Do you like electric guitars with V-shaped bodies? Then I invite you to a fascinating ESP E-II Arrow review. It is a premium model with a corresponding price that looks unimaginably attractive. Like other ESP guitars, it’s made in Japan and has a high level of construction. So let’s “take it to the parts” to see why famous musicians like it so much.
Its great solid Alder body is in an aggressive offset-V shape. The entire look, the color scheme (Snow White, Black, and Black Silver Fade), the asymmetrical design, the Black hardware, the pointed Headstock, and even the Arrowhead inlays shout that the ESP E-II Arrow is a guitar for rock. The Alder body is lightweight, so it’s comfortable to play for long periods standing on stage. The tone of the wood holds up for years, has chic resonance properties, and the extended bass threshold enhances the bass response of the body, providing an aggressive low sound.
Well, rock pickups are the most important components of a rock guitar. After all, you can’t get far on looks alone, can you? In the case of the ESP E-II Arrow, they’re about as good as it gets. The EMG 85 in the neck position and the EMG 81 in the bridge are an outstanding combination of active, powerful humbuckers that give the guitar that vintage distorted tone so necessary in Metal music. This combination is already a classic. Using the 3-way Toggle and Volume Control allows you to achieve a range from clean to hot shreds. The Floyd Rose tremolo bridge allows you to twist, bend and “dive” with precise intonation.
Neck, fingerboard, headstock
The neck is an essential part of any guitar. And in the case of the Neck-Thru-Body mount, it literally is. The incredibly stable Maple neck with its thin U-shaped fingerboard was created to break through speed barriers. It’s three-piece, comfortable to play, and will allow you to play as hard as you want without worrying about the instrument. High-end playability. Isn’t that what you need for rock?
The fretboard is made of Ebony and has 24 Extra Jumbo frets. Your fingers glide over the fingerboard, ensuring you get the notes on every fret. The shape of the guitar makes it easy to access the top fret, so you can play any song you want. The tuning is done with Gotoh Locking Tuners, one of the most popular tuners for good guitars.
You may have noticed that I used the epithet “aggressive” several times. The ESP E-II Arrow sounds exactly like that. The guitar literally screams from the stage. That’s why I also noted several times that it belongs to Rock and Metal. So, yes, I think it is a guitar for heavy styles because you get exactly what you expect from it. Of course, its possibilities are wider. But the history of ESP shows that musicians of the styles mentioned above mostly use guitars of this brand.
- Scale, in/cm: 25.5/64.7.
- Frets: 24.
- Fretboard radius, in/cm: 12/30.5.
- Type: electric.
- Body material: alder.
- Neck material: ebony.
- Neck joint: fixed.