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Difference Between LTD and ESP

LTD vs ESP

ESP and LTD are the names of a guitar company which makes electric guitars. They are the same company with the only difference being the lines they have created. ESP is the custom guitar line which is upscale, and LTD is the cheaper Standard Series line which is more affordable.

ESP
“ESP” stands for “Electric Sound Products.” It is the name of an electric guitar company which is located in North Hollywood, California. The company is Japanese owned but America based. ESP started in Tokyo in 1975 as a company which produced replacement parts for custom guitars and was introduced in America in 1983.

Once introduced in the U.S. as a replacement parts company, it started branching out as a company which started producing custom guitars for artists based in New York like Page Hamilton, Ronnie Wood, etc. in 1984-1985. Other than the custom guitars ESP developed, it also produced a series called the 400 Series which was distributed all over the U.S. as the first production line.

ESP started producing two different lines, the Signature Series as well as the Standard Series line. Both productions started between the years 1990-1992. By this time, the company stopped making replacement parts for custom guitars and focused completely on the production of its own series. The cost of bringing the Japanese-made guitars to the U.S. was very high. Thus, after the introduction of the LTD Series, ESP discontinued selling Japanese handcrafted models in the U.S. except for the artist signature line which was sold at exorbitant prices and primarily purchased by hard rock and metal players. In all, there is a series of 41 Signature guitars.

LTD
LTD was started in 1995 so that the high-quality guitars could be sold as a more affordable product. These guitars were cheaper and more affordable because the hardware used and the material used for their production was cheaper than the Signature line.
Many different Standard LTD models have been produced since the introduction of the Standard Series. One of the series, the 100 Series LTDs, is made in Korea, and the 401 Series is produced in Indonesia.

Summary:

1.ESP and LTD are the names of a guitar company which makes electric guitars. They are the same company with their only difference being the lines they have created. ESP is the custom guitar line which is upscale and LTD is the cheaper Standard Series line which is more affordable.
2.ESP started in Tokyo in 1975 as a company which produced replacements parts for custom guitars and was introduced in America In 1983; LTD was started in 1995.
3.ESP guitars are still handcrafted in Japan; Standard LTD models are made in Korea, Indonesia, etc.


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