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In 1975, Hisatake Shibuya opened a shop called Electric Sound Products (ESP) in Tokyo. It provided custom replacement parts for guitars. In 1976, ESP gained a reputation as a provider of high-quality replacement parts. At this time, ESP also began crafting Guitars under the ESP and Navigator brand in the Japanese market.

ESP replacement parts were first introduced into the US in 1983. ESP began crafting custom instruments for local New York artists between 1984 and 1985. Among these artists were Page Hamilton of Helmet, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Vinnie Vincent, Bruce Kulick of KISS, and Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones. At this time, ESP also introduced the 400 Series as the first production line distributed in the US.

During this same period of time, ESP began making the bodies and necks for Kramer. Other manufacturers using ESP as an OEM were Robin guitars [2], Schecter Guitar research and Dimarzio. Many traits of the Kramer line are still visible including neck construction and body bevels. ESP tooled up for Tom Anderson\'s shaved bolt on neck heel on the Schecter bodies, and has since become a feature of their house brand.

ESP Pointed Headstock.In 1986, George Lynch discovered ESP while on tour in Tokyo. Lynch walked into an ESP shop looking for a replacement neck and learned that ESP also built custom guitars. As a result, his famous ESP Kamikaze was made. ESP soon introduced the M1 Standard, MI Custom, Horizon Custom, and the Surveyor bass into the market.

In 1987, Kirk Hammett of Metallica discovered ESP and made his ESP KH-2 which was later released as a signature model in 1989. At this time, ESP released George Lynch\'s Kamikaze as its first signature model. ESP based its headquarters in a loft in downtown New York City on 19th Street. In 1989, the headquarters were moved to 48th Street near the famous music stores.

Between 1990 and 1992, ESP expanded its Signature Series as well as its Standard product line. The US replacement parts business was discontinued in order to switch focus solely on the guitar and bass line as well as the custom shop. There are about 41 signature series guitars.


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Comment By: riverguy
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Date: Oct 14, 2008 14:12:15
great guitars
Comment By: riverguy
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Date: Oct 02, 2008 12:45:15
I have one of these, an older one, needs some work, but its a cool guitar
Comment By: WAREMAN
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Date: Oct 01, 2008 20:11:39
Great! Rate Jenny for me!
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Date: Sep 24, 2008 17:48:12
Another good guitar company!
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Date: Apr 15, 2008 20:31:53
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