, great for metal, but if ESP offered say a JB/59 combo on their guitars they'd ofer a whole new range of versatility and probably win over some more customers
    DeathByStereo23
    I've got an ESP Eclipse I CTM PL and it's totally astonishing.It's quite similar to the eclipse II,but it has got 4 pots,like original LPs
    sambargun
    Even i agree with Webyl, EMGs are great for pinch harmonics and nothing else. SDJBs will be much more versatile and sweet sounding especially when played clean. Dont get me wrong, I'm not saying that EMGs are bad on the above guitar, but just that there would be more converts for ESPs with SDJBs
    ohmerrymayhem
    Weybl Himself wrote: I do love the build quality of the ESPs, great materials (ESPs, not LTDs), extremely solidly put together and built to be played, and played hard. But I never really liked the EMGs, don't get me wrong, great for metal, but if ESP offered say a JB/59 combo on their guitars they'd ofer a whole new range of versatility and probably win over some more customers
    My LTD MH1000 has jb/59 set stock. HOnestly, after playin the custom models, I'm even more satisfied with my LTD version. The only things that were drastsically different were cosmetic, aside from the ebony fretboard option. Eh. I love my ESP, and I love ESP, but if I'm payin 2000 for a guitar, it'd better be a helluva lot better than a stock model. THis wasn't that to me.
    Dutch ESP dude
    Actually guys ESP does make several different guitars with JB's. I actually own an ESP Eclipse II that had JB's in it but I changed it to Seymour Duncan Alnico II pro's. But both LTD and ESP guitars have really cool models with seymour duncans.
    Anarion614
    guitarist41 wrote: I don't like the head stock on these guitars. The rest of the guitar looks the shit but... Sorry, I'm big on looks.
    ...damn, now that I noticed that I don't like it anymore. Curse you!
    SMK626
    KissingShadows wrote: Such a same that it has EMGs, could have been a great guitar with Duncans or DiMarzios.
    DiMarzios on this would seriously make it suck. As I said, this is a rhythm guitar, not too much of a lead, and DiMarzio and more of lead pickups. Not great on there rhythm sound. not to mention in my personally taste a lead guitar works better with woods that have a brighter tone. Yet ducans wouldn't be a bad choice, but I would have to say, I do prefer EMG's on this baby, Yet now that everyone keeps bringing up ducans, I'm wondering how the mix would be on this guitar.
    Moesbrotha
    Isnt the Eclipse II and the Ec 1000 the same guitar, just a different binding? Im pretty sure i already know the answer, but im just making sure.
    Flying Afros
    Brendan.Clace wrote: Ordered mine today. 4 months now to wait..... /cry I will review when I get it!
    where the hell do you live? Mongolia?
    Moesbrotha
    metalfreak12 wrote: why are some guitar good for lead and other for rhythm?
    because i say so. haha. No. But some guitars have faster necks that are good for lead, and also have a better reach towards the higher frets. But les paul shaped guitars have a length that makes them comfortable to play on the lower frets,or rhythm. And they also have awesome sustain, which is a good thing for chording, or whatever floats your boat.
    Pavura
    does anybody know the price?.. im looking around at ESPs, ive heard great things.
    synyster93
    i just got mine and it is amazing. the gibson les paul classic is similar to it abd i have to admit it is a little better with the classic gibsonbuckers but it costs 2500 as the esp costs 1399 so i rather spend 1000 dollars less on an esp that is almost as good.